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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

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  • 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
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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
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10:30 DepartureMost Popular
35min Jet boat experience. Speeding off at 80km/h you will encounter two sets of fantastic white water Rapids. These will show you the narrowest part of the Waikato River.
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35min Jet boat experience. Speeding off at 80km/h you will encounter two sets of fantastic white water Rapids. These will show you the narrowest part of the Waikato River.
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2:30 Departure
35min Jet boat experience. Speeding off at 80km/h you will encounter two sets of fantastic white water Rapids. These will show you the narrowest part of the Waikato River.
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Overview

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.

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.

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Reviews (630)
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Reviewed yesterday
Great Time

Had a great time. awesome crew were really funny and knowledgeable !! 10 out of 10 would recommend to anyone.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HFTaupo
Reviewed 4 days ago
Fun, thrills and great scenery

Easy to book and easy to get to and park even with a large campervan. Waterproof coats were available if required but most of us opted out as it is fun to get a bit wet. Once seated a good explanation of what to expect,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Judy186220
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Judy! Thanks for the awesome review. We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself and even got a little bit wet! :) Those drivers have a neat sense of humor! It was lovely meeting you. Please come again.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fast fun!

We were driving from Rotorua to Napier and spotted this little gem near Huka Falls. The ride was very fun and our driver stopped along way to point out interesting sites along river. Very fun and safe. Loved it!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Castle-Kim
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello! Thank you for the awesome review! We are glad you enjoyed the experience. Cheers

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing ride on the rapids!

Exciting and fun ride on Rapids Jet! Gorgeous location just north of Taupo, near the Aratiatia damn. Got to see that flood too Thanks to Shannon our driver who was excellent. 10/10 Rapids Jet.

Thank Maria P
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Maria. Thanks for your excellent feedback! We are glad you enjoyed yourself. Please come again! Cheers

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Highly Recommend

Rapid Jets was absolutely fantastic, great value for money along with an informative guide. The experience was brilliant and the staff are so friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peter K
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Peter. Thanks for the awesome review! We are glad you had a brilliant experience. Please come again! Cheers

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