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Wanaka River Journeys

99 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
643 443 4416
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Ranked #6 of 48 activities in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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

Ruislip
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

A half day trip on a jet boat along the east leg of the river, not a thrill ride but fun. the boat travels along the river to within 3km of Avalanche Glacier, we also could see Mount Aspiring as the weather was great. All the staff were great, very professional

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Nelson, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We spent an afternoon on this trip and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. James the guide was informative, friendly and obviously passionate about his job. Cheeky with it when zooming towards a submerged tree in the river, but boy can he handle that jet boat. Just the right combination of exhilaration and information about the Mt Aspiring national park. The Avalanche glacier... More

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

The jet boat ride up the braided river was a fun, exhilarating experience and our experienced guide provided an insightful, informative and entertaining commentary as we wandered through the beech forest. My daughter wanted to stow away and do it all over again.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

A fantastic long morning starting at 1000 and finishing at 1430. Supreme scenery, great ride up the river and then an interesting walk and leg stretch before the dash back. Really entertaining and informed guide who kept a very multilingual boat amused, he really seemed to enjoy himself.de upde

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Nottingham
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35 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

I was slightly surprised to read the last review....this is an amazing trip and is basically a long jet boat ride with a short stroll on the end . It is not billed as a challenging hike. We are fit experienced walkers and could easily have done the Rob Roy hike but we wanted a little fun and a relaxing... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This was one of the excursions I was most looking forward to in New Zealand - everything we did in Mount Aspiring National Park was just incredible!! But... River Journeys left a lot to be desired. The bus driver was very unfriendly which is a shame. The trip costs a heck of a lot of money. The scenery is just... More

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

friendly fun boat ride, great staff who was friendly and helpful was a great day out for both of us, was well worth the money spent

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

This is a family owned business and you don't feel like a tourist being herded through like cattle. Price is up there but you get a 4 hour experience. Would highly recommend.

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