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Wairaurahiri Jet

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Address: 1260 Clifden Highway | Clifden, Tuatapere 9691, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-225 5677
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A genuine Kiwi experience

It's hard to write something better than the other reviews because they are so well done. Leave Queenstown behind and do the real thing! The whole package--the ride, the guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Marsha W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's hard to write something better than the other reviews because they are so well done. Leave Queenstown behind and do the real thing! The whole package--the ride, the guide, the food, the river, the sea, the beauty, it's all there!

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Thank Marsha W
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We joined Johan at the lakeside car park to find that we were taking the trip with only one other passenger so it felt like a trip with a friend rather than a commercial booking. Having passed a couple of jet boats full of people enjoying spinning in the rivers we were not sure what to expect. What we got... More 

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justjuice, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your kind words. Johan is very passionate about the area, I'm pleased his enthusiasm for the wonderful place we get to operate in shows. Thanks for your genuine review and for joining Johan on his All Day Adventure. Kind Regards Joyce More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful jet boat experience - wild country, challenging river and Johan is an incredible driver. Its a long ride and much better then the tourist hub spins. However, that aside, as a conclusion to the Humpridge Track - absolutely the way to go! This is much better than walking out to the coast.

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Thank Christine J
Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Totally recommended a ride with Johan and wairaurahuri jet! excellent ride down the river with stops to talk about the history and conservation values, and what is being done to preserve this fantastic part of nz.A very nice bbq lunch provided ,along with a wine. The Lodge At the end of the river (Waitutu lodge) is very worthy of a... More 

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Thank kandasmith
Taupo, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sister and I spent the day on the Jet boat ride and had a truly awesome day despite the rain on the first leg of our trip. We both had a memorable experience and one that I have shared by recommending it to all I have come in contact with who are heading to the bottom of the Sth... More 

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Thank Barb71000
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Everything you read in these reviews is true. This was the absolute highlight of our 2.5 weeks in New Zealand and a completely unique experience that gets you really out into the wilderness. The jet boat ride was fantastic - Johan very skillfully manouveres the boat along an incredibly shallow river with at times only cms of water under the... More 

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Thank EfficientTrvlr
justjuice, Front Office Manager at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your kind words. I will make sure I sit Johan down to read your review. Thanks for joining us for your adventure in southern Fiordland. Kind Regards Joyce Wairaurahiri Jet. More 

Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We arrived at the boat ramp and were kitted out with life jackets and wet weather gear after an interesting drive from Lumsden. The trip across the lake can be exciting as the wind can get up, however Johan is a confident and experienced jet boat driver so just enjoy the thrill. The trip down the river is both fun... More 

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Thank Gail P
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

The trip is everything the reviews tell you. The drive from Manapouri was easier than going up to Milford Sound, passing through interesting countryside. The small unsealed section of road was in good condition and not a problem. Despite a rainy start the supplied jackets kept us dry and the heated handrails were bliss, and by the time we hit... More 

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Thank kadokkadok
Raglan, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

Great thumbs up to Johan and Joyce of wairaurahiri jet boats Great ride on the lake and river to the sea Wonderful bush lunch and walks great to see you catered to others fishing need as well Cool little walk over the swing bridge A great full day trip beats Queenstown any day Keep up the great experience

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Thank debbierural
justjuice, Owner at Wairaurahiri Jet, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your kind words. Johan enjoys showing off his great piece of paradise. Enjoy your holidays. Wairaurahiri Jet Joyce and Johan More 

Kent, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Wherever you are in Southland this is quite a long trip to get to, but well worth the journey. We met Johan at the lakeside on a rather dull morning and he handed out waterproof coveralls for those who hadn't managed to bring suitable waterproof clothing and we boarded the jet boat. It's not the most exciting trip across the... More 

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