Rapids Jet, Taupo

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Taupo Jet Boat Tours

Rapids Jet is situated 12 km north of Taupo, or 50 minutes drive from Rotorua off State Highway 5.

Aratiatia Scenic Reserve is the beautifully stunning back drop for Rapids Jet. New Zealand's premier white water Jet Boat ride.

Russell Poppe (Rusty), James Tazewell (Jimmy) and Garry Stephen (Gazza) are local owner drivers with both national and international Jet Boating experience. So be assured that you are in the very safe and skilled hands necessary to navigate this spectacular part of the Waikato River.

Sensational digital photographs capture your unparalleled jet boating experience. These can be viewed and purchased on the spot, straight after your ride.

Since 1993 Rapids Jet have been boating the biggest rapids for commercial Jet Boating in New Zealand. Over 100,000 clients aged 5-89 years have now safely experienced the thrill of real white water jet boating, something unique, which can only be found here in Taupo. We take you up close to the Aratiatia Power Station to the base of the Aratiatia Rapids, New Zealand's biggest and longest rapids that spill from the Aratiatia dam daily. (Sorry, we cannot jet boat up there). As we head downstream we shoot through the narrowest canyon on the Waikato River. You will be exhilarated by the spin, and stunned by the amazing scenery and clarity of the crystal clear waters. Spot a world famous Taupo trout, and then get ready to surf in the "rough stuff", the awesome Nga Awapurua Rapids (which means 'river of springs').

Impressive 500 horsepower Chevy V8 jet boats muscle you up and down these thrilling white water rapids 363 days of the year on the fast flowing mighty Waikato River. The river banks are lined with fantastic native bush and steaming hot springs. Each trip is 35 minutes long with 11 passengers per boat. We run two boats concurrently and can tailor trips to individual group needs.

The amazing scenery and rapids will certainly blow out the cobwebs and liven up your day.

There simply is, no where else to 'Jet Boat the Rapids'.

Welcome to our world, Kia Ora.


Quoted in NZ$, Subject to change.

  • $110 adults, $60 children aged 5-15 years (unsuitable for under 5's)

Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment

Rapids Jet map

Rapids Jet, Taupo Enquiry Form


Nga Awa Purura Rd off Rapids Rd

Phone: +64 7 374 8066

Freephone: 0800 727 437

Mobile: 0064 274 308 730

Fax: +64 7 374 8065

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