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Reviewed 11 July 2016

An outstanding trip with our three teenage children. Our guide Wayne was the perfect blend of accomplished boat driver, local historian and naturalist.
We have been on jet boat trips on rivers throughout New Zealand and we all agreed this was the best;- great scenery, informative, wonderful guide/driver.
This ranks as a "must do" in New Zealand.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2016

Tel458, we were thrilled to hear this from you since you have been on so many other rivers. We feel it is a very special river as well. I was very pleased to hear that Wayne has made arrangements, for a later date to show you and your family more of our stunning scenery. Kind regards, Ruth and Wayne.

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Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

Ruth & Wayne are so passionate about their backyard and have a pretty cool way to show it off. Stunning scenery up the Waiototo Valley & River. Great for a family trip or to get a feel of what it might be like in Jurassic park. Thanks so much!

Date of experience: May 2016
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Jaimee M, thank you for taking the time out to submit your review. We are pleased you liked it and also that you thought it would be great for a family outing. We do get quite a few families and it is nice to have a tour that keeps everyone of all ages entertained. Kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.

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Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Thank you so much Wayne for an excellent trip. Beautiful scenery and very informative, enjoyed hearing more about the area. We all loved it!!! A one of a kind jet boat experience. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Thanks AMB896, Great to hear you enjoyed the tour so much. Wayne is certainly very skilled and full of excellent information on the stunning area. Kind regards, R&W.

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Reviewed 11 April 2016

Not a thrill seeker's type of ride, but a wonderful trip up a wild river into the mountains with an easy walk in the rain forest, then down to the ocean waves, then up a quiet creek. It was exciting going through some of the rapids but it never felt dangerous.
The scenery is just breathtaking and the boat takes you into places that would otherwise take days to walk into.
Our guide (Wayne) was very knowledgeable about the area and stopped frequently to explain things.
Take lots of warm clothing and a waterproof layer - it rains lots over this side of the country. I was sitting up the back of the boat and found the engine noise a bit loud after a while, so you may want to take ear plugs if you have sensitive ears, but it wasn't extreme. I just put my fingers in my ears for part of the trip :-)

Date of experience: April 2016
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2016

Brain D, thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking time out of your day to tell others what you thought of our tour. I am thrilled you enjoyed it so much even though it was raining. I have had plenty of return clientele who say it is just as spectacular in rain as it is in sun, only different. There is the general thought that it rains a lot here, however it is actually a lovely temperate climate with lots of clear sunshine as well. The upside of the rain are the waterfalls and rain forest.
Even on sunny days, I suggest covering up and taking spare clothing as you are traveling into the Southern Alps and it can drop temperature or weather can change in the mountains. That said we always offer the iconic kiwi Swanndri jacket which is more like a big rug for those who would like extra warmth.
With the boat's engine installed at the back it can be noticed of course, so good idea to bring ear plugs for those with sensitive ears, otherwise people are always welcome to sit closer to the front of the boat.
Safe travels and we hope to see you over to the stunning West Coast again someday. Kind regards, Ruth and Wayne.

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Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

We did this safari a few days ago with Wayne! We had been recommended by other guests we met at our accommodation and they spoke so highly of the tour they convinced us to go!
The trip definitely lived up to its review! The scenery was breathtaking and going on the jet boat added a sense of adventure to the trip! Wayne was an excellent tour guide he is such a knowledgable man it was so interesting listening to him! The tour is informative as well as being a bit of fun! This tour is definitely worth it - would highly recommend it :)

Date of experience: March 2016
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2016

Britney, Thank you very much for highly recommending us. Wayne does have an excellent knowledge and is very keen to share it, which is one of the reasons why this tour is so very different from the more commercial type experiences available in NZ. Do enjoy the rest of your holiday. Kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.

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