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About Wanaka River Journeys
Come with us on the most exciting half day adventure activity in New Zealand, jet boating beneath the spectacular scenery of Glaciers & Lord of The Rings locations, into world heritage Mount Aspiring National Park. Flowing from Glaciers, the pristine waters of the Matukituki River are perfect to experience jet boating on the longest and most spectacular jet boat tour in New Zealand. Travel at speed over shallow braids, drift into turns and yes… experience exciting spins, And there is MORE… Deep in the mountains & off the beaten track enjoy a 50-minute walk through moss covered forest, waterfalls and glacier fed streams. Walk in awe beneath Avalanche Glacier when conditions permit or into McGills Creek to explore one of the most beautiful and serene forest walks. Hear the stories of this unique ice carved landscape and see photo opportunities not to miss. For those who want to explore more add a glacier helicopter flight from the jet boat or a 4WD farm safari
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Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk Tour from Wanaka

Discover the idyllic landscapes of the Mount Aspiring National Park, where filming for the Lord of the Rings took place, on this action-packed half-day tour from Wanaka. Zip along the Matukituki River on a jet boat, admire spectacular views of Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring, then hike past forests and waterfalls to see the Avalanche Glacier.
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4 hours
from $170.59

Packraft Wanaka ‘Raft’ plus Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk Tour from Wanaka

A full day of adventure and adrenaline, join in New Zealand’s only combined jet boat, wilderness walk, and pack-raft experience. Set on the mighty Matukituki River, just a short drive from Wanaka, you’ll jet up-river, enjoy a beachside lunch at the base of a glacier, and learn the basics of paddling before putting your new skills to use on your own lightweight, stable, two-person raft.
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7 hours 30 minutes
from $273.35

Glacier River Safari: 4WD plus Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk Tour

This is a great opportunity to spend more time exploring the spectacular glacial formed Matukituki Valley on our full day Jet boat & Wilderness Walk followed by lunch then a 4WD Farm Safari
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6 hours
from $307.61
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Straight Trippin Yo wrote a review Jun 2020
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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!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Steff wrote a review Mar 2020
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One of the best organised days out I've had so far in New Zealand. I've never been on a jet boat and absolutely loved it. It was so much fun and on top we received lots of information about the nature, wildlife, mountains and LOTR film spots surrounding us. Plenty of stops to take photos of the breath taking surroundings as well. After being dropped off we embarked on a nature walk through native forest (Middle Earth really does exist, you'll see) before having lunch at a secluded beautiful beach by the river... and don't get me started on the lunch! I can eat a lot but this was the biggest yummiest sandwich ever, not to mention the little treats included for everyone. Courtney, our guide and white water royalty, was funny, extremely knowledgeable and absolutely awesome and I felt completely safe when out on the river. There is enough time to practise your skills on rapids, float down the river, enjoy the breathtaking scenery and have a swim (or skip stones as the kiwis like to do). Personally I didn't want the day to end. Unfortunately it had to but real fruit ice cream for everyone made it much easier to bear. I'll be joining this trip again whenever I am back in beautiful Aotearoa.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Companion610683 wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had a wonderful day in the jet boat, walking around the forest and fields, and then rafting down the rapids. It was fun, informative, and a full day of activities you may not normally do. The logistics ran super smoothly and we had a fun time! Thanks!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Elaine0505 wrote a review Mar 2020
Bath, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
Excellent jet boat journey with stunning scenery and informative guide. Enjoyed the exciting ride and the wilderness walk. We learnt so much about the local geology and the 360 spins were phenomenal
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Spencer T wrote a review Mar 2020
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam17 contributions1 helpful vote
Excellent opportunity to get to an area that usually is not easily accessed, and see the variations in vegetation and climate just in that short journey. Was a great view of Avalanche Glacier
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Date of experience: March 2020
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