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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 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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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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Mel M wrote a review 8 Jun
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Wicked experience, Dave was very knowledgeable, highly recommend, beautiful scenery and great experience
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Carmen V wrote a review 8 Jun
Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand3 contributions1 helpful vote
An awesome experience, great value for money. Dave was a fun, obviously experienced driver and the team did a fab job of looking after us. Get in there New Zealand and support our locals!!!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Gema wrote a review May 2021
Hastings, New Zealand1 contribution
Such an awesome experience!! Highly recommended!! Was good learning about the Waikato river. Was funny doing hoops and going up the rapids. Can’t wait until I’m back to go again!!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Gema! Thanks for leaving us this kind review! We also cant wait to see you at Rapids Jet again!!
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Jessikah wrote a review May 2021
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Partner are I attended 14th May for an activity for our anniversary weekend away. I was scared and have never wanted to do it. But I did and it was such a blast, great experience. Great chats and get to learn a few things I never new. We will be going back :) staff were amazing!!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora and Happy Anniversary! The team at Rapids Jet are so happy to hear you ended up having a great time on board, once the nerves had settled..!! Thanks for taking the time to leave us this honest review and for coming adventuring with us, at Rapids Jet! We look forward to seeing you next time. :)
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Brendan F wrote a review May 2021
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One of the best things I have ever done. Shannon the driver was amazing, the ride was thrilling and also you learn about the river and how many movies have been filmed here. Definitely worth doing, this is a tick off my bucket list.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet
Responded 4 weeks ago
Cheers Brendan! We loved having you and the whanau the other day! The team are very stoked to hear our ride is 'one of the best' things you have ever done!! We hope to see you all again when you're next in Taupo. :)
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