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.

My husband was super keen for this activity but I was happy to just wander along and watch. Once there and a quick chat with the team, I decided I would go too. And I'm SO glad I did. So much fun and the team looked after me the whole way (because well, let's face it, there's only so much nervous laughing you can do at the counter before you flag attention). Once we got going I didn't want the ride to end. LOVE. I highly recommend it.

Melissa W - May 30th, 2016

Thank you so much to the team at Rapids Jet! We visited today and loved every minute. From the friendly greeting in the office by Deb and the team; to our funny, friendly (and now half deaf) driver, Simon. We have no idea how that boat makes it up those crazy Rapids. Going down Rapids is natural- going up them is another thing entirely. We screamed and laughed our way through the trip and couldn't recommend Rapids Jet and the team highly enough. Thanks so much guys- another tick in the box of crazy things Taupo has to offer!

Clarkla88 - Apr 20th, 2016

On a recommendation from an ex Taupo local, we decided to make the slightly longer drive out to the Aratiatia Rapids for our jet boat experience, and it was well worth the trip! Youngest to oldest had a blast with the friendly team at Rapids Jet. Dave our driver was great, and when we weren't hurtling down the river at 80kph or spinning in a Hamilton turn, he had plenty of little snippets of info to share and answers to all our questions. Grasshopper takes a mean photo too, so no need to risk loosing your camera! Thanks again you were the highlight of our trip to Taupo - it was all the kids favourite activity.

Gary_Cannell - Apr 30th, 2016

What We Offer You?


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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