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Wanaka River Journeys

99 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
643 443 4416
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Ranked #8 of 63 Activities in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: 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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Oldenzaal, Overijssel, Netherlands
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14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

On november 14 my girlfriend and i did the jetboat/walk/mountainbike combo! Would highly recommend this, it's a unique trip with the Wanaka River Journeys crew. Their knowledge of the area and the heritage is incredible and you can see they love it. Jetboat was great, we were alone on the Matukituki River for the whole (long) ride. Unique experience with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Absolutely loved the experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the Jet boat ride with the spectacular scenery and the interesting facts and stories from James our driver along the way. Then we did the lovely walk up to the forest with its awe inspiring trees and moss covered ground. Well worth it! The amount of time it took to complete the trip... More

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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This by far was my highlight of our NZ Trip! We did the Jetboat + Funyaks and wow what a day it was! First you head off in the Jetboat up the Dart River as you take in the amazing view the driver is navigating through the shallow waters filled with rocks! You then make it to the funyaks where... More

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Wanakariverjourneys, Owner at Wanaka River Journeys, responded to this review

Hello There Thanks for the amazing review but to be fair It was not us you went out with. We are Wanaka River Journeys based in Wanaka; we jet boat the Matukituki River. You went out with Dart River Safaris based out of Queenstown. We want you to have the opportunity to re-write your feedback on their trip advisor site... More

Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Would highly recommend this, wickedly unique trip with Brent and the Wanaka River Journeys crew. Their knowledge of the area and the heritage is incredible to learn. Really appreciate the love put into the journey and the thrill racing up the rivers. Absolutely awesome!!

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Terrigal, Australia
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307 reviews 307 reviews
56 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

from the very beginning of our river journey " James" the driver/guide kept up a very informative/interesting and educational narrative of the history of the river mixed with the right amount of humour and anecdotal stories scenery along the river is simply stunning- the tour is all about the river and the beauty of the valley as opposed to doing... More

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Hong Kong, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

After i read all the reviews from tripadvisor and i decided to booked this river journey through their company website( Around Feb 2014). I have to thanked Sue( Owner/Operator) quick response and explained all the questions i asked because we were travelling as a group of 10 people( 9 adults,1 two&half yrs old) and i wasn't sure that can the... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect from this tour but it was worth every cent. Our guide James was very professional and took us up the deserted Matukitukir river, where we were met with some of the most beautiful views we saw in NZ (which is saying something!) and a lovely walk through beech forest. I would recommend this tour... More

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Hobart, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This is a must do trip. Other jetboat trips tend to be more about the thrills over a short distant, whereas the Wanaka River Journeys jetboat trip is more about the journey itself, which is over quite a long distance up the Matukituki, and the beautiful scenery of the Mount Aspiring region. I've driven and walked along the Matukituki valley... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We took the Jet Boat & Walk 1/2 day tour in Wanaka on Fri 14th March 14 and we were not disappointed. It was fun, informative, efficient, relaxed and beautifully stunning scenery. We didn't see another human being for 4 hours and we enjoyed a small group of 8 people. The operation run by Brent and James were second to... More

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Wanaka
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

They said it was a 44 kilometre boat ride but seemed much shorter and the return leg was less than half that of the outgoing leg to accommodate, other tourists in a hurry. Reminds us to ask more questions before we book the walk is of little significance. People were enthusiastic and friendly

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Wanakariverjourneys, Owner at Wanaka River Journeys, responded to this review

thank you for your review, We don't normally answer trip adviser reviews unless there is a need so the public are not misguided. This is one of those instances. It was correct information that you were given but misinterpreted by you. 44 kilometers was just the up stream leg of your jet boat trip. You actually travelled a total of... More

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