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Jet Boat Ride on Waikato River Including Tutukau Gorge and Orakei Korako

Highlights
  • 3-hour morning or afternoon jet-boat ride on the Waikato River and visit to Orakei Korako
  • Pass by the towering cliffs in the Tutukau Gorge as you approach the geothermal park
  • Stroll around New Zealand's largest geyser field at Orakei Korako
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Jet Boat Ride on Waikato River Including Tutukau Gorge and Orakei Korako
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Overview
Zip through the towering rocks walls of Tutukau Gorge on a Waikato River jet-boat ride. You’ll make a stop at the Orakei Korako geothermal reserve for a walk on a raised boardwalk past boiling mud pools and New Zealand's largest geyser. Then it’s back on the jet boat for another thrilling high-speed ride as your driver maneuvers 360-degree spins and fishtails through the water.
What to Expect
This jet-boat ride on the Waikato River offers exciting transport to the geothermal reserve of Orakei Korako. In the morning or afternoon, make your way to the jet-boat headquarters, just a 30-minute drive from Taupo or Rotorua. Your guide provides an orientation and safety briefing before you slip on a life jacket and climb into the jet boat for a wild ride on the Waikato River.

En route to Orakei Korako, your driver speeds into high gear for an adrenaline-pumping ride complete with 360-degree spins and fishtail turns. Hear about the birdlife, fishing grounds and pine forests lining the riverbanks, where evidence of geothermal activity can be seen in the steam. The river’s highlight is Tutukau Gorge, where stunning cliffs rise 165 feet (50 meters) from the water.

Reaching your destination, embark on a walk through the otherworldly landscape of boiling hot springs, mud pools and colorful silica terraces, with as many as 23 natural geysers on display.

Back on board the jet boat, complete your 3-hour excursion by returning to your starting point where you’re offered a hot beverage.
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Reviewed 1 week ago
A great day out

Thanks to Tony, Shannon and Cameron for a great day out. Considering we came in shoulder season and were the only two people on the tour, we received a great experience. I’m sure some companies would have cancelled us but these guys just gave us...More

Thank jlhall901
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing ride

It was an awesome ride. Loved the spins, Tony our jet driver was amazing, a guy with a great personality. The ride was a highlight of the day.

Thank GlobeTrotting757176
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Timothy, Glad to hear we were the highlight of your day! I'm sure our Tony will feel very special hehe. Thanks heaps for taking the time to review us! The River Jet team.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great tour

we had booked just the jet boat ride, but the day of our booking the local council turned the power off in that area and the jet company couldn't operate without there electronic safety equipment. The guys & girls where so accommodating and upgraded us...More

Thank mathew n
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Mathew, Thanks for joining us on the Mighty Waikato! It was really cool to have you aboard with me, and makes me super happy you guys had such a great time. I really appreciate you putting the effort to review our tour! Hope the...More

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Jet Boat Ride in August..the perfect time to go!

Wanted to share with all of you our perfect and amazing ride down the Waikato River with Tony. We went in August, which is their end of winter season and although it was a little chilly for us in the beginning, you warm up right...More

1  Thank bw0ng
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi There, Thanks for your review and recommendation of the Thermal Safari experience. You can't beat a stunning winters day, on the Waikato, being chauffeured by Tony the Great! We enjoyed having you aboard and we are glad guys had lots of fun too. The...More

Reviewed 3 August 2018
Perfect combination of fun, fear and tourist highlights

This was a highlight of our offsite annual conference. Staff were fantastic, friendly and full of interesting information and they made sure we were all warm as it was a bit of a chilly day. Thankfully the rain stayed away and we were able to...More

Thank HelenMoffatt
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Helen, Was absolutely wicked to host you and your crew on board the beast with us! Thanks heaps for your feedback, it awesome to hear you guys had such great time. Apologies for all the selfies Tony snuck on there....! Thanks again! The River...More

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