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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

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Speed through white-water rapids and straightaways on a thrilling Waikato River jet boat ride that hits up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour through some of the river’s narrowest parts. The jet boat spins, banks, and makes hairpin turns, then surfs the powerful waves at Nga Awa Purua Rapids. Sit back, hold on, and keep warm with your spray jacket and heated handrails.
  • High-adrenaline ride is an exciting way to see the Waikato River 
  • Combine great scenery with a thrilling boat trip
  • Maneuverable jet boats are limited to 11 passengers
  • Multiple daily departure times to fit your schedule
What to Expect
Make your own way to the Waikato River—New Zealand’s longest—where you are suited up with spray jackets and receive a safety briefing. Climb into a powerful, maneuverable jet boat and pull into the current of the Waikato River, speeding upstream to the Aratiatia Power Station, then spinning back downstream toward a series of churning rapids. Hold on tight as you encounter the Washing Machine and Hay Barn, exciting rapids in a narrow stretch of the Waikato River, and continue to the powerful Nga Awa Purua Rapids, where your driver surfs the jet boat on standing waves. Continue downstream to see the Waikato River’s thermal activity, as well as some gorgeous riverside scenery, before powering back upstream on the exciting return trip to the jet boat base camp.
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Important Information
  • Use of a waterproof spray jacket
  • Use of the Life Jacket
  • Safe on-site Parking
  • Use of bathroom Facilities
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Souvenir photos (for purchase for NZ$40)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years or 1 meter tall
  • Family Pass includes 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Footwear of any type must be worn on the boat. (Sandals, Sneakers, Thongs, anything)
  • Wear warm sensible clothing
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
About the operator
By: Rapids Jet
Ashford, United Kingdom
MAD lol 😂
What an awesome experience shooting up and down Kaituna River at high speed (82K - 42NM Ish). Drifting, spinning,
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Tim F
Southampton, United Kingdom
First experience of Jet boats
Great ride. First time and really enjoyed it. Pilot was excellent and really informative about the river and lake
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Had a fantastic trip with Rapids Jet today making some great memories - a fast and exciting run but you always
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Sue W
Saskatoon, Canada
Dave is fantastic
It was awesome! Our 6yr old grand daughter love it. The ride was better than what we thought. Recommend this to
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Great fun
Great fun on the river, with good commentary from our driver Dave along the way, would recommend this for
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Great experience, great people, great value!
Thoroughly recommend the Rapids Jet! 2 adults, 2 children, good family deal. Great fun in the jet boat. Lots of
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Bad Honnef, Germany
Very exciting and fun jet boat ride
Beautiful scenery on the river and a really fun jet boat ride. Be ready to get wet! 40 minutes full of adrenalin
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Masterton, New Zealand
Aratiatia Rapids jet boat ride
Awesome jet boat ride, easy to book online, good price, great staff, informative and entertaining commentary
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Jayne R
A must do, adrenaline rush!
An amazing experience. Highly recommend this company. It was great fun. Loved it. The driver slowed down a few
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leigh T
Brisbane Region, Australia
Best jet boat ride ever
I have been on a few Jet boat rides and this far beats any I have been on. Dave our guide was fab, he had a lot of
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Key Details
  • Rapids Jet
  • Duration: 35m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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