Receive a 10% discount on the Rapids Jet in Taupō using the promo code NZTT10.
Experience one of the most unique jet boat rides in New Zealand, perfectly combining stunning scenery, fun and adventure.
Book with Rapids Jet and save 10% using the promo code NZTT10.
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If you’re looking for a totally unique jet boat experience in Aotearoa, we’ve got a hidden gem for you!
The Rapids Jet crew, based in Taupō, will race you down and up the mighty Waikato River, travelling over white water rapids. In fact, they are the only commercial jet boat to do so!
Putting New Zealand-made jet boats through their paces, their talented skippers operate just below the Aratiatia Dam. This is the first of seven hydro-dams found on the Waikato River and is quite the tourist attraction in and of itself.
The jet boat runs to coincide with the release of the Aratiatia floodgates. You’ll hit the river 30 minutes after the release, allowing you plenty of time to watch the dam release from the viewing platforms before making your way onto the water.
The ride itself is 35-minutes long and includes stops at filming locations seen in movies like The Hobbit, Yogi Bear and Without a Paddle. Though the scenery and stunningly clear waters are the real highlights, you’ll also learn fun facts about the local area too.
Be prepared for twists, turns and giggles as you ride up and over the white water, in what really is a must-do kiwi experience!
Aratiatia Dam Release times: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm (and 4 pm during the summer).
Rapids Jet departure times: 10.30 am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm (and 3:30 pm in summer).
Did you know? Rapids Jet is able to run different times on request. If their standard times don’t work well for your group, you’re welcome to ask for an alternative ride time. Each boat fits up to 11 adults and three boats can be run back-to-back, allowing them to accommodate up to 66 customers in a little over an hour.
Note: The NZTT discount applies to individual bookings for both adults and children. The discount is not offered in addition to the already-discounted family pass.