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  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 27/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 27/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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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
Return Details
2704A Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Jackson Bay 7886, New Zealand
Inclusions
  • National park fees
  • Warm jacket and boots if required
  • Life-jacket
  • Post card souvenirs
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Geoff N wrote a review Aug 2020
New Plymouth, New Zealand166 contributions73 helpful votes
Like many other Kiwis stranded at home in a peri Covid-19 environment we elected to do a South Island roadie, staying in Haast for a couple of nights so we could do the Waiatoto River Safari. And wow!! are we pleased we did - it exceeded all our expectations. We had a stunning
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
Responded 13 Aug 2020
Geoff, thank you for such an amazing review. At Waiatoto River Safari, we are certainly passionate about the land. Having lived and breathed in the area for many years, and in Kim's case, farmed the land, we really enjoy sharing this astounding area with people from all walks of life. Thank you for supporting local. Ruth, Wayne and Kim.
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runeyrune wrote a review Aug 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
Wow this was a highlight of our post-Covid (meant to be in Europe but so glad we were exploring our backyard trip)!! Ruth was so informative about the area and very easy to deal with. The scenery is off the charts and the ride was very safe but still felt enough Adrenaline to
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
Responded 9 Aug 2020
Wow what a cool review! Thank you so much and thrilled you got to explore our part of New Zealand instead! All the best, Ruth and Wayne.
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Kathryn S wrote a review Jun 2020
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This Canadian girl had the time of her life when I went on the River Safari in February of 2020. I was with my friends, Paula and Swade, visiting with them in Okarito. They brought me along on this exhilarating tour of the Waiatoto River. It was an exciting time and very
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
Responded 2 Aug 2020
Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review! It was a pleasure to take you out and it was great to see our friends from Okarito, which is also a must do when you are on the Westcoast.
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Christopher S wrote a review Mar 2020
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An exciting and enlightening experience, exploring in small groups areas of great natural beauty. Wayne's experience and knowledge made the trip thoroughly enjoyable.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
Responded 2 Aug 2020
We appreciate your 5 star review. We love being a family operated tour with the ability to host small through to larger groups. All the best, Ruth and Wayne.
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Kevin M wrote a review Feb 2020
Coventry, United Kingdom21 contributions2 helpful votes
This is about Wayne escorting interested tourists up the Waitoto to understand more of the nature and ecology along the weather. The trip goes up to the rapids featuring the Sharks Tooth rock and a short tramp through the bush. Again understanding how cattle are farmed up at the
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
Responded 29 Feb 2020
Love the title! It says it in 3 words. Thank you Kevin for taking the time to write a succinct and informative review. All the best, Ruth & Wayne.
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About the operator

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Franzson
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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 morni
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maxminshull
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Summer Cloudy Trip
Great trip with Wayne. Very cool area of the country. I constantly pressed him with questions and he had all the an
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Marcus B
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Thanks for a great trip
Most peoplw are familiar with jwt boats as thrill rides, with 360 degree spins etc. Butbas Wayne explains their ori
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tjbbackdoc
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What a blast!
I was skeptical about a boat ride up a river because I am an experienced boat owner myself. I have to say I was ple
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HollyFan
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Very exciting trip
Booked this as a surprise for my husbands birthday and it was lots of fun and very informative. Very cold but Wayne
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kiwi_sez
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Unforgettable nature experience which is educational too!
An incredible experience where you can experience both the alps and the ocean in one excursion. The jet boat cruise
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Elaine M
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River Safari
How lucky were we, the only 2 on the trip due to it being late season. Weather was a bit wet but what can you expec
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Lauren L
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Nice cruise but hugely overpriced
My husband and I spent a couple of days in Haast and decided to do the Waiatoto River Safari after reading the exce
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Luxgb
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Woohoo - a tour without the masses!
We had an absolutely fantastic afternoon with Wayne and Ruth. What a privilege to be able to travel into this World
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Phil-Lenna W
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Highlight of the south island
This was possibly one of our most memorable activities on the South Island. Ruth was the consummate guide and jet b
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Arandee
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Highlight tour
We travelled the South Island with our adult children and included the 10am journey up the river with Wayne. This w
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Kiwi1949
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Stunning jet boat river experience
Wayne was very knowledgeable about the river and its history. It was a great cruise through spectacular scenery
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Steve W
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Fun adventure
I picked this river trip after reading about it in Lonely Planet's book on New Zealand. We try to pick adventures
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River tour
Our guide Wayne was marvelous. He told us all about the history of the area, indigenous plants and animals, and too
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pennyhardy
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the range of experiences unequalled, and all by expertly driven jet boat, fabulous!
Could not recommend this trip more highly, Wayne was a delight and a mine of information of his surroundings, conse
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  • Duration: 2h
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