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Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze

  • 2.5-hour jet boat adventure with The Squeeze
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride through the Tutukau Gorge
  • Wade through warm shallow water and maneuver over natural obstacles during The Squeeze
Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze
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Take a jet boat on the Waikato River past Tutukau Gorge to ‘The Squeeze,’ a narrow section where you’ll wade in shallow water to a waterfall. Reward your adventurous spirit with a soak in the thermally heated waters of a natural spa in the river, then hang on for an adrenaline-fueled ride as your driver kicks into high gear and expertly maneuvers the jet boat into hair-raising spins and turns.
What to Expect
This adrenaline-packed jet-boat adventure on the Waikato River includes a water walk through The Squeeze to a nearby waterfall and natural thermal spa.

Make your own way to the jet boat office located approximately 30-minutes outside Rotorua at your selected departure time. Following a safety briefing and orientation, snap on the provided life jacket and dry top or wetsuit as needed. Your 2.5-hour starts with a relaxing ride through the steep walls of Tutukau Gorge and past the Orakei Korako geothermal park.

Relax as you listen to commentary on the remarkable landscape before the jet boat drops anchor. Then hop out and wade through the warm, shallow water, following your guide into The Squeeze, where sheer rock walls create a narrow gap in the cliff. 

From here you’ll climb over boulders, shimmy through wedges and step around natural obstacles until you emerge near a cascading warm-water waterfall surrounded by thermal waters. Enjoy free time to wallow under the falls or soak in its warm pools before you retrace your steps to the jet boat for a return ride at high speed, full of 360-degree spins and twists all the way to the dock.
Reviews (90)
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Not just any jet boat ride! So many laughs and such a great experience!

Jet boat ride + squeezing through the canyon + hot waterfall, what more could you want??? Lemar the captain was great and Shannon was equally great even in the short time we got to spend with her. Would totally recommend this to anyone and everyone...More

Thank Ashley E
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Suggested by the driver, did it in a cloudy day... fun! First you go down the river gently, then you have the squeeze, and the way back is speedy and funny! Liked it, to be done while you’re in the area.

Thank gluca_pep
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Memorable experience, great day out.

My girlfriend and I were lucky enough to get a sunny warm day to do the jet boat and the squeeze. We had Lamar and he was the best guide you could ask for. A fantastic thrilling driver with just hilarious jokes.... he made our...More

Thank David G
Reviewed 2 days ago
Great trip with workmates - would do it again in a heartbeat!!!

4 or of offices came for our team function - was Brilliant!!! Our driver was Cam, explains a lot about the local history and thermal springs - even got us laughing at his jokes! They even supplied all the gear to keep us warm and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank debez20172017
Reviewed 2 days ago
Jet Boating

great fun had with our Team from Bartercard. Cam kept the trip fun and interesting, would highly recommend it, Jet Boat ride was like a roller coaster on the gold coast!!! Awesome NZ River Jet Team!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank johntrav1989
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21 April 2018|
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Response from L4443BZjustinr | Reviewed this property |
Given that it’s the middle of winter I would say that it will be cold.😂 The springs will be beautiful and warm though!