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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.
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New Zealand Riverjet
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.
  • 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
  • Discover a slice of paradise with gorgeous native plant life, a thermally heated waterfall and warm soaking pools
  • Hold on tight during a thrilling jet boat ride back to the dock
  • Treat yourself to the same adventure shown in a 2014 episode of the American TV show The Bachelor
  • Includes all safety equipment, necessary gear and a hot beverage after the ride
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Great trip

NZ adventure tourism is 1st class and NZ Riverjet didnt let me down. Fantastic tour, thanks Shannen. Even though it was raining we had so much gear on we were still warm. Good job

Thank Scott C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Awesome experience, great driver!

I took my parents to do the NZ Riverjet 'Squeeze' and we had an absolute blast, even in the cold midst of winter! The jet boat ride was exhilarating and we were provided with plenty of warm layers to help keep us comfy. The Squeeze...More

Thank saa0193
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
A must do experience!

Right from the get go the staff are very friendly and welcoming, especially our driver Cam. The hour jet boat ride to The Squeeze is amazing with beautiful scenery. The warm water massage from the waterfall was wonderful! I would suggest taking a beanie or...More

Thank KANNE98
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello there, Thanks very much for the lovely review and Handy hints for our next guests. The squeeze is quite magical isnt it. Even in all of that gear! Glad to hear you had such a great time. Thanks again! The River Jet team.

Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile
The Squeeze!

Right from pick up, this tour was entertaining and informative. From Taupo we stopped at a lookout point, huka falls and aratiatia dam. We then headed out to riverjet and it just kept getting better! The jet boat ride was really fun and the squeeze...More

Thank briohnyp
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Briohny! Was wicked to have you out here, exploring your back yard. The Squeeze is pretty Rad right! We really appreciate you taking time to review us, and sharing on your recommendations! Thanks for cruising with us. Shan, Cam and Tony :)

Reviewed 10 May 2018
Thrilling boat ride with a 'Squeeze'

Nice trip up the river, followed by a bit of time walking up a stream which includes the squeeze and then the thrilling trip back down the river. Pick up and drop off from accommodation was great, staff were friendly and helpful. Marty was our...More

Thank Mark B
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Response from Justin R | 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!
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