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Waiatoto River Safari

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1975 Haast-Jackson Bay Rd | Hannahs Clearing, Haast 7844, New Zealand
+64 3-750 0780
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Private Tour: Waiatoto Jet Boat River Safari from Haast
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Waiatoto River Safari. Only NZ jet boat tour from the ocean to the mountains 2.25 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 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 maori 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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  • Average1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1975 Haast-Jackson Bay Rd | Hannahs Clearing, Haast 7844, New Zealand
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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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Reviewed August 29, 2017

The West Coast of NZ is already a remote corner of the world, but Waiatoto River Safari takes you to the remote amongst the remote with a thrilling jetboat ride up into some serious wilderness...spectacular mountain, forest, river and ocean scenes...throw in a couple 360...More

Thank Jamie M
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2017

Wow! What a Honeymoon, visiting the beautiful West Coast of NZ. Thanks Jamie for your review, we do love our remote area, there is nothing like it in the world, and only 19km from the main highway, makes the tour a 'must visit' for all...More

Reviewed March 17, 2017

Wayne was very knowledgeable about the river and its history. It was a great cruise through spectacular scenery

Thank Kiwi1949
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2017

It was a pleasure to meet you and take you up the river. Thank you for your review and we hope to see you back on the West Coast one day. Ruth & Wayne.

Reviewed March 12, 2017

I picked this river trip after reading about it in Lonely Planet's book on New Zealand. We try to pick adventures off the beaten track and this one delivered. Both Ruth and Wayne make up a great team to enjoy this wonderful outdoor adventure. Wayne's...More

Thank Steve W
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2017

Lovely to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much and also that it lived up to Lonely Planet's description. Enjoy the rest of your holiday, best wishes from us both.

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Reviewed March 10, 2017 via mobile

Our guide Wayne was marvelous. He told us all about the history of the area, indigenous plants and animals, and took us on a magnificent river tour. If you're in the area you MUST do this. The surroundings and the color of the water will...More

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Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2017

Thank you for your enthusiastic review, it is very much appreciated. We love the area and feel it is a must see for people looking for something really special. Kind regards, Ruth and Wayne.

Reviewed March 9, 2017

Could not recommend this trip more highly, Wayne was a delight and a mine of information of his surroundings, conservation, wildlife and landscape. An eco tour by jet boat seems strange, but it really does work to perfection.More

Thank pennyhardy
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2017

What a delight to read your review. We are thrilled you enjoyed Wayne's commentary and tour. The Jet Boat is a brilliant way to access this wilderness area and it has a very low carbon footprint, we are very proud that it is a Kiwi...More

Reviewed February 26, 2017

This river safari is an absolute gem which every traveler visiting the west coast must have on their to do list. My wife and I came across this via some blog when we were planning our NZ trip and we were not disappointed even a...More

1  Thank Akshay S
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2017

Bharati and Akshay, what a wonderful review. We thank you whole heartedly, for you taking the time to put this down in writing and also thanking us personally by email. It is highly appreciated by the both of us. We do like to offer something...More

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Nuno168
January 11, 2016|
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Response from Ruth-Wayne | Property representative |
Hi Nuno, great to hear from you. Yes absolutely safe for Children and of course fun. We have life jackets to fit all ages and our baby had her first trip on the boat at 4 weeks old.
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