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Address: Nga Awa Purua Rd (Off Rapids Rd) | Aratiatia, Taupo 3378, New Zealand
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+64 800 727 437
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The Jet Boat is a New Zealand icon, and jet boating is a favourite activity...

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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This was a great highlight - Dave put on a trip specially with only 3 hours notice for 11 of us. great to see the movie spots along the river. Loads of interesting facts and he... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Auckland, New Zealand

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Squamish, Canada
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24 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good ride focused more on bouncing over the rapids rather than how close you can get to a cliff. Fairly decent length and the operation is well run.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a great highlight - Dave put on a trip specially with only 3 hours notice for 11 of us. great to see the movie spots along the river. Loads of interesting facts and he was always willing to answer questions. good value for money we thoguht. plus we got lots of photos and a couple of videos for... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

200% recommend Rapid Jet. We had the best time ever, an amazing experience on the water, the rapids was my fav, it was loads of fun really enjoyed it and they are very kind, helpful and thoughtful staff who literally went out of their way for us. Gold star for your customer service. Thank you Sophie and ur Boss man... More 

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Thank miiluv
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The ride through the rapids was a highlight. The river level was quite low on our trip but we still had a great time.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What fun I had on this trip! Zooming down the river, adrenalin pumping as we wizz close-bye tree/bank edges and doing spins! Checking out the Aratiatia Dam, Aratiatia Rapids (Lord of the Rings/Hobbit film site), Yogi Bears film spot and enjoy half a dozen goes in wild raging rapids. Brilliant photos were a major bonus. What a super fun tour... More 

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Thank 01donala
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A great time was had by Miss9 and her Dad, seeking an afternoon thrill. Great service, great people, great overall. A must do if you're in Taupo.

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Thank Angela P
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was amazing! Everything is perfect, our guide Simon made it more exciting and very friendly and funny too. One of the highlights of our stay in Taupo and strongly recommend to everyone!

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Thank Rita M
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Can't express enough how awesome this experience was! The staff at Rapids Jet are all super friendly, including their little dog Max! 30 minutes of high speed thrills through the rapids of the Waikato river, including getting up close to the dam, it was amazing!! We will be recommending Rapids Jet to all of our guests heading to Taupo for... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This jet boat ride is nothing short of epic! Did someone ever told rusty that he was driving a jet boat not maneuvering a raft?! I can not believe how action packed this jet boat trip was, that was a 200 horse power rafting trip!

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Thank Robin_Laura
Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow thank you Simon and the crew for the trip today, my 7yr old son and I loved it! The heated hand rails were a great touch! A very recommended and must do activity!

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