We planned a day trip to Buller Gorge from Motueka but saw on the internet that jet boat rides weren't normally run outside the summer months. Being mid-autumn, I gave them a call and spoke with the jet boat operator. There were nine of us interested in a jet boat ride so he said he'd go and check the water conditions and get back to me. This was reassuring as it had been raining heavily for days and we expected the water would be pretty wild. He phoned back to say it was OK and did a special charter for us. The boat ride was exhilarating, the driver was very tolerant of our boat full of kids and told us heaps about the local geography and history. The swing bridge and flying fox were also good. The visit wasn't cheap but we thought it was worth every cent. Bring your insect repellant, though because the sandflies are vicious!
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