We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Waiatoto River Safari

Features Animals
Open Now: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Book In Advance
Tours from Waiatoto River Safari tend to sell out - travellers recommend booking in advance!
All photos (158)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent94%
  • Very good5%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“jet boat”(55 reviews)
“new zealand”(21 reviews)
“river safari”(9 reviews)
Waiatoto River Safari. Only NZ jet boat tour from the ocean to the mountains 2.25 hours of extraordinary nature and exceptional beauty only seen on this trip. Experience the history of Gondwana land, smell the rainforest as you walk softly through...more
Open Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1975 Haast-Jackson Bay Rd | Hannahs Clearing, Haast 7844, New Zealand
+64 3-750 0780
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Waiatoto River Safari
from US$ 139.74
More Info
from US$ 1,053.29
More Info
Reviews (193)
Filter reviews
183 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews jet boat new zealand river safari tasman sea kiwi sanctuary beautiful country great trip great commentary south island money well spent mother nature degree spins remote area world heritage area insect repellent short walk wayne
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 183 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great way to experience the NZ back country, such a personal tour with plenty of local knowledge, particularly the kiwi conservation. Stunning scenery and untouched bush. Thank you for sharing

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Abandkaren
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had read about this in Lonely P. and thought we give it a try. Really enjoyed the trip. Booked it just in the morning. Glad we got two seats, cause the boat ( 10 seats ) was ful, when it started. The trip at 4...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Franzson
Reviewed 9 January 2019

Great trip with Wayne. Very cool area of the country. I constantly pressed him with questions and he had all the answers!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank maxminshull
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks Max, we are pleased Wayne lived up to your expectations as a knowledgable guide of this beautiful area. All the best for the rest of your trip. Kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.

Reviewed 1 January 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed the Waiatoto river safari with Wayne. The boat safari is an excellent way to explore the wilderness of Haast region. Boat drive is firm and suits anybody from 5y onwards. Weather was excellent and we got the best out of the river. Wayne...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank VintagePR
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2019

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to take babies from around 3 months old as long as the child fits the life jacket and the parents are happy. We pride ourselves on being a family orientated tour as these days so...More

Reviewed 18 December 2018

Navigating up the crystal clear Waiatoto River in a jet boat was just one memorable part of this amazing adventure. The information that Wayne shared about the flora & fauna in the area was fascinating-I learned so much! We took a brief bush walk and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kathee M
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2018

You are most welcome and you were a pleasure to meet. We are all about people enjoying our area and experiencing something new, different and appreciating it. Sounds like this is exactly what you did! Thanks so much. Kind regards, Ruth, Wayne & Aru.

Reviewed 15 December 2018

Well organised, Ruth was lovely to deal with and Wayne was a brilliant tour guide. Very knowledgeable and the actually jet boat ride was fantastic. Stunning scenery and a great river run. Would highly recommend this trip.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BiancaandRoy
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2018

Thank you both for taking the time to review us and to join our tour in such magical place. Enjoy rest of your travels. All the best, Ruth & Wayne.

Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

It was a very personal jetboat tour with lots of historical and kiwi conservation information which we very much enjoyed. The scenery was incredible and the 2.5 hours went by way too fast! Highly recommend! Also very rarely get to go somewhere as a tourist...More

Thank darshnis2015
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2018

Hello and thank you for choosing our tour and reviewing us. Yes we are very remote but fortunate to be close to the main road so that tourists may enjoy our slice of paradise. Safe travels and it was lovely to meet you all. Ruth,...More

Reviewed 17 November 2018

This is not just a jet boat trip .. it is a river safari with some excitement but more importantly an opportunity to experience some of what NZ West Coast is about. Wayne made us forget about life as normal and learn so much of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Roam38077007594
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2018

..."forget about life as normal", that is such a great phase and thank you for taking the time to review us. We do enjoy our beautiful part of the world and it makes it even more special to know people who live just over the...More

Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Most peoplw are familiar with jwt boats as thrill rides, with 360 degree spins etc. Butbas Wayne explains their original purpose was for gaining quick access to the water, and traversing with speed into quite inaccessible places, and in shallow water. This safari uses the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MarcusBridges
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2018

Thank Marcus for such an amazing review. You describe the tour very well and we are very happy you took the time to stop off at the Kiwi Centre in Franz Josef. The access on the river is impossible unless you have a jetboat so...More

Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

I was skeptical about a boat ride up a river because I am an experienced boat owner myself. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The scenic views and speed at which we ran up stream in shallow but extremely clear water was impressive....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank tjbbackdoc
Ruth-Wayne, Owner at Waiatoto River Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Thank you so much for your amazing review! It is nice to know that with were able to impress a seasoned boat owner such as yourself. The snack is a nice addition to our winter tours and although the scenery is stunning all year around...More

View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 nearby hotels
Heritage Park Lodge
60 reviews
16.39 km away
Aspiring Court Motel
129 reviews
16.48 km away
Heartland World Heritage Hotel
313 reviews
17.63 km away
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
275 reviews
41.47 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 8 nearby restaurants
The Craypot
210 reviews
19.74 km away
Curly Tree Whitebait
87 reviews
27.15 km away
Bruce Bay Coffee Cart
21 reviews
71.03 km away
Hard Antler Bar &
374 reviews
16.50 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 13 nearby attractions
Wilkin River Jets
101 reviews
42.64 km away
Haast Visitor Centre
84 reviews
17.70 km away
Haast River Safari
44 reviews
35.43 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
11 January 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Ruth-Wayne | Property representative |
Hi Nuno, great to hear from you. Yes absolutely safe for Children and of course fun. We have life jackets to fit all ages and our baby had her first trip on the boat at 4 weeks old.