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Waiatoto River Safari

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Haast, New Zealand
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About Waiatoto River Safari
Waiatoto River Safari. New Zealand's only jet boat tour from the ocean to the Alps. You will experience a minimum of 2 hours of extraordinary nature and exceptional beauty only seen on this trip. Experience the history of Gondwana land, smell the rainforest as you walk softly through the dripping ferns with the sparkling clear light shimmering, with the snowy peaks as your backdrop. Your experienced local guide will lead you through the ancient river, still untouched as it was thousands years ago when the Maori first roamed the land, the great Moa bird and Haast eagle still ruled the ancient forests. You will experience the magical, breathtaking beauty of the Te Wahipounamu, the Māori name for the South West New Zealand World Heritage area and take home memories that will have you yearning to return once more.
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jane cunningham wrote a review Nov 2021
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Such incredible untouched beauty! Ruth was a skilled and generous guide, taking us to this incredible confluence of wild mountains, glacial rivers, geological features and beautiful bush. We got to see Kea and Karearea and whitebait and even got great scones. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Kilcoy Queen wrote a review Jun 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand25 contributions6 helpful votes
Well, this had everything to make a river Safari top class. Kim was our tour guide/ driver and Ruth took care of the payment etc. we were a group of 4 along with another group of 4 and the river didn’t let us down. We travelled up to the gorge and back down stream to the ocean bar. Kim stopped along the way to allow us to witness a mob of beef cattle, complete with steam rising from their bodies, being droved through the bush and across the Waiatoto River. What a bonus. The backdrop of native bush and snow capped mountains, a beautiful river and the cattle was like something out of a movie. We also stopped along the way for a bush experience along with a hit cuppa. Congratulations to Ruth and her team for putting together something I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a River Safari in South Westland. Thank you
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
Responded Jun 22, 2021
Thank you 48frost for such an interesting review. Kim being the local farmer sure knows how to time things when it comes to spotting his cattle in live action within the valley. I am thrilled you enjoyed the tour and that it lived up to expectations. All the best, Ruth.
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Paula S wrote a review May 2021
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The whole experience was fantastic. Wayne obviously knows the beautiful river like the back of his hand. The boat trip itself was wonderful - fascinating, and so scenic, and after an exhilarating boat ride, we arrived at the most gorgeous and remote place along the river. We learned a lot along the way. We enjoyed an interesting rainforest walk. Wayne made us a hot coffee and we ate some lovely fresh scones in that pristine and peaceful place. The trip back down the river was great fun, and we loved the contrasting quiet place with its reflections and birdsong where we learned even more about the river and its fauna and flora. We loved this whole experience, easily the best jet boat excursion we have ever been on. Don't miss it if you are down in South Westland - it's worth the trip to go there.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
Responded Jun 22, 2021
Wow! Thank you for your high praise. We do enjoy South Westland and love taking people out to really experience the true pristine beauty of the place. Pleased the wood fired scones came up to expectations. Best regards, Ruth & Wayne.
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Faerygirl101 wrote a review May 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand50 contributions8 helpful votes
We were a family of three and enjoyed the safari so much. The trip up was really informative and we learnt lots about the local area, loved seeing the kiwi sanctuary and mountains... and the speedy trip down was so much fun!!! It was great getting off the boat and exploring the bush and beach, and yummy white bait finished the trip perfectly. Ngā mihi nui Ruth and Aru!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
Responded May 4, 2021
Thank you so much for the lovely review. I am so pleased you had a great time and that our incredible nature gave you some good memories. Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Ata Marie, Ruth.
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Caroline O wrote a review Apr 2021
40 contributions7 helpful votes
If you are going to do an activity on the West Coast this is the one. An amazing experience of fun, information and history all rolled into one. Experienced guide who can also make a mean scone. Amazing river trip
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari
Responded Apr 15, 2021
Excellent, thank you so much for a great review! We cook the scones on the wood fire which is like an old fashioned coal range but is fired by wood, makes them crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. Apricot seems to be the popular one right now, perfect for going into the cooler winter season.
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