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Cambridge: Waikato River 45-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

1. Cambridge: Waikato River 45-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

Take a hair-raising ride on the Waikato River, and reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour. Enjoy fast and furious slides, make 360-degree spins, and stop at historic and sightseeing locations. Meet and greet your local, professional guide at the boat ramp meeting point. Complete a small amount of paperwork, and fit yourself up with a spray suit to keep you dry, as well as a life jacket to keep you safe. After receiving a safety briefing from your guide, hear the roar of your high horsepower V8 jet boat as it comes into life once fed with air, fuel, and fire. Head off on the first leg of your tour, and feel your adrenaline pumping. Enter into a 360-degree spin before coming to a stop at historic locations. Listen to your guide's commentary about the places you visit and learn about the fish, birds, and wildlife in the area. Sites you will see include the Cambridge Gorge and Karapiro Dam, as well as rapids and waterfalls. Then, hang on extra tight for the speedy return leg back to the boat ramp.

Waikato River: 1-Hour Ecological River Cruise

2. Waikato River: 1-Hour Ecological River Cruise

Experience an ecological river cruise on a speedboat that is tailored to the wishes of the customers on board, this includes the speed, and the number of slides and spins if any. The experienced driver will give you a detailed history of the area and Karapiro Dam and power station. Admire the native birds and wildlife which make the area home. Your guide has a diploma in environmental management and an in-depth knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Encounter numerous fish species and birds species such as Fantail, Kingfisher, Tui, Harrier Hawk, NZ Falcon, Heron, Shag, Mallard Duck and more. See large waterfalls from the towering cliffs above. Experience some of the narrowest sections of the Waikato River with the forest canopy above. Visit the base of the Karapiro Hydro Power station with full commentary provided. Then, cruise back to beautiful Cambridge.

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5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Our guide Aaron was very accomodating to our young grand-daughter’s request to include some thrills and spills. He also refrained from the same when she became less keen after a few spins at speed. She told us afterwards that it was an ‘exciting’ trip. He kept up an informative commentary that we appreciated.

One of the best jet boat experiences I’ve done. Aaron is an extremely talented guy navigating the boat through narrow stretches and 360 turns. He is very knowledgeable on the local area as well and provided a good commentary. Would thoroughly recommend and will return in our next trip to NZ.

Amazing! Aaron very knowledgeable and skilful with the boat. Gave a thrilling, entertaining and enjoyable spin on a fab river with plenty to discover and see at high speed. Absolutely awesome and would love to do it all over again! Thanks Aaron!

Was super fun our guider, Aaron was very informative about the history of Waikato. Safety precautions were taken very professionally. Overall was a good experience.