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About Rapids Jet
The Jet Boat is a New Zealand icon, and jet boating is a favourite activity for Kiwis. Set in the beautiful Aratiatia Scenic Reserve is New Zealand’s best white water Jet Boat Ride, Rapids Jet. Conveniently located just 15 minutes’ drive north of Taupo and 50 minutes south of Rotorua, Rapids Jet operates on the biggest rapids for commercial jet boating in New Zealand. Shoot through a narrow canyon, be exhilarated by spins on crystal clear waters, spot a trout and surf the pressure waves of the awesome Nga Awa Purua rapids. Take time to view the amazing surrounds of Aratiatia Scenic Reserve and learn about the wildlife and history of the area. Our 35 minute blast guarantees an adrenaline rush! Since 1993, over 140,000 passengers aged 5-93 years have safely experienced the thrill of real white water jet boating with Rapids Jet. We have thousands of hours experience driving jet boats both in New Zealand and overseas, so you can be sure you are in safe hands with Rapids Jet.
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Speed through white-water rapids and straightaways on a thrilling Waikato River jet boat ride that hits up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour through some of the river’s narrowest parts. The jet boat spins, banks, and makes hairpin turns, then surfs the powerful waves at Nga Awa Purua Rapids. Sit back, hold on, and keep warm with your spray jacket and heated handrails.
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Daydream814310 wrote a review 10 May
Rotorua, New Zealand2 contributions
What a great experience. Stunning scenery and lots of thrills, great driver, friendly staff and great weather
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet
Responded 1 week ago
We are glad to hear you had a great experience soaking up the sun, during your ride on board The Rapids Jet boat! Thanks for your review!
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Kylie wrote a review Apr 2022
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Took my daughter on her first jet boat road and she loved it just as much as we did! The driver was knowledgeable and also made the ride fun with all the spins and tricks. Would highly recommend
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora, thanks so much for this awesome review! We are so glad you and your daughter had a great time with us & hope to see you again someday. Nga mihi, Rapids jet whānau
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Carol M wrote a review Apr 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand18 contributions1 helpful vote
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The most amazing fun. So glad we did it. Thanks Gabe and all the other staff. Totally recommend everyone should do it.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for Sharing Carol. We appreciate your review and recommendation! The Rapids Jet Team are very happy to know you had an amazing time at Rapids Jet & hope to see you again in the future! 😊
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Peter R wrote a review Apr 2022
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Great fun awesome guide had a ball well worth doing only down fall was the photos great pics but the biggest drama under the sun trying to download and save them if you don’t have a degree in computer science don’t waste your money on the photo and video packs but other than that I’d go back
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora Peter, thanks for leaving Rapids Jet a review. We are glad to hear you had a ball on board with our Driver/Guide! We are always striving to produce a high quality experience for our customers. We would like to apologise for the issues you have experienced while downloading your digital memories. If you still are yet to download your images & video, please reach out to our staff at info@rapidsjet.com, we would love to assist you & hopefully resolve this issue.
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Michael D wrote a review Apr 2022
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Couldn't stop smiling the whole trip, was a fantastic experience. Gabe the driver was great and gave us plenty of speed and spin thrills, along with some great bits of information on the occasional breaks during the blast along the river. Would recommend to everyone and I would do it again, so good :)
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a excellent review, Michael! We are very glad you had such a great time & look forward to seeing you next time. ☺
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