Rapids Jet

Save 10% with complementary package – Set in the beautiful Aratiatia Scenic Reserve is New Zealand’s best white-water Jet Boat Ride, Rapids Jet. Conveniently located just 15 minutes’ drive north of Taupo and 50 minutes south of Rotorua, Rapids Jet operates on the biggest rapids for commercial jetboating in New Zealand. Shoot through a narrow canyon, be exhilarated by spins on crystal clear waters, spot a trout and surf the pressure waves of the awesome Nga Awa Purua rapids. Take time to view the amazing surrounds of Aratiatia Scenic Reserve, and learn about the wildlife and history of the area with your Local drivers. Our 35-minute blast will take you up to the Aratiatia Power Station to the base of the Aratiatia Rapids, NZ’s biggest and longest rapids that spill from the Aratiatia Dam daily and guarantees an adrenaline rush! Since 1993, over 140,000 passengers aged 5-93 years have safely experienced the thrill of real white water jet boating with Rapids Jet. We have thousands of hours experience driving jet boats both in New Zealand and overseas, so you can be sure you are in safe hands with Rapids Jet. Let us share our love of jet boating with you, book a ride on Rapids Jet today.

Explore Our Backyard Members Deal

10% discount from our standard rates and a complimentary photo/video package. This saving up to $57.90NZD per adult!


Tours & Products

Rapids Jet operate depending on demand, with our most common departures being 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. However, have the ability to depart anytime within 9am-5pm in summer and 10-4pm in winter.


Accommodation Nearby

Anchorage Resort

Taupo Urban Retreat

The Reef Resort

Terms & Conditions

  • Available for Explore Our Backyard members only
  • A valid Explore Our Backyard membership card with identification must be presented to staff to claim discount
  • Direct bookings only
  • Not to be used in conjunction with any other discounts, promotions or deals
  • Products included in this offer are non-exchangeable.

Activity Info

3 Nga Awa Purua Rd