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Waiatoto River Safari

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Waiatoto River Safari. Only NZ jet boat tour from the ocean to the mountains 2.25 hours of extraordinary nature and exceptional beauty only seen on this trip. Experience the history of Gondwana land, smell the rainforest as you walk softly through...more
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1975 Haast-Jackson Bay Rd | Hannahs Clearing, Haast 7844, New Zealand
+64 3-750 0780
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great trip with Wayne. Very cool area of the country. I constantly pressed him with questions and he had all the answers!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank maxminshull
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Max, we are pleased Wayne lived up to your expectations as a knowledgable guide of this beautiful area. All the best for the rest of your trip. Kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the Waiatoto river safari with Wayne. The boat safari is an excellent way to explore the wilderness of Haast region. Boat drive is firm and suits anybody from 5y onwards. Weather was excellent and we got the best out of the river. Wayne...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank VintagePR
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to take babies from around 3 months old as long as the child fits the life jacket and the parents are happy. We pride ourselves on being a family orientated tour as these days so...More

Reviewed 19 December 2018

Navigating up the crystal clear Waiatoto River in a jet boat was just one memorable part of this amazing adventure. The information that Wayne shared about the flora & fauna in the area was fascinating-I learned so much! We took a brief bush walk and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kathee M
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

You are most welcome and you were a pleasure to meet. We are all about people enjoying our area and experiencing something new, different and appreciating it. Sounds like this is exactly what you did! Thanks so much. Kind regards, Ruth, Wayne & Aru.

Reviewed 16 December 2018

Well organised, Ruth was lovely to deal with and Wayne was a brilliant tour guide. Very knowledgeable and the actually jet boat ride was fantastic. Stunning scenery and a great river run. Would highly recommend this trip.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2018

Thank you both for taking the time to review us and to join our tour in such magical place. Enjoy rest of your travels. All the best, Ruth & Wayne.

Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

It was a very personal jetboat tour with lots of historical and kiwi conservation information which we very much enjoyed. The scenery was incredible and the 2.5 hours went by way too fast! Highly recommend! Also very rarely get to go somewhere as a tourist...More

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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2018

Hello and thank you for choosing our tour and reviewing us. Yes we are very remote but fortunate to be close to the main road so that tourists may enjoy our slice of paradise. Safe travels and it was lovely to meet you all. Ruth,...More

Reviewed 17 November 2018

This is not just a jet boat trip .. it is a river safari with some excitement but more importantly an opportunity to experience some of what NZ West Coast is about. Wayne made us forget about life as normal and learn so much of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2018

..."forget about life as normal", that is such a great phase and thank you for taking the time to review us. We do enjoy our beautiful part of the world and it makes it even more special to know people who live just over the...More

Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Most peoplw are familiar with jwt boats as thrill rides, with 360 degree spins etc. Butbas Wayne explains their original purpose was for gaining quick access to the water, and traversing with speed into quite inaccessible places, and in shallow water. This safari uses the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MarcusBridges
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2018

Thank Marcus for such an amazing review. You describe the tour very well and we are very happy you took the time to stop off at the Kiwi Centre in Franz Josef. The access on the river is impossible unless you have a jetboat so...More

Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

I was skeptical about a boat ride up a river because I am an experienced boat owner myself. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The scenic views and speed at which we ran up stream in shallow but extremely clear water was impressive....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Thank you so much for your amazing review! It is nice to know that with were able to impress a seasoned boat owner such as yourself. The snack is a nice addition to our winter tours and although the scenery is stunning all year around...More

Reviewed 30 September 2018

Haast and the surrounding area is beautiful. This trip is a great chance to see scenery you cant actually walk to or drive to. Ruth made the booking process very easy and did an awesome morning tea thank you. Wayne took us out on the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2018

So pleased you had a good time. The morning tea is a nice addition to the Winter tour. Although we do not currently have cell phone coverage here, I am always on the end of the email, or not far from the phone for queries....More

Reviewed 24 July 2018

I booked this as a surprise for my husband and it was certainly well worth the money. Terrific scenery and commentary by Wayne. Very exciting jet boat ride that had us crying out with excitement.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank HollyFan
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2018

Thank you HollyFan for your review. I am thrilled that you had such a great surprise for your husband and that you enjoyed the boat tour so much! Kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.

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Response from Ruth-Wayne | Property representative |
Hi Nuno, great to hear from you. Yes absolutely safe for Children and of course fun. We have life jackets to fit all ages and our baby had her first trip on the boat at 4 weeks old.