Waiatoto River Safari
Waiatoto River Safari
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SafarisBoat ToursEco ToursNature & Wildlife Tours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Waiatoto River Safari. New Zealand's only jet boat tour from the ocean to the Alps. You will experience a minimum of 2 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 the dripping ferns with the sparkling clear light shimmering, with the snowy peaks as your backdrop. Your experienced local guide will lead you through the ancient river, still untouched as it was thousands years ago when the Maori first roamed the land, the great Moa bird and Haast eagle still ruled the ancient forests. You will experience the magical, breathtaking beauty of the Te Wahipounamu, the Māori name for the South West New Zealand World Heritage area and take home memories that will have you yearning to return once more.
Haast, New Zealand
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Denise
Brisbane, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a really wonderful day out. They were very helpful with communication prior to our trip. Wayne is a great host and very informative. I would recommend this experience
Written 4 April 2024
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Thank you ! We are delighted you enjoyed the tour and that you felt Wayne was a great host. We love taking people out and I think this shines through. All the best, Ruth & Wayne.
Written 20 April 2024
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listi7
McKinney, TX163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful excursion on jet boat into pristine river valley on western side if South Island. Guide was knowledgeable and personable. History and ecological background of the area were explained. Short hike into the rain forest and also a walk on a beach where the Tasman sea was on one side and the river on the other. Homemade scones and coffee were served and a sample of whitebait (a tiny local fish considered a delicacy) was served.
It’s so restorative to be out on the water and this was a great way to spend the morning in this remote area.
Written 7 March 2024
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Yes, it is a very restorative place, the river and the valley. Thank you so much for your positive words. Kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.
Written 19 March 2024
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Jacky
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We came away from this jet boat safari with a lot of local knowledge about Westland ecology, geology, plants and weather patterns. Wayne and Ruth are extremely good at sharing their passions for this spectacular unique area of our beautiful country. Loved the apricot scones and the whitebait samples and the tour was just the right length. Don’t be afraid to go on the tour if it’s raining as this is how you really experience the West Coast in its wild beauty and the boat has a glass roof if needed and there are warm jackets available too. It’s worth the trip to Jackson Bay to experience the Waiatoto.
Written 2 March 2024
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What a delightful and accurate review. We really appreciate you taking the time to write your thoughts. All the best, Ruth & Wayne.
Written 19 March 2024
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Meander787318
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great trip and our guide was extremely knowledgeable. Interesting talk about the kiwi sanctuary and also saw evidence of the main earthquake fault line for the S.I.
Written 15 February 2024
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Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you taking the time to place a review and feedback is very important for our small family business. All the best, Ruth & Wayne.
Written 18 February 2024
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Christine8046
Switzerland54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great experience. After seeing the rivers and creaks only from the driving. It is awesome to follow the river upstream. The boat is comfortable and you get warm gear (I would recommend to wear warm clothing). It did rain a bit, but no problem. The boat has a "glass"-roof. You stay dry. Wyne gave a lot of information and it was interesting talking to him. Really worth the money.
Written 14 February 2024
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Great to hear you thought it value for the money. We are really aware that everything is so expensive in the world these days and we really like to add as much as we can to the experience so people walk away feeling like they have created a memory that will last a life-time. Kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.
Written 18 February 2024
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MikeKathy M
Southlake, TX5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Waiatoto River Safari was the hidden gem of our trip! It was a fun ride up the river in a jet boat. The water was amazingly blue, we stopped to take a look at the kiwi sanctuary, we went on a short bush walk, we had tea on the beach area that separated the river from the ocean. My husband and I enjoyed it immensely. Highly, highly recommended.
Written 20 January 2024
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Thank you so much - we appreciate your feedback and thoroughly enjoyed taking you both out to enjoy our amazing place. All the best on our travels. Kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.
Written 2 February 2024
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Matthew M
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Its such a beautiful river and we fortunately got to use their private jet boat ramp to put our boats in. However, I am utterly disappointment that Wayne has built toilets by the ramp without council consent and the effluent is simply being flushed into the river. The council are now shutting him down until this is remediated as its a Unesco world heritage site.
Written 9 November 2023
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This person is disingenuous in his comments as he did not go on our tour and he has not asked us for any clarification on what he has heard from the town's folk. Council is not shutting the river safaris down and as an ethical and sustainable tourist operator, we pride ourselves in our commitment to our environment which does not include damaging it, as matthewmW383YX has described.
Written 17 November 2023
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Kimberly P
Charleston, SC37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We had to most amazing river safari with Ruth! And we were expertly greeted at check-in by Aru. The jet boat tour is so much fun and Ruth imparts all of her local knowledge about the area and New Zealand flora and fauna. We were joined by a small group of youth who were grandkids of a neighbor and they were the best - very well-behaved and wanted to learn about everything. There are multiple stops along the river and we were able to get out of the boat a few times to look for rocks and we enjoyed a lovely tea break that included homemade scones. We were lucky to be there during Whitebait fishing season, so towards the end of the tour we visited Wayne and Aru where they had set up to fish at a beautiful location along the Tasman Sea. This is a must-do tour folks!!
Written 3 November 2023
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Thank you so much for your kind review with so much detail! Yes I was impressed with those Grandkids also, they loved the rock hunting. I really appreciate you taking the time to write a long review and to have visited us so far down the Jackson Bay road. All the best, Kind regards, Ruth, Wayne and Aru.
Written 14 November 2023
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brians1195
Phnom Penh176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
On yet another return visit the experience is as fabulous as ever. Wayne and Ruth run an excellent tourist experience in an area that is one of NZ's most remote. A trip up river then back down to the Tasman Sea is three hours of spectacular scenery, NZ at it's best. Do not miss this.
Written 21 October 2023
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Thank you Brian, as the highest achiever of the return visits to our river tour, that is very high praise indeed. Best, Ruth, Wayne and Aru.
Written 14 November 2023
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KevBen
Christchurch, New Zealand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Fantastic scenery and we had a great time. Ruth did everything, launched the boat, fitted the life-jackets, gave a very informative commentary had a lovely morning tea and got us safely back. No spinning high-speed 360's and exactly as advertised. We even had a sample of whitebait. Morning tea from the thermos with a scone while sitting in a quiet back-water out of the wind made the morning. Boat was easy to access and disembark. . Wear warm clothes although swandri's are provided if required. Good value for money
Written 3 April 2023
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Great praise and accurate description! I am glad you enjoyed the tour, I enjoy it too as every tour is different. The river changes every day and I feel it is a privilege to be apart of this very remote part of the world. Kind regards, Ruth.
Written 14 November 2023
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