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“Great Jet Boat Ride” 5 of 5 stars
Review of NZ Riverjet Thermal Safari

NZ Riverjet Thermal Safari
Highway 5 between Taupo and Rotorua | Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7 333 7111
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Airdrie, Canada
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“Great Jet Boat Ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We got off to a bit of a slow start but the girls in the reception area were very pleasant and helpful. We had Adam as our boat driver and as most people have point out he was excellent. He was very enthused about his job and enjoyed passing on his knowledge of the area to all the passengers. His hints on making the best use of our time at the thermal area were quite helpful. Driving back to the launching pad was a great experience. Adam's skill as a jet boat driver were exceptional and the 'Hamilton' spins were great! All in all a great time for all aboard.

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Squeeze1, Manager at NZ Riverjet Thermal Safari, responded to this review, December 23, 2013
Thank you very much for your review. Yes Adam has some great tips for getting the most out of your time at Orakei Korako.
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“Excellent trip - a must do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

We booked this trip to celebrate my husbands birthday and boy did we make a good choice!

Our guide and driver of the boat (Adam) was very friendly, funny and knowledgeable made the trip worth doing.

You go for a leisurely ride down the river in the jetboat, then get the chance to head over to the geothermal park. On the way back, you get a thrill of a ride in the jetboat, with boat spins and be prepared to get soaked!!

A must do if you are in the area!

Visited December 2013
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Squeeze1, Manager at NZ Riverjet Thermal Safari, responded to this review, December 23, 2013
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I hope Adam gave you an extra Birthday spin! :)
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“The best way to include Orakei Korako in your holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Friendly and informative Tobee greeted us and kitted us our in appropriate sized life jackets and full length coats for our journey (as our weather was looking like rain). She recommended sunglasses, and to remove hats for the boat ride back (sunnies very much needed for the fast trip back - thanks for the tip Tobee).
Adam was our driver and was very firnedly and cheerful and full of information. He was also able to start and finish our journey speaking the native Maori langauge, and was genuinely passionate about the beauty of his country. Adam was very informative about the lake, the forestry industry, the local bird life and the Maori tribes.
We were dropped off to the ferry point to cross over to see Orakei Korako, the ferry trip is included in the cost of the ticket. He gave us a brief of the times it would take to see the different scenic points and recommended spending time at the cave to totall soak up the atmosphere of the place. Others on the boat went on to do the "Squeeze".
Orakei Korako was amazing, the natural beauty of the landscape is something to be seen. Adams recommendation to spend some time at the cave was well worth following. We were lucky enough to be veiwing the cave by ourselves and could soak in the reverence and beauty of the special place, with just the sounds of the birds that have made it their home.
I went on to the see the mud pools, where you can smell and hear them at a respectful distance.
We returned via ferry to the pick up point at the time Adam had specified. He returned with the boat full of very happy people, who were laughing and joking with each other, an obvious sign of the good time they had had doing the "Squeeze", something I will definitely return to experiance next trip.
The thrilling jetboat ride back was full of spins and manouevers that were fun and made you grateful for the full coats they had provided. There were several squeals of delight coming from the boat. Photos taken by Tobee back at the base meant we have lovely momento of our trip.
Adam completed the trip giving us a blessing in Maori and wishing us well in our journey.
Fanatstic trip, an absolute high-light of my trip to New Zealand, would thoroughly recommend NZ Riverjet. If you want to experiance a Jet boat ride, with local history knowledge and friendly and helpful operators then look no further than NZ Riverjet.

Visited December 2013
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Squeeze1, Manager at NZ Riverjet Thermal Safari, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Hi Naomi,

We're glad you enjoyed your trip with us and thank you for your amazing review. We really appreciate you taking the time to do this. Yes we are full of helpful hunts and tip for our customers and we are all so passionate about this area and the history behind it.
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“Fabulous experience !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

What a truly amazing experience !
We were greeted by Tobee on our arrival, she was full of bubbly personality and very helpful. Very grateful for the tip about not wearing my cap on the way back....it would indeed have blown off :)

Adam was our driver on the day and he seemed genuinely interested in making our trip as fun and exciting as possible. The scenery was breathtaking and was made more so when Adam stopped and explained some of the local history, it was really quite fascinating.

Two of us on our trip did the Thermal Safari visiting Orakei Korako. My calves are a bit sore today from all the walking / steps, but well worth the ache, especially to visit The Cave which is the main attraction. The remainder of the group went to The Squeeze for a thermal warm water waterfall swim, everyone raved about this so will be looking at doing this next time.

Loved the thrill seeking jet boat ride on the way back.

This trip reminded me of why I love being a Kiwi and how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country. If you want a bit of everything; spectacular scenery, jet boat ride, geothermal activity, great people and value for money then I would highly recommend New Zealand Riverjet.

Visited December 2013
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Squeeze1, Manager at NZ Riverjet Thermal Safari, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Hi Pip, Wow thank you so much for your amazing review! We're so thrilled you had a great time :)
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“Thrilling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We have just had the most fantastic time and the time flew by! The leisurely trip up the river was very scenic and Adam told us a great many interesting facts. He was very knowledgeable and one of the best guides we have had on our travels!
The thermal reserve we visited was also very interesting and a good walking tour!
The return journey was exhilarating and thoroughly brilliant! Yes we all got a little wet but that is part of the fun!
Those on our tour that did the squeeze said that too was fantastic!
This trip is a must!

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Squeeze1, Manager at NZ Riverjet Thermal Safari, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thank you for your review Brenda, we're glad you had such a wonderful time on our trip :)
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