• Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Take a jet boat on the Waikato River past Tutukau Gorge to ‘The Squeeze,’ a narrow section where you’ll wade in shallow water to a waterfall. Reward your adventurous spirit with a soak in the thermally heated waters of a natural spa in the river, then hang on for an adrenaline-fueled ride as your driver kicks into high gear and expertly maneuvers the jet boat into hair-raising spins and turns.


  • 2.5-hour jet boat adventure with The Squeeze
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride through the Tutukau Gorge
  • Wade through warm shallow water and maneuver over natural obstacles during The Squeeze
  • Discover a slice of paradise with gorgeous native plant life, a thermally heated waterfall and warm soaking pools
  • Hold on tight during a thrilling jet boat ride back to the dock
  • Treat yourself to the same adventure shown in a 2014 episode of the American TV show The Bachelor
  • Includes all safety equipment, necessary gear and a hot beverage after the ride

What You Can Expect

Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze

Jet Boat

This adrenaline-packed jet-boat adventure on the Waikato River includes a water walk through The Squeeze to a nearby waterfall and natural thermal spa.

Make your own way to the jet boat office located approximately 30-minutes outside Rotorua at your selected departure time. Following a safety briefing and orientation, snap on the provided life jacket and dry top or wetsuit as needed. Your 2.5-hour starts with a relaxing ride through the steep walls of Tutukau Gorge and past the Orakei Korako geothermal park.

Relax as you listen to commentary on the remarkable landscape before the jet boat drops anchor. Then hop out and wade through the warm, shallow water, following your guide into The Squeeze, where sheer rock walls create a narrow gap in the cliff. 

From here you’ll climb over boulders, shimmy through wedges and step around natural obstacles until you emerge near a cascading warm-water waterfall surrounded by thermal waters. Enjoy free time to wallow under the falls or soak in its warm pools before you retrace your steps to the jet boat for a return ride at high speed, full of 360-degree spins and twists all the way to the dock.

Customer Reviews

Linda W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this outing. She is not much of an adventurer so she was nervous anticipating the squeeze. She did fine and we had a blast! The staff was outstanding! I would highly recommend this trip!

California Tourist USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fantastic tour - a must-do if you are in the area but be sure your physical body size will not be an issue for The Squeeze or you will waste your money...it is quite a squeeze for sure but the resulting falls and natural pool was fabulous. Trish was very helpful during the pre-planning stage. Marty was a good tour guide for the adventure. If there is a negative...it is the purchase of photographs...working to get the photos taken and purchased but not the specific ones were not provided unfortunately.

Charles P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

FIrst time we had the opportunity to take a trip on a jet boat. Had great guide! The highlight was the Squeeze. Since there were only two of us in the Squeeze, we spent a lot of time under the waterfalls and in the pool above. One of our highlights on our trip to New Zealand. Wouldn't miss it.

Jeremy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Much to my wife's surprise, I booked this trip even though she has a fear of tight spaces. Our captain, Jeremy, proved his capabilities with the boat even managing a 360 degree turn and entertained us throughout the journey. He persuaded my wife that the walk through the squeeze was not as daunting as she had imagined, which turned out to be 100 true and we both really enjoyed the whole experience. if you get the chance, take this trip and remember the experience forever.

Val W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing combination of activities -- river tour, hiking, warm water waterfall, jet boating... outstanding!

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