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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 (109)
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

My friends and I have a great experiences at there. We have many thrilled activities, historical learning and great squeeze experience at the warm foutain. Also our tour guide: Cam is so helpful and funny. Well done the team

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank ThanhCongL4
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Hi Thanh, Its not often we have people that think Cam is funny. So I'm glad we found some one to laugh at his jokes! Thanks for your awesome review. The RiverJet team.

Reviewed 20 March 2018
Awesome Experience - Fun for everyone!

This was such an amazing trip! My partner and i did the Squeeze. Scenery was beautiful, informative narration of local legends and historical facts by our Tour Guide Cam. Great short walk to the waterfall, relaxing in the lagoon above. The Jet boat ride on...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank sabongiorno
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Hi Megan and Stephen, Thanks for your review - was good to have you back! Appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts and give us a high recommendation. You rock. The River Jet crew :)

Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile
New Zealand at its finest! Amazing experience.

This was amazing! My partner and I did the squeeze, which was a unique and incredible experience. Even being from New Zealand, I’ve never come across anything like this. The staff were also great, so helpful and fun (and knowledgeable about the local culture). Would...More

Thank MegsKW
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Hi Megs! Thanks for the review, we love impressing our fellow kiwis and showing off the paradise that we get to see everyday. It makes us realise how lucky we are as New Zealanders to have such a cool back yard! Awesome to hear you...More

Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

This undoubtedly has to be there at the top of my lists. The squeeze is one hell of a walk.. And to top it all Marty .. My man.. Takes care of u on your ride back.. Can not miss this! If in rotorua!

Thank Rohit M
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Hi Rohit, Marty your man says thanks for the awesome review! Was awesome to have you on board with us. Super glad to hear you had such a great time. Cheers!

Reviewed 14 March 2018
Absolutely Amazing!

Please do not miss this fantastic activity. My husband, myself and 2 friends (aged 47-57) did this activity for the first time ever during our recent holiday in New Zealand and we are so pleased that we did. The whole trip was fantastic - from...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank pcefam
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

We agree, do not miss us. Come join us you wont regret it. Thanks much for your review and recommendation! We really appreciate your feedback.

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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!