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New Zealand Riverjet Thermal Safari

Incorporating the amazing geothermal wonderland Orakei Korako and a thrilling jet boat experience - New Zealand Riverjet Thermal Safari is fantastic adventure not to be missed!


  • Experience the incredible geothermal wonderland Orakei Korako
  • Jet boat through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge
  • Learn about Maori Culture

Jet boating through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge we take in the stunning scenery of the Waikato River and learn about Maori Culture through fascinating legends and tales of the past.

The Tutukau Gorge canyon walls rise up dramatically to heights 50 metres above the river while stunning native bush teaming with abundant wildlife closes around you. This is a magical place that will leave a lasting impression.

We make several stops along the way to take in the rich history, and wildlife of the area including a visit to Orakei Korako, also known as the hidden valley. Left almost completely unchanged for thousands of years we explore the valleys many geothermal attractions.

Safe Walkways lead you past boiling mud pools, geysers, spectacular silica terraces and a very rare geothermal cave. This is one of New Zealand's premier geothermal attractions and entry is included in this package.

While the Thermal Safari does focus on a lot of the scenic and geothermal attractions along the river there are plenty of thrills along the way as the Jet boat demonstrates it's unique power and manoeuvrability with legendary 360 degree spins.

Skimming over shallows and frighteningly close to obstacles we fly past river-banks at full speed - an awesome adventure in the safe hands of experienced jet boat drivers.

Adult $229.00
Child $125.00

What's included

  • 3 Hour Waikato River and Wildlife Experience
  • 1 hour exploring Taupo’s hidden valley Orakei Korako.
  • Jet boating through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Location: The New Zealand Riverjet base is located between Rotorua and Taupo, on the corner of State Highway 5 and Tutukau Road (beside the Waikato River). We are situated 44 kms from Rotorua and 34 kms from Taupo right on the Highway. It's easy to find.


    Discounts exclusive to pre-booked online bookings through Bookme only

    NZ Riverjet operates within the safety guidelines of the Maritime Safety Authority. All passengers have to wear the supplied life jackets and full-length spray jackets. Gloves are provided on cooler days. Tours depart daily at 10.30 am and reservations are essential.

  • Minimum age 6 years old and must also meet minimum physical criteria..

Available Bookings from October 19 to October 25

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All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$149.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$125.00

  • Adult$149.00
  • Child$125.00

  • Adult$149.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$125.00

  • Adult$149.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$125.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Vanessa from New Zealand wrote on 02 January 2020


I was hesitant to do anything like this but I gave it a go.. so glad i did!!! Its been the best experience i have done.. the driver known as chip was welcoming, got to know his passengers and had a sense of humor to him which is always a great thing when exploring.. he made the trip even better. The jet boat was so cool we did 360 spins (for those of you who aren't sure it's not super super fast so give it a go).. got close to the edge to give you the thrill.. we went through the squeeze (it's an option) which you get off the boat and walk in the water (wasnt high when we went through, to my knees or lower).. walked through this narrow opening (hence the name the squeeze), came to a waterfall and walked up and around to the pool area where we had 10mins to relax.. then back to the boat... certainly gave me a thrill loved every part of it!!

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diannee1 from Canada wrote on 18 July 2019

Amazing Jetboat ride!

Fabulous jetboat trip and Cam was an awesome driver and lots of fun. Shannon was super helpful and friendly. EVERYONE had lots of fun!

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Terry Haebich from Australia wrote on 07 July 2019

NZ Riverjet Thermal Safari - "ticks all the boxes"

After being supplied (if needed) with a full length spray jacket, life jacket, yellow tinted plastic glasses (to make it easier for one to see easily when travelling at speed) and gloves. We set off at a leisurely pace (for enhanced scenery viewing of the trip along the Waikato River) with our driver Cam to the Orakei Korako geothermal park. Cam enthusiastically pointed out various points of interest along the way. After spending an hour or so viewing the Orakei Korako geothermal park we re-boarded the jet boat for the thrill part of the trip which lived up to all expectations. Thanks to the friendly staff it was very enjoyable event which is highly recommended.

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Patricia from United States wrote on 08 March 2019

JetBoat fun

Great experience. High Adrenaline Great stop at the geothermal site.Captain Lamar is a cheeky rascal who kept us laughing. Would do this again in a heartbeat.

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franks1 from Australia wrote on 22 February 2019

Great fun highly recommend!

Cam is a talented and funny tour operator and a great Riverjet boat driver too, myself and wife did the thermal tour which was very enjoyable Especially the Riverjet ride home

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