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Jetboating - Geothermal - Hotswim - Nature

At NZ Riverjet we specialise in the ultimate jet boating experience. We don't want to take you for a quick spin, we want to show you a unique glimpse into New Zealand's history and scenery. Our jetboat packages have been specifically designed to give you the best experience for your money.

Most of our NZ jet boating rides are over an hour in length, take in magnificent scenery, all while throwing an exciting thrill ride your way. Contact us any time for more information.

Riverjet Thermal Safari - Taupo's Thermal Wonderland

Experience the world's only river jet tour that allows you to step off of your jet boat and onto a fantastic geothermal wonderland. This adrenaline-pumping experience offers the thrill of blasting down Waikato River at 90km/h to spending an hour exploring Taupo's hidden valley Orakei Korako.

One moment you will race down the Waikato River barely avoiding obstacles, pulling donuts and shooting towards the riverbanks. The next moment you will cruise through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge watching 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.

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.

Scenic Blast - Best value jet boat ride in the area

Operating at 10 am daily, the scenic blast offers you a 55 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!

The Squeeze - Untouched New Zealand Beauty

Prepare for the perfect fantasy experience with the thrills of a jet boat ride, the serenity of New Zealand's untouched nature, the adventure of squeezing through tight rock passages and the refreshment from dipping in a mystical hot spring waterfall. See for yourself why the native New Zealand Maori once fought over these mystical lands and fantasy-like caves surrounded by overhanging ferns.

**Water level in The Squeeze can vary, an ability to float is advantageous. **
**Not suitable for people who suffer from EXTREME claustrophobia. **

* Please note that the Thermal Safari and Squeeze tour DO NOT include pick up. If you are needing pick up from your accommodation in Rotorua or Taupo please check out our Ultimate tours on our website*

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Jetboating Geothermal Nature THE SQUEEZE

Jetboating Geothermal Nature THE SQUEEZE

Riverjet Thermal Safari

Riverjet Thermal Safari

Email: sales@riverjet.co.nz

Website: Riverjet NZ, Rotorua

Phone: +64 7 333 7111

Phone (intl): 0800 748 375

Reporoa Address:
PO BOX 6033, Rotorua

Operating Times: Departing Daily: 10am - Scenic Blast (55 minute scenic jet boat ride) 11am - Riverjet Thermal Safari and The Squeeze Tours (2.5 hours long) 2pm - Riverjet Thermal Safari and The Squeeze Tours (2.5 hours long) ** Minimum of 4 people needed for trip to go ahead**


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Stefan Zink


Ranking: 10/10

It was a great combination of fun and sightseeing!

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Mark Rosenberg


Ranking: 10/10

Had an awesome jet boat ride! Adam was great, looked after us and told us about the area. Would highly recommend!

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Josef Biller


Ranking: 9/10

Great experience doing 'the Squeeze' with a friendly pilot and great location for a swim.

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Peter Bateman


Ranking: 10/10

Staff went above and beyond to help all on the trip and make it a truly memorable experience. When I arrived home 2 days later I realized that I had misplaced my CD - upon informing the crew at NZ Riverjet, they where more than helpful giving me another copy. I would most certainly recommend to all travellers.

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The Squeeze, warm stream walk & waterfall make it so much better than passively sitting in a jet boat ride.

Very informative comments & history from Adam while cruising through beautiful Waikato river scenery. He's clever with his bird calls. Then indulging in the amazing feeling of being showered by a warm waterfall. Followed by fast jet boat action for 20km.

January air temperature in the 20s was a great time to visit. Bookme.com has specials. No hesitation in buying photos Adam took while we were getting sprayed under the waterfall (kind of like tipping for a job well done). Also good service from Ella at base with pre-booking queries.

Words & pictures can't fully describe this unique Experience. You Need To Do It.

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Anna Herd

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

An awesome experience and worth every penny. Great fun and a good tour guide! Thanks Nick.

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Rhonda McKinney

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Scenic and Exciting...Staff was personable and my family had a great time. Would highly recommend this experience.

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Dan Vaughan

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

A fantastic trip and great guide/driver for the truly unique experience that was The Squeeze! :)

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Aida Azlan

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

It was awesome as! So cool, exciting and highly recommend for anyone of all ages. Staff is very kind and you get a real intimate experience with them. Geothermal park was a breathtaking sight and would definitely be keen to try the squeeze next time!

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Lisa Aitken


Ranking: 10/10

Such a beautiful trip down the Waikato River to the geo thermal reserve. Our jetboat driver (Adam) was awesome - very knowledgable & friendly & the spins on the way back were great fun! Office staff were also super friendly & helpful - even assisted with recommending & organising visits for us to other attractions in the area! Can't beat "Local knowledge"! Highly recommend this company & trip.

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Ricky White


Ranking: 9/10

Adam was great. Ex jetboat racer so knows his way around a jetboat. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Do 'the squeeze' for some thermal waterfalls!

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Laina Black


Ranking: 9/10

Did 'The Squeeze' - amazing thermal waters and our tour guide Adam was fantastic - knowledgeable about the area and loves what he does! Great fun!

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Joel Burken

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Great day with RiverJet! Especially accommodating and helpful for our 6 year old. He had a BLAST.
We called to get idea and options and they really helped plan a whole day for us, even helping get most economical tour to The Squeeze. Its like 3 activities...first the cruise down the river in the jetboat to the squeeze. Nice discussions and tour of the river and both the natural and historic sites. Then hop out for THE SQUEEZE was great. Amazing and the warm water on a cold day was a great combo.the water was so warm and relaxing and the "waterfall" gives the best back massage
Then it was back in the jetboat and its amazing what those boats can do, 360s a plenty.