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“Absolutely Fantastic”
Review of Wairaurahiri Jet

Wairaurahiri Jet
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Clifden
Certificate of Excellence
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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 6 January 2016

Everything you read in these reviews is true. This was the absolute highlight of our 2.5 weeks in New Zealand and a completely unique experience that gets you really out into the wilderness.

The jet boat ride was fantastic - Johan very skillfully manouveres the boat along an incredibly shallow river with at times only cms of water under the boat through untouched forest. The commentary was fantastic as was the great BBQ lunch and views of the coast. I cannot recommend highly enough

Date of experience: December 2015
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justjuice, Front Office Manager at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2016

Hi,
Thanks for your kind words. I will make sure I sit Johan down to read your review.
Thanks for joining us for your adventure in southern Fiordland.
Kind Regards
Joyce Wairaurahiri Jet.

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Reviewed 31 December 2015

We arrived at the boat ramp and were kitted out with life jackets and wet weather gear after an interesting drive from Lumsden. The trip across the lake can be exciting as the wind can get up, however Johan is a confident and experienced jet boat driver so just enjoy the thrill. The trip down the river is both fun and interesting. Johan takes the time to explain environmental issues both regarding feral animal problems (checking the stoat traps, which can be sponsored) and the environmental history and ecology of the area.
Arriving at the mouth of the river into the Southern Ocean is an amazing experience! Near here we had a tasty lunch at a small lodge in the wilderness.
There was time for bush walking and fishing or just sitting soaking up the atmosphere whatever one wished to do. The return trip was just as fun and interesting going back up the river. Don't forget to take warm clothes and a hat that fits firmly or is tied on especially if you have no hair (my husband lost his beanie/cap combination!).

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed 23 December 2015

The trip is everything the reviews tell you. The drive from Manapouri was easier than going up to Milford Sound, passing through interesting countryside. The small unsealed section of road was in good condition and not a problem. Despite a rainy start the supplied jackets kept us dry and the heated handrails were bliss, and by the time we hit the river things had cleared. Once on the water we never saw another soul, but we did see wildlife such as a long-tail cuckoo being chased by a tui and a deer we disturbed as it came down to the river to drink. Johan's commentary complemented what we saw without sounding like a lecture. The teenage boys found the lunch superb and were encouraged to go back for more, while Mum's rock specimens collected from the coast were allowed aboard with so much as a raised eyebrow. Quite simply, nothing could've been done better.

Date of experience: December 2015
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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
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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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