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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride provided by Rapids Jet

Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
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About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 35m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
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
  • Multiple daily departure times to fit your schedule
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 35m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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
  • Multiple daily departure times to fit your schedule
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 57188P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Experienced Professional Guide
  • Fitted Life Jackets provided
  • Waterproof Jackets provided
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Parking and Bathroom Facilities Available
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (for purchase for NZ$45)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
35m
Departure details
  • Nga Awa Purua Road, Rotokawa 3378, New Zealand
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years or 1 meter tall
  • Family Pass includes 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 11 travellers
Inclusions
  • Experienced Professional Guide
  • Fitted Life Jackets provided
  • Waterproof Jackets provided
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Parking and Bathroom Facilities Available
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (for purchase for NZ$45)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Nga Awa Purua Road, Rotokawa 3378, New Zealand
Duration
35m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years or 1 meter tall
  • Family Pass includes 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 11 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Popular mentions

5.0
1,104 reviews
Excellent
1,026
Very good
66
Average
7
Poor
3
Terrible
2

Ursula D
1 contribution
Wonderful Family Day Out.
Great Afternoon experience for our family! Four kids 8-14, all enjoyed the ride. With @Shannon our driver we felt confident and safe. Loads of thrills!
He knew the area well and filled us in on loads of interesting facts on the area.
@Amanda and @Gabe in the office super friendly and helpful too.
A must do Taupo attraction
Written 17 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mel B
Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand5 contributions
Great experience for all the family
Oct 2021 • Family
Totally recommend this. Our family of four Inc two kids 10 and 7 really enjoyed this experience. Shannon was a great guide and gave us lots of thrills. We will definitely do it again and drag more of the family along next time.
Written 14 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! The team are happy as to know your whānau had such an amazing experience with Shannon, on board the Rapids Jet ride! We definitely look forward to seeing all the extended family next time!!
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alexia
Masterton, New Zealand12 contributions
Great for families
Great activity we all loved it, good knowledge of the river as well and a decent amount of time on the boat, the speed and turns on the river were awesome would love to do it again!
Written 12 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kia ora, thank you for taking the time to write us this awesome review! So cool to hear you had such a great experience while at Rapids Jet! We look forward to seeing you next time. 😊
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ohinemataroa M
1 contribution
Wicked Experience
Oct 2021 • Family
Wicked day out on the boat with Shannon from Rapids Jet. My 3 kids loved it. Definitely recommend this as a great way to create family memories together.
Written 9 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kia ora and thank you for leaving us this awesome review! The team are happy as to hear you and your 3 kids had a wicked experience on board with Shannon! We are really glad to know we have provided an experience to remember. Nga mihi!
Written 16 October 2021
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trip adviser
New Plymouth, New Zealand1 contribution
10/10 experience
Such a awesome experience!
Our driver made the ride even better with great jokes and wicked driving skills. Highly recommended 🥳
Written 9 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kia ora Team! Cheers for the awesome review - and choice photos. We are so glad to hear you had a great time, along with a laugh on board with the driver! We hope to see you all again when you're next in town!
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sara Gavin
1 contribution
Having by a blast
Oct 2021 • Family
Great trip on the river with the Rapid Jet crew. The whole family had a blast! Heaps of speed and spins to keep you enjoying yourself
Written 8 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey Sara! Thank you for taking the time to leave us this 5 star review. We are so glad you and the whānau had a blast while on board with us at Rapids Jet! We hope to see you again :)
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Megan719_13
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand19 contributions
A must do adrenaline activity while in or near Taupo
Oct 2021
An amazing jet boat ride on through awesome scenery. The driver/guide was informative, engaging and hilariously funny. The staff that checked us in and sent us on our way were also excellent. Local customer service at it's finest. The ride was exhilarating and refreshing at times when you get sprayed. Everyone loved it and will be highly recommending it. Definitely worth checking out this local attraction.
Written 4 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for the brilliant review, Megan! The team are so glad to know you all had such a highly rated experience while with us, at Rapids Jet! We hope to see you again, when you're next in Taupo!
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jacynda Lace R
1 contribution
Taupo visit
Oct 2021
Had an amazing time on the Jet Boat, it was awesome!!! Good 35mins of rush and enjoyment, highly recommend!!
Written 3 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kia ora Jacynda! Cheers for the awesome review and recommendation! We loved having you and hope to see you again.
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Shayna P
1 contribution
Fantastic
Oct 2021 • Couples
Loved the experience. Driver was fantastic. All staff very friendly. Our whānau had a great time. Thank you
Written 1 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for the choice review, Shayna! We are so glad to hear you and your whānau had such a great time at Rapids Jet! We hope to see you all again. Ngā Mihi!
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ash S
1 contribution
Amazing time amazing guys running it!
Sep 2021 • Couples
Unreal service, unreal location, and top blokes running the place! 10/10 would recommend 10/10 Will do it again!
Written 25 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kia ora! Thank you so much for your awesome review!! We are so glad to hear you had such a highly rated experience! Looking forward to seeing you again :)
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Rapids Jet
StaceyMull
StaceyMull
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Family pass
Amazing and we worth the money! We visited as a family of 2 adults and 2 teens and all had a ball! We got wet but
NicoleneR12
NicoleneR12
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Fabulous rapids adventure
Shannon was an excellent guide and pilot. Going over the rapids was great fun and loved the spins. Also great knowl
261joannem
261joannem
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Great experience
A very welcoming company and a great experience. Would highly recommend . Can not rate the staff highly enough
briaranimals
briaranimals
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Amazing experience
Awesome trip and excellent staff would definitely recommend to any age as well with fabulous photos!
Jacque238
Jacque238
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Great fun, blow the cobwebs out
Our driver Dave was great fun, and informative. Beautiful scenery, history and movie locations. Plus of course the
nickialori
nickialori
00
Awesome fun
We had a fantastic time, Dave was a heap of fun, would totally recommend it. We will be back with friends to do it
682mirriaml
682mirriaml
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Rapid Jet with the Loninia
Awesome!! It was a memory that will staý with me for a lifetime! Love to be with my son next time ^^
filmonfilm
filmonfilm
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Rapid jet
Fantastic experience, so good we did it twice in a week , both times staff where friendly and knowledgeable of the
Michwood235
Michwood235
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Lots of fun
Our 2nd time, loved it. Great rush beautiful scenery, professional friendly staff. Shannon was a great energetic
Graham H
Graham H
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Just Brilliant
Dave the driver was welcoming, amusing, informative and reassuring if you needed it. The ride was brilliant - the r
Keith_Lynn01
Keith_Lynn01
00
MAD lol 😂
What an awesome experience shooting up and down Kaituna River at high speed (82K - 42NM Ish). Drifting, spinning, b
jayner467
jayner467
00
A must do, adrenaline rush!
An amazing experience. Highly recommend this company. It was great fun. Loved it. The driver slowed down a few time
0026tianal
0026tianal
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Must do!!
This was the highlight of our trip to taupo! Great time had by myself, husband and 6 grandchildren!! They loved rid
stephcamp1
stephcamp1
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Fantastic
Great trip down the amazing river. Great for the whole family. Highly recommend. Loved the info about the local env
Gertie73
Gertie73
00
Great fun
A lovely way to see the falls and lots of fun to do, make sure to book in advance and hold on tight!!
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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride price starts from £56.35. Discover and book Waikato River Jet Boat Ride on Tripadvisor

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