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Wanaka River Journeys

Address: 99 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Phone Number: 643 443 4416
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Ranked #10 of 65 Activities in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Wanaka River Journeys is a unique half day wilderness jet boating adventure. See hanging glaciers...
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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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Perth, Australia
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234 reviews 234 reviews
36 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

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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13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Had a fun trip up the river with James who was very professional. A local he had plenty of stories to tell and was knowledgeable about the area. He took us up to the headwaters and we could clearly see the glacier. We got off the boat and went for a walk into beech forest and found a lovely creek... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We had to reschedule due to weather but am really glad we could. The river trip was great and the guides were full of knowledge. Got a little wet but not too much!

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Oldenzaal, Overijssel, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 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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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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