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.

My wife and I are both in our 60's and together with our Daughter, Son in law and two grandchildren ( 8 & 5) booked this trip during our recent visit to New Zealand in February - and when we looked at a shiny bright yellow boat glinting in the sun and bobbing on the water we wondered what we were about to experience. Our answer: is something that was absolutely, fantastically incredible. From the safety briefing and fitting of life jackets to getting into your seat and meeting our driver Dave, we felt in safe hands. The power of this boat is something to believe - we were treated to spins, bumps, and pure power rushes through the white swirling water - all with a witty and informative commentary from our enthusiastic driver. We waved to the photographer on the bank as we sped past - then with one last high speed turn made our way back. Now I mention the photographer because he and Dave made the trip. All the photographs were available on a reasonably priced memory stick at the end - and were very professionally taken - capturing the excitement and thrill of the event. The whole trip from start to finish was WORTH EVERY CENT - this is honestly one of the best things we have ever done !! If you are ever in Taupo New Zealand - Do It Do It Do it !!!!

Roger S - Feb 8th, 2016

If you want excitement, adventure and professional friendly staff Rapids Jets is for you! The team are fun friendly and really knowledgable! We learnt about the hobbit and got to surf in a pressure wave! How awesome!!!!!!! Thank you Rapids Jet for an awesome adventure!!!!

Jess P - Dec 17th, 2015

Great from start to finish. Helpful and friendly staff, with a breathtakingly fast ride. They really want you to have an experience to remember and for sure you will. Lovely scenery around and some interesting facts about the area. Not one to miss.

4lovetotravel224 - Dec 14th, 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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