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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 (657)
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Amazing

This is a thrilling experience, suitable for antine but still adrenalinic. It is a jet boat up and down the river, rapids included, with some tranquil momenta of history of the dam, natural facts and movie locations. Our driver Sam was awesome, a river and...More

Thank diegocom84
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're so glad you had a great time Diego! Yes, booking in advance is advised as we would hate for anyone to miss out! Those rapids are lots of fun, and its awesome you think so too! :) See you next time!

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jet boat ride

Fantastic ride. Our driver, Shannon, was great and my boys and I had a great time - even if I did have to scream a bit. Thanks sooo much, would totally recommend.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jenwa2018
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're so glad you had a great time! Thanks for the recommendation, we think Shannon's fantastic too! :)

Reviewed 4 days ago
Reviewing of Rapids Jet Boat

Sam our driver was very professional and very experienced and skilled at providing us with a high adrenaline jet boat ride in such beautiful scenery! I highly recommend this activity for your visit to Taupo, as it's worth every cent! Thanks Sam :)

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KatMac17
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're the longest and cheapest ride in town, so we think our prices are a steal! We're glad you think so too Kat! :) Thanks for the recommendation, we are wrapped you had a blast! :)

Reviewed 4 days ago
Such a thrilling experience

Our family had an absolutely amazing time with our driver Sam who is honestly such a legend his banter is 100%. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a bit of excitement for the day. Sam was also able to inform us with a lot...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Takunda101
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Sam's quick-witted, and he's very knowledgeable! Thanks for the recommendation Takunda, we're so happy you had a blast and learnt about the mighty Waikato river! :) You'll have to come again.

Reviewed 1 week ago
The ride of our lives

Fabulous experience, bouncing through rapids at high speed, and doing 360s. Sam the driver was outstanding, making us feel safe, but energised by the stunts he pulled. Altogether awesome!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NewyJP
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the review Newy! Sam's a great driver and we're glad you enjoyed your Rapids Jet experience! :) Come again soon!

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Nga Awa Purua Rd, Rotokawa 3378, New Zealand
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