• Jet Boating New Zealand - Rapids Jet

    About
    Us

Our Story

Rapids Jet has been operating for nearly thirty years! In 1996, a gap in the jet boating space presented itself: to offer a unique experience of family-focused fun on the water. Nearly three decades later and we take pride in creating unforgettable jet boat memories for all ages on this stunning stretch of the Waikato River!

Meet the Team

Jet Boating New Zealand - Rapids Jet

JAMES General Manager

One of the original founders of Rapids Jet! James “Jimmy” Tazewell has been a commercial jet boat driver since 1997. He loves seeing families out on the water and is a Dad himself.

Jet Boating New Zealand - Rapids Jet

AMANDAFront Desk & Marketing

Amanda has been with Rapid Jet since 2020! She’s the friendly face before and after your ride. Psst…keep your eyes peeled for Amanda with camera in-hand on the shoreline!

Jet Boating New Zealand - Rapids Jet

SHANNONJet Boat Driver

Obsessed with driving anything with an engine, Shannon has been with Rapids Jet since 2016! But don’t be surprised to find Shannon out white-water rafting from time to time as well!

Jet Boating New Zealand - Rapids Jet

DAVEJet Boat Driver

Dave has been a skilled jet boat driver for Rapids Jet since 2014. Dave loves giving people a taste of something new and different in Taupō!

Jet Boating New Zealand - Rapids Jet

MAXBoss Dog

Max has been running the show for years! He loves all the friendly people who come for a ride, and the ample amount of rocks and sticks the Waikato River edge has to offer.

Our Jet Boats

Our boats are custom-built for Rapids Jet right here in New Zealand, the home of the jet boat!

QUICK FACTS!

  • They’re built by KwikKraft Marine, a company based in Christchurch who have over 30 years’ experience. They really know what they’re doing!
  • They’re specially designed and built for us to safely navigate through the fast-flowing, ever-changing waters of the Waikato River.
  • Being highly manoeuvrable means we can also steer you through narrow canyons, round rocks in the river and thrill you by performing incredible spins!
  • Made out of heavy gauge marine aluminium with a deep ‘V’-shaped design, making them extremely strong and your ride wonderfully smooth.
  • Our jet boats are fitted with a 500-horsepower, 496 Chevy V8 engine and connected to a Hamilton 212 jet unit – impressively powerful and exceptionally fast!
  • Super important: They comply with all the relevant safety standards and are completely safe and suitable for our white-water adventures. We wouldn’t take you out on them if they weren’t.
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  • A must do when in Taupō, was a fantastic ride and the staff are wonderful. Will be looking forward to doing this again!

    Janet & Greg - Auckland, 2021

  • Wow, an epic day full of action and incredible jetboating. Loved it! You guys rock.

    Mike McVey - Gisborne NZ

Happy Wellington Anniversary Weekend 🎉 The team at Rapids Jet look forward to seeing all of you who are making the trip up to Taupō for the long weekend! Stay safe and have fun out there ❤️☀️🎉
Tripadvisor Amazing experience! So much better jet boating up rapids then just on a flat river. Great adventure with the family
Cool down with Rapids Jet this summer! 🎉 #lovetaupo #taupo #nzsummer #summernz #laketaupo #waikato #jetboat #water #thingstodotaupo #dosomethingnew #dosomethingnewnewzealand #dosomethingnewnz #summer
Get amongst nature this summer, surf white water rapids and speed through the narrowest point of the Waikato River, on New Zealand’s ONLY white water jet boat ride! 🌊☀
Just like that, we are jumping into the New Year!🎉 From our Rapids Jet Whānau to yours, we want to wish you all a great 2022. Be sure to make time for friends, whānau, and adventure this year! #dosomethingnew #dosomethingnewnz #summer #nzsummer #taupo #thingstodotaupo #nznewyear #natureshot #actionshot
Take the Whanau on Taupo’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride this summer! Book Now to secure your spot!! www.rapidsjet.com #dosomethingnew #dosomethingnewnz #summer #nzsummer #taupo #thingstodotaupo
Gain exclusive views of a large segment of the Aratiatia Power Station, seen from the best seat around - in one of our Rapids Jet boats! Book here: https://www.rapidsjet.com/ #dosomethingnewnz
The Rapids Jet experience is unlike any other! Come and join us for an exhilarating 35-minute boat ride, ‘surfing’ the Nga Awa Purua Rapids and soaring along the clear waters of the Waikato River. Visit our website to book now! #rapidsjet #dosomethingnewnz #backyourbackyardNZ #whitewater #taupo #thingstodotaupo #tourismnz #lovetaupo
Have you heard about our famous Rapids Jet Family Special yet? Two specials, and over $100 in savings – and best yet – a whole lot of fun! Are you ready to ride? Find out more on our website under Prices and Combos! #rapidsjet #dosomethingnewnz #backyourbackyardNZ #whitewater #taupo #thingstodotaupo #tourismnz #lovetaupo
Important- PLEASE READ ‼ As of today (3rd December 2021) Rapids Jet will be requiring Vaccine Passes, due to comply with the new Mandates put in place by the Government. If this has any effect on your upcoming booking, and you haven’t talked with the team yet, we recommend getting in touch. You can also view the link in our bio, for all information regarding Rapids Jet & COVID-19. Nga Mihi, The Team at Rapids Jet
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