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Wanaka River Journeys

#9 of 52 Tours in Wanaka
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Address: 99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-443 4416
10:00 - 13:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 13:00

Wanaka River Journeys is a unique half day wilderness jet boating...

Wanaka River Journeys is a unique half day wilderness jet boating adventure. See hanging glaciers, Lord of The Rings locations and ice carved landscapes; enjoy local Maori culture and a 50 minute remote bush walk in the Matukituki Valley, gateway to the Mount Aspiring National Park... More than a jet boat ride.

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Very exciting. Very well organised. Can highly recommend it. Our guide was very knowledgable and very charming

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very exciting. Very well organised. Can highly recommend it. Our guide was very knowledgable and very charming

Thank Zackerie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am very thankful for the 2 guides making the best of the very low water levels on the river. I'm sure it's a different experience when the water level is higher. The nature walk to the hidden waterfall was a nice break from the boat ride and I assume the waterfall is more impressive when there is more water... More 

Thank Mike N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just wow!!! An incredible trip that everyone has to do when in Wanaka! This trip ticks all the boxes as you are situated in the heart of the national park, the scenery is just epic, lord of the rings style and amazing!!! We did the jet boat that was incredible, fun and very fast with lots of photo opportunities and... More 

Thank Hannah J
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the 1pm tour with Ben. Excellent, personable guide who told us about the Maori, the landscape and answered all of our questions. The jet boat was a grand time.

Thank klr1213
Niagara on the Lake
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter suggested we try this when we did the drive from Queenstown to Wanaka. I can't tell you how much I was happy I agreed with. I figured fast boat and some thrills but I got so much more. It had snowed over night and the river ran high. The views were beyond compare. Oh ya!, the ride was... More 

Thank JonesGolfs
Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved everything about our experience with the Wanaka River Journeys. Everyone was very professional. We had an amazing time jet boating on the Matukituki River – lots of fun, we highly recommend it!

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Richmond, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I can thoroughly recommend this activity in wanaka. We were picked up promptly at 955am and taken on a 20 minute minibus ride to our boat. The driver was informative along the way. We were supplied a long rain coat to cut the wind chill and a good quality life vest. Our boat driver was wonderful . Again very professional... More 

Thank Jules592014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We have just completed our journey with River Journey ...an absolute must for everyone. The scenery, knowledge of the staff are amazing and we were totally taken care of. Value for money. As someone who doesn't like boats or water I felt extremely safe and in good hands. Well done, will definitely be doing it again.

Thank Vickie S
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

We had a magical day with James exploring the Matukituki River and Lake Wanaka by jet boat. A fabulous experience for our whole family. The four hour experience including a walking trip into the wilderness was much better than a 25 minute jet boat only experience. 360 spins kept the kids smiling. James had plenty of good info about the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

This trip appealed because of the river trip and walk. Both were excellent. The organisation was excellent. Pick up from the I Site in Wanaka was prompt and we were bussed to out launch site, After being kitted out with life jackets and a safety briefing,we were off on our adventure. The boat driver was incredible, the channels in the... More 

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