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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1975 Haast-Jackson Bay Rd | Hannahs Clearing, Haast 7844, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank MarcusBridges
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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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

Thank Wrighty2002
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.

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.

Reviewed 20 July 2018

Booked this as a surprise for my husbands birthday and it was lots of fun and very informative. Very cold but Wayne made sure that we were well protected from Weather and danger! Well worth the moneyMore

Thank HollyFan
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2018

So pleased you had a great time. The big woollen jackets are certainly a great thing to take along if it is cold, which it sometimes can be, since we go up into the Mountains. We always suggest to dress well, with layers, but we...More

Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

I looked at a review that said it was overpriced: RIDICULOUS. It was worth every cent. The couple Ruth and Wayne were amazing. Such a personalized experience. You know what? The experience is probably worth EVEN MORE than what you pay for. The amazing boat...More

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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Mlsoong, thank you so much for this outstanding review. We really enjoyed meeting your family and are pleased you felt - as we do - it is extremely good value for money. It is difficult to find an activity that exceeds over 2 hours, for...More

Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

An incredible experience where you can experience both the alps and the ocean in one excursion. The jet boat cruise takes you to a wild and remote area of NZ experienced by only a few, nature lovers prepare to get your mind blown. In addition,...More

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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you Kiwi_sez for your thoughts and taking the time out to review us. Being family owned and run we like to think that every single person will come away from us with a smile on their face and a memory of the most unforgettable...More

Reviewed 30 April 2018

We totally enjoyed our boat ride with Wayne. The treats in a basket from Ruth were a fabulous bonus! They were so helpful as a couple. Being a paraplegic, they worked with us to accommodate my needs. My husband did pick me up and put...More

1  Thank ac123560
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Thank you for your review. We think this place is so very special that every single person should be able to join us on the tour, if that is what they would like to do. That is why we welcome infants through to elderly and...More

Reviewed 29 April 2018

What a great way to spend my birthday! Ruth greeted my partner and I with a friendly, warm welcome and check in was fast and easy. Wayne was our tour guide who clearly knew a lot about the area and took us to places it...More

1  Thank Rachel K
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Rachel, thank you for your lovely review. We were thrilled to learn it was a birthday highlight. It is wonderful and easy way to access an area that is not accessed in other ways unless walking or kayaking for days is on your agenda. We...More

Reviewed 25 April 2018

We arrived and it was already pouring with rain so we were given the option to cancel because the most important thing for the people that run this is that you have a positive experience, we were up for the adventure, of course it would...More

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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Hi Julie N, Lovely to hear you enjoyed the tour so much! The New Zealand Swanndri is truely an iconic woollen jacket that provides great warmth and comfort. We often have people - even the local New Zealand folk, tell us how much they enjoy...More

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Nuno168
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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.
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