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The Ride

About Us

Welcome to Rapids Jet! So are you up for going jet boating on some of New Zealand's most sensational white-water rapids? If so, well done – you've come to the right place. The only place, in fact!

Come and meet the team of welcoming folks who are here waiting for you with open hearts and open arms. Journey with us into the beautiful landscape and magnificent open space of the Waikato River as we take you on the ride of your life!


Huka Falls Great Lake Taupo

The Huka Falls are the Waikato River's largest falls – and a New Zealand favourite!


A must do is the walk from Spa Park to Huka falls. Take in the great scenery whilst following the path of the Waikato river in it’s journey to the magic Huka Falls.


The Waikato River is one of New Zealand’s longest rivers. The Waikato River is normally around 100m wide but at the Huka Falls the river squeezes down to 20m wide and drops around 20m too. Huka Falls has 220,000 litres of water pass through every second. This rush of water creates an amazing spectacle of water and foam (Huka means Foam in Maori) that never ceases to enthral visitors to Lake Taupo. Visit the Huka Falls whenever you come to Taupo and you will see where Huka Falls gets its name from and why it’s New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction.

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Aratiatia Dam Taupo gate open times

To experience the opening of the gates at Aratiatia Dam there are several great viewing points, on the bridge beside the dam, or take the 5 minute walking track down to the rocks beside the river and up to the ridge line where you can see over the whole area.

Due to the natural breathtaking scenery the Aratiatia rapids have featured in many movies over the years including the Hobbit, let us know if you see any Dwarves floating down stream. It is rumoured a couple liked it so much they stayed!

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Great Lake Taupō

The Great Lake Taupō region is the perfect place to get a sense of what New Zealand's North Island is all about.

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Our Jet Boats

Keen to know a bit more about the boat you'll be on? We'd love to tell you.

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Our Team

Excited to meet us? The feeling’s mutual!

There are nine humans and two dogs in our Rapids Jet team, and we're a pretty sociable bunch. We love chatting to you when you arrive, when we're out on the boat and when we’re back on shore after our white-water adventure. So we’ve written a few lines to help you get to know us!

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Have a question? Someone else might have already asked it! Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Adult (16 - 120yrs)



Child (5 - 15yrs)


Family Special:

Family Special: 2 Adults + 2 Children ( = 1 Child Rides Free)


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