• Jet Boating New Zealand - Rapids Jet

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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

Some live-action footage from Rapids Jet! Keen to give it a go? Visit us in Taupō this summer season to giving these cascades a whirl. We’ll also give you a thorough tour of this part of the Waikato, with some historical facts and insider knowledge about where some popular films were made along the river! Find out more about The Ride on our website! There’s even an illustrated map with some clues… 📷: @the.travelling.dumplings #rapidsjet #dosomethingnewnz #backyourbackyardNZ #whitewater #taupo #thingstodotaupo #tourismnz #lovetaupo
Experience the Nga Awa Purua Rapids and the Huka Falls back-to-back! Our Rapids Jet and Huka Falls Cruise combo starts with a leisurely cruise to view the Huka Falls, then you’ll get to zoom across the water in one of our jet boats! A perfect outing for the whole family this summer. Head to Prices & Combos on our site to find out more! 📷: @hukafallsrivercruise #rapidsjet #dosomethingnewnz #backyourbackyardNZ #whitewater #taupo #thingstodotaupo #tourismnz #lovetaupo
A fun day out with the family that everyone will enjoy! After some pretty intensive lockdowns across the country, you’re well past due for some fun! 😁 We're curious: what was your favourite part of the Rapids Jet experience? Comment below! #rapidsjet #dosomethingnewnz #backyourbackyardNZ #whitewater #taupo #thingstodotaupo #tourismnz #lovetaupo
A great shot of our toys! 🚤 When they’re not out on the water treating anyone of any age to the ultimate Waikato River adventure, our powerful jet boats are in the shed for routine maintenance and general upkeep. Want to learn more about what’s under the hood? We’ve got some great Quick Facts about the jet boats on the About page of our site! Link in bio! #rapidsjet #dosomethingnewnz #backyourbackyardNZ #whitewater #taupo #thingstodotaupo #tourismnz #lovetaupo
Taupō is more than just its lake (although that’s pretty stunning!). It’s also the perfect place to get the whole family outside and moving, with stunning scenery and walking trails. On Thursday Oct 28 at 5.30pm, get the fam jam strolling for a worthy cause: The Pink Walk Taupō! It’s a 5km leg stretch to raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. Four-legged friends welcome! Maybe we’ll bring Max... 📸: The Pink Walk on Facebook #pinkwalktaupo #rapidsjet #dosomethingnewnz #backyourbackyardNZ  #taupo #thingstodotaupo #tourismnz #lovetaupo
How lucky are we to live in such a beautiful place!!😍🌈
Kia Ora!! We are so happy to let you all know. That Rapids Jet is operating under level two!! For more information or to book, contact the team! We cannot wait to see you all again! ❤️🎉
Check out this stunning shot of the water moving through the Nga Awa Purua Rapids! 🌊
The team are so proud to be ranked #1 of 36 Boat Tours & Water Sports Activities in Taupo, on TripAdvisor! With over 1500, 5 star reviews from our awesome customers! If you haven't already.. come down and see what all the fuss is about!😍
Sunday Funday!! 🎉🚤
Taking a pause.. to take in our beautiful surroundings. 😍 We are pretty lucky to have exclusive access to this little slice of paradise! Come see for yourself. #rapidsjet #adventure #dosomethingnewnz #lovetaupo #scenery #waikato #taupo #tauponz #purenz
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