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This jet-boat ride on the Waikato River offers exciting transport to the geothermal reserve of Orakei Korako. In the morning or afternoon, make your way to the jet-boat headquarters, just a 30-minute drive from Taupo or Rotorua. Your guide provides an orientation and safety briefing before you slip on a life jacket and climb into the jet boat for a wild ride on the Waikato River.

En route to Orakei Korako, your driver speeds into high gear for an adrenaline-pumping ride complete with 360-degree spins and fishtail turns. Hear about the birdlife, fishing grounds and pine forests lining the riverbanks, where evidence of geothermal activity can be seen in the steam. The river’s highlight is Tutukau Gorge, where stunning cliffs rise 165 feet (50 meters) from the water.

Reaching your destination, embark on a walk through the otherworldly landscape of boiling hot springs, mud pools and colorful silica terraces, with as many as 23 natural geysers on display.

Back on board the jet boat, complete your 3-hour excursion by returning to your starting point where you’re offered a hot beverage.
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Zip through the towering rocks walls of Tutukau Gorge on a Waikato River jet-boat ride. You’ll make a stop at the Orakei Korako geothermal reserve for a walk on a raised boardwalk past boiling mud pools and New Zealand's largest geyser. Then it’s back on the jet boat for another thrilling high-speed ride as your driver maneuvers 360-degree spins and fishtails through the water.
  • 3-hour morning or afternoon jet-boat ride on the Waikato River and visit to Orakei Korako
  • Pass by the towering cliffs in the Tutukau Gorge as you approach the geothermal park
  • Stroll around New Zealand's largest geyser field at Orakei Korako
  • Get great photo ops of the river and geothermal park
  • Feel the power of the jet boat as your driver performs tricky maneuvers for some high-speed fun
  • Includes entrance to Orakei Korako, life jacket and wet-weather gear
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Great tour

we had booked just the jet boat ride, but the day of our booking the local council turned the power off in that area and the jet company couldn't operate without there electronic safety equipment. The guys & girls where so accommodating and upgraded us...More

Thank mathew n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jet Boat Ride in August..the perfect time to go!

Wanted to share with all of you our perfect and amazing ride down the Waikato River with Tony. We went in August, which is their end of winter season and although it was a little chilly for us in the beginning, you warm up right...More

Thank bw0ng
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Perfect combination of fun, fear and tourist highlights

This was a highlight of our offsite annual conference. Staff were fantastic, friendly and full of interesting information and they made sure we were all warm as it was a bit of a chilly day. Thankfully the rain stayed away and we were able to...More

Thank HelenMoffatt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Epic ride!

Thoroughly enjoyed this jet boat ride and ultimate thermal safari experience. Cam was our driver/guide for the day. He was informative, fun & friendly. The jet boat ride was heaps of fun and Orakei Korako was beautiful. Great information about the area & Māori history....More

Thank Brizzexplorer
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello there, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience and recommendation for our Ultimate thermal Safari Tour! Its a lot we fit into the one experience, but it we agree its totally worth it! Thanks again, The River Jet crew.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Sweet As Ride!

We loved our ultimate thermal safari experience with Cam & Tony who were informative, fun & friendly guides. The jet boat ride was a lot of fun and Orakei Korako was beautiful. Great information about the area & Maori history. Definitely recommend!

Thank Alana D
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Alana, Thanks heaps for the Review and passing on your recommendations! So much awesomeness in one activity right?! Glad to hear had a sweet as time! Thanks Again, The RiverJet team.

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