• 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+): $129.00 per person
  • Child (5 – 15yrs): $75.00 per person
  • Family Special – BIGGER SAVINGS!: $333.00 / $408.00*

Combos

  • Huka Falls River Cruise Combo: $139.00

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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

Happy Wellington Anniversary Weekend 🎉 The team at Rapids Jet look forward to seeing all of you who are making the trip up to Taupō for the long weekend! Stay safe and have fun out there ❤️☀️🎉
Tripadvisor Amazing experience! So much better jet boating up rapids then just on a flat river. Great adventure with the family
Cool down with Rapids Jet this summer! 🎉 #lovetaupo #taupo #nzsummer #summernz #laketaupo #waikato #jetboat #water #thingstodotaupo #dosomethingnew #dosomethingnewnewzealand #dosomethingnewnz #summer
Get amongst nature this summer, surf white water rapids and speed through the narrowest point of the Waikato River, on New Zealand’s ONLY white water jet boat ride! 🌊☀
Just like that, we are jumping into the New Year!🎉 From our Rapids Jet Whānau to yours, we want to wish you all a great 2022. Be sure to make time for friends, whānau, and adventure this year! #dosomethingnew #dosomethingnewnz #summer #nzsummer #taupo #thingstodotaupo #nznewyear #natureshot #actionshot
Take the Whanau on Taupo’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride this summer! Book Now to secure your spot!! www.rapidsjet.com #dosomethingnew #dosomethingnewnz #summer #nzsummer #taupo #thingstodotaupo
Gain exclusive views of a large segment of the Aratiatia Power Station, seen from the best seat around - in one of our Rapids Jet boats! Book here: https://www.rapidsjet.com/ #dosomethingnewnz
The Rapids Jet experience is unlike any other! Come and join us for an exhilarating 35-minute boat ride, ‘surfing’ the Nga Awa Purua Rapids and soaring along the clear waters of the Waikato River. Visit our website to book now! #rapidsjet #dosomethingnewnz #backyourbackyardNZ #whitewater #taupo #thingstodotaupo #tourismnz #lovetaupo
Have you heard about our famous Rapids Jet Family Special yet? Two specials, and over $100 in savings – and best yet – a whole lot of fun! Are you ready to ride? Find out more on our website under Prices and Combos! #rapidsjet #dosomethingnewnz #backyourbackyardNZ #whitewater #taupo #thingstodotaupo #tourismnz #lovetaupo
Important- PLEASE READ ‼ As of today (3rd December 2021) Rapids Jet will be requiring Vaccine Passes, due to comply with the new Mandates put in place by the Government. If this has any effect on your upcoming booking, and you haven’t talked with the team yet, we recommend getting in touch. You can also view the link in our bio, for all information regarding Rapids Jet & COVID-19. Nga Mihi, The Team at Rapids Jet
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