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“Absolute and pure fun!!”

Hanmer Springs Attractions
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: JET Hanmer Spring’s spectacular Waiau Gorge, for an unforgettable experience in a beautiful environment. Manoeuvre with classic jet boat power 30kms along the Waiau River, under the historic bridge and between deep canyon walls. BUNGY from the historic 135 year old Waiau Ferry bridge, for a 35 metre free fall to the river canyon below. Experience the adrenalin high on the way down and pure elation on the bounce back up! RAFT an alpine river and marvel at the twist rock, water holes, pink marble and faultline. In clear water you may see salmon and trout as you float down the Waiau River canyon. Take off on a QUAD BIKE tour - challenge the terrain, river bed creek crossings, mud and Hanmer Springs farmland trails. You can also enjoy Paintball and Clay Bird Shooting in this wonderful natural environment. Groups, team building and conferences are also catered for.With a host of exciting and fun activities, this is an adventure for the whole family to enjoy! Open daily 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed June 1, 2014

Thank you Thrillseekers for some real fun activity. Our group of 6 including 2 children had some great time with you all. One of the children was 7ys and too small to have bike of his own. The other, 13yrs had no problems with a bike of her own. The smaller one had to accompany the father on a twin bike. Our guide Darryl was just great. He taught us the ropes of handling the bikes on a custom made short track. Once we gained confidence in them we were taken to the real track. The initial briefing and training took around 20 mins following which the real tour started. We were all fitted out with an overall and boots to keep us from getting dirty. That was very useful as we would learn later. The track was real fun with ups and downs, river crossings, crossing streams, and lots of slush. There was also the river bank with medium sized boulders. Riding the quad bikes through these splashing mud and water was such fun. I was initially worried more , if my wife would be able to handle this bike. She has never gone near driving any motorized vehicle ( or for that matter non motorized, not even a cycle) leave alone a quad bike!! Our guide Darryl's instructions were so clear even my wife drove like a real pro. I got stuck in slush once! A tip - do not stop in slush, you may get bogged down and need help, just drive through and you will be fine. It had rained around our time of visit to Hanmer. Hence there was lot of water on the tracks, which made the ride a whole lot of fun. Half way through the trip we reached the banks of the river where we took a break, and was supplied with water ( our choice) and cookies. The acceleration of the bikes are controlled using a thumb operated lever, you could land up with sore thumbs, the break definitely helped. The whole tour lasted around two hours which we thought was appropriate for this activity. We could pre order our lunch before we went for the activity at 1:00Pm. When we returned back hot sandwiches and tea was awaiting. Overall , a fantastic experience. Highly recommend to do it while in Hanmer.

Thank trawelbug
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Thrillseekers-Adv, customer service rep at Hanmer Springs Attractions, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2014

What a very detailed and amazing review!!! Our guide Darryl thoroughly the trip with you as well. We hope you call in next time for another thrilling adventure.

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Reviewed May 22, 2014

wow what a rush , did the bungee off the bridge and wowsers , it was really thrilling! Excellant company really safe and did lots of checks to keep you safe. The guys on the bridge strapping you in where fun and easy going to make you feel at ease , although not sure how throwing yourself off a bridge can make you feel at ease , but the whole experience was superb. It made you want to go and do it again.!!! It was nice doing it over the river as it was a beautiful day when we went so lovely and picturesque.
Speed boat picked you up after and they took some amazing pics. definatley recommended!!

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Thrillseekers-Adv, Customer Services Representitive at Hanmer Springs Attractions, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2014

Thank you for your amazing feedback and comments. We are pleased to know you felt safe and our crew made you feel at ease. As it is such a huge personal experience we strive to make it as thrilling as possible yet safe ! We look forward to seeing you again for your next adventure.

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Reviewed May 18, 2014

We took the 2 hour Quad Bike tour through the amazing landscape of Hanmer. This was an absolutely exhilarating experience, passing over small streams, and rugged terrain, and all the while be surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. This is a perfect way of experiencing the natural terrain of New Zealand in its most pristine form.

Our guide was extremely friendly, had a great sense of humour, and took into account the beginner's in the group, stopping regularly for each to catch up, and to make sure that everybody in the group was okay.

The guide packed water and snacks for a brief stop at the middle of the tour, and discussed some of the history of the area, which was interesting.

The Quad Bike activity is perfect for beginners, and the guide gave a good introduction to the workings of the bike prior to leaving, with a specially developed "trial" track designed to allow beginner's to gain a feel for how the bike works prior to starting the ride.

Great fun, and highly recommended!

Thank Paul D
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Thrillseekers-Adv, Front Office Manager at Hanmer Springs Attractions, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

Thank you for your amazing feedback, we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the quad trip with us & love to hear that it was perfect for you. We hope to see you back again soon

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Reviewed May 3, 2014

We had a great morning rafting with Gavin from Thrillseekers. A great guide who was a long time local, knowledgable about the region and an all round good bloke. The jet boat ride back from the end of the rafting to the base was a real treat too. Well worth it!

Thank Sharnep
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Thrillseekers-Adv, Front Office Manager at Hanmer Springs Attractions, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

Thank you for your feedback and great comments about our staff member Gavin, he will be pleased to hear you enjoyed the trip. Thanks again.

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Reviewed April 21, 2014

We had a Jetboad ride with Thrillseekers and it was such an amazing experience! The valley, the river, the speed, everything is just stunning! We met one of the staff members (James) afterwards and had a really good chat right away, such a nice person, definetely made our day! Hope to see you again someday! Bottomline: very great fun, would absolutely recommend going there!

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Thrillseekers-Adv, Front Office Manager at Hanmer Springs Attractions, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

Thank you for your amazing feedback, we love to hear that you enjoyed your experience on the Jet boat with us. We hope to see you again soon

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