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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

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
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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
From US$89,88
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12:30 DepartureMost Popular
35min Jet boat experience. Speeding off at 80km/h you will encounter two sets of fantastic white water Rapids. These will show you the narrowest part of the Waikato River.
From US$89,88
10:30 Departure
35min Jet boat experience. Speeding off at 80km/h you will encounter two sets of fantastic white water Rapids. These will show you the narrowest part of the Waikato River.
From US$89,88
2:30 Departure
35min Jet boat experience. Speeding off at 80km/h you will encounter two sets of fantastic white water Rapids. These will show you the narrowest part of the Waikato River.
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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.

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.

Reviews (624)
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Reviewed 2 days ago
A Real Thrilling Awesome Experience

The team are helpful and friendly. The driver is so skilled and informative. The ride was exciting, thrilling and fun.

1  Thank drivingaroundnz
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello! Thank you for the awesome feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us! Please come again. Cheers.

Reviewed 2 days ago
SIMPLY AMAZING!

We visited Rapids Jet for a work function - some of our staff had been before but for majority if was their first time. The staff were amazing. Our group was quite bit so we were split over two boats. We had Shannon as our...More

1  Thank JessP0604
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Jess! Thank you for the amazing feedback! You guys were awesome and we loved hosting you. Those drivers are crazy, but they sure know what they're doing. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed the experience and we hope to see you again soon!...More

Reviewed 5 days ago
Enjoyable

Very efficient. Enjoyable experience.....maybe not quite as thrilling as I had expected. Driver, Sam, was excellent and informative.

Thank BroccoliBottom
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Good morning! Thank you for the great feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your overall time at Rapids Jet. Please come again. Cheers.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Mark

Absolutely amazing and a trip you shouldn’t miss. A thrilling high speed ride which was totally exhilarating.

1  Thank Wendywoo19268
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Mark. We are super happy to hear you enjoyed yourself! Thanks for coming and we hope to see you in the future. Cheers.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
NZ must do attraction

Having reviewed a number of options for river trips on the Waikato River before starting our holiday we decided to book with Rapids Jet based on reviews, location and cost. Our Driver Dave was brilliant and gave us an Awesome experience and well worth the...More

Thank Neil M
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Neil, Thank you for your feedback. At Rapids Jet we are all about making new memories and we love hearing positive feedback from our customers. We loved meeting you yesterday and are pleased to hear you enjoyed yourself. Hopefully we will see you again...More

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