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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride provided by Rapids Jet

Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
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Book in advance
from $107.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 35m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 35m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 57188P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Experienced Professional Guide • Fitted Life Jackets provided • Waterproof Jackets provided • All taxes, fees and handling charges • Parking and Bathroom Facilities Available
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (for purchase for NZ$45) • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
35m
Departure details
Nga Awa Purua Road, Rotokawa 3378, New Zealand
Inclusions
Experienced Professional Guide • Fitted Life Jackets provided • Waterproof Jackets provided • All taxes, fees and handling charges • Parking and Bathroom Facilities Available
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (for purchase for NZ$45) • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Nga Awa Purua Road, Rotokawa 3378, New Zealand
Duration
35m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
Not wheelchair accessible
Minimum age is 5 years or 1 meter tall
Family Pass includes 2 Adults and 2 Children
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Service animals allowed
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers
Popular mentions

5.0
1,081 reviews
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Lolita Y
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
A Senior Rapid Jet Boat
Jun 2021 • Friends
It was my first time in a rapid jet boat ride in Taupo. It was an amazing thrilling experience. The location was spectacular.
Written 20 June 2021
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Shelley T
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Excellent service with a side of Adrenaline
Jun 2021 • Couples
The communication we had before our arrival was excellent and easy to deal with (thanks Dave) I've done the Shotover jet in Queenstown and the Huka Falls jet.. This one was by far the most fun (and open more days during the week!) Dave our driver/pilot/captain was both knowlageable and had a great kiwi sense of humour. The photos and video are also really good and usually I wouldn't have paid for them but these were too good to pass up!
If you're in the Rotorua /Taupo area this is the place to go!
Written 16 June 2021
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Mel M
1 contribution
Awesome!
Jun 2021 • Couples
Wicked experience, Dave was very knowledgeable, highly recommend, beautiful scenery and great experience
Written 8 June 2021
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Carmen V
Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand3 contributions
Jet boat awesomeness!
Jun 2021 • Couples
An awesome experience, great value for money.
Dave was a fun, obviously experienced driver and the team did a fab job of looking after us.
Get in there New Zealand and support our locals!!!
Written 8 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Gema
Hastings, New Zealand1 contribution
Jet boat was awesome
May 2021 • Couples
Such an awesome experience!! Highly recommended!! Was good learning about the Waikato river. Was funny doing hoops and going up the rapids. Can’t wait until I’m back to go again!!
Written 29 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Gema! Thanks for leaving us this kind review! We also cant wait to see you at Rapids Jet again!!
Written 5 June 2021
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Jessikah
7 contributions
Great experience
May 2021 • Couples
Partner are I attended 14th May for an activity for our anniversary weekend away. I was scared and have never wanted to do it. But I did and it was such a blast, great experience. Great chats and get to learn a few things I never new. We will be going back :) staff were amazing!!
Written 14 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora and Happy Anniversary! The team at Rapids Jet are so happy to hear you ended up having a great time on board, once the nerves had settled..!! Thanks for taking the time to leave us this honest review and for coming adventuring with us, at Rapids Jet! We look forward to seeing you next time. :)
Written 5 June 2021
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Brendan F
1 contribution
Amazing, exciting and great for the whole family.
May 2021 • Family
One of the best things I have ever done. Shannon the driver was amazing, the ride was thrilling and also you learn about the river and how many movies have been filmed here.
Definitely worth doing, this is a tick off my bucket list.
Written 6 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Cheers Brendan! We loved having you and the whanau the other day! The team are very stoked to hear our ride is 'one of the best' things you have ever done!! We hope to see you all again when you're next in Taupo. :)
Written 13 May 2021
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acresswell
Hamilton, New Zealand5 contributions
Plenty of thrills and spills
Apr 2021 • Couples
An awesome wild ride!! Bring a change of clothes/wet weather gear, you'll need it. Plenty of rapids that were used in many Hollywood blockbusters. A must do in Taupo
Written 30 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora! Thank you for leaving us such an awesome review. We are very glad to hear you had an awesome time on the Rapids Jet ride! We hope to see you again :)
Written 13 May 2021
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KMV
9 contributions
Better than expected
Had a fun 35 minutes hooning up and down the river. Great guide with the right balance of safety, speed and trivia. Would definitely do it again
Written 24 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora! Thank you for leaving us a 5 star review. We are very glad to hear we have exceeded your expectations! See you next time :)
Written 2 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Will Aitken
1 contribution
Exciting event
Apr 2021
It was loads of fun and they engaged with us really well to ensure that everyone felt included. They made my 10 year old son Daniel feel really special.

Wonderful experience
Written 21 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks for the choice review Will! Reviews like yours letting us know that both yourself and your son, Daniel, had a clear impact by the engagement between our team and our amazing customers, is why we do what we do!! So again, thank you for leaving us this review. Hopefully we will see both of you again one day :)
Written 2 May 2021
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By: Rapids Jet
StaceyMull
StaceyMull
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Family pass
Amazing and we worth the money! We visited as a family of 2 adults and 2 teens and all had a ball! We got wet but
NicoleneR12
NicoleneR12
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Fabulous rapids adventure
Shannon was an excellent guide and pilot. Going over the rapids was great fun and loved the spins. Also great knowl
261joannem
261joannem
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Great experience
A very welcoming company and a great experience. Would highly recommend . Can not rate the staff highly enough
briaranimals
briaranimals
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Amazing experience
Awesome trip and excellent staff would definitely recommend to any age as well with fabulous photos!
Jacque238
Jacque238
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Great fun, blow the cobwebs out
Our driver Dave was great fun, and informative. Beautiful scenery, history and movie locations. Plus of course the
nickialori
nickialori
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Awesome fun
We had a fantastic time, Dave was a heap of fun, would totally recommend it. We will be back with friends to do it
682mirriaml
682mirriaml
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Rapid Jet with the Loninia
Awesome!! It was a memory that will staý with me for a lifetime! Love to be with my son next time ^^
filmonfilm
filmonfilm
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Rapid jet
Fantastic experience, so good we did it twice in a week , both times staff where friendly and knowledgeable of the
Michwood235
Michwood235
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Lots of fun
Our 2nd time, loved it. Great rush beautiful scenery, professional friendly staff. Shannon was a great energetic
Graham H
Graham H
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Just Brilliant
Dave the driver was welcoming, amusing, informative and reassuring if you needed it. The ride was brilliant - the r
Keith_Lynn01
Keith_Lynn01
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MAD lol 😂
What an awesome experience shooting up and down Kaituna River at high speed (82K - 42NM Ish). Drifting, spinning, b
jayner467
jayner467
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A must do, adrenaline rush!
An amazing experience. Highly recommend this company. It was great fun. Loved it. The driver slowed down a few time
0026tianal
0026tianal
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Must do!!
This was the highlight of our trip to taupo! Great time had by myself, husband and 6 grandchildren!! They loved rid
stephcamp1
stephcamp1
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Fantastic
Great trip down the amazing river. Great for the whole family. Highly recommend. Loved the info about the local env
Gertie73
Gertie73
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Great fun
A lovely way to see the falls and lots of fun to do, make sure to book in advance and hold on tight!!
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