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“Adrenaline filled ride”
Review of Rapids Jet

Rapids Jet
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Owner description: The Jet Boat is a New Zealand icon, and jet boating is a favourite activity for Kiwis. Set in the beautiful Aratiatia Scenic Reserve is New Zealand’s best white water Jet Boat Ride, Rapids Jet.Conveniently located just 15 minutes drive north of Taupo and 50 minutes south of Rotorua, Rapids Jet operates on the biggest rapids for commercial jetboating in New Zealand.Shoot through a narrow canyon, be exhilarated by spins on crystal clear waters, spot a trout and surf the pressure waves of the awesome Nga AwaPurua rapids. Take time to view the amazing surrounds of Aratiatia Scenic Reserve, and learn about the wildlife and history of the area with your Kiwi owner/drivers Rusty, Jimmy and Gazza.Our 35 minute blast guarantees an adrenaline rush! Since 1993, over 140,000 passengers aged 5-89 years have safely experienced the thrill of real white water jet boating with Rapids Jet.We have thousands of hours experience driving jet boats both in New Zealand and overseas, so you can be sure you are in safe hands with Rapids Jet. Let us share our love of jet boating with you, book a ride on Rapids Jet today.
Brisbane, Australia
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“Adrenaline filled ride”
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Rapids Jet staff were fantastic, down to earth, lots of fun. The ride itself is great, with a few stops along the way for the driver to talk you through some of the movie locations in this spot (namely The Hobbit) and about the river. It was informative and fun. Lots of 'rapids' to jet over.

Visited April 2017
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Rapidsjet, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this review, 26 May 2017
Isn't it awesome that part of the The Hobbit was filmed on this beautiful part of the river?! We're glad that you enjoyed your ride with us, and thank you for your great review.
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“K jet”
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Good.for family n singles. Down 2 rivers which provide good views and Rapids. Jet was magnificent as it jets thru low level of water. D video and pics taken on jet n drones will also provide excellent bird eye views.

Visited April 2017
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Rapidsjet, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this review, 18 May 2017
Thank you for the review, very kind words. Our Photographers do a fantastic job!
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“Beautifully Fun for Evveryone”
Reviewed 13 May 2017

The people who run and work here are absolute legends! Soo welcoming and soo much fun! We did our ride in autumn and it was raining a fair bit. Despite the rain we managed to have a full boat leaving at 2:30pm. We thought with the rain you wouldn't be able to see much, but they provide you with a full length water proof, life jacket and glasses to help you see in the rain! It was sooooo much fun! Spinning and turning, I flew off my seat a few times! The driver seemed to have as much fun as we all were! We got to drive through rapids and see the dam up close.

Our driver was full of knowledge of the area and we got to learn about all scenes that had been made on this stretch of river - such as The Hobbit and Yogi Bear, pointing our the exact locations.

Really glad we chose Rapids Jet as there are a lot of other thrill seeking adventures to chose from in Taupo!

Even with the rain, this was one of the best things we have done :)

Visited May 2017
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Rapidsjet, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this review, 18 May 2017
Thank you for the kind words and glowing review! We are so glad that you had such a good adventure with us! The stretch of river we operate on is full of secrets and our drivers know them all! We hope you have a fantastic holiday!
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Brisbane, Australia
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“If weather is bad don't go they will cancel”
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

This is not because they cancel due to weather. It is the fact on the phone they said come in there still running even though another company has stop due to rain. When we arrived they said for us to wait to see if it cleared. 15 mins later weather had not changed so they cancel it. The thing is they said they would be running and they get us to drive the 15mins to their location to wait another 15mins to tell us it has been canceled. There a lot better thing we could be doing on holidays.

Visited May 2017
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Rapidsjet, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this review, 15 May 2017
It is unfortunate that we didn't get a break in the weather so we couldn't get you out on the boat. We thought there was the possibility that it would clear and we could get you out there. We would rather cancel the trip than send you out there in bad weather and not have you enjoy the experience. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.
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San Diego, California
1 review
“Exhilarating ride!”
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Our boat ride with Simon was awesome. We're pretty sure he thinks he has the best job on the planet! He knew the area well and relayed interested facts while joking around and getting us all wet. We would do it again in a heartbeat!

Visited April 2017
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Rapidsjet, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this review, 12 May 2017
He sure does have the best job in the world! We are thrilled that you had such a good trip and thank you for the fantastic review!
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