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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

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Enjoy a 35 minute Jet Boat ride on the Waikato River. The high-speed ride is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. Shoot through canyons, spin on crystal clear waters and surf the foaming tail of the awesome Nga Awapurua Rapids. You have several tour times to choose from throughout the day and can be shared with maximum 11 people per boat.
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.
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I only spent a few hours in Taupo and made sure that the jet boats was one experience we did do while there. Our driver, Shannon, was awesome - he was somewhat jovial (giving us a laugh along the way), a thrilling...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank annemariew1971
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora Anne-Marie, Thank you for taking the time to review Rapids Jet. We are wrapped to hear you loved your experience with Shannon. The Waikato river is very famous, so we're glad you learnt a few valuable facts! You'll have come for another blast...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I were visiting the area and decided to do a jet boat ride. Not usually my cup of tea, but it was definitely enjoyable! The boat pilot also gave a few facts about the river which was cool to hear. You get...More

Thank cfox57
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, We're delighted that you decided to experience a jet boat ride with us. The Waikato river is a very popular river, so we love sharing fun facts about it with our customers. Glad you enjoyed it! Safe travels and we hope to see...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thanks Sam for an a amazing adventure. The ride was fantastic and a most while on the Taupo area. I traveled half way around world and got the thrill of a life time.

Thank josephfm2018
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora joseph, Thank you for taking the time to review us, we're glad you loved your Rapids Jet experience with Sam. Wow, we're glad you loved surfing those rapids as much as us! Enjoy the rest of your trip :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself and my wife had a fantastic time out on the river, we made our decision spur of the moment and didn't regret it! All staff were very friendly, professional and organised. Sam was a great driver, very energetic, bubbly and informative. He gave us...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank EllieGrace88
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Ellie, Thank you for reviewing us! We're wrapped that you loved jet boating the rapids as much as us! Rapids Jet is locally owned and operated, therefore customer service is very important to us, glad it showed! :) We hope to see you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic adventure for the entire family! Excellent service and friendly staff. Highly recommend and our children loved it!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Michelle W
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Michelle, Thank you for your kind words, we're wrapped that your whole family loved zooming up and down the river over three sets of rapids! We love sharing our product with our customers, thanks for coming! :)

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fabdou2006
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Response from Mike L | Reviewed this property |
not that wet. Just face splashed a bit
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  • Duration: 35m
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