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“Awesome jet boating ”
Review of Wairaurahiri Jet

Wairaurahiri Jet
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Clifden
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Jet boat into the heart of Fiordland South Island's ultimate jet boat ride! We will take you on a trip of a life time. 94 Km’s of jet boating into the heart of Fiordland National Park and back; travel across Lake Hauroko and down to the rugged southern coast via the wild Wairaurahiri River. Our All Day Adventure includes, personal guided nature walks and a delicious kiwi style BBQ For your comfort on the colder days, we have fitted heated hand rails to our boat, along with woolly hats and over sized water proof oil skin coats for our guests to use while aboard. These are a great addition to help you to enjoy our already awesome boat trip The River: The Wairaurahiri River, 34 km of rugged rock strewn grade three rapids that drop 600 feet to sea level. These are the conditions which make the Wairaurahiri Jet such an exciting ride! Trampers: We can pick up or drop off - links with Hump Ridge Track and South Coast Track. Plus other packages, Helicopter, Jet boat adventure, over night adventure, or Twilight adventures trips. Our safety: Johan, (owner operator) has over 20 years experience on the river. Our twin engine jet boat is specially designed to handle the conditions of this remote area. We believe our boat is 200% safer than any other operator on this river as we are the only boat with two engines. Twice the safety and comfort. Safety Audits Wairaurahiri Jet is also audited yearly by Maritime NZ, Wairaurahiri Jet is the only boat on the river that is an approved activity and has achieved a Gold Enviro award Qualmark. New Zealand, tourism bench mark.
Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

Great thumbs up to Johan and Joyce of wairaurahiri jet boats
Great ride on the lake and river to the sea
Wonderful bush lunch and walks great to see you catered to others fishing need as well
Cool little walk over the swing bridge
A great full day trip beats Queenstown any day
Keep up the great experience

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank debbie r
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justjuice, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2015

Hi,
Thanks for your kind words.
Johan enjoys showing off his great piece of paradise.

Enjoy your holidays.

Wairaurahiri Jet
Joyce and Johan

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Reviewed 30 October 2015

Wherever you are in Southland this is quite a long trip to get to, but well worth the journey. We met Johan at the lakeside on a rather dull morning and he handed out waterproof coveralls for those who hadn't managed to bring suitable waterproof clothing and we boarded the jet boat. It's not the most exciting trip across the lake, especially if it's a bit cold and dull but Johan gave us enough entertainment and info to keep us happy. By the time we got to the river the weather had brightened up and the real fun began.
Hurtling down the rapids in front of twin Lexus V8 engines burbling away, swerving this way and that, bouncing here and there is about as much fun as you can have on water and still remain absolutely safe and (relatively) dry. With occasional stops for updates on the wildlife, the area and checking stoat traps it was a totally exhilarating experience.
We stopped at the sea and beached for a short walk up to Waitutu lodge where Johan cooked a great barbeque lunch and we stretched our legs (and took advantage of toilet facilities).
After a suitable break we headed back up river for the return trip, which was no less fun than the downhill run. Only when we were half way back across the lake did the wind get a bit fierce and those on the windward side did get a fair amount of splashing, and as we were hanging on to the grab rails in front of us we were very happy that they were heated.
If you think this trip is only for fit and able youngsters think again, my wife and I are both pensioners with some mobility issues and we coped well enough and had a total blast. Go and support Johan in his valuable conservation work and have a great time too.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed 11 April 2015

Following a 30km drive down a windy unsealed road we were met at the Lake car park by Johan. He took 8 of us across the Lake in what appeared to be a basic speed boat. He handed out wooly hats and splash jackets to anyone who wanted them. (I advise you to accept). When we reached the river he put his foot down. It was amazing. We zig zagged down river for 30km at fantastic speeds over the very shallow rocky river avoiding boulders and trees, occasionally bouncing off a protruding rock. It was the most exhilarating, exciting experience I have ever had on water. Johan was very skilful and had a dry humour. When we reached the sea we turned round, beached and had a brilliant barbecue at the Lodge. We then trecked through the forest for a short while, crossed a swing bridge and re boarded the boat which then returned at high speed, thankfully back to the Lake. At each of the short stops Johan, in his gentle, humorous manner told us the history and geography of the area and of his huge passion of trying to protect NZs birds by trapping stoats. This was our best experience in NZ and I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone.

Date of experience: February 2015
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Reviewed 23 March 2015

Our ride down and back up the Wairaurahiri River with Johan was a thrill a second. At several stops on the beautiful forested riverbanks he was very informative about flora and fauna. He then cooked us up a fantastic feast for lunch. A multi-talented man! A multi-sensory experience. Loved it.

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank PippaStevo
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Reviewed 15 March 2015

We were a party of five who booked our trip with Wairaurhiri Jet for the sole purpose of reaching the mouth of the river for the two day walk back along the South Coast Track. However, the trip proved to be a highlight of our NZ visit. All but one in our group have used jet boats on multiple occasions to access NZ walking routes. The trip with W Jet surpassed all other trips due to the beauty of Lake Hauroko, the unspoilt nature of the Wairaurhiri River valley, Johan's knowledge and passionate interest in protecting the local environment, Johan's skills in navigating a shallow river and Joyce's willing assistance in re-positioning one of our cars.

W Jet was also able to arrange accommodation at Waitutu Lodge at the mouth of the Wairaurahiri River that is located on Maori land and under Maori management.

Our experience with W Jet opens the very real prospect that my wife and I will be back to NZ and utilising W Jet's services to access the Dusky Sound track.

Date of experience: March 2015
2  Thank Terry R
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