Hamilton, New Zealand

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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 Gorg...

    One of the best jet boat experiences I’ve done. Aaron is an extremely talented guy navigating the boat through narrow stretches and 360 turns. He is very knowledgeable on the local area as well and provided a good commentary. Would thoroughly recommend and will return in our next trip to NZ.

  • 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.

  • Lake Karapiro: Evening Kayak Glowworm Tour

    3. Lake Karapiro: Evening Kayak Glowworm Tour

    Your guided tour commences in the late afternoon or early evening. As you paddle along the southern end of Lake Karapiro, crossing over the old submerged Horahora Village and power station that produced electricity for the early Waihi goldfields. Learn about local Maori and early European history of the area while enjoying the twilight and silence of being on the water as the day draws to an end. The magic begins as you paddle slowly up the Pokaiwhenua stream and through a spectacular canyon carved out by water over many hundreds of years. Native ferns and trees and bird life surround you and you may even hear brown trout breaking the water's surface. When darkness falls you will drift silently back downstream, surrounded by glow worms on either side sparkling like tiny Christmas lights.

    Wonderful - Amazing- Highly recommended. Caleb, our guide, was very good. I'd do this trip again.

  • Raglan: Sunset Canyoning Tour and Glowworm Experience

    4. Raglan: Sunset Canyoning Tour and Glowworm Experience

    As the sun goes down, begin your journey into the ancient stream flowing off Mount Karioi. Wrapped up in the latest canyoning suits, jump into the freshwater pools. Climb and abseil cascading waterfalls all whilst under the light of your head torch. Feel safe in the company of an experienced guide, as they lead you on a great adventure. Throughout the trip hear the stories, history, and knowledge of the landscape and local area from your passionate guide. Following the stream find yourself in awe of the native flora and fauna surrounding you. As darkness falls, you'll begin to see the luminescent transformation take place. Witness new worlds of light being created by the native New Zealand glowworms who call this place home. Take a minute to stop for a moment of peace and tranquillity, with a hot cup of freshly made Kawakawa tea.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

A gorgeous and serene area, the kayaking tour showed much more than just Glow Worms. While the Glow Worms were one of the shorter lived experiences for the evening, they were absolutely magical. Our tour guide Steve made a personalized experience for each of us and had lots to say about the history of the river area. This would be an easy experience for novice kayakers. We enjoy scenic experiences and felt that this was one of the better things we've done while exploring the North island. We would do it again in a heartbeat.

One of the best jet boat experiences I’ve done. Aaron is an extremely talented guy navigating the boat through narrow stretches and 360 turns. He is very knowledgeable on the local area as well and provided a good commentary. Would thoroughly recommend and will return in our next trip to NZ.

Great trip, everyone should try the older messy one too, it's not just for young people. Fantastic guide, and nice quiet well-organized trip, you can only be happy after such a trip. Beautiful beautiful experience

Perfect kayak tour with funny guides ;-) seen lots of glow worms! Highly recommend doing this tour!!!

Wonderful - Amazing- Highly recommended. Caleb, our guide, was very good. I'd do this trip again.