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Reviewed 21 January 2024 via mobile

The Waiatoto River Safari was the hidden gem of our trip! It was a fun ride up the river in a jet boat. The water was amazingly blue, we stopped to take a look at the kiwi sanctuary, we went on a short bush walk, we had tea on the beach area that separated the river from the ocean. My husband and I enjoyed it immensely. Highly, highly recommended.

Date of experience: January 2024
Thank mikekathym2021
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2024

Thank you so much - we appreciate your feedback and thoroughly enjoyed taking you both out to enjoy our amazing place. All the best on our travels. Kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.

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Reviewed 10 November 2023

Its such a beautiful river and we fortunately got to use their private jet boat ramp to put our boats in. However, I am utterly disappointment that Wayne has built toilets by the ramp without council consent and the effluent is simply being flushed into the river. The council are now shutting him down until this is remediated as its a Unesco world heritage site.

Date of experience: November 2023
Thank Matthew M
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2023

This person is disingenuous in his comments as he did not go on our tour and he has not asked us for any clarification on what he has heard from the town's folk. Council is not shutting the river safaris down and as an ethical and sustainable tourist operator, we pride ourselves in our commitment to our environment which does not include damaging it, as matthewmW383YX has described.

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Reviewed 4 November 2023

We had to most amazing river safari with Ruth! And we were expertly greeted at check-in by Aru. The jet boat tour is so much fun and Ruth imparts all of her local knowledge about the area and New Zealand flora and fauna. We were joined by a small group of youth who were grandkids of a neighbor and they were the best - very well-behaved and wanted to learn about everything. There are multiple stops along the river and we were able to get out of the boat a few times to look for rocks and we enjoyed a lovely tea break that included homemade scones. We were lucky to be there during Whitebait fishing season, so towards the end of the tour we visited Wayne and Aru where they had set up to fish at a beautiful location along the Tasman Sea. This is a must-do tour folks!!

Date of experience: October 2023
Thank Kimberly P
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2023

Thank you so much for your kind review with so much detail! Yes I was impressed with those Grandkids also, they loved the rock hunting. I really appreciate you taking the time to write a long review and to have visited us so far down the Jackson Bay road. All the best, Kind regards, Ruth, Wayne and Aru.

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Reviewed 22 October 2023

On yet another return visit the experience is as fabulous as ever. Wayne and Ruth run an excellent tourist experience in an area that is one of NZ's most remote. A trip up river then back down to the Tasman Sea is three hours of spectacular scenery, NZ at it's best. Do not miss this.

Date of experience: September 2023
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2023

Thank you Brian, as the highest achiever of the return visits to our river tour, that is very high praise indeed. Best, Ruth, Wayne and Aru.

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Reviewed 3 April 2023

Fantastic scenery and we had a great time. Ruth did everything, launched the boat, fitted the life-jackets, gave a very informative commentary had a lovely morning tea and got us safely back. No spinning high-speed 360's and exactly as advertised. We even had a sample of whitebait. Morning tea from the thermos with a scone while sitting in a quiet back-water out of the wind made the morning. Boat was easy to access and disembark. . Wear warm clothes although swandri's are provided if required. Good value for money

Date of experience: March 2023
Thank kevben6
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2023

Great praise and accurate description! I am glad you enjoyed the tour, I enjoy it too as every tour is different. The river changes every day and I feel it is a privilege to be apart of this very remote part of the world. Kind regards, Ruth.

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