Rapids Jet

Accommodation Details

Situated 12 km north of Taupo, or 40 minutes drive from Rotorua.

Set in the beautiful Aratiatia Scenic Reserve is New Zealand's premier white water Jet Boat ride.

Rapids Jet boat the biggest rapids for commercial Jet Boating in New Zealand and make it look easy. Shoot through the narrowest canyon on the Waikato river, be exhilarated by the jet spins on crystal clear waters, spot a trout, and surf the foaming tail of the awesome Nga Awapurua Rapids.

Jet Boat to the base of the Aratiatia Rapids, New Zealand's biggest and longest rapids that spill from the Aratiatia dam daily.

Impressive Chevy V8 jet boats power you up and down thrilling white water rapids every day of the year on the fast flowing mighty Waikato River. The river banks are lined with fantastic native bush and steaming hot springs. Each trip is 35 minutes long with 11 passengers per boat. We run three boats concurrently with 11 adults per boat.
We can tailor trips to your group needs.

Sensational digital photographs capture your white water experience.


Russell Poppe (Rusty), James Tazewell (Jimmy) and Garry Stephen (Gazza) are local owner operators with both national and international Jet Boating experience. So you can be sure that you are in the safe and skilled hands necessary to navigate this spectacular part of the Waikato River.