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Review of Rapids Jet

Rapids Jet
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US$ 89.24*
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Rapids Jet NZ's Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed 28 January 2012

On a recent trip to New Zealand we had a list of several must do things. One was to do a jet boat ride, which we did with Rapids Jet near Taupo. We just turned up and were lucky enough to go that same afternoon. A very professional company. An amazing experience we are both in our early 50's, but there were much younger and older people experiencing exhilarating ride. The scenery and river/rapids were absolutely beautiful. Must be the best location in New Zealand for riding the jet boat. Recommend this company but advise anyone going to have towel with them, you will get a little damp lol!!!!

Thank steven s
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

We were very pleased with out boat adventure. Simon our boat captain was very entertaining and knowledgeable. We felt very safe with him. It was very exciting. We almost took it again. So far it was the best paid event we have taken. I highly recommend buying the pictures afterwards. You can share them with friends and post on all your favorite sites. I'm going use one of our pictures for our Christmas Card next year. All the people involved were extremely nice and want to make sure you have a good time. Good job Rapids Jet Taupo.

Thank Jan F
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

The most thrilling 35 minutes.....boarding the jet boat with the other passengers everyone's face was a picture of anticiption of what lay ahead on the gorgeous blue river surrounded in what can only be descirbed as postcard scenery. The ride begins and the adrenalin starts pumping, amidst the high speed sprints from corner to corner of the river and spins drenching you from head to toe, the thrill seeking drivers make the time to fill you in on some interesting facts about the river before they continue to race their way through the rapids making sure you are never going to forget this ride! Everyone's face said it all afterwords....smiles from ear to ear, laughing and excitable chatter as we made our way back to base to peel off the life jackets and soken wet clothes! Bringing a change of clothes is a must!
Fantastic trip and can't wait to do it all over again!

Thank scottishsqueeze
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

Went there with my girlfriend after reading all the nice reviews on TripAdvisor and was really looking forward to it, as we both love extreme sports, and this looked like something that needed to be tried.

First of all the boattrip only takes about 45 minutes to an hour. After doing the first crazy turns you quickly find out that this is all you do. Making quick 180's. Half way through the trip you get to the rapids where you do all the jumps. A guy is standing on shore taking pictures of the ride (you are not allowed to bring your own camera) So you go back and forth, back and forth over the exact same jump. After that a little more saling and 180's and it's back again.
Just to mention it, the driver of the boat (can't remember his name) was a really nice guy and was the only reason why the trip wasn't all bad.

Sadly it's not all that extreme and for 109 dollars pr. person i expected more. Keep in mind that if you want photos of the experience you can purchase a cd with the photos afterwards for 35 dollars for about 30 photos. Thats was the most extreme thing i tried that day. For a 109 dollars for what was mostly just a photosession in a jetboat on the river, pictures should be included in the price.

I really felt that the whole trip was of really bad value and you should consider what you are seeking. I could imagine that if you are a family with small children, they would have fun doing it. If you are looking for thrills I would not look elsewhere.

6  Thank StandStrong
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

Best jet boating we’ve ever done! Really Friendly Crew! Was an epic as ride Garry our driver was great Fun, note to all if you want to stay dry don’t take this ride.
Thanks Guys!!!

1  Thank Dinnelle T
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