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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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Great combo of scenery, fun & history

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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 

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Hamburg, Germany
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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 

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Kihei
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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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Toronto
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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