• 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

Come for a spin, on board Taupō’s Most Exciting jet boat ride and enjoy a white-water thrill for all, ages 5-94 (and up)!!🌊🚤 #jetboat #thingstodotaupo #experiencetaupo #experiencenz #dosomethingnewnz #waikato #teawa #rapid #speed #supportlocal #lovetaupo #lovetaupō
These winter afternoons may be crisp, but oh boy, they sure are beautiful! 😍 When you come down for your ride, be sure to remember your jackets, and pack those beanies! No need for gloves as our heated handrails do their job just fine!
Happy #monday everyone!! 🎉🌊 Fill your day of smiles and laughter, just like these lovely ladies (and Dave) did while on board the Rapids Jet ride!! • • #jetboating #smiles #mondaymotivation #dosomethingnewnz #newzealand #taupo
Kia Ora, Rapids Jet will still be operating 7 days a week through Alert Level Two! Come down and enjoy the fresh air and excitement with the team at Rapids Jet! 🌊🚤 Rapids Jet will be following social distancing measures to ensure your safety! Phone us on 0800 RAPIDS for more info! #covid_19 #nz #supportlocal #tourismnz #taupo #speed #activities #tauponz #adventure
Happy New Year from the team at Rapids Jet!! 🎉 We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!
Lovely family from Wellington on board today! Sick of listening to the kids? Need a 35 minute break? Bring the whanau to Rapids Jet where you can’t hear the kids with the sound of the wind and a sweet v8! 🌊🚤
The water is pumping down the Mighty Waikato today! Check out the speed of the water, while on board Rapids Jet!! 🌊🚤
Feeling like summer today ☀️🌊 come cool off with @rapidsjet!
Make the most of these warm days by bringing your friends and family down on the Rapids Jet, Whitewater Jet Boating ride!! 🌊🚤 #lovetaupo #taupo #tourismwaikato #lovenewzealand #explorenz #rapidsjet #jetboating #jetboat #whitewater #water #nature #summer #nzsummer #nzadventures #boat #speedboat
Don’t forget, we are open... 7 DAYS A WEEK! Visit www.rapidsjet.com to book🌊🚤
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