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Cambridge: Waikato River 45-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

1. Cambridge: Waikato River 45-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

Take a hair-raising ride on the Waikato River, and reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour. Enjoy fast and furious slides, make 360-degree spins, and stop at historic and sightseeing locations. Meet and greet your local, professional guide at the boat ramp meeting point. Complete a small amount of paperwork, and fit yourself up with a spray suit to keep you dry, as well as a life jacket to keep you safe. After receiving a safety briefing from your guide, hear the roar of your high horsepower V8 jet boat as it comes into life once fed with air, fuel, and fire. Head off on the first leg of your tour, and feel your adrenaline pumping. Enter into a 360-degree spin before coming to a stop at historic locations. Listen to your guide's commentary about the places you visit and learn about the fish, birds, and wildlife in the area. Sites you will see include the Cambridge Gorge and Karapiro Dam, as well as rapids and waterfalls. Then, hang on extra tight for the speedy return leg back to the boat ramp.

Waikato River: 1-Hour Ecological River Cruise

2. Waikato River: 1-Hour Ecological River Cruise

Experience an ecological river cruise on a speedboat that is tailored to the wishes of the customers on board, this includes the speed, and the number of slides and spins if any. The experienced driver will give you a detailed history of the area and Karapiro Dam and power station. Admire the native birds and wildlife which make the area home. Your guide has a diploma in environmental management and an in-depth knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Encounter numerous fish species and birds species such as Fantail, Kingfisher, Tui, Harrier Hawk, NZ Falcon, Heron, Shag, Mallard Duck and more. See large waterfalls from the towering cliffs above. Experience some of the narrowest sections of the Waikato River with the forest canopy above. Visit the base of the Karapiro Hydro Power station with full commentary provided. Then, cruise back to beautiful Cambridge.

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5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Booked as a 11 year anniversary family event and absolutely had the best time! Not was it our first time and our anniversary but it has been a bucket list event for a few years and what better way to enter the new year of 2023 with a bit of extreme camjet boat experience. Highly recommend and will be back to give the 60 minute adventure a go Thank Aaron for the history lesson and your hilarious sense of humor Such an awesome guide and am looking forward to seeing the pictures taken during our time with you

Our guide Aaron was very accomodating to our young grand-daughter’s request to include some thrills and spills. He also refrained from the same when she became less keen after a few spins at speed. She told us afterwards that it was an ‘exciting’ trip. He kept up an informative commentary that we appreciated.

Amazing! Aaron very knowledgeable and skilful with the boat. Gave a thrilling, entertaining and enjoyable spin on a fab river with plenty to discover and see at high speed. Absolutely awesome and would love to do it all over again! Thanks Aaron!

Beautiful scenery, funny and informative guide and exciting boat ride.

The guide was amazing and gave us a fun and informative experience.