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  1. New Zealand
  2. Otago
  3. Wanaka
  4. Mount Aspiring National Park

Wanaka: Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk

Product ID: 113050
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Climb aboard a jet boat and see the spectacular glaciers at the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Discover the film locations from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, and get off the beaten path on a 50-minute wilderness walk.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Jet boat in the wilderness of the Matukituki Valley
  • See hanging glaciers and the towering Mount Aspiring
  • Journey by jet boat beneath film locations from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies
  • Enjoy an informative walk through the forest, past waterfalls and streams, with a knowledgeable guide
Full description
Join the longest and most spectacular jet boat tour in New Zealand on a half-day adventure from Wanaka. Travel at speed over the shallow braids of the Matukituki River, drift into turns and experience exciting spins! Stop in deep pools to breathe in the magic of the landscape and hear stories about the land from the local guides.

Then, get off the beaten track on a 50-minute nature walk through the moss covered forests, waterfalls and glacial streams of Mount Aspiring National Park. Walk in awe beneath Avalanche Glacier (when conditions permit) or go into McGills Creek to enjoy one of the most beautiful and serene forest walks.

Hear stories about this unique ice-carved landscape and get unmissable photo opportunities of the towering glaciers, shimmering waters and more.

After your walk, you'll get to enjoy another ride in the jet boat back down the river. Your complimentary shuttle bus will be waiting to return you to Wanaka Town Centre.
  • Complimentary shuttle transfer to and from Wanaka to the jet boat base
  • Life jackets and wet weather gear
  • Heated handrails and footrests when required
  • Thrilling Jet Boat Ride
  • 50-minute informative walk through the forest
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka (outside the Wanaka i-SITE Visitor Information Centre). Arrive 20 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Know before you go
• Please arrive at the central meeting point 20 minutes prior to departure
• Please wear comfortable, casual outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear as you will be walking on uneven surfaces
• Weather in New Zealand can be unpredictable, it is recommended to bring a rain jacket
• Bring your sunglasses and sunblock
• Don't forget your camera
• You are welcome to bring a day pack or a bag for your gear
• You will receive a comprehensive safety briefing prior to jet boat departure
• Children under 4 years of age cannot join the activity
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.9 / 5
based on 14 reviews
Review summary
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Wanaka River Journeys

Product ID: 113050