We have done quite a few jet boat rides in the South Island but this has to be the best ever for length of ride and all the spins and leaps in the air it was great.
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.
1 - 5 of 607 reviews
Great holiday activity for couples or a family. Friendly staff. Shared some information about the river. A must do if you are visiting the area!
Thank you for the review and recommendation Torzzz! Please come again! :)
Ever since I was a kid this was the one thing I wanted to do...one off the bucket list. The thrill of the rapids, the speed and thumping roar of the engine was just awesome. The spins and hovering over the rapids was really good...More
So glad we could help you tick off that bucket list item Hagen! And with the uniqueness of the rapids! Enjoy the rest of your North Island adventure! Please come again :)
Fantastic experience, fun for all... full of twists and turns.. Gazza was a great guide and pilot even stopping to pass on some local knowledge whilst steadying the boat in the rapids... Top banana ...
So stoked you had a fantastic Rapids Jet experience with Gazza, Graeme! Please come again!