• Rapids - Rapids Jet

    The
    Rapids

Spectacular rapids.
Stunning scenery.

We are the only commercial jet boat operator on the Nga Awa Purua Rapids, a little further along from the Aratiatia Rapids, and we are so proud to be here! This stretch of the Waikato River is our home, and our playground.

 

Interesting Facts…

A few kilometres downstream of Huka Falls, the Waikato River naturally falls 28 metres in the space of just one kilometre. The water then flows faster and in a narrower channel, forming the beautiful Aratiatia Rapids. In 1964, that impressive flow was harnessed by the Aratiatia Power Station by way of a dam (and it can actually generate enough power for 90,000 homes!).

That dam is the famous Aratiatia Dam, and it releases the water four times a day during the summer, three times a day during the winter, restoring the Aratiatia Rapids to their natural glory.

On a Rapids Jet boat ride, you can expect to be taken safely right up to the wall of the Dam and to the left of it you’ll see the base of the Aratiatia Rapids, spilling out into the part of the river where we get to play! The world-famous Nga Awa Purua Rapids are further downstream and we have exclusive access to jet boat riding every drop. This is where the action happens!

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Watch the Aratiatia Dam open!

Watching the Aratiatia Dam open up is a sight to behold. Perfectly clear, calm turquoise water turns into a tumbling mess of white when around 80,000 litres of water are released!

We encourage you to head out this way early, so you can watch the Dam opening at one of the viewing points before your ride. The closest and easiest place to watch it from is the bridge, about a 5 minute drive from Rapids Jet. Park up in the Aratiatia Dam carpark and then pop onto the bridge to watch the magic happen! If you’re feeling up to it, there’s also a roughly 600m track that takes you to a dedicated lookout over the Aratiatia Rapids.

Aratiatia Dam Opening Times:

  • Summer (October to March): 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
  • Winter (April to September): 10am, 12pm, 2pm

At Rapids Jet we actually time our jet boat rides to go half an hour after the release so you get the best flows and viewing. We still operate outside these times, but book early for our 12.30pm and 2.30pm trips to make the most of the Dam’s release!

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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

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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!
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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!! 🌊🚤
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Don’t forget, we are open... 7 DAYS A WEEK! Visit www.rapidsjet.com to book🌊🚤
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