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Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk Tour from Wanaka
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Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk Tour from Wanaka

By Wanaka River Journeys
Recommended by 97% of travelers
97% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 4-90, max of 14 per group
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English
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  • Shuttle transfer
  • Life jackets
  • Wet weather gear
  • Heated hand rails and footrests (in cold weather)
What's not included
  • Food and drinks


Start:
  • Wanaka isite Visitor Information Centre, 103 Ardmore Street, Wānaka 9305, New Zealand
    99 Ardmore Street, outside of the i-SITE Please make sure you have parked your car in a long term car-park Meet 5 minutes prior to departure
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 47316P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age is 4 years
    • Maximum is 10 people per booking
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • 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 14 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 47316P1

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    • Wanaka River Journeys
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      Joined in December 2008
    • Global33023973062
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An amazing experience!
      I am so glad we booked the Glacial Jet experience! The Jet Boat was fun, the walk was short and interesting and the helicopter ride one I will remember for my lifetime!
      Written March 28, 2024
    • andywD5397EA
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      Great day out from wanaka
      Amazing day, the team are brilliant and knowledgeable and great hosts. We loved it. No experience required just be ready for a good laugh.
      Written February 20, 2024
    • MaliG2013
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A thrilling journey into riverine wilderness.
      This is an excellent experience of both the Jet boat and the incredible scenery, LOTR locations and local history / nature. A lot of these jet boat experiences are a short low cost thrills ride and little more. In this case there are plenty of thrills speed and sharp turns etc including regular 180 turns to come to a halt. PLUS a lot of insight and explanation of all things you see from geology and climate, the history of land development, gold mining, flora and fauna etc. The short bush walk is a real treat. It is well worth the small extra cost and short bus transfer to get to the boat for a half day adventure. Ben, our guide, was knowledgeable and passionate about the area and its history.
      Written February 1, 2024
    • Fearless10354644776
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Family friendly fun!
      As far as family experiences go in the NZ outdoors this was as good as it gets. The river is pristine and the views were fantastic. The crew were experienced, helpful and friendly. They accommodated the needs of our kids and engaged with them throughout the trip. If you’re looking for a family friendly adventure I’d highly recommend adding this to your itinerary.
      Written January 20, 2024
    • 906steph
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant way to experience the majestic beauty of the mountains and rivers of Wanaka
      This experience is a truly brilliant way to immerse yourself in the incredible natural beauty of the mountains and glacial rivers of the Mt Aspiring/ Wanaka area. Floating down the Matukituki River on a Packraft mixes both the serenity of gentle floating with the fun of a few rapids to keep those looking for a little action happy. Our local guides were fantastic - extremely knowledgeable, very experienced paddlers who kept everyone safe and well fed. Wetsuits and booties provided to keep you warm. This was a beautiful day out and throughly enjoyed by all of us. Wanaka River Journeys really looked after us. Also don’t miss the strawberry ice creams sold from a small van set up in a paddock on the side of the river at the end of the paddle. ( just remember to take cash!:)
      Written January 10, 2024
    • Nicki R
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome day pack-rafting!!!
      Had the best day! Packrafting in beautiful scenery, small fun rapids and our guide Courtney was great - a real character and really knew her stuff! Our driver Dave was really friendly and looked after everyone, all in all a great day on the river and highly recommended! Will definitely do next time in Wanaka, my daughter is still talking about it!
      Written January 9, 2024
    • Duncan B
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great way to spend a day near Wanaka!
      Great experience. Felt very safe and organized and all the equipment seemed new. Wonderful scenery and a really fun activity. Ice cream stop on the way home was a bonus. Cute puppy mascot tagged along.
      Written January 6, 2024
    • Kiwishelly44
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An experience to remember
      This was such an amazing trip… Incredible scenery, fun rafting, beautiful lunch on the side of the river and awesome guides! I would highly recommend!!!
      Written December 28, 2023
    • Climber63425481021
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      Awesome day out on the river!
      What an awesome way to experience the beauty and grandeur of the river and surrounding mountains. Ruth and her team did a great job - so organised, knowledgeable and friendly.
      Written December 25, 2023
    • Rita L
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Super sevice
      Although the wind made our pre-booked Packrack tour impossible, we had the best help to reorganise and join the Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk. And we had a great time
      Written December 24, 2023
    • hannahfB4167FE
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      A fantastic day out with a great company
      Fantastic day out. The scenery is just amazing.. river so blue and clear. Brent and Sue were great hosts. Very kind and shared a lot of information on the natural history of the area during the drive and paddle. The pack rafts are awesome. Very light to carry, but super strong. They track well in the water and were easy to manoeuvre. We had a gourmet sandwich and snacks on the grassy Riverbank. Brent gave us some useful paddling tips which was great. Highly recommend.
      Written November 23, 2023
    • hanneb781
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An amazing river journey!
      Fab day out with very knowledgeable guides! Pack rafting surrounded by the beautiful surrounding Mount Aspiring National Park was such a amazing experience. Really recommend it as a day out if you are visiting Wanaka or want to have a day in nature learning a new skill!
      Written October 31, 2023
    • Peter S
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best jet boat experience in Otago - Wanaka River Journeys
      Truly fabulous on the river from Lake Wanaka up the Matukituki river towards Mt Aspiring - jet boat about 3 hour trip plus a one hour walk (stroll) through great Beach native bush. A must for a thrill and an experience from teenagers to seniors….
      Written September 30, 2023
    • FromOntariosOC
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely Stunning!
      Our family had a great day packrafting with Brent along the river! The mountain scenery was breathtaking, and all that Brent shared about the area was a huge added bonus. Our kids thoroughly enjoyed the paddling and the rapids and now have a taste for more as we continue our travels through NZ. Huge thanks to Sue for helping get our day organized! Highly recommend!!
      Written April 17, 2023
    • jamiemO4258QC
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      Highly Recommended!
      This was fantastic! Thanks to Brent and Steve for a great day out. Packed lunch was A++ to go along with the beautiful scenery and fun of our first time pack rafting.
      Written February 18, 2023
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    Companion49302360251
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Family
    We had a fabulous experience on the jet boat. Danielle picked us up from the town and drove us out to where the boats launch - she was very informative and chatty. My wife and I were the only two on the trip - which actually proved really great.
    Courtney welcomed us as our boat driver and gave a thorough safety talk and then explained where we were going. The river is very windy and she navigated the water brilliantly… and at quite a pace. We felt very safe though and she was good a warning us about the 360 degree spin stops!! She was very knowlegeable about river, surrounding mountains and it was a good lesson in geography. She then escorted us on a woodland walk and again, shared a huge amount of information about nature, the various animals, birds and the habitats. It was really interesting and we were very grateful for the detail and time given.
    We would highly recommend this company for a jet boat ride.
    Martin and Judy
    Written March 20, 2024
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    Scenic824330
    Palmerston North, New Zealand32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    This was probably the top thing we did while in Wanaka for a week. Excellent service from the pick-up, the jet boat trip and walk. Great fun with approximately 6 spins thrown in for the up and down river run. The walk is very easy to do and if you haven't spent much time in the NZ bush (like my wife) very interesting and eye-opening. You go deep into the range so don't be fooled if its hot in Wanaka, a second layer plus a jacket is required. I think Ben the driver thought we weren't to excited by the thrilling boat spins, but I think not everyone is the Yahoo type. We had kiwi's and Americans on the trip with us.
    Written January 30, 2020
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    Laurie S
    Seattle31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved our experience from start to finish! A perfect half day trip for any age. Sue and James were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable - and you could tell they really loved their jobs. The journey to the river boat was breathtaking and we appreciated Sue pointing out particular spots. We could have ridden on the jet boat all day. James was an excellent driver and added fun turns and spins! He was funny and knew everything about the area including the native flora & fauna. I researched several jet boating companies prior to booking - I’m so glad I went with Wanaka River Journeys! Don’t think twice - book this trip!
    Written March 4, 2023
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    Phill M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Couples
    Such a wonderful trip. The pick up was easy and relaxed, two very knowledgeable and friendly girls. Ben the jetboat driver was very skilled and informative, driving us through some beautiful countryside. Stopping only to educate and inform about the history and countryside. Lovely walk through the forest.
    Written December 12, 2023
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    Daydream60201685876
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    The team were all efficient and friendly and our tour guide driver Courtney was ace! She was really interesting and knowledgeable and very engaging. She also did a great job of driving the jetboat with the fun swizzle stops which didn’t get anyone too wet.
    Written February 27, 2024
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    Bob L
    Atlanta, GA6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Couples
    The trip on the river was fantastic. Amazing views of the glaciers and the wilderness walk was quite educational and fun.
    Our guide/boat driver was both knowledgeable and fun, do several spins on the river as we jetted along.
    In addition to the river tour, the entire area of Wanaka is a must see. Absolutely a beautiful area on an incredible lake with wonderful restaurants.
    Come for the tour.... Stay to visit the city !
    Written March 19, 2024
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    Straight Trippin Yo
    Trabuco Canyon, CA7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    An actual quote from my girlfriend, with whom I took this trip. Hey, our guide was awesome, the scenery was spectacular (as was the weather!), and everyone on the boat had a blast. The "circles" reference is to the 360's that the guide did in wider parts of the river, which added to the sense of adventure. The walking tour was interesting and gave us the opportunity for some awesome pics. We would highly recommend this adventure!
    Written June 28, 2020
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    Rick Jensen
    New York City, NY32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Family
    This was a jet boat ride and short walk up the Matukituki River near Lake Wanaka. On a beautiful, clear day, the scenery as we headed toward Mount Aspiring was beyond stunning. The hike to a very pretty waterfall formed a nice interlude halfway through. And the jet boat ride is the definition of fun. Our driver-guide Ben knows every inch of the river and surrounds, as well as knowing how to give the clients some thrills. Great afternoon.
    Written March 31, 2024
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    Eric P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Family
    Absolutely superb experience. Skipper Courtney was great fantastic sense of humour and skill in driving the boat. Wilderness walk and her local knowledge of the area made for a great 4 hours trip. Would highly recommend.
    Written March 21, 2024
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    Kathy K
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Couples
    Very fun and pretty scenery! Ben was our guide and he gave us some good commentary and made sure we felt safe and comfortable. Recommend this trip….especially kids would like it. The Beech tree walk was an easy 2 miles in a pretty forest
    Written March 26, 2024
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