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Reviewed 21 February 2021 via mobile

We were two couples travelling in the Haast area looking for something on the river. We came across this trip and are so glad we did. Ruth, our driver and guide made it all worth while. There was a good deal of excitement with the jet boat ride while travelling up and later down the river without it being just for show. Her knowledge of the area and her ability to relate this to those on board was excellent. A chance to get off the boat well up stream and walk-in the bush added to the experience. A coffee and a scone on the edge of the river was a great touch. This is such a beautiful part of the country and we were so privileged to have a local share her knowledge and experience with us. Would highly recommend this trip and will do so to all our friends as they travel this way. Thanks Ruth, and your young daughter who assisted with the guiding today. 🦊

Date of experience: February 2021
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2021

Oh thank you Reynard for such a lovely review. I was really thrilled about reading this because we do put a lot into relating with each client and making sure we can give the very best experience available to each and every individual. All the best, Ruth, Wayne and Daughter Aru.

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Reviewed 27 December 2020

A great jetboat ride followed by a short hike to Paulin Falls. Fantastic day. Wayne is an awesome driver and host.

Date of experience: December 2020
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2020

Thank you for your very prompt and kind review. We were thrilled to be able to drop you right where you wished to explore. It was a lovely day out and we wish you the best for the rest of your trip. Kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.

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Reviewed 19 November 2020 via mobile

A really incredible trip that I won’t forget, have seen places I never thought I would see. Ruth was a amazing with her informative commentary.

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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2020

Thank you very much. The Waiatoto River is a very special place in my heart and it is a pleasure to be able to share it with other people. I appreciate you taking time out of your schedule to visit and I am glad you enjoyed the information along with the tour. All the best, Ruth.

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Reviewed 8 November 2020 via mobile

Ruth took us for two hours up the Waiatoto and we saw how beautiful the upper reaches were. We learnt about the kiwi programme saw red rata and ancient rocks and whitebait hatching grounds. Loved every minute. We would highly recommend.

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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2020

Thank you CMOIs, it was a pleasure to take you out and we appreciate your high recommendation. All the best for the rest of your holiday. Kind regards, Ruth.

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Reviewed 4 November 2020

A trip to this part of the country is not complete without seeing the diversity of the Waiatoto river and mountains in this World Heritage Park, it is a very inspiring experience and should be part of your bucket list if you have managed to travel to Haast. My wife and I were the only people on the trip that day, and were treated as VIP's by our guide and owner Ruth, although this is a common theme amongst reviewers.

The views are amazing and the knowledge of the area and the way Ruth explains brings it all to life in a genuine way. Learnt a lot about kiwi conservation, the seismic plate that cuts through the river, showed and explained the fish species in the river, and whitebaiting.

It started to rain heavy as the boat departed, but we kept dry under the boat roof, so don't be put off by the weather. The trip was not a thrill seekers ride in a Hamilton jet boat, it was a safe comfortable way to explore the river with a bit of fun on the side. Well worth the price.

Date of experience: November 2020
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2020

Hi NZCovidTravel, I love your name here and thank you for travelling our beautiful country to support owner operator business's such as ours. We are proud to be 'not a thrill seekers ride' and heartened that you realised the rain was part of the experience.
We appreciate you felt this was value for money as we put much effort into our tours because every guest deserves the very best from us and what we can show case of our incredible area. We love this place and would like to educate New Zealanders to visit and stay in Haast as there is so much to do here. Great to meet you both and thanks for spending time with us. All the best Ruth & Wayne.

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