Jet Boating in New Zealand
Miles of gorgeous coastline as well as picturesque lakes and rivers make New Zealand a haven for water activities. Jet boating in New Zealand is one of the most popular tourist attractions, with many tour operators providing exciting adventure for the thrill seekers. Sit back, buckle yourself in and feel the adrenaline flow.
A jet boat ride in New Zealand will take you powering through narrow river gorges, almost brushing against sheer rock faces; or planing through mere centimetres of water navigating the water channels and shingle banks of braided rivers. Jet boating in New Zealand is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, and can be enjoyed the whole year round.
A New Zealand invention, the jet boat was developed in the 1960's by William (Bill) Hamilton, a farmer, to allow navigation of the shallow Canterbury rivers. However, enterprising New Zealanders soon realised its potential as an adventure activity, the instant response of the jet enables these craft to execute passenger-drenching 360 degree spins almost within the length of the boat.
Some of the most exhilarating jet boat trips are available on:
- The Shotover River
- Kawarau Rivers
- The Buller River
- Dart River
- Waiatoto River
- Whanganui River
- Motu River
- Rangitaiki River
- Waikato River
- Wilkin River
Most half hour trips will cost from NZ$60-90, with waterproof gear, life jackets and helmets provided. Trips that combine jet boating with helicopter, rafting and adventure tours are also popular.
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Jet Skiing in New Zealand
Explore the main inlets, beaches and bays of New Zealand's beautiful coastlines and the breathtaking lakes. New Zealand offers you numerous exciting jet skiing tours, from fishing off the back of your jet ski to soaking beside it in natural hot pools.
Jet skis are available for hire near most of New Zealand's popular recreational water areas.
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