7 Places to Jet Boat in New Zealand
Calmly cruising down a river is just not the Kiwi way.
In the 1950s, Bill Hamilton attached a jet engine to a boat and invented the thrilling watersport of jet boating, which involves speeding down narrow rivers with sharp turns and doing 360° spins. Today, jet boating is a must-do for people travelling in New Zealand.
Whether its a quick spin for thrills in Queenstown or a full-day excursion to discover New Zealand’s most stunning rivers, a jet boat is certainly a way to travel in style. (Plus, we never get sick of those 360 spins)!
So check out the list below to see where you can hop in a jet boat and have a thrill ride in New Zealand!
1. Shotover Jet on the Shotover River
With canyon walls jutting on either side, Shotover Jet squeezes down the Shotover River. Expect quick manoeuvres with 360° spins on this adventure water activity just outside of Queenstown.
2. Wilderness Jet on the Dart River
If you find yourself in Glenorchy, otherwise known as The Lord of the Rings country, take a trip on the Wilderness Jet down Dart River. It takes you through the stunning Mt Aspiring National Park.
3. KJet in Queenstown
Departing from Queenstown’s main town pier, KJet takes you under the Kawarau Falls Dam and over the Shotover River.
4. Auckland Adventure Jet
This 35min ride takes you along Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. It is certainly a fast-paced way to appreciate Auckland’s skyline from the ocean.
5. Rapids Jet on the Waikato River
Combine narrow canyons with rapids and you have Rapids Jet. It’s hard to decide which is more fun, pushing through the rapids on the way upstream or surfing them on the way back down? Rapids Jet is just outside of Taupo.
6. Huka falls Jet near Taupo
Unfortunately, you do not go down the mammoth rapids that make up Huka Falls (can you imagine?!). Huka Falls Jet takes you to the safer base of Huka Falls.
7. Humpridge Jet on the Wairaurahiri River
Humpridge Jet is a unique all-day jet boating experience from the stunning Lake Hauroko, 27km down the grade 3 rapids of the Wairaurahiri River all the way to sea. It’s certainly a thrilling way to see the World Heritage Site of Fiordland National Park.
Another knarley water activity in New Zealand is white water rafting. Here’s our list of places to do white water rafting in NZ.
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