Wanaka River Journeys

Wanaka River Journeys


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Shaan and Steven Baker


Ranking: 10/10

Small group, felt like a personal experience, friendly, local and knowledgeable staff. Loved the jetboat, walk through Hobbit forest to waterfall, amazing scenery, view of the Glacier and mountains.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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John Brand


Ranking: 9/10

Very informative, waterproof and safety wear provided. Trip right up the Matukituki River to below the glacier.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and two daughters (13 + 11 years) spent a fabulous and exciting day with Brett (my wife thinks this was his name!!!), who was very friendly, humourous, and she said "had a lovely nature!" Meanwhile I was fly fishing with a guide up the stunning Makarora River. They loved it... the highlight of a thrill packed holiday for them: views of Mount Aspiring...Lords of the Rings territory, and 360 degree spins!
They would recommend this to anyone!! Mint!! Written onn behalf of my wife Anne-Marie Robertshaw: Durham. England

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Walter Buschta


Ranking: 10/10

Great guide, great tour.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Remco Smit


Ranking: 8/10

The ride on a jetboat was exciting, and worth it. You have a very good guide which tells you a lot. And of course very beautiful views!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Best part of our trip! Calvin was our guide and he was amazing. This is a family run operation and we heard that all the guides are great. Calvin is a wonderful story teller and an amazingly professional driver. We have never met anyone quite like him. The scenery was just great. The jet boat goes in inches of water... inches from land and boulders… through narrow rapids... We felt totally safe with Calvin but the adrenalin flowed! At one point we had 2 horses run alongside us - magnificent. We highly recommend this trip.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

I did this trip three years ago and thought seriously about doing it again on my recent trip to New Zealand. The exhilaration of jet-boating was only part of the pleasure; the outstanding beauty of the landscape, the walk through the forest, the gulls nesting along the shingle banks, the extensive knowledge of Brent and Sue and above all their obvious love for what they do, all added up to a truly memorable experience. Don't miss it.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in December 2007

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Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic! It enriches your soul just being in the vacinty of Sue and Brent. Well worth it especially on a cold winters day. :-)

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic cultural and scenic experience! Staff were great!

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Ranking: 10/10

This will be the trip everybody talks about when their New Zealand holiday is mentioned
A fantastic trip into remote New Zealand with a great insight to local mythology and history of the surrounding areas. Added to this was the great jet boat ride and wonderful vistas that all made for a very memorable day in a beautiful place. Highly recommended for Kiwis and tourists alike.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in June 2009

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This 3 hour trip takes you way up a glacial valley, away from wanaka towards NZ's beautiful Mt Aspiring, by jet boat via the Matukituki valley.
Knowledgable guides recount a story of the land and the people who have populated it since records began.
At the upper reaches of the Valley you can see Rob Roy Glacier as it groans and breaks, and a walk through the native bush transports you into a fine misted world of minutiae that carpets our bush floors - it is breathtakingly beautiful.
If you are lucky enough to take in the heli option it is well worth it. Now that is gobsmacking!
Its a trip you will never forget, and are privileged to share.

Reviewed about 13 years ago

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Brian Stanley

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This is a wow experience that is an absolute must do. From the outset this journey is one of those extraordinary life time experiences. The 20 minute road trip from Wanaka out to the Matukituki river is an experience in itself as you traverse around parts of Lake Wanaka through some of the best areas of the lake. Then there is the majic of the river, the history lesson from the jet boat driver both ancient Maori history and more modern history, the glacial views and the panoramic views of Mount Aspiring, the walk into the native bush where you see ancient moss matting and a crystal clear stream with its beautiful waterfalls. All this thrown in with a fantastic jet boat ride to boot where you experience all the usual thrills associated with jet boating the South Island rivers. Here you get the mandatory jet boat ride with the added bonus of viewing the natural mountainous and river beauty that has been created by mother nature. I will do it again on my next trip to Wanaka

Reviewed about 13 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely F A N T A S T I C... the views of Mt Aspiring are simply magnificent. The staff were very friendly and curteous and their impressive knowledge of the area is, very informative. A+++++ Recommendation.
(just watch out for those river bank natives...haha Lol)

Reviewed about 13 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Ranking: 9/10

Jet boast up scenic river with views of Mt Aspiring. Wonderful guide with real knowledge & Maori stories.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Great trip. Excitement of a jetboat trip with amazing views.
2 hours on the water. Driver has great knowledge of area.

Reviewed over 14 years ago