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Pure Wilderness Jet Boat Tour through Fiordland

  • Your guide showcases landmarks and Lord of the Rings filming locations
  • Protective gear is provided to keep you safe as your driver does stunts
  • Morning, afternoon and evening departure times fit into any tight schedule
Pure Wilderness Jet Boat Tour through Fiordland
From USD 97.54
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2 Hour Jet Boat Trip Down the Waiau River to Lake Manapouri with a Nature Walk
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2 Hour Jet Boat Trip Down the Waiau River to Lake Manapouri with a Nature Walk
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Pure Wilderness - 10am
2 Hour Jet Boat Trip Down the Waiau River to Lake Manapouri with a Nature Walk
From USD 97.54
Step into a powerful Fiordland Jet boat and cruise down the mighty Waiau River on this roughly two-hour adventure into the heart of Fiordland National Park. With no windows and no ceilings on the jet boat, you’ll hear the wind rush past you as you head down river to Lake Manapouri. Disembark and explore the Park’s ancient forest, then return in your jet boat, doing stunts along the way that you could never do in a car or tour bus.
What to Expect

Begin your adventure at our office, centrally located on Lake Front Drive in Te Anau. Take a load off and have a seat at one of our picnic tables while you use our free WiFi and charging station to make sure all your devices are good to go. Once everyone is all checked-in and ready to go, hop on our spacious and air-conditioned bus for a short ride down to Queen's Reach boat launch on the Waiau River. 

At Queen's Reach, your Fiordland Jet Guide will get you all geared up with spray jackets, life vests, and warm hats (if needed). Your guide will then load you into the boat before putting it into the water, so you won't have to worry about getting your feet wet. 

Your journey begins with an exhilarating jet boat ride down the picturesque Waiau river. The Waiau river is lined by ancient beech tree forest and is the Anduin River; the great river of Middle Earth! Featured in the opening scene from The Lord of the Rings! Get the inside-story on The Lord of the Rings filming locations, and the crazy logistics involved in filming.

Experience the thrill and excitement as you cruise down the powerful, surging, Waiau River. Stop in some quiet and tranquil spots, to soak up the amazing surrounds, spot a few trout, and learn about the unique environment and fascinating history.

Suddenly, find yourself out on the breath-taking Lake Manapouri. Surrounded by mountains that have been carved by snow and ice over centuries, experience a sense of wonderment as you gaze at the magnificent mountains and sit in awe of their sheer beauty.

Get a taste of adventure as you explore the ancient surrounds with your Fiordland Jet guide. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area. Step back in time as you experience prehistoric crown ferns and ancient, native beech forest, unchanged for 80 million years! Learn about indigenous Māori culture and the early pioneers of European history in New Zealand.

At the conclusion of your jet boat trip, your guide will return you by bus to our offices in the heart of Te Anau. There are bathrooms available at our office and also a car park. 

Allow 2 hours to experience this thrilling and informative jet boat trip!

Reviews (39)
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Terrific fun!

We had a great morning on the jet boat driven by Becky, don’t let her youth put you off, she certainly knows how to handle that boat. Great fun twisting and turning down the river with plenty of 360 turns to keep you on your...More

Thank yarnowalch
Reviewed 3 days ago
Exciting, action packed activity.

Great two hour spin on the river and lake in a stunning location. Rebecca was a brilliant tour guide and jet boat ‘pilot’. She made sure everyone was cool with the spins. It’s a family run and operated business and you’re made to feel welcome.

Thank RobynBrisbaneAus
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Fiordland jet boat

We were looking for something to do on short notice and the company took care of us. Turned out we were the only two people going out, but they treated us like we owned the boat.

Thank M1789WQmarkb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent Tour through Waiau River to Lake Manapouri (Fiordland)

My wife and I recently visited New Zealand for our honeymoon, and while being in Te Anau we took the "Pure Wilderness Jet Boat Tour" to do something different and get to know the area. It was amazing. All the staff was great (Chris -...More

Thank JerryMCDC
FJet_Team, Front Office Manager at Fiordland Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi nmgs90 Thanks so much for your review, we love the pics that you posted of the trip, and the lambs (they just loved you too!) Chris is an excellent driver and guide, we are very stoked to have him as a part of our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amazing! Would go again <3

I was a little sceptical about this tour because I thought it might be a little boring but it was actually amazing! Staff was super nice already at check-in and (young) Chris was an awesome guide. I tend to ask a lot of questions and...More

Thank Desiree_K13
FJet_Team, Front Office Manager at Fiordland Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Desiree_K13 Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. We are so happy that you love our team, Young Chris is great isn't he! Plus that you had a fantastic time on our trip, the spins are a lot of...More

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