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About Wilkin River Jets
Helicopter-walk-Jet boat. Adventure and discovery still beckon amidst the ancient river valleys and snow capped glacial mountains of the Makarora Region. One of the gateways to the World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring National Park, a 45 min drive from Wanaka and a one hour drive from Haast. Wilkin River Jets along with Backcountry Helicopters are specialists in delivering wilderness experiences. Luxury Helicopter Tours / glacier scenic flights, exhilaterating shallow water jet boating, and the world renowned Siberia Wilderness Adventure- heli-walk jetboat combo are among a few of our favourite listings. Est since 1968 - Legends!
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Kenneth B wrote a review 6 Jun
Auckland Central, New Zealand82 contributions24 helpful votes
Thought we would use a calm, mild winters day to jetboat the Wilkin. Such a beautiful part of the world and an amazing way to see it. Danyel was great helping sort it out, Alex was superb in charge of the boat, with plenty of insights and spins!
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Date of experience: June 2021
Katrina wrote a review Apr 2021
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Amazing day out in the back country. A great time spent with family in our beautiful motu. Such a privilege to be able to be there. Thank you team for the Siberia Wilderness Adventure and for sharing your passions. A day that will hold many memories for us all
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Date of experience: April 2021
Mark Christie wrote a review Feb 2021
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The Wilkin River Siberia experience trip must be one of the very best 1 day outdoor experiences in NZ - if not the best. We were blessed with great weather but the whole trip from the friendly team through to the breath taking helicopter flight and the excellent high country glade and forest walk to the exhilarating jet boat trip back to base were top notch. The scenery from the helicopter was spectacular with our cameras clicking away. likewise during the walk we had loads of time to take in the views, wonder at the beauty, do some trout spotting and takes lots more photos. During the excellent jet boat ride holding on was the priority as we shot down the Wilkin river and back up the Makaroa. A great way to finish a fantastic trip. Thoroughly recommended trip and great value for dollars spent.
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Date of experience: February 2021
Hank6 wrote a review Jan 2021
Palmerston North, New Zealand41 contributions50 helpful votes
Pick up from Kerin Forks after doing Gillespie Track. Arrived ahead of time and the trip back to Makarora was full of information about the area and a highlight in itself.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Whero wrote a review Dec 2020
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions1 helpful vote
Had a great jet boat trip on the Makarora/Wilkin Rivers with Hayden, majestic scenery into Mt Aspiring National Park. Would definitely recommend if you are travelling between Haast & Central Otago or as a day trip from Wānaka as we did. Hayden is very knowledgeable of the area and the thrilling jet boat trip over inches of water in places up into the high river valley. And no we didn't get wet...! Would definitely return, highly recommended.
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Date of experience: December 2020