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Wanaka River Journeys

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Address: 99 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Phone Number: 643 443 4416
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Wanaka River Journeys is a unique half day wilderness jet boating...

Wanaka River Journeys is a unique half day wilderness jet boating adventure. See hanging glaciers, Lord of The Rings locations and ice carved landscapes; enjoy local Maori culture and a 50 minute remote bush walk in the Matukituki Valley, gateway to the Mount Aspiring National Park... More than a jet boat ride.

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Great 4 hours

Did shotover at Queenstown which was quick thrill, this was a longer journey up the river, great views take the camera, stops and explains interesting facts, you the get out for a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago

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English first
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46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did shotover at Queenstown which was quick thrill, this was a longer journey up the river, great views take the camera, stops and explains interesting facts, you the get out for a walk through forest to a waterfall, not strenuous but lovely and relaxing, yes still gets a few 360s in on the jet boat. Fantastic journey, takes about 4... More 

Thank Blackies62
Perth, Australia
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

This included the fun of a jet boat without the silly bits (going as close to walls of rocks as you can get). The views from the river were wonderful and included a good guide commentary. The walk into the forest was also beautiful. Pick up and drop off included. Lovely people. Great for the whole family.

Thank Helen A
Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Everyone told us that you had to do a jet Boat ride if you go to New Zealand so we looked into one. There were loads to choose from but we settled on this one because it combined the fun of Jet boating with a short hike and guides who told you about the area. We had a small group... More 

Thank Anna S
Auckland, New Zealand
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113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We were recommended this trip by Hil at the I-Site. OMG. Only crazy people go jet boating on freezing cold mornings, but we were rugged up and large long raincoats and life jackets are provided. But, if you are the kind of person who decides to go with their family jet boating on a freezing cold morning, its worth getting... More 

Thank KiwiCat1234
North Sydney
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We were very fortunate to be able to go across Wanaka Lake to the River as it was like glass the day we went. As there had not been any rain for a couple of weeks there wasn't a lot of water in the River and James navigated around the river expertly. We stopped a few times where James would... More 

Thank Margaret K
Shelly Beach, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Well as my title of my review says "EXHILARATING" that is what it was! James our tour guide/jet boat driver was very knowledgeable & witty made us laugh at everything. Highly recommend these guys and a big shout out to Sue our shuttle bus driver who was very welcoming and lovely great to chat with. The views were just "wow"... More 

Thank MelMan36
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were blessed with perfect winter weather but the family found the jet boating and hike one of the highlights of our NZ trip so far. The guide was fun but professional and the scenery in the valley breathtaking.

Thank Alan W
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This was very good but we were a bit disappointed by how short we were on the river and the fact we didn't go further up the Matukituki. For a well travelled kiwi the short bush walk, farm stock experience, jet boat ride and views were not that exceptional an experience to pay that amount of money for (to be... More 

Thank Derek P
Hamburg, Germany
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Stunning jet boat ride on the Matukituki river with several stops along the way. James, our guide, was awesome and shared Maori history, interesting ecological facts and even a few bits on Lord of the Ring locations in the area. The walk is nice as it is not on a formed walking tracking. We came around the corner and saw... More 

Thank Mausl2014
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42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Thought this attraction was a bit pricey when we booked it but it turned out to be well worth the price. Jet boat ride up the river was exciting and the scenery spectacular. Guide and boat driver James was knowledgeable, experienced and interesting combining history with just the right amount of entertainment. Hike was beautiful and again well guided and... More 

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