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About Rapids Jet
The Jet Boat is a New Zealand icon, and jet boating is a favourite activity for Kiwis. Set in the beautiful Aratiatia Scenic Reserve is New Zealand’s best white water Jet Boat Ride, Rapids Jet. Conveniently located just 15 minutes’ drive north of Taupo and 50 minutes south of Rotorua, Rapids Jet operates on the biggest rapids for commercial jet boating in New Zealand. Shoot through a narrow canyon, be exhilarated by spins on crystal clear waters, spot a trout and surf the pressure waves of the awesome Nga Awa Purua rapids. Take time to view the amazing surrounds of Aratiatia Scenic Reserve and learn about the wildlife and history of the area. Our 35 minute blast guarantees an adrenaline rush! Since 1993, over 140,000 passengers aged 5-93 years have safely experienced the thrill of real white water jet boating with Rapids Jet. We have thousands of hours experience driving jet boats both in New Zealand and overseas, so you can be sure you are in safe hands with Rapids Jet.
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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.
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Melanieh910 wrote a review 15 Jan
Auckland, New Zealand60 contributions13 helpful votes
Excellent trip with Rapids Jet. The rapids on the river made it an even more fun ride. The local history was interesting and seeing the narrowest part of the Waikato river was a treat.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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jeremy w wrote a review 9 Jan
Edinburgh, United Kingdom89 contributions104 helpful votes
Helpful and professional staff. Boat held 10 to 11 people, so not too crowded. Waikato river nice and wide, so the 360s were fun. Driver went fast when he could and splashed us whenever he felt necessary. Lots of fun and I never felt scared for a moment.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Carl wrote a review 8 Jan
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It was simply amazing. To "fly" through the river and rapids at speeds close to 90km/h is awesome. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Thanks to our amazing driver who knows the river like the back of his hand for making it unforgettable
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Mike@vandeelzen.com wrote a review 5 Jan
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Amazing experience! So much better jet boating up rapids then just on a flat river. Great adventure with the family
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Taylor wrote a review 5 Jan
New Zealand2 contributions
The staff were all great and super friendly. We had Shannon as our driver and he was great! He was a good laugh, very informative and a cool guy! The ride itself was awesome, we really enjoyed it and will definitely be booking again some time in the future!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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