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Waiatoto River Safari - Ocean to Alps Jet Boat

Discover Te-Wahipounamu on New Zealand’s rugged and breath taking West Coast, with a world first ocean to alps jet boat tour.

The wild West Coast has been fashioned by unyielding weather and glacial conditions. This remote location has some of the most devastatingly beautiful scenery in all of New Zealand.

Take it all in while you jet boat from the coast to the mountain. Your knowledgeable guide will inform and delight with history and legend from both Maori and pioneering background, while you photograph this natural wonderland.

The tour is taken at a relaxed pace and there is plenty of opportunity to stretch your legs on the edge of the forest. Then enjoy the thrilling return back to the sea!


  • Adult $199
  • Child (14 years or under) $139
  • Family Package $537 (Purchase 2 FULL PRICE Adult tickets and add 2 Children for just $139) as you proceed to checkout - SAVE $139
  • Departs Daily:

  • Summer (Oct to April): 10am, 1pm and 4pm
  • Winter (May to September): 10am, 1pm
  • Duration: 2.25 hours

    Check In: Please check in for your safari 40 minutes before departure


  • Warm clothing and sensible shoes
  • Camera with lots of battery power
  • Sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Location: 1975 Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Hannahs Clearing. 19km from Haast Junction, or approx 90 minutes drive from Fox Glacier.

    Available Bookings from June 27 to July 03

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    Sue Dippl from Australia wrote on 26 January 2017

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    The best

    This was just the most wonderful ride in a jet boat. It was not about thrills, it was about traveling to the head of the Waiatoto River and seeing nature in all it's glory. Absolutely stunning scenery along the way. Expertly skippered by Wayne, he gives great commentary about the river and its surroundings. This trip really showcases the West Coast area. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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    Sue, Thank you for your lovely review. It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed yourself so much. All the very best for the remainder of your holiday. Kind regards, Ruth and Wayne.

    Jared Smith from United Kingdom wrote on 14 December 2016

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    Incredible journey in magnificent country

    I'd been to NZ many years before and did the backpack 'thing' and, of course, I went on a jet boat ride and did crazy stuff, however I didn't go on a jet boat ride like this one. What sets Ruth and Wayne's operation aside from all the other operators out there is their interaction with their customers. Ruth's helpfulness and Wayne's knowledge (intertwined with some good dry humour) really do make the difference. The safari is a decent half day taking in some incredible sights and history. You really do see it all from the 'off the beaten track' bush to the busy banks stuffed with whitebait fishermen. Incredible value for money. I'd recommend this trip to anyone visiting.

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    Thank you Jared, we are thrilled you took the time to review us and with such generous words too! All the best for the rest of your holidays.

    R from Netherlands wrote on 09 December 2016

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    Great trip

    Amazing trip, up close and personal. We loved the time on the water and all the information about the area. Would definately recommend!

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    Thanks very much, thrilled to hear that.

    Richards Isherwood from U.S. Virgin Islands wrote on 03 December 2016

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    great tour operator

    Good eco tour with a great ride! Would do it again and recommend the trip to others

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    Thanks Richards! Great to hear you loved the tour.

    Tom Bairstow from United Kingdom wrote on 11 November 2016

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    One of the best experiences in NZ

    I've lived here two years and have done pretty much everything NZ has to offer but this was phenomenal. Wayne the guide/owner and his family were hugely knowledgeable and friendly making the experience comfortable. You essentially take a jet joat to places it'd take you over a day to walk or kayak, totally off the beaten track. Those views are spectacular even for generally awesome NZ views, a must do if you're on the west coast :)

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    Tom, thank you so much for taking the time out to review us. It is very much appreciated. We love what we do and love this area which I think shines through. We are thrilled you enjoyed it. Kind regards, Ruth, Wayne and baby Aru.

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