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Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze

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Mihi, New Zealand
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Take a jet boat on the Waikato River past Tutukau Gorge to ‘The Squeeze,’ a narrow section where you 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.
  • 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
  • Includes all safety equipment, necessary gear, and a hot beverage after the ride

What's Included

Driver/guide
All required equipment
Hot soup (in winter)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

1 Tutukau Road, Mihi 3083, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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What To Expect

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 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 tour 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, 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.
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Itinerary
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New Zealand Riverjet
Prepare for the perfect fantasy experience with the thrills of a jet boat ride, the serenity of New Zealand's untouched nature, the adventure of squeezing through tight rock passages and the refreshment from dipping in a mystical hot spring waterfall. See for yourself why the native New Zealand Maori once fought over these mystical lands and fantasy-like caves surrounded by overhanging ferns.
Duration: 180 Minutes
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Please bring a swimwear, towel, hat, camera. sunglasses, suncreeen and a change of clothes. In the colder months, warm clothing is essential
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Cancellation Policy

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

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The Squeeze
Kev2020202020
, Jan 2020
Fun jet boat ride with a walk through the rocks that you have to squeeze through...to the waterfall. Great experience.Everyone has to do it at least once.
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WOW
deidrehalton
, Oct 2019
Thanks Tony for an absolutely amazing experience. Not 100% sure what we were up for but none of us were disappointed. We copped it all sun, wind, rain and even hail but that did not deter our enjoyment. The squeeze an absolute must do and worth every cent. Thanks again Tony and also to Shannon for suiting us up and for that cup of soup at the end, we certainly all enjoyed it.
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My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed...
Linda W
, Mar 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!
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Fantastic tour - a must-do if you...
California Tourist
, Jan 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.
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FIrst time we had the opportunity to...
Charles P
, 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.
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Much to my wife's surprise, I booked...
Jeremy C
, Jan 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.
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Amazing combination of activities...
Val W
, Jan 2017
Amazing combination of activities -- river tour, hiking, warm water waterfall, jet boating... outstanding!

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