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Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

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    What to Expect
    Come up close to Rotorua’s geothermal landscapes at Rainbow Mountain, Wai-O-Tapu and Orakei Korako on this 6-hour tour that includes a jet-boat ride on the Waikato River. After hotel pickup in the morning, relax during a 25-minute coach transfer to Rainbow Mountain, where you’ll disembark for an easy half-mile (1-km) stroll on the Crater Lake Walk.

    View a volcanic crater lake nestled amid the steamy and colorful cliffs. Your guide points out Rainbow Mountain plant species, including some rare specimens only found in New Zealand’s geothermal areas. 

    Just down the road near Wai-O-Tapu, take a look at bubbling mud pools before your jet-boat ride begins. Receive a safety briefing, don a life jacket and hop aboard the powerful jet boat for a high-speed ride on the Waikato River. Your expert driver navigates the narrow passageways of Tutukau Gorge and zips past steaming geothermal sections along the river.

    Arriving at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park, walk along raised boardwalks past active natural geysers, hot springs and silica terraces in vibrant hues. You can stop to purchase a snack or meal at the riverside cafe (own expense) before you re-board for a splashy ride. 

    During another 30 minutes of adrenaline-packed fun, hold on tight while the boat slides on the water’s surface and kicks up spray as the driver squeezes through tight turns and spins. Back at the jet-boat office, sip a provided hot beverage before boarding the bus to Rotorua, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from any type of accommodation. Air B&B, friends house etc.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - New Zealand Riverjet
    • Entry/Admission - Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please bring camera. sunglasses and suncreen. In the colder months, warm clothing is essential
    • Minimum age is 3 years
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 56 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We had Cam as our driver. He was not only funny, informative but also a great and safe speed demon. I loved every minute of it. I only wish I could have drove a bit. ;) lol. Highly recommend.
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    It was awesome ride and it is a must to go tour. Our guide Shannen, she is awesome. She is more like a guide. She is friendly, helpful and Fun. She drove us to the base and it felt like we had known each other for long. Thumb up for Shannen and the teams.
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    Fantastic trip very accommodating with us changing our plans last minute. Jet boat ride was fast and exhilarating the geothermal place was a beautiful natural wonder. Tony was a funny and informative guide couldn’t recommend them enough. We came from the UK for a holiday and are
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    Response from Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Hi Will! Thank for your review. Glad to hear your time with Tony on the mighty Waikato was fun! We appreciate your recommendation. Cheers, the River Jet Team.
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    My family and I had a great time during our tour with Shannon. My husband and two boys chose to do The Squeeze (they loved it) while one of my kiddos stuck around with me at Orakei Korako (which we loved also). We got *soaked* on the ride home - both from actual rain and from
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    Our jet boat driver Cam was fantastic and we had an incredible experience. We had a great time exploring the thermals and taking photos before getting back onto the jet boat for some thrilling spins and a fast-paced trip back to the office. Highly recommended this tour!
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 6h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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