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Akaroa Jet adventures

Akaroa, New Zealand
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A World Traveller wrote a review Mar 2020
Ottawa, Canada18 contributions3 helpful votes
This small jetboat is the perfect way to see the Akaroa harbour with a passionate local tour guide AND get the exhilaration that you are looking for! If you're up for the bumpy ride, and getting tossed around a little - the front 2 rows are definitely for you. If you want speed, with less bumps and sways, the back will likely be more what you're looking for. In both cases you will explore areas of the harbour that are not explored by any other tours, as this boat is much smaller and faster that the others. It can go into the caves where the larger boats cannot, and with it's speed it can explore more of the harbour! I was concerned about getting wet on the jet boat, but other than a few splashes at the end (which I will get to), you barely get sprayed at all. Think of this boat as more of a speed boat. At the end of the tour, on your way back to the harbour, we did some pretty insane 360 degree spins in the boat! Definitely the most exhilarating part of the tour, and a great way to end on a high! This is the time when the front section gets pushed around the most - but if you brace yourself, you'll be totally fine! We had tourist and locals of all ages on our boat ride, so if you're up for some fun, this is definitely the tour for you! The one downside is that due to the speed and size of the boat, you are not allowed to bring any belongings with you on the boat. You can bring your phone or a small digital camera that can fit in a pocket (as you will have time to take photos at certain stops), but you definitely do this ride for the EXPERIENCE - not for the photos you will leave with. It is still without a doubt an amazing experience that I highly recommend!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Sneerg42 wrote a review Mar 2020
Somerville, Australia6 contributions
Fantastic time aboard with Brett. Very knowledgeable and informative of history surrounding New Zealand. Safe reliable driver who has your safety and well being at the forefront of his mind. Loved the 360 degree spins... very exciting. Loved it. Highly recommended and very affordable..
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Cheryl wrote a review Mar 2020
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Loved, loved this jet boat tour, booked the tour on shore, for less than half price from than on our ship, it was fun, it was fantastic, the speed & the spins were amazing, my husband & I would do it all over again.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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john c wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions6 helpful votes
Thoroughly enjoyed the 45 minute jetboat tour of Akaroa harbor, visiting caves, seeing various birdlife and the house that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip once stayed in. Brett (owner and driver of the jetboat) was very informative and gave us an exhilirating experience from the start and finishing with half a dozen spins which excited all on board.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Stephen W wrote a review Dec 2019
Melbourne, Australia251 contributions64 helpful votes
Travelling in a group and from the ship (Golden Princess) 5 of us wanted to do this. None of us were disappointed. From the time we were briefed and handed our waterproofs and safety equipment, this was a good time for all. The boat driver took us out to show us the scenery outside the harbour, saw seals, birdlife but no dolphins ( not allowed on this tour) and then treated us? to some spins and 360 degree turns! I did not take my camera and would not necessarily recommend doing so, although a waterproof go pro or similar would have been handy.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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