FAQ’s

Pricing

Pricing: (Valid to 30th September 2016)

Adults: $105.00 (per person)
Children 5-15yrs: $60.00 (per person) – Unsuitable for under 5 years

Please contact our office info@rapidsjet.com for group rates, voucher/charge back arrangements and terms.

Key Facts

Our thrilling white water jet boat experience is a unique activity only available in Taupo.  There is no where else to “Jet Boat the Rapids”

  • Located 15 kms (15 minute drive) north of Taupo or 75kms (50
    minutes drive) south of Rotorua, off SH5
  • Shuttle service available from Taupo at a very reasonable price. Pete, owner of Great Lake Shuttles can be contacted on 021 656 424. Shuttle service available for all trips.
  • 35 minute rides. Longer or shorter rides by pre arrangement only
  • Very safe, exhilarating, fun activity suitable for all ages (5yrs+)
  • 11 Adult passengers per boat, or 14 children passengers per boat. Three boats operate concurrently (33 Adult or 42 Children passengers per trip)
  • Sensational digital photographs available for purchase immediately after each ride
  • Open 364 days per year (closed Xmas)
  • Office open 9am-5pm summer
  • Office open 10am-4pm winter
  • Trips times can be flexible but usually depart on the hour if there is enough demand. On quieter days 2 hourly intervals.
  • Bookings advisable but not essential, groups please pre book
  • Tailoring trips to meet individual group requirements is our specialty
  • Local kiwi owner/drivers. Very experienced and highly skilled
  • Powerful 500 horse power Chevy 496 V8 engines, 8.1 litre Vortecs.
  • New Zealand’s only white water jet boat ride
  • Qualmark endorsed visitor activity
  • Member of the Commercial Jet Boat Association of NZ
  • Member of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the trip?

You will be on the water for 35 minutes.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your trip departs. If you are running late or cannot make your trip please ring us. Free phone 0800 RAPIDS or 0800 727 437 or 0064 7 374 8066.

What do I wear?

Summer: shorts, tee shirt, foot wear of some kind must be worn on the boat, sandals,  jandals, flip flops, thongs, sneakers, trainers, anything. Bring a change of clothes, just in case you get wet. If it’s a colder day bring a jacket.

Winter: bring warm clothing, a good jacket, woolly hats and gloves are essential, anything water proof is great. Foot wear of some kind must be worn on the boat, sandals, jandals, flip flops, thongs, sneakers, trainers, anything. Bring a change of clothes, just in case you get wet.

We provide life jackets and spray coats and our boat hand rails are heated.

How many people on 1 boat?

11 Adults, or up to 14 Children. We have 3 boats. Rapids Jet has three rows of padded seating which provide awesome views, and heated handrails for your comfort.

How fast will we go?

Our 500 hp V8 Jet boats are capable of doing 100 km/ph, however on the trip we will be doing 70 – 80 km/ph.(Believe me, this is fast enough).

Can I sit in the front?

You cannot reserve a specific seat on the boat. Due to safety reasons your driver will be seating you.

Who can Ride?

Anyone aged 5 years and over can ride on Rapids Jet. Children need to be 1 metre tall to ride in our jet boats. (Please note: the ride is unsuitable for under 5’s)

The oldest person we have taken is 92 years.

The ride is an experience for people of all fitness levels.

For Disabled people please note that there are approximately 25 steps to get up & down to the boats. If you can get there, we are happy to take you.

Do you take photos?

We have professional photographers who go down to the rapids to take approximately 30 action photos while you are on the boat. You can view the pictures when you return to base and they are available for purchase on a USB stick.

Can I Drive?

No unfortunately we cannot let you do that, Our drivers are professionally trained to the highest standards, and licensed, so you can be sure you are in very safe and experienced hands needed to navigate this section of the Waikato River.

Can I take my camera on-board?

For safety reasons we do not allow Videos, Cameras, Go Pros or any other filming device on-board, however we do take photos that are optional to purchase afterwards.

Directions to Rapids Jet

From Rotorua

If using a GPS please use, Rapids Road, Taupo, If it does not come up try Rapids Road, Wairakei.

  • Head towards Taupo on State Highway 5.  Approximately 70kms from Rotorua or 12 kms north of Taupo, turn left onto Aratiatia Rd.  It is signposted 300 metres before the turn off which states “Aratiatia Rapids, Rapids Jet, River Cruises.”
  • Continue on Aratiatia Rd, across the bridge at Aratiatia Dam,
  • Turn left approximately 1 km past the bridge into Rapids Rd.
  • Turn right into Nga Awapurua Rd.
  • Rapids Jet is located approximately 300m down Nga Awa purua Rd on the left hand side.
  • SH5 to Rapids Jet 5kms.

From Lake Taupo

If using a GPS please use, Rapids Road, Taupo, If it does not come up try Rapids Road, Wairakei.

  • Head towards Rotorua on State Highway 5.
  • Go straight through the roundabout for State Highway 1 to Tokoroa / Hamilton (10 kms North of Taupo).
  • Aratiatia Rd turn off is 2 kms further towards Rotorua or 12 kms north of Taupo.
  • Turn right into Aratiatia Rd. It is sign posted “Aratiatia Rapids, Rapids Jet, River Cruises.”
  • Continue on Aratiatia Rd, across the bridge at Aratiatia Dam,
  • Turn left approximately 1km past the bridge into Rapids Rd.
  • Turn right into Nga Awapurua Rd.
  • Rapids Jet is located approximately 300m down Nga Awapurua Rd on left hand side.
  • SH5 to Rapids Jet 5kms.

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