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Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze

  • 2.5-hour jet boat adventure with The Squeeze
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride through the Tutukau Gorge
  • Wade through warm shallow water and maneuver over natural obstacles during The Squeeze
Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze
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Take a jet boat on the Waikato River past Tutukau Gorge to ‘The Squeeze,’ a narrow section where you’ll wade in shallow water to a waterfall. Reward your adventurous spirit with a soak in the thermally heated waters of a natural spa in the river, then hang on for an adrenaline-fueled ride as your driver kicks into high gear and expertly maneuvers the jet boat into hair-raising spins and turns.
What to Expect
This adrenaline-packed jet-boat adventure on the Waikato River includes a water walk through The Squeeze to a nearby waterfall and natural thermal spa.

Make your own way to the jet boat office located approximately 30-minutes outside Rotorua at your selected departure time. Following a safety briefing and orientation, snap on the provided life jacket and dry top or wetsuit as needed. Your 2.5-hour starts with a relaxing ride through the steep walls of Tutukau Gorge and past the Orakei Korako geothermal park.

Relax as you listen to commentary on the remarkable landscape before the jet boat drops anchor. Then hop out and wade through the warm, shallow water, following your guide into The Squeeze, where sheer rock walls create a narrow gap in the cliff. 

From here you’ll climb over boulders, shimmy through wedges and step around natural obstacles until you emerge near a cascading warm-water waterfall surrounded by thermal waters. Enjoy free time to wallow under the falls or soak in its warm pools before you retrace your steps to the jet boat for a return ride at high speed, full of 360-degree spins and twists all the way to the dock.
Reviews (86)
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Reviewed yesterday
Fantastic experience and people!

Our group was surprised on arrival when Tony showed a video of 'the Squeeze'. The seven of us decided to include that, were outfitted with wet suits and other protective clothing, and had a FANTASTIC time on the boat and maneuvering through the Squeeze. The...More

Thank Flyer54167611567
Reviewed 3 days ago
Excellent trip with family - huge fun and great staff

We visited the Squeeze with family from the UK and had a wonderful afternoon. Great staff and some superb scenery at the same time as exciting spins in the jetboat, a great walk up to the Squeeze and heaps of fun. Would highly recommend it...More

Thank Brian H
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were not told in advance by our trip leader exactly what our boat trip would include and upon hearing about the Squeeze were not sure about it, but decided to go for it. What great fun.

Thank Coastal23278
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great mix of secenery and excitement. Must do!

This is a fun experience with lots of thrills with amazing nature and scenic views mixed in. I had the fortune of riding with Shannen, one of only 3 female jetboat drivers on all of New Zealand. Shannen had an excellent attitude and great sense...More

1  Thank Tim D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Absolutely amazing

Just wow my sister and I loved this. After we have been kitted out with a wet suit, fleece, spray jacket and a life jacket and crocs we get in the jet boat and have a great ride along the river, stopping a few times...More

Thank Zoe F
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21 April 2018|
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Response from L4443BZjustinr | Reviewed this property |
Given that it’s the middle of winter I would say that it will be cold.😂 The springs will be beautiful and warm though!