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Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride from Taupo
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Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride from Taupo

By Hukafalls Jet
Recommended by 95% of travellers
95% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Huka Falls can be seen from above, but it’s most exciting to get up close on the water. This jetboat ride on the Waikato River speeds past rugged cliffs to the base of the thundering waterfall. Entertaining live commentary accompanies 360-degree spins for a thrilling ride.
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Ages 5-99, max of 14 per group
Duration: 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Huka Falls jet boat ride on the Waikato River
  • Speed up to New Zealand’s most spectacular falls
  • Learn about the scenery with live commentary on board

  • 30-minute jet boat ride on the Waikato River
  • New Zealand's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)


Start:
  • 200 Karetoto Road, Wairakei, Taupō 3384, New Zealand
    If you are self-driving then make sure to check in at Hukafalls Jet no later than 10mins prior to scheduled departure time
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3064TAO_HUKA

    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Warm clothing including jackets, hats and gloves is recommended in cooler winter months.
    • Life jackets are provided and must be worn
    • The boat has heated handrails and spray jackets are provided in cooler months.
    • Cameras are welcome but carried at passengers own risk. Video cameras are not permitted for safety reasons.
    • All children must be at least 3 feet (1 meter) tall to participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3064TAO_HUKA

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    • Hukafalls Jet
      1,356
      Taupo, New Zealand
      Joined in March 2007
    • dmc1002
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thrilling jet ride
      We had a great time on the Hukafalls Jet. We lost a pair of sunglasses, which was a shame, but that’s extreme adventuring for you! Strap them on!!
      Written January 13, 2024
    • joannel65
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must must must do
      Soooooooooooo much fun, felt so safe, they took great photos. This is a must do. Great way to see the falls. Staff were excellent.
      Written December 31, 2023
    • Rloague
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So much fun
      So much fun even in the rain. Highly recommend this for everyone. You can’t not do this activity. Staff were friendly and the boat drivers were so skilled in the tricks.
      Written December 25, 2023
    • Joseph P
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Exhilarating Jet Boat Experience
      Our tour guide Tee, was fun and informative, telling us about the places surrounding and also taking us to the edge of the Huka falls. The ride was thrilling and fun, something my kids very much enjoyed. We wish it was longer. Overall, was a great experience and would recommend to families, couples and anyone looking for a fun adventure.
      Written December 20, 2023
    • Angehudson
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best ride yet!
      This was our third visit. Tee gave us our best ride yet. Loads of twists and 360 turns. Water everywhere! So much fun. Awesome views of the beautiful Huka Falls.
      Written October 3, 2023
    • Trek59814460001
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic experience
      Absolutely an amazing experience & possibly the best jet boat ride yet! (I've done a few!) Scott managed to get everyone wet on the boat including himself! The numerous 360° spins were fantastic. A must do!
      Written May 31, 2023
    • saipai
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent Adventure...
      The jet ride, the adrenaline spike, the twists and turn were fantastic. Our jet captain Phil was excellent and and ensured we all had a great time... Kudos to Phil and team for making the adventure even more fun.. we went till the base of the hukka falls which was a real thrill... definitely worth doing...
      Written April 23, 2023
    • jaxcats1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome - but wet!!
      So much fun!!! I really enjoyed this trip but beware you will get very wet!! also the boat does spin round quite a lot. An amazing way to get close up to the magnificent Huka Falls and there had been a lot of rain before my trip so they were even more stunning.
      Written April 2, 2023
    • ambersadventure1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Need to try
      Great trip, brought a bunch of friends over and went for my birthday. Guide (Arthur) was super friendly, informative and funny. Everyone loved it and would defiantly go again. Would recommend you try also a great way to experience then Huka Falls and learn a bit about the purposes of the river while enjoying the ride
      Written December 10, 2022
    • Xanerin
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wet and Wild Ride!
      We decided to go on the Jet to view Huka Falls from below, and boy what an absolutely fun trip. We span 360 turns, went through obstacles and viewed the falls so close! We had the best time and the experience was certainly amazing. Our captain was fabulous and made sure everyone on board had a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend doing this when visiting Huka Falls and NZ
      Written November 3, 2022
    • chumbles224
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great fun!
      We jumped on the Hukafalls jet not quite sure what to expect and were absolutely thrilled! It was great fun and the skill of our driver was amazing and he had a great sense of humour! It also gives you a fantastic view of the Huka falls from the bottom which is quite impressive. It’s only a short ride at thirty minutes but you definitely get your money’s worth along with a lot of laughs and a good soaking!
      Written July 17, 2021
    • melnthree
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      100% don’t miss this!
      This trip was our first time to Taupo, what a great place for families to visit, so much to do! We saved this to last and it was hands down the best way to end our trip. Our driver Jimmy was awesome, so skilled at what he does! I was a bit nervous going to it but it all quickly turned to 100% excitement and adrenalin onboard and seeing the Huka Falls so close up was incredible. Whole heartedly recommend.
      Written April 30, 2021
    • Rubini1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Adventure ride
      Awesome ride! Throughly enjoyed! Would recommend to anyone seeking an adventurous experience in Taupo.
      Written December 18, 2020
    • surelybassey
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fast fun and not too scary
      This safe way to experience huka falls took 24 minutes. It was fun. You don’t get too wet - just light spray in your top half. You have to hold on so don’t bother with cameras , though you could tuck your phone in your waterproof jacket for the waterfall bit. The driver ducks around natural obstacles and swans! It was a very fast 25 minute and well worth $99.
      Written October 26, 2020
    • Wallsfamily
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Just Awesome!
      Amazing ride! Very professional and helpful staff! We had a party of 10 including a 3 year old and we all had such an awesome time! An absolute must do!
      Written September 30, 2020
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    rbthodge
    Whitby, Canada1,682 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    This was an exciting thrill ride on the river to the falls. The boat flies across the water barely missing the river banks, rocks and other obstacles doing wild 360 degree spins. You make several passes right where the falls plunge into the river. Great explanations from the driver of the sites where you stop for a few minutes on the trip. Other than the spins, the boat is very stable - you won't get seasick or tossed from the boat, but you will get a little wet (not soaking wet - more your head and seat). Combine this activity with a morning cruise to the Maori rock carvings for a great savings and a fun day (see Maori rock carving & Jet Boat combo).
    Written March 22, 2023
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    Amy H
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2022
    Was absolutely brilliant. Lovely and incredibly skilled person driving the boat and loved that they gave a heads up before the spins. Such a cool, exhilarating experience. Loved seeing Huka Falls from that perspective.
    It is very expensive, and I get that it's a tourist attraction but as there are no international tourists I feel like the prices should be lowered. We paid nearly $100 dollars for 30 mins. We also had to wear masks on the boat, which although I get why, it was frustrating trying to keep them on even with the mask-sleave thing they give you to keep it in place. And the photos were ruined because of them - and it was like $70 to get those photos. No one was buying them in our group.
    Written February 1, 2022
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    Karen
    Dunedin, New Zealand10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant! We have done lots of jet boats rides as we love it! This one was right up there 🙂 Scott was an amazing driver and kept us exhilarated with the spins etc. It was spectacular being able to get up close to the Falls and hear some history. Yes we had to keep masks on but who cares, we still bought the photos as you can't get photos like those yourself 📷 The shop is amazing and prices so good, wouldn't find those kind of prices in Queenstown!!! We were pleased we supported this local business, well done guys for having friendly staff...nothing was a problem👍
    Written March 20, 2022
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    frequentflyerNZ
    Auckland, New Zealand46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We LOVED this ride, it is high speed, lots of spins and thrills navigating obstacles in the river. It was wonderful to see the stretch of river between the Aratiatia dam and Huka falls, the falls themselves were a real highlight, it was great to get so close. People of all ages were in our boat and everyone looked like they were having a blast. Our driver was skilled and humourous and really added value to the trip.

    We’ve done a few jet boat trips in different locations and this is one of our favourites. It isn’t cheap, but we felt we got value for money and would do it again. Having done this and the Rapids jet boat in Taupo on a previous visit - this one is far superior.b
    Written April 22, 2021
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    Hi frequentflyerNZ. Thanks for taking a bit of time to review us - appreciated. We have a pretty good office to work in, and love sharing it too!
    Written May 18, 2021
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    debbierosson
    Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Family
    Excellent and well worth the ride, the kids thought it was amazing. The Jet went so close to the hills the thrills and speed are well worth the 30 minute ride. most definitley one for the bucket list if you are visiing Taupo,.
    Written February 9, 2020
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    Kia ora debbierosson! Thank you so much for the review! We're glad we could provide a memorable experience for you and your tamariki! Ngā mihi, Oscar
    Written February 10, 2020
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    Ron Ka
    San Francisco, CA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    We had never imagined that we would be riding at 75kmph in a jet ski on a river and doing many many 360 degree loops.

    Just when we thought we were done, the jet ski boat took us to the base of the waterfall emanating clear, blue water. Beautiful!

    Elliott, thank you for giving us the thrill of our life by zooming past and very close to the many natural obstacles in the river.

    Awesome!
    Written February 19, 2020
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    Kia ora RonK193, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience on Hukafalls Jet and we're glad to hear you had a blast! Thanks again and we hope to see you again one day. Ngā mihi, Lauren
    Written February 25, 2020
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    Sue B
    Sheffield, UK277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2022 • Couples
    We really enjoyed our jet boat trip. Arthur was a brilliant pilot, spinning the boat 360⁰ lots of times and giving us all an exhilarating ride. He was also very professional & we felt safe in his hands. His informative commentary was excellent! The trip is expensive but worth it. I agree with other comments that digital photos could be included at this price. Highly recommended 👍
    Written November 11, 2022
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    Jess
    Turangi, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much fun! Such an exciting and unique way to see the beautiful Waikato river. We got lucky with the river flow (it was lower than usual) and got to get up and close to Huka falls on our trip. Our guide Elliot made us feel super safe and was always aware of us his crew and was making sure we were okay. He was super friendly and very happy to answer some questions we had for him and have a chat with us afterwards. Cheers Huka Jet we will be recommending trips from TRR!
    Written January 31, 2020
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    Kia ora jessamat! Thank you so much for your review! We're glad to hear that you had a wonderful time with Hukafalls Jet. We'll pass on your kind comments to Elliot too! Ngā Mihi, Oscar
    Written February 2, 2020
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    Katie
    Kent, UK16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Friends
    Such a fun experience. Enjoyed every minute of it. The only downfall was the price of the picture set. We opted for the most expensive one with the USB stick and the USB only works in a laptop/PC. I couldn't show a slideshow of the video to my family on our TV when i got home was very disappointing.
    Written July 17, 2020
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    Hi O6866WZkatiej. Thanks so much for reviewing us - appreciate the feedback Our photography system will be moving into the future in the next few months, so we'll have a few more options for guests coming up.
    Written May 18, 2021
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    annastaciamariab
    Tauranga, New Zealand5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    I rated this as the best part of our Taupo trip (and we also went Skydiving and on the Cliff swing on the same trip). The jet got us up close and personal with the falls and the rush of speeding across the water was brilliant. The only downer was the lame family sitting in the row in front of us. Two of them weren't feeling well but instead of getting off when the driver offered, they stayed and were a real downer with no enthusiasm or excitement at all. The driver was awesome - so friendly and funny and even though the rest of the boat passengers were a real bore he maintained his enthusiasm and humor .My partner and I made up for it though as we were having a great time! I would totally do it again - hopefully next time with a better group on board.
    Written February 9, 2020
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    Kia ora annastaciamariab, Thank you very much for the kind review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the scenery and that your driver was a highlight too. Come back soon! Nga mihi, Oscar
    Written February 9, 2020
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