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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 12 November 2017 via mobile

A NZ wilderness adventure from start to finish. Don't miss this one, it's worth every cent. Beautiful native bush, a rocking and rolling jet boat ride, and barbequed venison for lunch at a quirky lodge on the isolated South coast. Wonderful!

Date of experience: November 2017
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wjet, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Hi
Thank you for your review. It is truly a awesome place we’re we get to work and play in. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to show it off to you:-)


Safe Travels

Kind Regards
Johan and Joyce
Wairaurahiri Jet

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Last week, I set out to go for a walk along Lake Hauroko. In the carpark, I met Johan, co-owner along with his wife Joyce, of Wairaurahiri Jet. He told me that there was an opening available on his jet boat excursion that day, and just like that, my plans for the day had changed. For, what I can assume was, the best. For the next 6 hours, I learned about local flora, fauna, and history, while exploring New Zealand’s deepest lake, and traveling down a rapid filled river till we reached the sea. Along the way, there were a couple stops for us to stretch our legs and get more insider knowledge about the area. Then, we breaked for lunch. Johan dropped us off at the beach to explore, while he went off to prepare lunch. Normally when you go on one of these half day excursions, if lunch is even provided, it's something in the way of ham and cheese sandwiches and apple slices. Not with Wairaurahiri Jet. This was a full spread. A cheese platter to start with, followed by meats, salads, and other sides. We even got a complimentary bevvie. I was blown away. Then it was back on the boat, with two added travelers (they had pack rafted down the day before, and had arranged transport with Johan to head back with us). This time, there were no stops. Just lots of fast-paced twists and turns back up the river to the dock where we’d first started. New Zealand has numerous jet boat excursions on offer, many in adventure-packed Queenstown just a few hours away, and although I haven’t gone on any of those trips, I can’t imagine them being better than the one I went on with Wairaurahiri Jet. Wairaurahiri Jet offers other services, like transport to and from the Dusky Track. I definitely plan on getting in touch with Johan for boat transport in the future. Truly an awesome day!

Date of experience: October 2017
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justjuice, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Hi, Thanks for your great review. I'm pleased you where in the right place at the right time. Best wishes for your summer in Fiordland. Cheers, Johan.

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Great service from Joyce and Johan across Lake Hauroko at the end of the Dusky Track. The booking process was easy and they were quick to respond to my phone message (they are often out of signal on the lake/river) and by email. It's a great service for trampers in the area and I liked that Joyce always takes the time to note in the hut book when she will be back next, so that any trampers who have not booked will know when to expect the next boat (they only run the trampers service if they have booking so definitely call ahead).
I was also lucky enough to experience the jetboat ride down the Wairaurahiri all the way from Lake Hauroko to the South Coast! This is an amazing untouched part of fiordland which is fantastic to explore by jetboat as you can be the only people for miles around - much more of a wilderness experience that any other jet boating I have done around Wanaka and Queenstown.
Highly recommended for both track transport and as an activity in this stunning corner of NZ!

Date of experience: November 2017
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justjuice, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Hi,
Thanks for your kind words. Its great to get feed back on our Dusky track service and the Wairaurahiri Jet, Thanks:-)
Hopefully we will see you again some time
Safe travels.
Warm Regards
Johan and Joyce.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Well worth the money and a thrill to be where it would take me days to walk there and back. Lovely couple. Delicious venison and salads for lunch. Learnt about NZ birds bush and conservation. Best way to go out for lunch in all New Zealand.

Date of experience: October 2017
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justjuice, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Hi,
Thanks for your comments,
Boating in and out sure does save time on the legs:-)
I hope you come back sometime.
Safe Travels and thanks for your kind words.

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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

This boat trip was every penny worth it! It is a 6 hours trip over the deepest lake in New Zealand and then down the Wairaurahiri river with a few stops a long the way. We were able to spot a deer and learned about the protection work in the fjordland areas. We were stunned by the BBQ venison lunch down at the waitutu lodge, Johan is a really good host and cook. We had a marvelous time and would highly recommend their tour! Especially if you're not keen on crowded and busy places. The river tour has everything New Zealand nature has to offer.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank MettePettersson
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wjet, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

Hi.

Thanks so much for your kind words
Johan is a great host.
His enjoyment of the area, he gets to call his office, shows with his passion for the wild Wairaurahiri and the surrounding area.
Thanks again for your review.

Kind regards and safe travels
Joyce and Johan

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