Meet the team

Russell Poppe

Russell

Nickname
Rusty
Position
Owner/Driver
Home Town
Te Awamutu
Time in Taupo
Since 1996
Favourite Thing about Jet Boating
Driving the boats
Favourite thing about the Rapids Jet ride
Surfing the pressure waves
Favourite Thing about New Zealand
Small population & incredible scenery.
Other Hobbies
Riding road & dirt motor cycles, water & snow skiing, fishing
Jet Boating Experience
Commercial driving since 1998.
Favourite Quote
A person who never made a mistake never made anything.

James Tazewell

James

Nickname
Jimmy
Position
Owner/Driver
Home Town
Taupo
Favourite Thing about Jet Boating
Giving people a taste of something they have not experienced before.
Favourite thing about the Rapids Jet ride
The rapids
Favourite Thing about New Zealand
The freedom
Other Hobbies
Motorbikes, fishing, golf
Jet Boating Experience
Commercial driving since 1997
Favourite Quote
Isn’t it funny how the harder you work, the luckier you become

Garry Stephen

Garry

Nickname
Gazza
Position
Owner/Driver
Home Town
Timaru
Time in Taupo
Since 2004
Favourite Thing about Jet Boating
Putting a smile on peoples dials
Favourite thing about the Rapids Jet ride
The power & sound of our V8’s
Favourite Thing about New Zealand
The great outdoors
Other Hobbies
Boating & Fishing, Snow Boarding, Mountain biking, Jet Sprint Racing & Travelling
Jet Boating Experience
Commercial driving since 1995.
Favourite Quote
It’s a great day for the big race………the human race!

Simon Lewis

Simon

Nickname
Lewy
Position
Jet Boat driver
Home Town
Feilding
Favourite Thing about Jet Boating
Just being on the river with a big V8
Favourite Thing about New Zealand
Living in paradise every day.
Other Hobbies
Riding motorbikes, water skiing, wake boarding
Jet Boating Experience
Driving since 2011
Favourite Quote
The more I see the less I know

David Hooton

Dave

Nickname
Hooters
Position
Manager/Jet boat driver
Home Town
Taupo
Favourite Thing about Jet Boating
The speed & the crystal clear water
Favourite Thing about New Zealand
The great outdoors
Other Hobbies
Hunting & Fishing
Jet Boating Experience
Driving since 2006
Favourite Quote
Just another day in paradise

Shannon

Nickname
Shan Shan
Position
Jet Boat Driver
Home Town
Alexandra
Favourite Thing about Jet Boating
I just like driving things, Jet Boats are just cool
Favorite Thing about New Zealand
Everything!
Favorite Quote
Its not Rocket Science.

Krista

Rapids jet staff

Name
Krista
Position
Front office
Home Town
Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, Canada
Favourite Thing about Jet Boating
The smiles and excitement it brings to everyone’s faces
Favourite Thing about New Zealand
The beautiful native birds
Other Hobbies
Snorkelling, Ocean conservation, hiking and eating sushi
Favourite Quote
You can’t change the past so focus on the great future

Rapids Jet George

Nickname
George
Position
Mascot
Home Town
Taupo
Favourite Thing about Jet Boating
The wind in my fur.
Favourite Thing about New Zealand
All the space to run around in!
Favorite Quote
Fetch.

Rose

Rapids jet staff member

Name
Rose
Position
Front Office
Home Town
Enshede, Netherlands
Favourite Thing about Jet Boating
The Fast speed and jumping over the rapids
Favourite Thing about New Zealand
The nature is absolutely stuning
Favourite Quote
Travel, it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller

Jess

Name
Jess
Position
Front office
Home Town
Australia
Favourite Thing about Jet Boating
Jet Boats are just cool
Favorite Thing about New Zealand
Everything!
Favorite Quote
Its not Rocket Science.