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Rapids Jet operates on the biggest rapids for commercial jetboating in New Zealand. Shoot through a narrow canyon, be exhilarated by spins on crystal clear waters, spot a trout and surf the pressure waves of the awesome Nga Awa Purua rapids. Take time to view the amazing surrounds of Aratiatia Scenic Reserve, and learn about the wildlife and history of the area with your Local drivers. This 35 minute blast will take you up to the Aratiatia Power Station to the base of the Aratiatia Rapids, NZ’s biggest and longest rapids that spill from the Aratiatia Dam daily and guarantees an adrenaline rush!

We start by getting you into a life jacket and into ‘the zone’ for epic jet boating: calm nerves and lots of excitement!

It’s then a few steps down and into our custom, Kiwi-built boats. Your skilled driver settles you in and gives a quick intro to the beautiful part of the Waikato River that you’re floating on. Then – hold on tight! – you’ll take off for every twist and turn imaginable!

You’ll experience the thrill of ‘surfing’ on the pressure waves of the famous Nga Awa Purua Rapids, squeeze through the narrowest spot of the Waikato River and spin multiple times on the stunning clear water! You might even learn something new, like how hot the bubbling geothermal water is at the river’s edge, a bit of history about the Aratiatia Dam, or how many world-famous movies have been filmed here (keep your eyes peeled for clues in the trees and on the shoreline!).

By the time you return to the jetty 35 minutes later, you’ll be smiling ear-to-ear for the rest of the day. And the memories will last forever.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

For nearly 30 years, Rapids jet has been offering their unique, family friendly jet boat rides along this stunning stretch of the Waikato River, and nows your chance to experience it for yourself! Their NZ must, purpose built jet boats are designed to give you the safest, most powerful & most enjoyable experience possible, and their friendly team will go to all lengths to ensure you disembark the boat with a big old smile on your face!

Jetboat Adventure Through Whitewater Rapids

35 Minutes

$299 NZD

A unique jet boat adventure through the  tight gorges and the Nga Awa Purua rapids on the upper Waikato River.

Experience provided by

Rapids Jet

Important Information
  • Minimum Age 5 Years
  • Minimum height 1 meter
  • You’ll be on the water for approximately 35 minutes
  • Suitable for people of all fitness levels
  • Not recommended for pregnant persons
  • There are 25 steps to get down the Jetty onto the jet boat
  • Operates every day Except Christmas day
  • Advanced booking is advised
  • Wear weather appropriate clothing, waterproof layers will be provided along with life jackets

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