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Make your own way to the Waikato River—New Zealand’s longest—where you are suited up with spray jackets and receive a safety briefing.

Climb into a powerful, maneuverable jet boat and pull into the current of the Waikato River, speeding upstream to the Aratiatia Power Station, then spinning back downstream toward a series of churning rapids.

Hold on tight as you encounter the Washing Machine and Hay Barn, exciting rapids in a narrow stretch of the Waikato River, and continue to the powerful Nga Awa Purua Rapids, where your driver surfs the jet boat on standing waves. Continue downstream to see the Waikato River’s thermal activity, as well as some gorgeous riverside scenery, before powering back upstream on the exciting return trip to the jet boat base camp.

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Rapids Jet

Speed through white-water rapids and straightaways on a thrilling Waikato River jet boat ride that hits up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour through some of the river’s narrowest parts. The jet boat spins, banks, and makes hairpin turns, then surfs the powerful waves at Nga Awa Purua Rapids. Sit back, hold on, and keep warm with your spray jacket and heated handrails.

  • High-adrenaline ride is an exciting way to see the Waikato River 
  • Combine great scenery with a thrilling boat trip
  • Maneuverable jet boats are limited to 11 passengers
  • Multiple daily departure times to fit your schedule
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Reviewed 2 days ago
wet n wild

Ever since I was a kid this was the one thing I wanted to do...one off the bucket list. The thrill of the rapids, the speed and thumping roar of the engine was just awesome. The spins and hovering over the rapids was really good...More

Thank Hagen R
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

So glad we could help you tick off that bucket list item Hagen! And with the uniqueness of the rapids! Enjoy the rest of your North Island adventure! Please come again :)

Reviewed 3 days ago
Excellent Jet boat ride

Fantastic experience, fun for all... full of twists and turns.. Gazza was a great guide and pilot even stopping to pass on some local knowledge whilst steadying the boat in the rapids... Top banana ...

Thank Graeme M
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

So stoked you had a fantastic Rapids Jet experience with Gazza, Graeme! Please come again!

Reviewed 3 days ago
Adrenaline filled Jet ride on Water!

This 'Boat' ride was absolutely incredible!. Everything about the experience, from walking through the front door, Gary's knowledge of the river and all it's history to the adrenaline rush of the ride was amazing! If you are in this neck of the woods - You...More

Thank Craig H
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the fantastic review Craig! Glad Gazza gave you an awesome Rapids Jet experience. We love what we do, and sharing the river and its history with other :) Please come again!!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fantastic adrenaline rush on the Waikato River. We absolutely loved it, our driver was funny and knowledgeable. Enjoyed learning some local history and I was particularly impressed with Dave's pronounciation of Maori. Thanks to the entire team at Rapids Jet, you run a very...More

Thank Jodene C
Rapids Jet T, General Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the kind words Jodene! The Waikato River is stunning and we love sharing it with others :) Glad you had an awesome time on the jet boat with Dave. We would love to see you back again! Cheers!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
All in the name of wet Fun

Fun yes getting wet yes too! But it’s all in the experience and worth your time. Caution for people with disabilities

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Rapids Jet T, General Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review! Glad you enjoyed your time at Rapids Jet :) We do have individuals with disabilities ride our jet boat. If there are any questions just give our friendly staff a call.

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