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Wairaurahiri Jet

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Address: 1260 Clifden Highway | Clifden, Tuatapere 9691, New Zealand
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Jet boat into the heart of Fiordland

South Island's ultimate jet boat ride!...

Jet boat into the heart of Fiordland

South Island's ultimate jet boat ride!


We will take you on a trip of a life time.

  94 Km’s of jet boating into the heart of Fiordland National Park and back; travel across Lake Hauroko and down to the rugged southern coast via the wild Wairaurahiri River.

Our All Day Adventure includes, personal guided nature walks and a delicious kiwi style BBQ For your comfort on the colder days, we have fitted heated hand rails to our boat, along with woolly hats and over sized water proof oil skin coats for our guests to use while aboard. These are a great addition to help you to enjoy our already awesome boat trip

The River: The Wairaurahiri River, 34 km of rugged rock strewn grade three rapids that drop 600 feet to sea level. These are the conditions which make the Wairaurahiri Jet such an exciting ride!

Trampers: We can pick up or drop off - links with Hump Ridge Track and South Coast Track.

Plus other packages, Helicopter, Jet boat adventure, over night adventure, or Twilight adventures trips.

Our safety: Johan, (owner operator) has over 20 years experience on the river. Our twin engine jet boat is specially designed to handle the conditions of this remote area.

We believe our boat is 200% safer than any other operator on this river as we are the only boat with two engines. Twice the safety and comfort.

Safety Audits

Wairaurahiri Jet is also audited yearly by Maritime NZ,

Wairaurahiri Jet is the only boat on the river that is an approved activity and has achieved a Gold Enviro award Qualmark. New Zealand, tourism bench mark.

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Exciting & Breathtaking

This Jet Boat ride is the best we've ever seen. It is a 6 to 7 hour ride across Lake Hauroko for 10 KM then a 72 KM Fast thrilling ride down the Wairauahiri River to the Southern... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Jet Boat ride is the best we've ever seen. It is a 6 to 7 hour ride across Lake Hauroko for 10 KM then a 72 KM Fast thrilling ride down the Wairauahiri River to the Southern Ocean. Expertly driven by Johan with a BBQ lunch at the end & local information on Flora & Fauna. There is a... More 

Thank DieselS58
Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2017

If you want to have an awesome day do this Wairaurhiri Jet boat trip...Just Do It! We met Johan the owner and a good kiwi bugger at Lake Hauroko on a perfect day. Six of us did the chopper trip from Lake Hauroko to the Waitutu Lodge where the Wairaurhiri river meets the ocean. Had lunch then jet boated back... More 

Thank gocameron3
Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This was an amazing trip. Johan has such a wealth of knowledge of the area! Beautiful scenery and delicious lunch down by the mouth of the river at Waitutu Lodge. Definitely recommend this trip to anyone visiting the area.

Thank petchjm
Invercargill, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Had an awesome experience with Wairaurahiri Jet, being on the river with Johan was so special with he and Joyce's passion for the environment and knowledge of the area, they made us feel so safe, amazing food and the scenery WOW, I'm booking the whole family next time - a must do!!!

Thank Bravogirl2015
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Well worth doing, great way to get a glimpse of wilderness with little effort. Trip was well run, felt safe and not as horribly noisy as I'd imagined a jet boat might be. Had hoped for a little more informative commentary though.

Thank Trina K
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

A day to remember. Jet boating across the lake. Really informative and so friendly. Johan followed by a Totally jaw dropping skippering skills on a very full river. 35km's each way of bonkers white knuckle stuff with spectacular views of perfectly preserved indigenous landscape. Lunch so good, can't believe he got the boat back onto a plane with all those... More 

Thank Clare9963
Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This Wairaurahiri Jet All Day Adventure trip has everything! Six hours of activity for a reasonable price with a most agreeable lunch of New Zealand cheeses, wine and venison. There are thrills aplenty in running the rapids of the fast flowing Wairaurahiri River to the sea, then doing it again against the current with a man who knows what he... More 

Thank mickels2017
Gore, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Boarded the jet boat at 10.00am, bit of a safety briefing and history lesson on the region, headed out across Lake Hauroko. Stopped at Teal Bay for more history and nature lessons, then down the river, an absolutely thrilling ride, definitely white knuckles. Stopped half way down the river to get off boat and have a walk around in the... More 

Thank nem01956
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

Took the day trip with my family. Everyone loved the experience with Johan. A very safe and knowledgeable pilot. wonderful to have such a unique experience in this beautiful and remote location. highly recommended. what a great day.

Thank pk67
Te Anau, null, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Just bask from 3 day pack raft trip. Johan took one of our group into Teal Bay Hut as he was not up for a walk over the Hump. He also agreed to take 3 extra packs of gear and food! He also then took our mate down river and to the lodge for lunch before dropping him back at... More 

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