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Private Tour: Waiatoto Jet Boat River Safari from Haast

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South Island, New Zealand
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Offered in: English
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3 hours (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Description

While jet boat tours are common in New Zealand, this is the only one that takes passengers from mountain to sea. Enjoy this exclusive boat ride down Haast’s beautiful Waiatoto River in comfort with a private tour that accommodates up to eight people and flexible booking options that allow you to choose the duration of the trip.

Highlights

  • Take in stunning views and learn why Haast has UNESCO World Heritage status
  • Learn about natural history and native flora and fauna from a local guide
  • Enjoy taking pictures of your adventure during the multiple photography stops
  • Stay warm and dry with provided woolen jackets, gumboots, and shelter if needed

What To Expect

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The format of this 3-hour private tour is to travel up the river over 16 kilometers with frequent stops to learn about the local history, the kiwi bird sanctuary, geology, flora and fauna of New Zealand... More
The format of this 3-hour private tour is to travel up the river over 16 kilometers with frequent stops to learn about the local history, the kiwi bird sanctuary, geology, flora and fauna of New Zealand and of course, take photos.

You will pass through the infamous fault line and see for yourself the massive ancient rock thrown up by the earth’s mantle
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The format of this 3-hour private tour is to travel up the river over 16 kilometers with frequent stops to learn about the local history, the kiwi bird sanctuary, geology, flora and fauna of New Zealand and of course, take photos.

You will pass through the infamous fault line and see for yourself the massive ancient rock thrown up by the earth’s mantle many thousands of years ago sitting in the heart of the greenstone country.

You will hold greenstone while you learn about its very high value to the local Maori people while being able to feel as though you are stepping back into a mystical time when the Giant Haast Eagle and Moa birds still roamed these lands.

At the top of the river after seeing the landscape and river change dramatically many times. You will have the option of an easy forest stroll into the ancient beach forest to smell and touch the many tree species first hand. Hear the native bird life as they carry on their daily song. You are now in the last frontier with no interruption of any mankind.

Enjoy the opportunity to wander the riverside beach alone to contemplate life and spot your special piece of stone, perhaps even greenstone. 

After a break, it is non-stop to the Tasman Sea. A much faster trip as you are now traveling with the flow of the river. You will learn about the famous New Zealand fish called whitebait and historical Haast Glacier. Then you will turn and look back at the Southern Alps as they tower behind the sea. Sea birds are present here and you will finish off by traveling up a remote and very peaceful side estuary for 5-minutes of complete silence just to enjoy the abundant birdlife song and spot flounder fish, whitebait and trout.

Before the tour ends you will experience the traditional and iconic Hamilton Turn which is named after the New Zealander that invented the Jet Boat in 1953. This is a 360 degree high speed turn that some people wish to tick off their bucket list and is completely optional for all.

You have now experienced New Zealand’s only Mountain to sea jet boat safari, visited a UNESCO World Heritage site and experienced life as it was untouched 1000’s of years ago. Once you disembark your guide will recommend other unique points in the area to visit if you have a desire to stay a little longer.

What's Included

Warm Wollen Jacket available
Gumboots (rubber footware) if required
Insect repellent
Life Jackets
Roof on the boat if raining
Natural History commentary
Postcard souvenir
Multiple photography stops
Snacks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Hannahs Clearing, Haast

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Waiatoto River Bridge.

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Extra passengers accepted over 8 people up to 15 people. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Product code: 7917P2