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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride provided by Rapids Jet

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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 07/24/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/24/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Speed through white-water rapids and straightaways on a thrilling Waikato River jet boat ride that hits up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour through some of the river’s narrowest parts. The jet boat spins, banks, and makes hairpin turns, then surfs the powerful waves at Nga Awa Purua Rapids. Sit back, hold on, and keep warm with your spray jacket and heated handrails.
Highlights
  • High-adrenaline ride is an exciting way to see the Waikato River 
  • Combine great scenery with a thrilling boat trip
  • Maneuverable jet boats are limited to 11 passengers
  • Multiple daily departure times to fit your schedule
What to Expect
Make your own way to the Waikato River—New Zealand’s longest—where you are suited up with spray jackets and receive a safety briefing. Climb into a powerful, maneuverable jet boat and pull into the current of the Waikato River, speeding upstream to the Aratiatia Power Station, then spinning back downstream toward a series of churning rapids. Hold on tight as you encounter the Washing Machine and Hay Barn, exciting rapids in a narrow stretch of the Waikato River, and continue to the powerful Nga Awa Purua Rapids, where your driver surfs the jet boat on standing waves. Continue downstream to see the Waikato River’s thermal activity, as well as some gorgeous riverside scenery, before powering back upstream on the exciting return trip to the jet boat base camp.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Nga Awa Purua Road, Waikato 3378, New Zealand
Duration
35m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Use of a waterproof spray jacket
  • Use of the Life Jacket
  • Safe on-site Parking
  • Use of bathroom Facilities
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (for purchase for NZ$45)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Drinks for purchase
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years or 1 meter tall
  • Family Pass includes 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Footwear of any type must be worn on the boat. (Sandals, Sneakers, Thongs, anything)
  • Wear warm sensible clothing
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Krystal wrote a review Jul 2020
Kerikeri, New Zealand15 contributions3 helpful votes
A little bit expensive (especially if you buy the photo pack which does have some great shots) but overall a fantastic experience for all ages with an awesome team.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
Responded Jul 25, 2020
Kia ora! Thank you for your honest review! Rapids Jet are always aiming to provide a great, memorable experience, both during your adventure with us as well as afterwards with the digital memories available to be purchased! We are so glad to hear you had a fantastic experience with the team!
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Katrine715 wrote a review Jul 2020
Wellington, New Zealand89 contributions15 helpful votes
Just magical,a must do for visitors to Taupo. My grandaughter and husband loved every minute. We can’t rate it highly enough. Even in the rain it was fun.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
Responded Jul 16, 2020
Kia Ora Katrine, Thank you for the wonderful review! The Rapids Jet team are happy that your group enjoyed their time with us even in the rain.
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Dennis Higham wrote a review Jul 2020
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Great day, great crew, great ride and experience for our grandkids, would recommend to others as one of the best rides in Taupo, you gotta do this people
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
Responded Jul 10, 2020
Kia Ora Dennis, The Rapids Jet team are pleased to hear that you all enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you for the wonderful review, we hope to see you all again in the near future!
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Donna wrote a review Jul 2020
Taupo, New Zealand1 contribution
Took my 2 grandsons, aged 6 and 8, on the Rapids Jet today and had an awesome time!! Informative talk given from the driver about the river, the dam and the power station. Loved the effort made to pronounce Māori words correctly. Would definitely highly recommend. Great deals
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
Responded Jul 9, 2020
Kia Ora Donna, The Rapids Jet team loved having your two grandsons and yourself come out yesterday. We love being able to share this beautiful part of New Zealand with our customer's, we really cherish this area. Thank you for your amazing review, we hope to see you all again in the near future!
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Adam M wrote a review Jul 2020
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Awesome team who looked after the whole group of adults and kids very well. Great guide who knew everything about the river and the conditions. Very exciting ride and all the thrills you need but great focus on keeping safe too. 10 out of 10!!! Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
Responded Jul 8, 2020
Kia Ora Adam, Thank you for your amazing review! The Rapids Jet team are pleased your group enjoyed their time with us. We hope to see you all in the near future!
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Rapid Jet with the Loninia
Awesome!! It was a memory that will staý with me for a lifetime! Love to be with my son next time ^^
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filmonfilm
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Rapid jet
Fantastic experience, so good we did it twice in a week , both times staff where friendly and knowledgeable of the
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Michwood235
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Lots of fun
Our 2nd time, loved it. Great rush beautiful scenery, professional friendly staff. Shannon was a great energetic
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Graham H
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Just Brilliant
Dave the driver was welcoming, amusing, informative and reassuring if you needed it. The ride was brilliant - the r
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Keith_Lynn01
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MAD lol 😂
What an awesome experience shooting up and down Kaituna River at high speed (82K - 42NM Ish). Drifting, spinning, b
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jayner467
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A must do, adrenaline rush!
An amazing experience. Highly recommend this company. It was great fun. Loved it. The driver slowed down a few time
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0026tianal
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Must do!!
This was the highlight of our trip to taupo! Great time had by myself, husband and 6 grandchildren!! They loved rid
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stephcamp1
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Fantastic
Great trip down the amazing river. Great for the whole family. Highly recommend. Loved the info about the local env
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Gertie73
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Great fun
A lovely way to see the falls and lots of fun to do, make sure to book in advance and hold on tight!!
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stuartmI217NN
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Awesome - better than Huka Jet!
Just did this jetboat trip with my 10 and 11 y/o kids. I'd done the Huka years back, this is way better as it has s
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teamando13
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AWESOME
Amazing fun, lots of laughs and great value. Simon our Jetboat driver was fantastic, very skilled also giving us he
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759leet
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GO DO IT - GREAT ADVENTURE
Fantastic !!! Beautiful scenary, great driving and commentary from Shannon - would highly recommend and would love
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andrewa515
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Don’t miss this one!
We had a fantastic afternoon at the Rapids Jet. My teenage sons rate this as one of the best experiences in the nor
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43maryk
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So much fun!
Great fun, welcoming crew, reasonably priced- one of the favorite times on our trip. My husband usually gets motion
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ILuvPandas65
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Exceptional fun
Can't recommend this high enough well worth the $$ and the people were great they went above and beyond to make it
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  • Duration: 35m
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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