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“awesome exciting extremely worth doing”
Review of Rapids Jet

Rapids Jet
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Owner description: The Jet Boat is a New Zealand icon, and jet boating is a favourite activity for Kiwis. Set in the beautiful Aratiatia Scenic Reserve is New Zealand’s best white water Jet Boat Ride, Rapids Jet.Conveniently located just 15 minutes drive north of Taupo and 50 minutes south of Rotorua, Rapids Jet operates on the biggest rapids for commercial jetboating in New Zealand.Shoot through a narrow canyon, be exhilarated by spins on crystal clear waters, spot a trout and surf the pressure waves of the awesome Nga AwaPurua rapids. Take time to view the amazing surrounds of Aratiatia Scenic Reserve, and learn about the wildlife and history of the area with your Kiwi owner/drivers Rusty, Jimmy and Gazza.Our 35 minute blast guarantees an adrenaline rush! Since 1993, over 140,000 passengers aged 5-89 years have safely experienced the thrill of real white water jet boating with Rapids Jet.We have thousands of hours experience driving jet boats both in New Zealand and overseas, so you can be sure you are in safe hands with Rapids Jet. Let us share our love of jet boating with you, book a ride on Rapids Jet today.
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“awesome exciting extremely worth doing”
Reviewed 11 January 2012

Make sure to take a camera and have someone who will take some great shots..before and after photos. Before photos are smiley,happy,dry people...after photos are same happy smiley but drenched people :-)
Take a towel and a change of clothes..because the jet boat drivers just love to make sure everyone gets off the tour drenched :-)
The guides were a great bunch of people and it was a great ride ..thanks for the excitement speed and the drenching :-)
Loved all of it

Visited January 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good Fun but a bit Pricey”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

Good half hour ride up and down the beautiful Waikato River. Crystal blue waters. Skillful pilot and some exhilarating rides. Great ride but wish it was a bit cheaper, like have a special family package of something.

Visited November 2011
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Hamilton, NZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Thrill a minute!”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

I've been on jet boat rides before but this one was the most thrilling ever! Be prepared to get soaking wet and have a wild and exciting trip. Pricey but a good long trip with NO dull moments.

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North Tawton, United Kingdom
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“Best jet boat ride in New Zealand!”
Reviewed 4 January 2012

This jet boat ride was FANTASTIC! What a laugh! If you want to get really wet and ride the rapids this is the place to do it. Sit in the back seat if you can as it's where most of the water ends up. You don't go as high in the air on the jumps as in the front (maybe to do with the weight of that growling V8 engine just behind you - what a sound!!!) If someone forgets their waterproof jacket it makes for even more hilarity. Don't just go to the falls, RIDE THE RAPIDS!

Visited November 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 430 helpful votes
“Like a fun-park ride: But real”
Reviewed 22 December 2011

It's a great experience ripping through the rapids in a 500 HP jetboat. You feel the power of the boat through your seat of your pants which, like the rest of your clothes, are guaranteed to get wet. And all around is the magnificent Waikato river scenery.
At $105 for a 35 minute ride it's reasonable value - although it is another $35 for the photos, which as you can't take any of your own, is an almost mandatory cost.
My only criticism... a bit too much focus on 180 degree turns and therefore, not enough opportunity to really appreciate the glorious surroundings.

Visited November 2011
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