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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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CrunchWhakatane wrote a review Apr 2022
57 contributions25 helpful votes
What a wonderful day out! The team were so friendly, professional and the jet boat ride was thrilling, skimming across the shingle beds of the river. The scenery is majestic and awesome. This is such a stunning part of New Zealand and a chance to glimpse our wonderful wild back country. Some in our group followed with a helicopter flight over the area and came back buzzing with the whole experience. Just do it!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Karenza H wrote a review Apr 2022
Wanaka, New Zealand63 contributions28 helpful votes
We travelled with Wilkin River jets at the beginning and end of our tramp over Easter. Alec was our driver for both trips and was knowledgeable and informative about the area we were travelling in. It is extremely good value and I would highly recommend you using this local company for your transport arrangements in this area. Thanks Wilkin river jets for making our trip fun.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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JohnboyMosgiel wrote a review Jan 2022
Cromwell, New Zealand53 contributions26 helpful votes
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Fav part of the trip was the 30min helicopter flight up the Wilkin River valley, then traverse along the mountain tops, over Lake Crucible and descent to the Siberia Hut landing spot. Great commentary along the way, though you'll likely not hear it being distracted by the great scenery on the flight. We stopped to check out Siberia Hut, then took the leisurely walk to the jet boat pickup point. Everything is well signposted on the route. The walk down the valley through beach forest was good too. Remember to stop often and look back the way you came or youll not see the great views on offer. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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64pinga wrote a review Jan 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions4 helpful votes
As Queenstown locals we drove more than an hour to Makarora only to learn that vaccination passports were required - which meant we were turned away. This was despite no mention of this requirement on their website, and also no mention of passports on their emailed list I received the previous day of ‘what to bring’. When you can fly nationally on Jetstar without a vaccine pass, customers should not be expected to assume one is required to get into a helicopter. Yet another example of Wilkin River Jets’ piss poor service was I had emailed the previous afternoon asking them to confirm their exact address, but didn’t receive a response until 16 minutes prior to our check in time (like I’d be scanning my emails while driving….). Not good enough. And let’s not go there about how these numpties emailed me just now, asking me to review a trip that we were UNABLE TO TAKE because of their appalling communications. In theory I should be asking for compensation for our time that they literally wasted.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from Danyel W, Manager at Wilkin River Jets
Responded 18 Jan 2022
Hi These are very difficult times to navigate adhering to Covid-19 rules and regulations being put in place and then changed almost month to month week to week. As a small business that is tourism and transport related this vaccination question is odd and honestly we all feel uncomfortable asking what your personal health choice is. Under the Covid-19 protection framework Orange Alert we are mandated that clients and staff over 12 years and over have to be double vaccinated. This is a very public and universal mandate that covers a wide range of businesses. It shouldn't have been a surprise to you that there was a possibility of being turned away. Your behavior in the office was very disappointing... abusive, called us names, pacing around ranting and raving it was awful to deal with. Not to mention the fake vaccine pass you pulled out at the end of it. We wish you all the best for your summer ahead Kind Regards Danyel - "the moron wearing a mask." as you so nicely named me that served you.
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Frankguth wrote a review Oct 2021
Blenheim, New Zealand58 contributions7 helpful votes
The flight was beyond expectation, amazing scenery, unhurried and well worth the price. We had a blast on the tops. I have flown in helicopters many many times - this was one of the best. Forget the price & DO IT. Thanks Blair & team.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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