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Rapids Jet

Nga Awa Purua Rd | Aratiatia, Taupo 3378, New Zealand
+64 800 727 437
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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 jetboating 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 AwaPurua rapids. Take time to view the amazing surrounds of Aratiatia Scenic Reserve, and learn about the wildlife and history of the area with your Kiwi owner/drivers Rusty, Jimmy and Gazza.Our 35 minute blast guarantees an adrenaline rush! Since 1993, over 140,000 passengers aged 5-89 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. Let us share our love of jet boating with you, book a ride on Rapids Jet today.
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“great fun” (62 reviews)
“the river” (75 reviews)
“great driver” (15 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Nga Awa Purua Rd | Aratiatia, Taupo 3378, New Zealand
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+64 800 727 437
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"the river"
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"usb stick"
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"twists and turns"
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"an absolute blast"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Awsome adrenaline rush. Enjoyed every single second. So worth the money. Trip just seemed to short. Time flew while we were on the water. Thanks Gary and Christa.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Absolutely loved it!!! Good adrenaline rush with a super friendly crew. Very highly recommended for everyone

Thank Megan B
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth doing while visiting Taupo. This jet boat ride is thrilling and good value. Would do this jet boat ride over the huka jet.

Thank hamorris
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Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Cheers for the review!! If you are looking for fun and thrills Rapids Jet is definitely a great choice!! :)

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic fun for all ages, my 7 year old grand son loved it, so much infornation about area shared. Recommend to all familes

Thank telfertown
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Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you and your grandson loved your Rapids Jet experience! We love seeing the happiness the rapids bring to everyone's faces! Next time you're in Taupo please come again! Cheers!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One word - FANTASTIC! Absolutely loved this tour. Sam was a wonderful navigator. The thrills were top notch. But Sam took time to talk about the river,the boat, the hydro power, and the LOTR. Can't recommend enough!

Thank jws16
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Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the kind review! So glad Sam provided you with a fantastic Rapids Jet experience! We do operate on a special part of the Waikato river and love sharing it with others :)

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Jet boating up to the Huka falls is a great way of having fun and seeing the waterfalls from below. To take good photos.

Thank val m
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Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad to hear you had a lovely time on the Hukafalls Jet, next time you should come check out the Rapids with Rapids Jet!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a Maori coming home from overseas, i found the ride very uplifting and found my wairua.i thank you for this beautiful experience and highly recommend it for all.

Thank Renee O
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Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the very kind words Renee! We loved having you out on the boat, please come again for another spin through the rapids! Cheers :)

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tinhut594
15 April 2017|
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Response from Rapids Jet T | Property representative |
Hi There, Sorry for such a delay in getting back to you! The photos need to be purchased from the Rapids Jet base after your trip. We do keep them on record for a while so give us a call on 0800 727437 and we may be able to... More
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Stephanie S
22 July 2016|
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Response from kiwiman13 | Reviewed this property |
They are open 364 days a year but closed on Christmas Day.
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Y0nghui
13 July 2015|
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Response from Rapids Jet T | Property representative |
Hi. Thanks for the question. Unfortunately the Hot Bus is no longer however there is Great lake Shuttles that provide transport at an additional cost. The NZ phone number For Great Lake Shuttles is 021 656 424. I hope this... More
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