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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride provided by Rapids Jet

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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

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Overview
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.
Highlights
  • 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
Duration
35m
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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.
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Dennis Higham wrote a review 9 Jul
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Great day, great crew, great ride and experience for our grandkids, would recommend to others as one of the best rides in Taupo, you gotta do this people
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
Responded 5 days ago
Kia Ora Dennis, The Rapids Jet team are pleased to hear that you all enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you for the wonderful review, we hope to see you all again in the near future!
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Donna wrote a review 8 Jul
Taupo, New Zealand1 contribution
Took my 2 grandsons, aged 6 and 8, on the Rapids Jet today and had an awesome time!! Informative talk given from the driver about the river, the dam and the power station. Loved the effort made to pronounce Māori words correctly. Would definitely highly recommend. Great deals
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
Responded 6 days ago
Kia Ora Donna, The Rapids Jet team loved having your two grandsons and yourself come out yesterday. We love being able to share this beautiful part of New Zealand with our customer's, we really cherish this area. Thank you for your amazing review, we hope to see you all again in the near future!
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Adam M wrote a review 6 Jul
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Awesome team who looked after the whole group of adults and kids very well. Great guide who knew everything about the river and the conditions. Very exciting ride and all the thrills you need but great focus on keeping safe too. 10 out of 10!!! Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
Responded 1 week ago
Kia Ora Adam, Thank you for your amazing review! The Rapids Jet team are pleased your group enjoyed their time with us. We hope to see you all in the near future!
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Megan wrote a review Jun 2020
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Amazing experience! Everyone was really lovely plus we learnt a bit about the river while we were there. The ride itself is a lot of fun!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
Responded 2 weeks ago
Kia Ora Megan, Thank you for your wonderful review! The Rapids Jet team love being able to share this beautiful stretch of river to our customers. We hope to see you again in the near future!
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Christine T wrote a review Jun 2020
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Amazing experience, my family absolutely loved it, excellent driver and staff. The knowledge that was passed onto us from the driver was good.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Kia Ora Christine, the Rapids Jet team are pleased to hear that your family enjoyed their time with us.We hope to see you and family again. Thank you for the awesome review!
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filmonfilm
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Rapid jet
Fantastic experience, so good we did it twice in a week , both times staff where friendly and knowledgeable of the
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Michwood235
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Lots of fun
Our 2nd time, loved it. Great rush beautiful scenery, professional friendly staff. Shannon was a great energetic
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Graham H
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Just Brilliant
Dave the driver was welcoming, amusing, informative and reassuring if you needed it. The ride was brilliant - the r
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Keith_Lynn01
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MAD lol 😂
What an awesome experience shooting up and down Kaituna River at high speed (82K - 42NM Ish). Drifting, spinning, b
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jayner467
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A must do, adrenaline rush!
An amazing experience. Highly recommend this company. It was great fun. Loved it. The driver slowed down a few time
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0026tianal
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Must do!!
This was the highlight of our trip to taupo! Great time had by myself, husband and 6 grandchildren!! They loved rid
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stephcamp1
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Fantastic
Great trip down the amazing river. Great for the whole family. Highly recommend. Loved the info about the local env
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Gertie73
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Great fun
A lovely way to see the falls and lots of fun to do, make sure to book in advance and hold on tight!!
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stuartmI217NN
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Awesome - better than Huka Jet!
Just did this jetboat trip with my 10 and 11 y/o kids. I'd done the Huka years back, this is way better as it has s
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teamando13
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AWESOME
Amazing fun, lots of laughs and great value. Simon our Jetboat driver was fantastic, very skilled also giving us he
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759leet
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GO DO IT - GREAT ADVENTURE
Fantastic !!! Beautiful scenary, great driving and commentary from Shannon - would highly recommend and would love
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andrewa515
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Don’t miss this one!
We had a fantastic afternoon at the Rapids Jet. My teenage sons rate this as one of the best experiences in the nor
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43maryk
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So much fun!
Great fun, welcoming crew, reasonably priced- one of the favorite times on our trip. My husband usually gets motion
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ILuvPandas65
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Exceptional fun
Can't recommend this high enough well worth the $$ and the people were great they went above and beyond to make it
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Rachelhatfield123
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Highly recommend Rapids Jet for all ages!!
Such a great experience! I took my family here and we had such good guides. One was able to take us earlier than we
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Key Details
  • Duration: 35m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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