Waimakariri Jet Boat Experience

2.5 hours | Christchurch (Lyttelton) | C H C - 5 0 0
Average Guest Rating
AUD$ 179.95
Min. age: 2 years (See special notes)
Exceptional Value

Exceptional Value

Exceptional Value

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Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

In the Maori language, Waimakariri means (river of cold rushing water), so dress accordingly for this fast and furious high-speed jet boat adventure on one of the longest rivers in the region. Your 20-minute experience begins with a short motorcoach ride to the Waimakariri River, one of Canterbury's famous braided rivers, with an intricate network of interlaced river channels. Only a small percentage of the world's river systems are braided, and the Hamilton jet boat was specifically invented for these shallow waterways. You'll be fitted with a life jacket before experiencing an incredible jet boat blast that, skimming over the water at tremendous speed, takes you past all the picturesque views. This scenic ride goes deep into the heart of the Waimakariri Gorge, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Southern Alps. Your day wouldn't be complete without experiencing the heart-pounding world-famous Hamilton jet spin-hold on to your hat! At the end of this adrenaline-fueled adventure, return to port.

Special Notes:

Wear sturdy walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Bring a windbreaker or light jacket.
Minimum age 2 years.
We do not recommend this tour for people with back issues or who are pregnant.
There is one jetboat that operates this tour that can carry 18 people at a time so when there is more than 18 people per departure the group is split into two, the first group goes jetboating and the second group stays behind and has tea or coffee and a sweet treat, this also allows the guest to get photos of the boat coming in and doing a spin, then the guests switch over.

Medical Restriction:

Not recommended for guests with back issues or pregnant guests


Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart Lyttelton for Waimakariri River

  • Transport type: Motorcoach
  • Travel time: 00:40

Depart on the Jetboat

  • Time at site: 00:20

Return to Jet Boat base. Depart Waimakariri River and return to Lyttelton

  • Transport type: Motorcoach
  • Travel time: 00:50
  • Time at site: 00:15