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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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10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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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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Fantastic Day Out

We enjoyed this tour with friends. The staff were friendly from the pick up to the boat driver. They were informative, friendly and great fun. We loved the walk at the end of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed this tour with friends. The staff were friendly from the pick up to the boat driver. They were informative, friendly and great fun. We loved the walk at the end of the river ride. We saw the most magical forest. An easy walk for everyone. It was a great day out.

Thank Bulldogs59
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was without doubt one of the best days of my life. Go on this tour/experience! I have never written a review before, but this experience made me want to. I couldn't have been made to feel more welcome as a solo traveller which is really something. Our group was all of mixed ages and nationalities which was great. The... More 

Thank KateMottershead
Melbourne, Australia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this four hour jet boat trip and walk. James, our driver and guide was funny and informative and made it great fun for our two teenager daughters. The river is stunning and to experience it like this was definitely a highlight of our New Zealand holiday. We went on the Shotover Jet in Queenstown and loved it... More 

Thank Robyn S
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131 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to have Kelvin as our skipper on our jet-boat trip down the Matukituki River. As others have said, during our trip he brought a great deal of insight, fun and no small amount of boating skills to very enjoyable few hours. Our group ranged in age from the very (maybe too?) young to the young at... More 

1 Thank LondonPhilC
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Can't say enough about Wanaka River Journeys. Best jet boat ride I have ever had and I have had a few. Best part was the skipper and his hilarious fun nature. They call him "Kelvin the Mad Maori". His outgoing fun personalilty, excellent knowledge of Maori Culture and skilled driving of a very fast jet boat made our day. I... More 

1 Thank Tania S
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Having been on a few other jet boat tours, this one kills all of the others. It ishe perfect mix of excitement and scenery. The Matukituki river is much more shallow than the other rivers, and it's clear the pilots are extremely skilled. With Mt. Aspiring in the background, and the incredible pale blue colour of the river from the... More 

2 Thank Matthew D
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

A truly wonderful experience was enjoyed by all. We were lucky to have a perfect day with absolutely no cloud cover. We all loved the jet boat ride and found our guide James, as entertaining as he was informative. The magnificent scenery is truly breathtaking and this tour is the perfect way to experience what the river has to offer.... More 

Thank Derrick M
Bogota, Colombia
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Very well organized, safe and amazingly beautiful. We went on the combination of jetboat, walk and helicopter and enjoyed all of them. Outstanding views, super experience. Can just recommend it!

Thank RolfErik
New york
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58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

My Wife and I had done 4yrs ago and Decided to do this tour again with our 2 teens. All of us loved it. Sue and Brent were so informative and made the whole journey fun. Jet boating interspersed with 360 degree spins and informative stories about the mountains followed by nature walk where Brent explained about the trees was... More 

Thank Foodieno72
Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

More than just a fun jet boat ride - a walk in the forest and information about the area during the ride and on the walk. We loved it. A few thrills on the jet boat ride, but it was great to learn about the area too. Such a beautiful place with stops along the river for photos. It can... More 

Thank Fishwithane

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