• 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

Looking for a special gift for Mum this Mother's Day?
Treat her to an epic Jet Boat experience here at Rapids Jet, Taupō, we'll make sure she leaves full of adrenalin and smiling ear to ear!
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Experience the powerful Nga Awa Purua rapids, where your driver surfs the Jet Boat on standing waves🌊🌊🌊

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School holidays are here🥳
Bring the family to Rapids Jet and experience NZ's only white-water jet boating adventure and Taupo's best kept secret👌

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There were many smiles on the Waikato River today! 🚤💦 😁 
Family fun times! 💙

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When visiting Taupō make sure to stop by Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa 

📍  SH1, Wairakei, Taupō
📅  Open daily
⏰  8.30am - 8.30pm
♨️ 3 Thermal adult - only pools 14yrs+ 
💆‍♀️ Spa Treatments
🚶  Terrace walk
🍦  Cafeteria

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The Jet Boat is a New Zealand icon, and jet boating is a favourite activity for kiwis🤩  Fun for all ages 5yrs +

Our Drivers love to share their stories of the Awa (river) with our Manuhiri (guests) 💙

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Experience the thrill of 'surfing' on the pressure waves of the famous Nga Awa Purua Rapids🌊🤙

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#Didyouknow on our tour you will see the location of where some well known movies were filmed.  Sharing our stories and connecting with our Manuhiri (Guests) 
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#TGIF  The weekend is nearly here, time to go jet boating🌊🚤💙
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