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 sole 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.

Very professional set up. Friendly staff. Felt in good hands. Children thoroughly enjoyed the ride and loved the turns and rapids. Got some neat photos. One of the highlights of our trip

John D - Aug 17th, 2015

My boyfriend and I had a fantastic experience with Rapids Jet. Excellent team, really friendly and welcoming in the office. The boat driver was very skilled and made us feel safe while ensuring it was a thrilling ride! We loved every minute of it and would highly recommend it. Thanks guys for giving us such an awesome time

HandMTravelling - Aug 27th, 2015

This trip was good value for money and enjoyable for the whole family. Our guide was very friendly and responded well to the children's shouts of 'Again! Again!' The views were great and the trip was very exciting!

Abigail B - Aug 3rd, 2015

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 CD 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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