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Marvel at the volcanic wonders of Rotorua on a 6-hour tour that spins you out on the Waikato River with a thrilling jet-boat ride. Start with a guided walk past the Crater Lakes of Rainbow Mountain and check out the mud pools near Wai-O-Tapu. Your jet boat zips through Tutukau Gorge, dropping you off to explore the steaming cliffs and gushing geysers of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park on foot before completing your high-speed ride with fishtails and tight turns. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Highlights

  • 6-hour tour with visits to geothermal park and jet boat ride
  • Enjoy incredible views of Rainbow Mountain during a leisurely walk on the Crater Lakes trail
  • Snap photos of hot bubbling mud pools near Wai-O-Tapu
  • Travel by jet boat to Orakei Korako Geothermal Park
  • Admire cliffs that rise 165 feet (50 meters) above the Waikato River when the jet boat cruises through Tutukau Gorge
  • Have time to walk around Orakei Korako, which features the largest geyser field in New Zealand
  • Hang on tight as the expert jet boat driver executes high-speed tricks, spins and turns

What You Can Expect

Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Come up close to Rotorua’s geothermal landscapes at Rainbow Mountain, Wai-O-Tapu and Orakei Korako on this 6-hour tour that includes a jet-boat ride on the Waikato River. After hotel pickup in the morning, relax during a 25-minute coach transfer to Rainbow Mountain, where you’ll disembark for an easy half-mile (1-km) stroll on the Crater Lake Walk.

View two volcanic crater lakes nestled amid the steamy and colorful cliffs. Your guide points out Rainbow Mountain plant species, including some rare specimens only found in New Zealand’s geothermal areas. 

Just down the road near Wai-O-Tapu, take a look at bubbling mud pools before your jet-boat ride begins. Receive a safety briefing, don a life jacket and hop aboard the powerful jet boat for a high-speed ride on the Waikato River. Your expert driver navigates the narrow passageways of Tutukau Gorge and zips past steaming geothermal sections along the river.

Arriving at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park, walk along raised boardwalks past active natural geysers, hot springs and silica terraces in vibrant hues. You can stop to purchase a snack or meal at the riverside cafe (own expense) before you re-board for a splashy ride. 

During another 30 minutes of adrenaline-packed fun, hold on tight while the boat slides on the water’s surface and kicks up spray as the driver squeezes through tight turns and spins. Back at the jet-boat office, sip a provided hot beverage before boarding the bus to Rotorua, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

zezmail

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Well organized, safety first, FUN! FUN! FUN!!!
Beautiful river nature and geothermal adventure!

Walter W

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

the jetboat and geothermal things we saw and did were both thrilling and unusual, well worth the cost. Tim was our guide, very knowledgeable and had us to everything on time. The only complaint, was that we were staying in Taupo, had to drive all the way to Rotorua 1 hour to get picked up, and then wound up backtracking about 1/2 way back to Taupo to where the sites and jetboat were. We wound up wasting about 1 hour of time, and should have picked up someplace more central where we could have left our car. If you are staying in Rotorua, this trip is well worth your time.

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