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...


  • Explore the stunning West Coast with the world's first Ocean to Alps Jet Boat Tour
  • Enjoy the unique opportunity to photography spectacular scenery from the water
  • Learn about the local history and Maori legends from your local expert guide
  • Take a stroll through the forest and discover amazing native wildlife
  • The relaxed pace of the tour makes this perfect for families and those of all ages!

The wild West Coast, a remote location that has been fashioned by unyielding weather and glacial conditions, is home to some of the most devastatingly beautiful scenery in all of New Zealand.

Come with us to explore this unique slice of paradise and take it all in on our epic Ocean to Alps Jet Boat tour which takes you from the coast all the way to the mountains.

As we travel, your knowledgeable guide will inform and enthral you with the local pioneering history and Maori legends, while you sit back, enjoy and photograph this natural wonderland.

The tour is taken at a relaxed pace making it family friendly, yet it is equally thrilling and there are plenty of opportunities to sight-see, photograph or even stretch your legs on the edge of the forest before our return back to the sea!

Location: 1975 Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Hannahs Clearing, 19km from Haast Junction, or approx 90 minutes drive from Fox Glacier.


Adult $199.00 (Aged 15+)
Child $139.00 (Aged 4-14 years)
Infant $0.00 (Aged 0-3 years)


  • Minimum of 2 hours


Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Please check in for your safari at least 40 minutes before departure as departures run strictly on set times..

  • Child Age is 4-14 years.

    Infants aged 0-3 are free of charge (please book for infants under the special requirements box upon checkout).

Available Bookings from March 07 to March 13

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  • Adult$199.00
  • Child$139.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$199.00
  • Child$139.00
  • Infant$0.00

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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Sally Thomson-Gregg from New Zealand wrote on 19 February 2021


What a fantastic trip with the capable,friendly and knowledgeable Ruth, who showed us the beauty, ecology and history of the river,and its surrounds, so wonderfully. We did not know what to quite expect as other jet boat trips have been high adrenaline but this was a wonderfully paced trip where you had time to admire the majesty of the area, whilst getting information about the local kiwi conservation area, the breeding cycle of whitebait, and plenty of info' about the river and geology of the mountains and insight into Maori and Pakeha settlement and current living in the remote Haast area. We highly recommend this trip for all ages.

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Thanks so much Sally, what a wonderful review. I appreciated you coming along and supporting us and also for writing such an informative story about our tour. All the best, Ruth.

Steve from Australia wrote on 06 March 2020

Must do ocean to the alps.

Great trip within some stunning scenery.

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Thanks so much for your review and glad you enjoyed touring with us. All the best with your holiday. Kind regards, The Team at Waiatoto River Safari.

Julie Clarke from United Kingdom wrote on 02 January 2020

A different jet boat experience

The other five star reviews sum this trip up perfectly - we drove from Arrowtown and back in a day, and it was well worth the cost (on book me) and the time and effort involved. Would highly recommend. I especially liked the fact that it's completely run by a husband and wife team, it's very well organised and informative. The river trip is stunning, varied, includes a bit of jet-boat thrill.

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Thanks Julie, we appreciate you taking the time to write a review and for driving from Arrowtown! Our tour is so unique and we love meeting people. All the best, Kind regards, Ruth & Wayne.

Shane from New Zealand wrote on 06 October 2019

Excellent your highly recommend

Ruth checked me in and was very pleasant. Wayne was the tour guide and jet boat driver. The whole experience was outstanding. Wayne skillfully weaved upriver with a few thrills. We had great stops Wayne was very knowledgeable on the area. We went for a short Bush walk and I learned about NZ flora. We had some tea up by sharks tooth Rapids and then headed out to the ocean. Saw fisherman whitebaiting and Wayne even had samples to try on board. Very good tour thanks Wayne and Ruth.

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Thank you Shane for taking the time to review us. We strive to be the very best experience for our visitors to the area and really like showing the UNESCO World Heritage Park to people. Winter is great for the cup of tea and we like being able to give people of taste of the famous whitebait before they leave. All the best, Ruth & Wayne.

Petr from Czech Republic wrote on 25 March 2019

Just awesome

It was great back country experience. Really enjoyed the trip. Thanks for the memories Ruth & Wayne.

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Thank you Petr. So pleased to hear you gained good memories. That is what our tour is all about. Kind regards, Ruth and Wayne.


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