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Wilkin River Jets

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Haast Pass Highway, Makarora 9346, New Zealand
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We did the 1 hour return trip up the Wilkin and Makarora rivers with Hayden. He's extremely... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2018
Debbie V
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Auckland, New Zealand
Well worth doing

Good service by good kiwis. The ride up the Wilkin River itself was gorgeous, the guide a good... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2018
dochendo
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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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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Haast Pass Highway, Makarora 9346, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

We did the 1 hour return trip up the Wilkin and Makarora rivers with Hayden. He's extremely competent at the helm so much so that there were times I was thinking how on earth is the boat going to get through that space and he...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Good service by good kiwis. The ride up the Wilkin River itself was gorgeous, the guide a good, plain guy. Very enjoyable, no lines.

Thank dochendo
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

jet boating on the Wilkin is a must do trip. the scenery is breathtaking and the boat ride is exhilarating.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

We booked Wilkin river jets to pick up our party of 5 trampers up at the pick- up place in the Wilkin river, after we had done Gillespie Pass, and found them to be excellent. They were reliable, safe and efficient. the jet boat ride...More

Thank Marion521
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

Helicopter flight and jet boat. Beautiful scenery. Thrilling heli flight and jet boat trip.- both exhilarating experiences. Undoubted safety and great service by pilot, jet boat driver and reception staff. Highly recommend.

Thank rjfnov
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

We had a heli-hike booked, that was cancelled two days in a row due to weather. While this was a disappointment, I am grateful and appreciative of tour operators who have the good judgement to cancel a tour. I am saying this because we had...More

Thank got2bebiking
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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

We walked the Wilkin/Young circuit which is a brilliant 4 day family adventure - they were big days but in an awesome location (and the side day trip to Lake Crucible is well worth the 2-3 hour walk each way and the extra day this...More

Thank DarrylCarpenter
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Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

Lots of fun on our way back from the flight/bike on the Siberia experience. Professional staff and a very enjoyable journey back up the river. Highly recommended.

Thank Charlie P
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

We took a jet boat ride up the Wilkin River from Makarora to the Kerin Forks Hut, stayed and explored for an hour while our "boat aimer" Danielle dropped some hikers back at Makarora, then got the boat back ourselves. Excellent driving by her, great...More

Thank Angus D
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

The Siberia Wilderness Adventure took us to (in my opinion) the most beautiful area of New Zealand - the Wilkin Valley in Mt Aspiring National Park. The helicopter ride was simply stunning, flying over turquoise alpine lakes, glaciers & landing on a sunny meadow in...More

Thank Charley R
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