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Zip through the towering rocks walls of Tutukau Gorge on a Waikato River jet-boat ride. You’ll make a stop at the Orakei Korako geothermal reserve for a walk on a raised boardwalk past boiling mud pools and New Zealand's largest geyser. Then it’s back on the jet boat for another thrilling high-speed ride as your driver maneuvers 360-degree spins and fishtails through the water.

Highlights

  • 3-hour morning or afternoon jet-boat ride on the Waikato River and visit to Orakei Korako
  • Pass by the towering cliffs in the Tutukau Gorge as you approach the geothermal park
  • Stroll around New Zealand's largest geyser field at Orakei Korako
  • Get great photo ops of the river and geothermal park
  • Feel the power of the jet boat as your driver performs tricky maneuvers for some high-speed fun
  • Includes entrance to Orakei Korako, life jacket and wet-weather gear

What You Can Expect

Jet Boat Ride on Waikato River Including Tutukau Gorge and Orakei Korako

Jet Boat Thermal Tour

This jet-boat ride on the Waikato River offers exciting transport to the geothermal reserve of Orakei Korako. In the morning or afternoon, make your way to the jet-boat headquarters, just a 30-minute drive from Taupo or Rotorua. Your guide provides an orientation and safety briefing before you slip on a life jacket and climb into the jet boat for a wild ride on the Waikato River.

En route to Orakei Korako, your driver speeds into high gear for an adrenaline-pumping ride complete with 360-degree spins and fishtail turns. Hear about the birdlife, fishing grounds and pine forests lining the riverbanks, where evidence of geothermal activity can be seen in the steam. The river’s highlight is Tutukau Gorge, where stunning cliffs rise 165 feet (50 meters) from the water.

Reaching your destination, follow your guide on a walk through the otherworldly landscape of boiling hot springs, mud pools and colorful silica terraces, with as many as 23 natural geysers on display.

Back on board the jet boat, complete your 3-hour excursion by returning to your starting point where you’re offered a hot beverage.

Customer Reviews

Brian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had a great time a small group got us VIP treatment with one on one chat with guide enjoyed the squeeze experience , something unique and well worth the experience

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