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Wanaka River Journeys

Open today: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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“beech forest”(13 reviews)
Come with us on the most exciting half day adventure activity in New Zealand, jet boating beneath the spectacular scenery of Glaciers & Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film locations, into world heritage Mount Aspiring National Park. Location: The...more
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99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 800 544 555
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All reviews jet boating wilderness walk beech forest new zealand great fun guided walk beautiful scenery recommend this trip sand flies mt aspiring fun trip boat trip spend half a day awesome adventure four hours great hosts insect repellent
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had an unforgettable half day experience. First jetboating with lots of adrenaline boosts, and in the middle of all this, we were picked up by helicopter to go to the Isobel Glacier. What a views on the mountains and into the valleys !!! Simply...More

Thank Culture26006307397
Reviewed 1 week ago

We absolutely loved our trip. The scenery was amazing, made even better by being the only boat on the river. We really felt like we were going into the wilderness. The kids loved the 360 spins, me too!

Thank janepK9622KT
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently did the half day jet boat/walk and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The shuttle took us from Wanaka to the river where we boarded the boat and both drivers were very friendly and knowledgeable adding significantly to the quality of the experience. The scenery...More

Thank AlanG3269
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did the half day jet boat and guided walk experience and it was awesome! Greig our driver was entertaining and knowledgable and James our boat ‘captain ‘ was excellent. He navigated the river to perfection providing thrills and information in equal measure. A thoroughly...More

Thank wagonsandplod
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved our morning with James on the river and tramping through the woods. Boat was great and appreciated the heated hand-holds. You could see that James knew the river and boat like the back of his hand as he expertly maneuvered the boat. We enjoyed...More

Thank 449br
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a kiwi and think you don't need to do the river jet boat ride or bush walk, I have spent years tramping in the lower north island and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. James is an awesome guide. Very informative, knowledgeable and skilled...More

Thank chrisdV2469ZY
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I highly recommend the Wanaka River Journeys. We commissioned 3 boats for 30 customers and they were all blown away by the experience. You always feel safe, but the ride on the jet boats, both upstream into Lord of the Rings country, and then back...More

Thank Damian M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trip was one of the highlights of my seven months in NZ. Yup, no joke. That good. Every single member of staff we encountered was polite and fun. We were collected from the centre of Wanaka and from there it’s a 15-20 minute drive...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful scenery, exciting ride, excellent guides. interesting walk among unique flora and fauna. We even rescued an orphaned calf.

Thank Sherpa784119
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely brilliant - would recommend it! We were particularly lucky in that we were the only boat on the river the day we did it, and the walk into the forest was gorgeous.

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1 February 2018|
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Response from cultureoutdoors | Reviewed this property |
We booked on the webthe night before.
4 July 2016|
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Response from Iain C | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure but from what Judy has already said it looks ok.