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Address: 99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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10:00 - 13:00
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Wanaka River Journeys is a unique half day wilderness jet boating...

Wanaka River Journeys is a unique half day wilderness jet boating adventure. See hanging glaciers, Lord of The Rings locations and ice carved landscapes; enjoy local Maori culture and a 50 minute remote bush walk in the Matukituki Valley, gateway to the Mount Aspiring National Park... More than a jet boat ride.

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Beautiful scenery, wonderful staff, memorable experience

Of all of the activities my husband, his sister, her husband, and I participated in while in New Zealand, this was our favorite. The staff members were all thoughtful, proficient... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
The Villages, Florida

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The Villages, Florida
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Of all of the activities my husband, his sister, her husband, and I participated in while in New Zealand, this was our favorite. The staff members were all thoughtful, proficient, and knowledgeable. I wanted to see locations where some of The Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed, and this trip took us to that pristine landscape. Kelvin was an... More 

Thank Jeri42817
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Matukituki Valley is beyond stunning. I feel so lucky to have been able to experience the beauty from the jet boat. Our driver, Ben, provided many laughs and great insight on the LOTR film locations. I must heavily thank Sue, the owner, for her kind heart and generosity. This company truly cares "about the people... and about the place".

Mirfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely 60+ with aching bones to prove it. The girls in the i centre persuaded us to try it. It was amazing. We were very well looked after, a short bus ride to the top of the lake with a guide who was very knowledgeable about the lake then onto the boat. It was relatively simple and then the trip,... More 

Thank anitainjune
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We took this trip on the spur of the moment and how fabulous it was. From the pick up to the boat trip and return, the organisation was most friendly and very efficient. The boat trip and guide Ben were outstanding - a mix of excitement, information and discovery up the stunning Matukituki River. We cannot recommend it highly enough!

Thank Malcolm B
Dedham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

We had booked the Jet-boat and Wilderness Walk option and were duly picked up and bussed out to the point on the River where they launch the boats and then given our briefing and split into two groups, one for each boat. So far, so good, but almost immediately it became evident that the boat to which we had been... More 

Thank Dedham_Traveller
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

This trip combines world-class scenery with the fun of jet-boating on what seems like impossibly shallow water to traverse. With a courteous pickup/drop-off service and the possibility to combine this with other activities (helicopter rides, hiking and 4WD) this is one of the must-do activities if you are staying in Wanaka.

Thank Stefan G
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

If you feel the need for speed this river journey fulfils you. Our driver Brent was fun and informative. Loved the 360s. Scenery is breathtaking. I agree with a previous comment about the sand flies. Take insect repellent. l am still scratching days later. This is my second trip to N.Z and I still want more.

Thank Vmacsmed
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

This trip was one of the highlights of my stay in Wanaka. Our guide Ben was great and stopped at various points on the journey to tell us all about the Matukituki valley and the surrounding scenery. The trip up the river was so exciting, with the boat travelling really fast in just a few inches of water. Well worth... More 

Thank MollieE94
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Everything about this trip was top class from the moment we were picked up to drop off. The jet ride itself is fantastic, white knuckle at times but informative and educational. Probably our NZ #1 highlight

Thank Kevin L
Ningi, Australia
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

This was our first jet boat ride , Boy what a great time we had. We saw where some of the scenes of Lord of the Rings were filmed and had a great walk to a beautiful waterfall. The Driver of the van that picked us up was so friendly and the Jet Boat Driver gave us an excellent time... More 

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