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Since 1993 Rapids Jet have been boating the biggest rapids for commercial Jet Boating in New Zealand. Over 100,000 clients aged 5-89 years have now safely experienced the thrill of real white water jet boating, something unique, which can only be found here in Taupo.
Aratiatia Scenic Reserve is the beautifully stunning back drop for Rapids Jet.
We shoot through the narrowest canyon on the Waikato River, We take you up close to the Aratiatia Power Station to the base of the Aratiatia Rapids, New Zealand's biggest and longest rapids that spill from the Aratiatia dam daily. (Sorry, cannot take you up there). You will be exhilarated by the spin and stunned by the amazing scenery and clarity of the crystal clear waters. Spot a world famous Taupo trout, and then get ready to surf in the 'rough stuff', the awesome Nga Awapurua Rapids. (which means 'river of springs')
Russell Poppe (Rusty), James Tazewell (Jimmy) and Garry Stephen (Gazza) are local owner drivers with 20 years both national and international Jet Boating experience between them. So be assured that you are in the very safe and skilled hands necessary to navigate this spectacular part of the Waikato River.
Impressive 500 horsepower Chevy V8 jet boats muscle you up and down these thrilling white water rapids 363 days of the year on the fast flowing mighty Waikato River. The river banks are lined with fantastic native bush and steaming hot springs.
Each trip is 35 minutes long with 11 passengers per boat. We run two boats concurrently and can tailor trips to your group needs.
A very popular option is the 25 minute Rapids Blast. This will certainly blow out the cobwebs and liven up your day.
Sensational digital photographs capture your unparalleled white water team building experience.
We guarantee your delegates an adrenalin rush.
Contact us to negotiate your package.
There simply is, No where else to Jet Boat the Rapids.
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