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About Kiwi Jet Boat Tours
A trip with Kiwi Jet Boat Tours up the Rangitaiki River can be described as truly unforgettable. Our tour starts in North Island's largest man-made dam, Matahina. The dam was commissioned in 1967 and underwent major re-strengthening in 1987 after the 6.5 magnitude Edgecumbe earthquake. You will begin your tour by travelling across the majestic Lake Matahina, with one of our local experienced operators. The tour will take approximately 75 minutes and will see you career toward spectacular ignimbrite cliffs. You will pass through the natural gorge enhanced by weeping falls, caves, trout pools and neighboring farmland. Your driver will navigate seamlessly through the white water rapids and give you a moment to appreciate the beauty of our backyard, before you arrive at the ever changing Aniwhenua Falls. Kiwi Jet Boat Tours provides you with an all-round thrilling real jet boating experience, with heart racing excitement and gorgeous scenery, you will be left talking about it
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Lauren wrote a review Apr 2020
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I've been a few times up the river with the Kiwi Jet boat tour family and each time has been unique and exciting. The crew are amazing people that make you laugh and share their love for adventure and the trip up the river never gets old as it is truly beautiful. Great for all the family and friends. A must do around Whakatane !
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Erika wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had an awesome time at kiwi jets. It was fast, fun wiping around the curves of the river. The scenery was stunning and we felt very save in our drivers hands. Our favourite parts were the waterfall at the top of the river and the spins at the end. Would highly recommend.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Heidi552017 wrote a review Mar 2020
Hamburg, Germany34 contributions3 helpful votes
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I made the tour with my daughter and it was incredible.Brandon was the perfect guide and showed us all the beautiful of lake Matahina and the Rangitaiki river.We had so much fun,it was like flying over the river and safe at every time.Best experience in New Zealand.We would like to come back.Thanks so much.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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kevin d wrote a review Feb 2020
Cardiff, United Kingdom23 contributions2 helpful votes
I am not an adrenaline junkie by any stretch but saw this tour and thought why not. Easy to book with excellent communication. Rounded off my 7 week stay in the region as others have said fairly sedate ride up the through the lake and up the river to the top dam. The return journey excellently navigated by our driver Brandon over the rapids and past various trees and rocks. The local animals have a quick look from the bank as you whizz past. The only caution I would give is at the end of the trip the boat that is extremely powerful is sent into a 360 turn at high speed and I did bang my ribs on the side of the boat as the weight of the passengers next to me came across so hold on tight and brace yourself. But highly recommended if you are in the area. Back in the cold windy uk now - cant wait for my wait to my next visit to the beautiful country.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Kenny E wrote a review Feb 2020
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We just loved everything about this tour! It takes you in Bear Grylls’ footsteps on a exciting fast paced journey through amazing NZ nature abundant with cliffs, forests, waterfalls, narrows... It was great fun both for us and our kids (aged 3 and 6). From their front row seats, they pointed out every next rapid that appearded at the fast moving horizon as true co-pilots :-) And Kiwi Jet Boat is a small-scale tour company, far away from any mass tourism. Melanie was our amazing driver and guide! She’s superfriendly, easy-going and a real entertainer! Thx so much Melanie!!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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