• Jet boat ride - Rapids Jet

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A 35-minute jet boat adventure!

364 days a year…your authentic New Zealand jetboating experience awaits.

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The Rapids Jet Experience

We start by getting you into a life jacket and into ‘the zone’ for epic jet boating: calm nerves and lots of excitement!

It’s then a few steps down and into our custom, Kiwi-built boats. Your skilled driver settles you in and gives a quick intro to the beautiful part of the Waikato River that you’re floating on. Then – hold on tight! – you’ll take off for every twist and turn imaginable!

You’ll experience the thrill of ‘surfing’ on the pressure waves of the famous Nga Awa Purua Rapids, squeeze through the narrowest spot of the Waikato River and spin multiple times on the stunning clear water! You might even learn something new, like how hot the bubbling geothermal water is at the river’s edge, a bit of history about the Aratiatia Dam, or how many world-famous movies have been filmed here (keep your eyes peeled for clues in the trees and on the shoreline!).

By the time you return to the jetty 35 minutes later, the kiddos will be smiling ear-to-ear for the rest of the day. And the memories will last forever.

Jet Boat Ride - Rapids Jet

Check out the map above for a sense of your jetboat journey of a lifetime, including some famous movie hotspots!

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Quick Facts!

WHO can ride with Rapids Jet?

Anybody aged 5+ can join us! But do check out our FAQs for more info, and give us a ring to talk about any health concerns or personal limitations: 0800 727 437

WHERE is Rapids Jet?

We’re located on Nga Awa Purua Rd, just off Rapids Rd, in Aratiatia, Taupō. It’s about 15 minutes from Taupō and 50 minutes from Rotorua. Here we are on Google Maps!

WHEN can I come for a ride?

We’re open 364 days a year (only closed on Christmas Day)!
Our office is open from 9am – 5pm, and our boats operate between 9am and 4pm. On busier days, we can depart every hour, on the hour.  Book online today, or call to chat about when you’d like to come for a ride:
0800 727 437

WHAT should I wear?

  • Any footwear (running shoes, jandals, sandals – it all counts!)
  • In summer: comfy, light clothes
  • In the winter: warm & waterproof layers, although we do have jackets to keep you dry!
  • We provide the life jacket and spray coats. Rapids Jet life jackets are adjustable and able to fit around a 4-5XL. If you are unsure on whether you will fit one of our Jackets, stop by and try one on!

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SEE MORE FAQs

No question is a dumb question at Rapids Jet! Don’t see yours in the FAQs?  Contact us today!

  • Adult (16yrs+): $129 $95!
  • Child (5 – 15yrs): $75 $65!
  • Family Special – BIGGER SAVINGS!: $299 / $364*

Combos

  • Huka Falls River Cruise Combo: $139

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*prices for 2 adults & 2 children, or 2 adults & 3 children

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