Jet Boats – Taupo, New Zealand

RAPIDS JET has been voted the Number 1 Boat Activity in Taupo on Tripadvisor!

How does A Fun, Safe, & Exhilarating jet boating experience through world famous block buster film locations sound to you? Follow in the footsteps of The Hobbit, Yogi Bear and Mr Pip.

Three Kiwi Blokes are the heart and soul of this locally owned and operated Lake Taupo activity. Rapids Jet jetboat has been in operation for over 20 years. Our local Taupo jetboat drivers have thousands of hours combined experience in providing an exciting (not forgetting safe) unique boat experience to a high international standard.

The Rapids jet boat is unique to Lake Taupo and New Zealand because we jet boat White Water Rapids! Taupo’s Waikato River and Huka Falls provide the water, Rapids Jet provides the fun. Shoot through the narrow canyon on crystal clear waters, surf the pressure waves of Nga Awa Purua Rapids and hold on for the spins! We love our Lake Taupo and our job, navigating the Waikato’s biggest rapids for commercial jet boats.

The jet boat is a New Zealand icon and jet boating in New Zealands epicentre Lake Taupo is the best place to ride in one. The tool of our trade is the trusty and infallible jet boat. Powered by the Hamilton Jet this is one of the safest adrenalin activities in New Zealand. Rapids Jet jet boats like our drivers are New Zealand made. Specially designed and custom built for us to navigate the ever changing Waikato river and the winding contours of our scenic landscape. Each Kiwi built and driven jet boat is powered by a 500 horse power V8 Chevy engine, highly manoeurvrable, reliable and extremely safe.

Lake Taupo is ideally located as a base for Travellers to explore the best of the North Island New Zealand. Taupo Rapids Jet is situated 15km from central Lake Taupo near the Aratiatia Dam. Infamous Huka falls is close by, 6km Downstream.

Local kiwi owner/drivers Rusty, Jimmy & Gazza and their team will take you on the most thrilling 35 minute jet boat ride of your life.

Let us share our love of jet boating with you.
Kia Ora. Welcome to our world.
Don’t just take our word for it… read some testimonials.

What Our Clients Say?

We think we’re pretty special, but don’t take our word for it, read what many of our customers think of us.

Thrilling, fun and wet! Best seats were at the back if you like getting flung around and getting wet. The driver, Simon, was informative and fun. The photos were well worth buying with some great closeup shots. Will defiantly go again

Terri-and-Co-2017 - Mar 13th, 2017

We chose the Rapids Jet Boat ride because of the awesome area, the length of the ride offered, and the value for money, and they didn't disappoint. We arrived a bit early, so after sorting out the usual paperwork, the staff suggested we head down the road to see the 10am dam release which feeds the river they operate on. Very cool. Back at the ride, Dave (our driver) was brilliant. He's a highly skilled driver and gave us one very thrilling ride, with the added bonus of some excellent local knowledge about the river and area (something I always appreciate). He was also very accommodating with the kids we had on board, with having a turn up front in the navigators position (next to the driver), which was a big thing for them. All in all, Rapids Jet is a definite "must do" when in and around Taupo. I couldn't be more impressed with the ride and the staff who operate it. These guys are not a huge commercialised business like other operators, so there's plenty of personal touches that make it that extra bit special. There is no compromise on safety either. These guys are professionals. Highly recommend you pay them a visit

Kylie W - Oct 29th, 2016

We loved our Rapids Jet ride, Simon our driver was very informative and the ladies at the desk were really friendly and helpful. The river is incredible and such a great experience doing it from the jet boat

Fleur L - Mar 13th, 2017

What We Offer You?

Rust Jim Gaz photo

Safety First

Since 1993, over 200,000 passengers, aged 5-92 years, have safely experienced the thrill of real white water jet boating with Rapids Jet

Ride of your Life

Feel the adrenalin rush as we shoot through canyons and ride the biggest commercially jet boated rapids in New Zealand!

Amazing Views

Along the way we’ll see amazing scenery including beautiful native bush, steaming hot springs and crystal clear waters.

Digital Photos

Our photographer captures all the thrills and excitement of your ride and transfers your photos onto a USB with the option to purchase.

Contact Us

Still need more questions answered? Make contact to find out more.


Nga Awa Purua Rd, off Rapids Rd Aratiatia, Taupo

Free call: 0800 RAPIDS (in NZ)


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Rapids Jet Jet boat experience
NZD 110
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