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.
The Thermal Safari is the only jet boat tour in the world to incorporate a fantastic geothermal wonderland and a thrilling jet boating experience.This ULTIMATE option includes free transport and added attractions: Pick-up and drop-off from your Rotorua or Taup? location, visits and guided tours to a selection of NZ’s incredible natural wonders before boarding your Riverjet Boat to ‘The Thermal Safari’. No other activity in New Zealand offers kiwi iconics Riverjet and Orakei Korako combined into one awesome day combo!
Jet Boat down the Waikato River through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. See abundant bird life, pine forests, steaming volcanic river banks and trout feeding areas on your way down to Orakei Korako; one of New Zealand’s most popular geothermal attractions. Walk around this magnificent thermal reserve, see boiling mud, geysers and silica terraces. This awesome adventure brings you up close to a slice of New Zealand scenery only a select few have seen. The stunning scenery of the mighty Waikato River makes you feel like time stood still as you gently cruise through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge where the canyon walls rise dramatically up to 50 metres above the water.
The stunning native bush and abundant wildlife you’ll encounter will leave you with a lasting impression. During several stops along the way our drivers explain about the rich history of the area and its unique wildlife.
The Squeeze – 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.
A 50 minute, high-octane jetboat ride with NZ’s best boat drivers.
Get the jet boat experience of your dreams at the best possible price with our Scenic Blast. Our friendly driver will cruise down the mighty Waikato River, allowing you to take in all it’s beauty. The driver will happily educate you on the wildlife and native New Zealand birds in the area. They have exciting stories up their sleeves about the Maori tribal wars from New Zealand natives hungry to claim this beautiful land.
Operating at 10 am daily, the scenic blast offers you a 50 minute, 36km return trip down our mighty Waikato river. Set off with a scenic jet boat ride in a sleek black boat on the magnificent Waikato River – New Zealand’s longest river. See birds, pine forests, farmlands, native bush, the 50 metre high Tutukau Gorge, steaming volcanic river banks and spot trout.
On return our jet boat driver will put pedal to the metal and taking you for an exhilarating thrill ride home! This includes the famous Hamilton spills! So hold on tight and get ready for some real fun!
This great value jet boat trip sells out quick. We recommend booking early to secure your spot.
N.B. The Ultimate Thermal Safari Thrill ride offers the additional option of: a pick up from Rotorua or Taupo and the opportunity to experience ‘The Squeeze’.
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
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING:
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Camera, phone or GoPro
• Any medication you may require
• An additional sweatshirt or jacket