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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!

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Overview
Enjoy the thrill of jet boating down the majestic trout filled Waiau River, to the serene Lake Manapouri, step foot into Fiordland National Park and learn all about this unique location.

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.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent Value!

Such an enjoyable trip! The team was so friendly and extremely helpful. The driver shared lots of information and history on the area and even showed us some spots where part of Lord Of The Rings was filmed, which was really cool. The boat I...More

Thank 385jackyf
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile
Excellent tour!!

I had a great time with Sim & Chris. Not only do you get the thrill of the jet boat ride, but you also get an interesting trip learning about local geography & nature, scenes from Lord of the Rings shot on site😉, & a...More

Thank johnobrienDec1987
Reviewed 14 May 2018
Fantastic!

Wow,what an experience! Our driver and guide Chris was passionate, committed and fun to be with. His commentary was informative - we learnt so much about the area we jetted through, he handled the boat perfectly and shared his local knowledge with us freely. He...More

1  Thank Maureen S
FJet_Team, Front Office Manager at Fiordland Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2018

Hey Maureen! Thanks so much for spending some time with us and glad you could experience the best of Fiordland! We pride ourselves on being able to make the trip as personalised as possible, and no doubt Chris' passion is infectious! See you again soon!...More

Reviewed 20 April 2018
Great trip along a stunning river ending in Lake Manapouri.

Highly recommend this trip, the 2 hour time frame is just right,and includes a diverse diet of entertainment from Jet Boat spins, to a short nature walk along shallow beach, Lake Manapouri. Tou may even get to see some stunning fungi and get up and...More

Thank mail560
FJet_Team, Front Office Manager at Fiordland Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2018

'a diverse diet'.... what a great phrase! We pretty much just survive on coffee and pies ;-). Can't wait to see you back... you'll be amazed at how different it all looks and feels depending on the day. Thanks again! Cheers

Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile
Amazing and Thrilling

It was just me and 2 others with jet boat driver Rebecca! She was an absolute legend! A local girl with mad driving skills and great knowledge on the area! It was a clear but chilly day however they provided us with a big waterproof...More

Thank Laura D
FJet_Team, Front Office Manager at Fiordland Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2018

Thank you so much Laura! It's awesome to be able to show a local gal Fiordland from a different perspective. A little chilly weather won't stop us... haha we've got everything you need to keep warm so you can still have fun, and enjoy the...More

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