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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
From US$87.03
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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.
US$87.03
12:30 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.
US$87.03
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.
US$87.03
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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.

Reviews (616)
1 - 5 of 616 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago
Amazing - So Much Fun!

A big shout out to the team at Rapids Jet. We had a amazing time and to Sam our driver - you a legend. Loved surfing the rapids, the 360 spins and getting sprayed and seeing some trout was an added bonus. We highly recommend...More

Thank roernz
Reviewed 1 week ago
Rapids Jet Boat ride

What an amazing experience. Skilfully handled Jet boat versus Mother Natures' torrent of water, getting wet was almost like receiving a trophy for being propelled through pummelling torrents of crystal clear river water. A must for thrill seekers, an absolutely amazing operator, Dave had my...More

Thank gbr61749
Reviewed 1 week ago
Lots of fun

Really enjoyed it. Not scary (as in getting close to trees / rocks etc) but gets up a bit of speed, does some 360's, and up and down the rapids. Didn't get too wet. Went with a young family (ages 7 and 11) and they...More

Thank Sightsee824239
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Absolutely Amazing Experience

Rapids Jet was such an awesome experience right from arriving at the location to leaving. The staff here were fantastic and our driver was great. He was very knowledgeable of the surroundings and always made sure everyone was having a good time. The ride itself...More

Thank PoppyWaye
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Rapid Jet are the best!

Great company with the best commercial jet boat experience in the North Island. Thanks Sam-you were an awesome pilot!

Thank 591nigelf
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It was fantastic you guys out on the jet boat Nigel! Glad Sam provided an awesome Rapids Jet experience :)

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