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You'll start at
1975 Haast-Jackson Bay Road
1975 Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Jackson Bay 7886, New ZealandImportant: Check in is 30 minutes before departure. Last house on left of Hannahs Clearing village, look for signs and park on main road.
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    Waiatoto River Safari
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Discover one of Kiwi’s favourite tours on the West Coast NZ, taking a jet boat up a remote back country river into UNESCO South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Nature, heritage and scenic tour for all ages.
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You'll end at
2704A Haast-Jackson Bay Road
2704A Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Jackson Bay 7886, New ZealandFinish point is same as departure point at the carpark at Waiatoto River.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1975 Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Jackson Bay 7886, New Zealand
    Duration
    2h 15m
    Return Details
    2704A Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Jackson Bay 7886, New Zealand
    Inclusions
    • National park fees
    • Live commentary on board
    • Local guide
    • Warm jacket and boots if required
    • Life-jacket
    • Post card souvenirs
    • Entry/Admission - Waiatoto River Safari
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Wear sensible clothes and closed-toed footwear
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Sandflies are present on the West Coast of NZ so protection is insect repellant and covering up. Insect spray is avalaible free of charge
    • Check in is 30 minutes prior to departure. The boat does leave on time.
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • 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 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
    67Reviews1Q&A
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    We were a group of five, including young children, and we all loved the experience. Wayne was hugely knowledgeable about the regional flora and fauna, and it made the whole trip more interesting. The boat was loads of fun - mostly quite calm and peaceful but a few faster and
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    Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
    Responded 1 week ago
    Lovely to hear that your family enjoyed the tour and thank you for taking the time to review us. We certainly aim to make sure everyone is comfortable. In our world today where everything can be so busy, we like to think we can provide some peace and quiet (along with some entertainment) for a couple of hours when people visit us. The roof on the boat provides some protection from our rain forest weather but the wooly coats are a real bonus to keep warm. Enjoy the rest of your holiday. All the best, Ruth & Wayne.
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    If you only do one jet boat trip then do this one. More than just a quick blast up and down Wayne takes you all the way from the beach up the Waitoto River into the mountains behind into Mount Aspiring National Park. No other boats or people just spectacular scenery and nature.
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    Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
    Responded 1 week ago
    Thank you for your excellent report of our tour. We appreciate your comment about being value for money as we work hard to improve our experience (without raising the tour price) and make sure everyone is comfortable on the day. Although we are 15 minutes off the State Highway, it is a very easy way to see & experience the unique remote beauty of our UNESCO World Heritage Area. All the best on your travels, kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.
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    Great trip. Wonderful friendly driver. Amazing scenery. Lots of interesting information. Very safe trip.
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    Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
    Responded 11 Nov 2019
    Thank you for taking the time out to review us. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and I will be sure to pass on your words to our team. All the best, Kind regards, Ruth.
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    Although it was not a private trip we were the only 2 that morning. It was a beautiful day to be on the river and Wayne is a good driver! He needs to be to swing around the rocks and dead wood swept into the river which was also quite low due to lack of rain in the area. We
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    Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
    Responded 10 May 2019
    Thanks Lesley for your detailed review. We always advertise a minimum of 2 hours and Winter does allow us more time to show our guests around as we have just one tour a day instead of 3 tours. We are thrilled you enjoyed yourselves. Ruth & Wayne.
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    If you are expecting a touristy jet boat ride where they fling you around and ride close to the cliff wall, this is not for you. But, if you are interested in cruising up a river to see areas that would otherwise be inaccessible, with a knowledgeable guide, see a beautiful
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    Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
    Responded 18 Mar 2019
    Thank you Napabe for taking the time to review us and with such glowing comments. Yes, not a thrill ride but we like the fact it is suitable for infants to the very mature, my Dad comes along with his stick and he is 90! All the best, Ruth & Wayne.
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    By: Waiatoto River Safari
    200 reviews
    thisismyreview
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    2427
    Fantastic fun and really informative
    We were a group of five, including young children, and we all loved the experience. Wayne was hugely knowledgeable
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    dee6jay
    Buckinghamshire
    16995
    Best jet boat trip in NZ!
    If you only do one jet boat trip then do this one. More than just a quick blast up and down Wayne takes you all
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    timmora
    Greymouth, New Zealand
    140
    Spectacular scenery
    Great trip. Wonderful friendly driver. Amazing scenery. Lots of interesting information. Very safe trip.
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    Lesley C
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    11836
    What a trip
    Although it was not a private trip we were the only 2 that morning. It was a beautiful day to be on the river and
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    napabema
    maine
    9125
    Great trip
    If you are expecting a touristy jet boat ride where they fling you around and ride close to the cliff wall, this
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    MomAndAll
    Olympia, Washington
    6044
    Must do!
    Ruth was the perfectly polite and friendly Kiwi at check-in, and Wayne was the perfect combination of humor and
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    Abandkaren
    Sydney, Australia
    50
    Stunning scenery
    A great way to experience the NZ back country, such a personal tour with plenty of local knowledge, particularly
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    Franzson
    Heidelberg, Germany
    12543
    Great tour!
    Had read about this in Lonely P. and thought we give it a try. Really enjoyed the trip. Booked it just in the
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    maxminshull
    10
    Summer Cloudy Trip
    Great trip with Wayne. Very cool area of the country. I constantly pressed him with questions and he had all the
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    VintagePR
    Helsinki, Finland
    9824
    Exciting safari, worth visiting Haast
    We enjoyed the Waiatoto river safari with Wayne. The boat safari is an excellent way to explore the wilderness of
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    Kathee M
    20
    Don't miss this! It was a highlight of our NZ trip.
    Navigating up the crystal clear Waiatoto River in a jet boat was just one memorable part of this amazing
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    BiancaandRoy
    Brisbane, Australia
    133
    Great Experience
    Well organised, Ruth was lovely to deal with and Wayne was a brilliant tour guide. Very knowledgeable and the
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    darshnis2015
    London, United Kingdom
    2211
    Incredible scenery
    It was a very personal jetboat tour with lots of historical and kiwi conservation information which we very much
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    NZRoadies
    30
    Highlight of our west coast roadie
    This is not just a jet boat trip .. it is a river safari with some excitement but more importantly an opportunity
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    MarcusBridges
    Maitland, Australia
    20594
    Thanks for a great trip
    Most peoplw are familiar with jwt boats as thrill rides, with 360 degree spins etc. Butbas Wayne explains their
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