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Pure Wilderness Jet Boat Tour through Fiordland

Highlights
  • Your guide showcases landmarks and Lord of the Rings filming locations
  • Protective gear is provided to keep you safe as your driver does stunts
  • Morning, afternoon and evening departure times fit into any tight schedule
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Pure Wilderness Jet Boat Tour through Fiordland
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2 Hour Jet Boat Trip Down the Waiau River to Lake Manapouri with a Nature Walk
US$93.16
Pure Wilderness - 2pm
2 Hour Jet Boat Trip Down the Waiau River to Lake Manapouri with a Nature Walk
US$93.16
Pure Wilderness - 10am
2 Hour Jet Boat Trip Down the Waiau River to Lake Manapouri with a Nature Walk
US$93.16
Overview
Step into a powerful Fiordland Jet boat and cruise down the mighty Waiau River on this roughly two-hour adventure into the heart of Fiordland National Park. With no windows and no ceilings on the jet boat, you’ll hear the wind rush past you as you head down river to Lake Manapouri. Disembark and explore the Park’s ancient forest, then return in your jet boat, doing stunts along the way that you could never do in a car or tour bus.
What to Expect

Begin your adventure at our office, centrally located on Lake Front Drive in Te Anau. Take a load off and have a seat at one of our picnic tables while you use our free WiFi and charging station to make sure all your devices are good to go. Once everyone is all checked-in and ready to go, hop on our spacious and air-conditioned bus for a short ride down to Queen's Reach boat launch on the Waiau River. 

At Queen's Reach, your Fiordland Jet Guide will get you all geared up with spray jackets, life vests, and warm hats (if needed). Your guide will then load you into the boat before putting it into the water, so you won't have to worry about getting your feet wet. 

Your journey begins with an exhilarating jet boat ride down the picturesque Waiau river. The Waiau river is lined by ancient beech tree forest and is the Anduin River; the great river of Middle Earth! Featured in the opening scene from The Lord of the Rings! Get the inside-story on The Lord of the Rings filming locations, and the crazy logistics involved in filming.

Experience the thrill and excitement as you cruise down the powerful, surging, Waiau River. Stop in some quiet and tranquil spots, to soak up the amazing surrounds, spot a few trout, and learn about the unique environment and fascinating history.

Suddenly, find yourself out on the breath-taking Lake Manapouri. Surrounded by mountains that have been carved by snow and ice over centuries, experience a sense of wonderment as you gaze at the magnificent mountains and sit in awe of their sheer beauty.

Get a taste of adventure as you explore the ancient surrounds with your Fiordland Jet guide. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area. Step back in time as you experience prehistoric crown ferns and ancient, native beech forest, unchanged for 80 million years! Learn about indigenous Māori culture and the early pioneers of European history in New Zealand.

At the conclusion of your jet boat trip, your guide will return you by bus to our offices in the heart of Te Anau. There are bathrooms available at our office and also a car park. 

Allow 2 hours to experience this thrilling and informative jet boat trip!

Reviews (33)
1 - 5 of 33 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
So good!!

The team was amazing and super friendly! Dani was great and an excellent driver. I will be telling everyone about this place!

Thank Sean K
FJet_Team, Front Office Manager at Fiordland Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review Sean! Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip, and we look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Dani.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
very exciting

We love the spin (and you will know it). Full of fun indeed. It is not only a jet boat trip, but also a trip with knowledge of history, movie scenes, animals and plants. I even saw a duck nest with eggs! Absolutely recommended. ​

Thank Quest819936
FJet_Team, Front Office Manager at Fiordland Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Zhigang L, for your fantastic review! We loved hosting you, and are glad to hear of your great experiences! We hope to see you again! Cheers!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Unique experience of untouched wilderness!

Heated handrail !!!! This was certainly an experience to remember. Even the views on the transport bus to the bay are stunning. The jet boat ride itself was amazing, heaps of 360 spins. Bushwalk in The Lord of the Rings! Our guide was super friendly...More

Thank Michael L
FJet_Team, Front Office Manager at Fiordland Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Michael L, for your great review! Fantastic to hear you enjoyed your trip, we don't promote the heated handrail so that its a pleasant surprise for you perfect on a colder day! We look forward to seeing you again and thanks for recommending us!...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
mind was blown !

Jumping into the very clean and dry Jet you are welcomed by a professional jet boat driver and calmed with a safety briefing before you set off on what can only be described as a 4D version of all the best films you have ever...More

Thank Karl Q
FJet_Team, Front Office Manager at Fiordland Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Karl Q for your fantastic review! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your trip with us! Spectacular description! Thanks for coming and we will be sure to see you again! Cheers, Dani!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amazing experience

We were blown away by the Pure Wilderness trip - our driver Chris was just brilliant!! So knowledgeable and passionate about the Fiordland area, we learnt a lot. Plus he was ever so skilful in his driving - I had to hold my breath (in...More

Thank Sally L
FJet_Team, Front Office Manager at Fiordland Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

lowesally, Thank for taking the time to review your trip with us! We are glad to hear your positive comments, I will pass on your great feedback to Chris. Thanks for the recommendations and we will hopefully see you again in the future! Cheers!

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