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Exhilarating, scenic lake, mountain and river day trip deep into Southland’s extra special natural, beech forest.

Awesome day trip in the middle of winter with Wairaurahiri Jet - fantastic communication with Joyce... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2021
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A MUST on your list-Exceptional area in our country

This was a stunning day for us. We drove to the Hauroko Lake and were greeted by Johan. We lucked... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2021
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 November 2020

An exhilarating ride across the deepest lake in New Zealand, Lake Hauroko then down the Wairaurahiri river out to sea was one of the top things i have ever experienced in New Zealand. I was nervous at first thinking it could jar my back, but not even a tiny bit. If you have a back issue, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. The skill of Johan is mind blowing. The ride is broken by a very short walk into the most exquisite moss and fern covered grotto like area in the bush. You would swear you were on a Peter Jackson film set. Then on down to the open sea where we walked a small distance to the Lodge where we were greeted with a cheese board and wine, followed by a lunch where Johan cooked up a tasty bbq of venison, patties and sausages, accompanied by salad and fresh bread . We were blessed with a superb clear warm day which always adds to the occasion. This experience is not to be missed and should be added to the top ten things to do in New Zealand.

Date of experience: November 2020
Thank zenbia
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wjet, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2021

Hi,
Thank you for your review. We think it should be in the top ten to do too:-)

Safe Travels

Kindest Regards
Joyce and Johan

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Reviewed 15 November 2020 via mobile

Spent the day with Johan travelling the Hauroko lake and down the Wairaurahiri river to the sea and back. Not only a great driver of watercraft, Johan has a wealth of knowledge he is willing to share on local lore, the scenic highlights and thr conservation mission. He is also a natural raconteur and a great chef, evidenced by his perfectly cooked venison bbq for lunch. This is a don't miss experience and leaves Central Otago equivalents looking very tame on a river with Grade 3 rapids. Take the day adventure - in every way you will love it!

Date of experience: November 2020
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wjet, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2021

Hi,
Thank you for spending he day with us and for taking the time to write a review.
Thanks again
Warm Regards
Johan and Joyce
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Reviewed 14 November 2020 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the jet boat ride and bush walks with Johan. The BBQ lunch was delicious and exceeded expectations. Thanks for a great day.

Date of experience: November 2020
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wjet, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2021

Hi,
Thanks for writing a review we are pleased that you had a great time and the lunch didn't disapoint:-)

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Johan and Joyce
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Reviewed 10 November 2020 via mobile

I walked the Hump Ridge Track with a group of friends and then took the Wairaurahiri Jet to Lake Hauroko. An unbeatable 35 minutes of scenic excitement on this remote river then across the lake to the road head and transport back to Tuatapere. Thanks
to driver Johan for a thrilling ride, helpful commentary and good skills making for this safe enjoyable trip.

Date of experience: November 2020
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wjet, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2021

Thanks for your kind words:-)

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Reviewed 25 June 2020

Jet boating in this extremely remote and most beautiful area of New Zealand is a privilege but to be able to experience this with Johan offers the individual the complete spectrum of memories. His knowledge of this area and comprehensive boat man ship is admirable.

Date of experience: June 2020
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wjet, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2020

Thank you for your review. The day was a wee bit cool but clear and very scenic. Thanks again

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