Kawarau Jet Rotorua

Kawarau Jet Rotorua


8 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

4 Jet Boating

3 Rotorua

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Hop in and hold on for an adrenaline blast with the world’s longest serving jet boat company. Experience the legendary Hamilton Spins, they’re fantastic!

If ever a tourism operator lived up to its catch-cry of speed, spins and adrenaline, it’s Kawarau Jet. You only have to look at the smiling faces of passengers when they get off the big yellow boat to know they’ve had an awesome experience.

With a wide range of exhilarating and inspiring activities to choose from we offer something for everyone.

Get yourself prepared for 30 minutes of speed, spins and adrenaline. A classic blood pumping thrill ride on Lake Rotorua.

Take a high speed adventure across Lake Rotorua, through the Ohau Channel and onto Lake Rotoiti before a relaxing soak in the Manupirua Hot Pools. This tranquil location is accessible only by boat so a great way to get away from it all for a couple of hours.

For a combination of high speed action and pure tranquility then a trip to Hamurana Springs should be on your itinerary. Thrills on the water followed by a leisurely stroll to the crystal clear spring – what more could you want?

If none of these options suit your timeframe or requirements – let us know what you want. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and design a trip especially for you.

Important things to know…..
Spray jackets and gloves are provided to keep you reasonably warm and dry

Suitable for all ages

Under 5’s are free

We are just 5 minutes walk from the CBD

We operate in most weather conditions

We offer a courtesy pick up and drop off within Rotorua city


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Kawarau Jet Rotorua

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North IslandRotorua RegionRotorua


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Carina Borho's avatar

Carina Borho


Ranking: 8/10

Nice tour but a bit too expensive.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

maureen55's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME - recommend to evryone - no matter how old. Lots of spins, laughs, and adrenalin, this 30 minute trip is one for all people wanting something they can talk about for ages.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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kellza's avatar


United Arab Emirates

Ranking: 10/10

What a ride!! Have to say right from the get go this was a mix of professionalism, personalised service and FUN in one complete package. The staff were fantastic - they answered all questions and took a personal interest in each individual as customers. Armed with knowledge and expectation, setting off on the big yellow boat was exciting and what an experience! Wow!! Totally recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience New Zealand with that added touch of adrenaline rush - thank you Kawarau Jet Rotorua - see you again soon!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

allblack5's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

very fun experience, enjoyed every minute of it, the driver (Kurt) was fun, safe and knew so much knowledge about the surrounding islands and maori history very interesting experience. The high speed 360s were a highlight. we had so much fun that we did it twice!!! highly recommended and a must do in rotorua!! A++ 10/10.

Thanks guys for an amazing experience.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

smithy462's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Well my husband and I made a last minute decision to go on the jet boat. Money well spent. Thouroughly enjoyed this, we were on a big boat , loved the sound of the big V8"s . Real power very exciting and loved the spins awesome.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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corvallis's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My husband and I decided to take a ride on these big jet boats. It was fantastic, there was over 20 people on board . They said they had 2 engines with big v8's. What power. The trip was fast and very exciting .The driver what a scream, but we did learn some history as well. The spins finished it off. Such great value for 30 minutes. I would recommend this to any one

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in January 2009

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Mark Gunther

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We spent 2 weeks touring the north island and loved the jet boats so much, we called in at Rotorua again on our way back home. So we did it twice!! The driver (Ross) was very knowledgeable about the region and the maori heritage of the area. We got some splashes and heaps of spins - we both just loved it! Thanks Kawarau Jet for a great end to our holiday! We have told everyone about the jet boats, I'm sure they're sick of hearing about it! We recommend this trip to everyone!

Reviewed about 13 years ago

Seagull's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This was a fantastic experience - I've never had so much fun on the water in all my life. The crew were really friendly and although it was a bit "scary" it never once felt unsafe. A real adrenalin rush. Thanks Kawarau Jets - you were fantastic !!

Reviewed about 13 years ago