The Thermal Safari Thrill Ride is the only jet boat tour in the world to incorporate a fantastic geothermal wonderland and a thrilling jet boating experience, a unique adventure that is a must do for anyone visiting Taupo or Rotorua.
Jet Boat down the Waikato River through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge on your way down to Orakei Korako, one of New Zealand’s most popular geothermal attractions. Orakei Korako feels like another world with its array of brightly coloured terraces, bubbling mud, steaming geysers, hidden caves and silica terraces. Be among the select few who have been able to get up close to a slice of New Zealand scenery.
Board the jet boat and race down the Waikato River barely avoiding obstacles, pulling donuts, shooting towards the riverbanks and experiencing the legendary Hamilton spins. Cruise through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge where the canyon walls rise dramatically up to 50 metres above the water, view abundant bird life, pine forests, steaming volcanic river banks and trout feeding areas. During several stops along the way our drivers explain about the rich history of the area and its unique wildlife on your way down to Orakei Korako, one of New Zealand’s most popular geothermal attractions.
Step off of your jet boat and onto a fantastic geothermal wonderland as you spend an hour exploring Taupo’s hidden valley ‘Orakei Korako’. Don’t miss the jade-green Emerald Terrace, the largest terrace in New Zealand, witness any one of the 35 active geysers in Orakei Korako explode, see boiling mud, be enchanted by the gentle steam flowing from Rainbow Terrace or enjoy a steamy latte from The Mudcake Cafe while enjoying beautiful views of Lake Ohakuri.
Pickups from Rotorua include a guided tour of Rainbow Mountain Crater Lake, NZ’s most active Mud Pools and Hot and Cold Thermal River and pickups from Taupo include a guided tour of Huka Falls & Araratia Rapids
Enjoy the challenge of the Squeeze as you disembark the boat into knee deep warm water and head towards a narrow gap in the cliff face ahead of you. After manoeuvring your way through narrow crevasses, climbing boulders and wading through warm waist deep water, you emerge in stunning native New Zealand bush.