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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

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Enjoy a 35 minute Jet Boat ride on the Waikato River. The high-speed ride is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. Shoot through canyons, spin on crystal clear waters and surf the foaming tail of the awesome Nga Awapurua Rapids. You have several tour times to choose from throughout the day and can be shared with maximum 11 people per boat.
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
Departure Point
Aratiatia Taupo
Duration
35m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
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 travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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 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 33 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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Was excellent well worth it. Shannon was brilliant really informative, he had a good sense of humour. Would highly recommend it we will be back.
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This was my 71st birthday present from my son who experienced the same ride 3 years ago. It was the most exciting, thrilling and 'heart stopping' experience that I have ever undertaken. Our driver Shannon filled us with confidence from beginning to end and told us a lot about
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This was the funnest thing I have done in NZ to date. Can't beat 8.1L Chevy big block doing 90km/hr through a 20m wide gorge. Shannon our driver was super skilled and we had a few laughs along the way. Highly recommended.
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We recently had the pleasure of a jet boat ride...it was an exciting and informative trip. Our driver was funny and skilled thank goodness. It was a great time for everyone even the scaredy cat in the group.
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Awesome experience! Would totally recommend! Thank you so much Amanda for recommending! Had a great time!
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
Responded 3 days ago
Kia Ora Janelle, We're glad to hear you had an amazing time with us yesterday!
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Odyssey27744203105
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Family
Was excellent well worth it. Shannon was brilliant really informative, he had a good sense of humour. Would highly
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Noreen B
Bedford, United Kingdom
2615
Excitng beyond expectations!
This was my 71st birthday present from my son who experienced the same ride 3 years ago. It was the most exciting,
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ggrace2016
Thunder Bay, Canada
20
Adrenaline +
This was the funnest thing I have done in NZ to date. Can't beat 8.1L Chevy big block doing 90km/hr through a 20m
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jhbWinnipeg
103
Very exciting,,
We recently had the pleasure of a jet boat ride...it was an exciting and informative trip. Our driver was funny
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Janelle P
20
Jet boat ride
Awesome experience! Would totally recommend! Thank you so much Amanda for recommending! Had a great time!
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Lill M
439
Thrilling and informative!
My partner and I really enjoyed this experience. It was fast, fun and surprisingly informative. Our driver
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Dramas38
Colchester, United Kingdom
132
Super....jet
What a great experience. I have tried several jet bot rides in New Zealand but this was by far the best. Dave, our
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Daniel B
73
Ready, Jet, Go!
Chose this one as I’d done the Huka falls jet before, and I preferred this one. It’s a longer ride, going up and
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Keith_Lynn01
Ashford, United Kingdom
8427
MAD lol 😂
What an awesome experience shooting up and down Kaituna River at high speed (82K - 42NM Ish). Drifting, spinning,
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Tim F
Southampton, United Kingdom
126
First experience of Jet boats
Great ride. First time and really enjoyed it. Pilot was excellent and really informative about the river and lake
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  • Duration: 35m
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  • Languages Offered: English
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