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Come up close to Rotorua’s geothermal landscapes at Rainbow Mountain, Wai-O-Tapu and Orakei Korako on this 6-hour tour that includes a jet-boat ride on the Waikato River. After hotel pickup in the morning, relax during a 25-minute coach transfer to Rainbow Mountain, where you’ll disembark for an easy half-mile (1-km) stroll on the Crater Lake Walk.

View a volcanic crater lake nestled amid the steamy and colorful cliffs. Your guide points out Rainbow Mountain plant species, including some rare specimens only found in New Zealand’s geothermal areas. 

Just down the road near Wai-O-Tapu, take a look at bubbling mud pools before your jet-boat ride begins. Receive a safety briefing, don a life jacket and hop aboard the powerful jet boat for a high-speed ride on the Waikato River. Your expert driver navigates the narrow passageways of Tutukau Gorge and zips past steaming geothermal sections along the river.

Arriving at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park, walk along raised boardwalks past active natural geysers, hot springs and silica terraces in vibrant hues. You can stop to purchase a snack or meal at the riverside cafe (own expense) before you re-board for a splashy ride. 

During another 30 minutes of adrenaline-packed fun, hold on tight while the boat slides on the water’s surface and kicks up spray as the driver squeezes through tight turns and spins. Back at the jet-boat office, sip a provided hot beverage before boarding the bus to Rotorua, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rainbow Mountain - Crater Lake Walk
New Zealand Riverjet
Marvel at the volcanic wonders of Rotorua on a 6-hour tour that spins you out on the Waikato River with a thrilling jet-boat ride. Start with a guided walk past the Crater Lakes of Rainbow Mountain and check out the mud pools near Wai-O-Tapu. Your jet boat zips through Tutukau Gorge, dropping you off to explore the steaming cliffs and gushing geysers of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park on foot before completing your high-speed ride with fishtails and tight turns. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • 6-hour tour with visits to geothermal park and jet boat ride
  • Enjoy incredible views of Rainbow Mountain during a leisurely walk on the Crater Lakes trail
  • Snap photos of hot bubbling mud pools near Wai-O-Tapu
  • Travel by jet boat to Orakei Korako Geothermal Park
  • Admire cliffs that rise 165 feet (50 meters) above the Waikato River when the jet boat cruises through Tutukau Gorge
  • Have time to walk around Orakei Korako, which features the largest geyser field in New Zealand
  • Hang on tight as the expert jet boat driver executes high-speed tricks, spins and turns
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We go t picked up by Shannen on a lovely sunny winters day from our accommodation in Rotorua. On our drive to NZ river jet base we had a couple of stops to see geothermal activity. Shannen explained what we where seeing and about the...More

Thank Pinkpeardrops
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Exicting and Informative Tour

Greeted by friendly staff and guided through the dressing procedure, we were ready for a thrilling ride on the Waikato River. The trip up was informative with a little excitement thrown in. The geothermal tour was impressive and our driver Cam could answer all questions....More

Thank brendanr752
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Brendan, Thanks for taking the time to review us! Yes the dress code here is quite intense isn't it, and quite the process. Always looking fabulous by the time we are ready to hit the water though right. sounds like our thermal Safari tour...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great activity

Highly recommend this activity, worth the scenic drive out from Rotorua. The guys were very friendly and welcoming and Cam our driver was very accommodating to our needs. Seeing Geothermal activity on its natural environment was just stunning and the jetboat ride back up the...More

Thank Shane R
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Shane, Yes the scenic minute drive out to our base from Rotorua is totally worth it couldn't agree more (I may be bias though). Adventuring this untouched environment is pretty wicked, especially when you see it by Jet Boat, or zoom past it atleast!...More

Reviewed 28 June 2018
Stunning Day

RiverJet have a great team, the adventure was spectacular and we got the most amazing day. Very lucky to have experienced this

Thank digitour2018
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Dan, We all think we are pretty great too hehe so thanks for assuring us! Glad to hear you had a great time, thanks heaps for joining us. The River Jet Team :)

Reviewed 3 June 2018
Coolest Activity

Simply an amazing way to spend the day. Its a once in a lifetime opportunity to see amazing sights and experience the awesome power of the jetboats. The Geothermal stop has amazing sights throughout the area, and the ride back is fun. Our driver Cam...More

Thank Trevor808
Squeeze1, Front Office Manager at New Zealand Riverjet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Trevor, Thanks for your awesome review. Glad to hear you had a good time out on the Waikato with our Cameron and that we could show of our scenic slice of paradise! thanks for Joining us. The River jet crew.

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