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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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Description: 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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Wonderful outing

James was a skillful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. great fun, very informative and fabulous scenery. Nice walk through beech forest - modest level of fitness... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Toronto
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

James was a skillful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. great fun, very informative and fabulous scenery. Nice walk through beech forest - modest level of fitness required.

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somerset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This has got to be one of the best jet boat rides you can do. James ensured we had plenty of thrills and spills whilst being most considerate to the disabled member in the party. Lovely. Brilliant trip up the Matukituki river, some areas just centimetres deep! It was 1/2 a day of fantastic scenery, tremendous fun, a beautiful forest... More 

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

What an incredible experience, beautiful Matuituki River and an amazing untouched forest.. James was a fantastic guide! passionate, knowledgable, engaging, a fantastic story teller and a ripping jet boat pilot.. Thank you

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Melbourne
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134 reviews 134 reviews
48 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Our family of 4 (with 2 teenage sons 13 &16) wanted to do an exciting and fun activity whilst visiting Wanaka and we decided upon Wanaka River Journeys jetboat/walk 4 hour day trip into Mt Aspiring National Park, based on TripAdvisor reviews. Well, we sure weren't disappointed, it was fantastic! We were picked up by a minibus at the Wanaka... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This has got to be one of the best jet boating experiences you can do in NZ. Boating for 45 mins or so each way up and back the river, but hopping out and walking around the untouched environment up at the top of the river really made this jet boat ride amazing. Thanks guys for an awesome experience!

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Northants, UK
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

This was a perfect few hours... The river: beautiful beyond imagination... glacial rock flour makes it ice blue and sediment mounds make it shallow and fascinating. Mountains all around... The jet boat: weaves a rapid path through the shallow waters, in a manner that feels like skiing on the water (but not like water skiing as we stayed fairly dry),... More 

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Perth, Australia
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We went on the jet boat- hike your through Mt aspiring national park. The weather was absolutely beautiful. Our tour guides were amazing and hilarious. Lots of in depth information about the area and how glaciers are form. But the jetboat ride definitely is a highlight. The scenery is just amazingly beautiful.

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London
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

James, our guide and driver, embodies all that is perfect about NZ - he was passionate about his country, he spoke fluently and with love about his local area, he liked to show off his jet boat driving skills occasionally but this was not about an 'experience' - this was a journey by water and by foot into an area... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

So much better than your usual Jet Boat experience. Combine the thrills of the Jet Boat with an informative wilderness walk and a very interesting commentary and you have much more than just a jetboat ride. Picked up from Wanaka and taken to the River for a forty minute ride, then a forty minute forrest walk, past waterfalls and ancient... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

My wife, daughter and I loved every minute of the jet boat trip up the Matukituki river to the hobbit beech forest and glacier views. Brent ? was a fantastic guide and driver giving us just the perfect mix of thrills and speed and then some serenity as he stopped along the way and provided a very knowledgeable commentary on... More 

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