Fabulous experience, bouncing through rapids at high speed, and doing 360s. Sam the driver was outstanding, making us feel safe, but energised by the stunts he pulled. Altogether awesome!
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.
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.
My family ( 2 adults and two boys aged 11 & 13) visited in December. From start to finish the ride was great, fast and fun. Driver Shannon, was lovely, funny and dropped in some great bits of info whilst flinging us along the river...More
Hello Kate, we're so glad you had a brilliant time with Shannon! Thanks for the recommendation! Please come again! :)
This company is extremely professional and friendly. Our boat driver Sam was awesome, friendly and an extremely skilled driver. He made the runs over, through and up and down the rapids, speeding through, doing 360 spins in rock outcropped canyon sections not much wider than...More
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Max! Rapids Jet is locally owned and operated so customer service is very important to us, glad it shows! We're wrapped that you had a blast, you'll have to come again! :)
had a great time with my partner on this today! the tour guide was very knowledgeable of the river and took time to answer our questions, we didnt feel rushed on the tour and he even did donuts in the 8 litre v8 jet boat...More
Cheers for the recommendation Andrew! Those drivers are pretty cool and full of knowledge! You will have to come again! :)