Speed through narrow canyons and mountainous views in a thrilling New Zealand jet boat ride. Sit back, buckle yourself in and feel the acceleration.

A New Zealand jet boat ride will take you powering through narrow river gorges, almost brushing against sheer rock faces; or skimming across the surface of water channels that weave through the shingle banks of braided rivers. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, jet boating can be enjoyed the whole year around.

The jet boat was developed in the 1950s by New Zealand farmer William (Bill) Hamilton, to allow navigation of the shallow Canterbury rivers. However, enterprising New Zealanders soon realised its potential as an adventure activity.

Hukafalls Jet at Huka Falls, Taupō, Taupō

North Island jet boating experiences

If you're in Auckland and looking for a bit of adrenalin, head to the harbourside for an exciting ride around the Waitemata Harbour. Get up close with the mighty Huka Falls with Hukafalls Jet in Taupō, or speed along natural waterways and see the local sites at Rotorua. In the centre of North Island, you can zoom through rapids, past native forests and learn the history of the Whanganui River or even see the famous Bridge to Nowhere.

Jet boat ride on Dart River, New Zealand

South Island jet boating experiences

There are plenty of stunning wilderness rivers to explore on a jet boating adventure in the South Island. Skim through the braided Dart River as it winds its way through Lord of the Rings filming locations amongst grand alpine backgrounds. Head to Shotover River for an exhilarating ride through towering canyons and narrow river gorges. Further south in the Southland region, take on the longest and most remote jet boat trip in New Zealand, taking you from the river to the sea.

Combine the classic New Zealand invention of the jet boat with the stunning New Zealand landscapes, and you get a world-famous adrenaline activity that you’ll never forget!

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