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.

Family school holidays wow Took our nine year old and he loved it. Great way to finish the school holidays, Shannon our driver was awesome will be back for anther adventure.

Teresa S - Sep 20th, 2017

Couldn't stop smiling! Absolutely fantastic, adrenalin rushing all round great time. Very safe. Fully professional service. Had a few stops along the way for info on the river. Heaps of 360 spins. Great value. Usb can be bought of all pics and video they take of you for just $40. Well worth it. Have a go, you'll love it!

CaraBradley - Sep 20th, 2017

We had a cracking time at Rapids Jet boat! We've been on some other jet boat rides in NZ, Australia and Fiji and this we easily the best. The power and the speed which our driver Simon navigated the rapids was spectacular, and in between the rapids either doing 360s or just flying across the flat water at top speed was awesome. We had our 7yo boy on the boat and he had a ball. The round trip up and down the river goes for 35 minutes and they make every second count going up and down the rapids or short breaks with some great insight about the river. The heated hand rails also a nice touch if its cold on the river. Thanks you Simon and the team. Highly recommend.

Markm - Nov 11th, 2017

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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