Rapids Jet - Taupo


Embark on the ultimate, premier whitewater jet boating experience with Rapids Jet, as we navigate the powerful rapids of the Waikato river...


  • New Zealand's best white water Jet Boating experience!
  • Enjoy adrenaline pumped action as you speed across the Waikato River
  • Feel the power and maneuverability as the jet boat navigates narrow channels and negotiates tight spins
  • Soak up spectacular scenery from the surrounding visited locations
  • Learn about the local and wildlife history from your expert driver guide

Don't miss New Zealand's best white water Jet Boating experience!

Blast through narrow canyons, and speed over the crystal clear waters of the upper Waikato River. Experience the thrill and manoeuvrability of this impressive watercraft as your jet boat negotiates tight spins and takes on the Nga Awa Purua Rapids with full V8 power and aggression; surfing the pressure waves and ripping up and down the white water.

The scenery on the river is spectacular and there is ample time to enjoy your amazing surrounds while learning about the wildlife and history of the area with your Kiwi owner/ drivers Rusty, Jimmy and Gazza.

Rapids Jet is set in the beautiful Aratiatia Scenic Reserve just 15 minutes drive north of Taupo and 50 minutes south of Rotorua and is guaranteed to get the blood pumping.

Adult $129.00
Child $75.00
Family Pack 1 $408.00 (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Family Pack 2 $483.00 (2 Adults + 3 Children)

What's included

  • 30 Minute white water jet boating experience
  • Informative commentary


  • Allow approximately 30 minutes for the whole experience



  • Minimum numbers apply: Discount bookings confirmed with 6 or more people, full price bookings confirmed with 4 or more, smaller bookings waitlisted to confirm.

    Discounts exclusive to pre-booked online bookings through Bookme only.

    Location: Nga Awa Purua Rd, (off Rapids Rd) Aratiatia, Taupo

    5 kms(15 minute drive) north of Taupo or 75kms,(50 minutes drive) south of Rotorua, off SH5.

    Rapids Jet have safely thrilled over 140,000 passengers since 1993 - with thousands of hours experience driving jet boats both in NZ and overseas you can be sure you are in safe hands with Rapids Jet

Available Bookings from 11 Aug to 17 Aug 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$95.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$75.00
  • Family Pack 1$333.00
  • Family Pack 2$408.00

  • Adult$119.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$75.00
  • Family Pack 1$333.00
  • Family Pack 2$408.00

  • Adult$119.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$75.00
  • Family Pack 1$333.00
  • Family Pack 2$408.00

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Family Pack 1$333.00
  • Family Pack 2$408.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Renee Penney from New Zealand wrote on 15 July 2020

Highly recommend

Amazing experience. Kids loved it!!! And the staff were awesome. Thanks heaps Rapid jets

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Jan from New Zealand wrote on 12 February 2020

The BEST Rapids Jet EVER!!

I have been on this trip 5 times now..... There's a saying "You've tried the others, now try the best" - this is SO true of Rapids Jet - they are amazing!! Adrenalin filled, spins, speed, rapids "jumps" - everything you could want... WARNING - you WILL get wet, so be prepared!! Thanks guys - see you in Dec/Jan for my 6th trip!!!

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sarahd18 from New Zealand wrote on 23 January 2022

You wont regret it!

The team at rapid jets made the experience a 10/10 for me. Lots of humor and fun. They listened and supported each rider along the way. Riding with Rapid Jets was definetly an experience my family will never forget.

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lilyk2 from New Zealand wrote on 12 December 2021

Great fun

Good banter, friendly service, great ride! Had a lot of fun, learned a bit, worth the price for the experience

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Mark Barends from Australia wrote on 25 February 2020

Awesome service

The whole booking service was seem less. The Rapids Jetboat was even better. The driver Dave was very informative and very skilled. I would highly recommend book me as well as Rapids Jetboat

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      Family Pack 1 2 Adults + 2 Children

        Family Pack 2 2 Adults + 3 Children

          *This option must be made together with another price type.

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