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.

Seriously this activity is a must. The staff were really friendly and informative. Stopping a certain stops to tell us information about the area and huka falls ways amazing staff can take photos of you if needed. Wanting to do it again tomorrow. For the price why not

Carly M - Mar 23rd, 2016

Visiting Taupo we were given tickets by my sister and her husband to join them on the Rapid Jet Boat. Arriving at the river we were so impressed by the friendly staff the premises, toilets etc were spotless. Next we had our life jackets fitted, photos then a stroll down to the boat. Our driver explained everything that would happen including safety procedure. Once the boat took off a thrill of a life time started. We hit the Rapids which was just the start of a very exciting ride. We have been on jet boats before in Queenstown but never like this certainly the best ever. We also have great photos taken by a staff member as memory. Highly recommended!

Coxyz - Mar 9th, 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

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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