Waimakariri Jet Boat Experience

2.5 hours | Christchurch (Lyttelton) | C H C - 5 0 0
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$ 129.95
Min. age: 2 years (See special notes)
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Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:

Waimakariri Jet Boat Experience
Launching from the Waimakariri Regional Park, this thrilling Jet Boat cruise takes you deep into the heart of the Waimakariri River Gorge. the Hamilton Jet Boat spins and speeds through this amazing river. The purpose-built Hamilton jets make navigating the shallow waters, sometimes only centimeters deep, a breeze while you sit back and enjoy Canterbury's spectacular scenery, stopping to photograph the gorge. Hold on tight as your captain adds extra excitement when he sends the vessel spinning! Dress appropriately; in the Mâori language, Waimakariri means "river of cold rushing water."

What you will see along the way:

Take to the water aboard a Hamilton Jet Boat, which will take you on a fast and furious, spectacular, scenic ride deep into the heart of the Waimakariri Gorge, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Southern Alps. Your skilled driver will expertly handle this high-speed vessel, traversing narrow channels and skimming over shallow waters to maximize the beautiful views of one of the longest rivers in the Canterbury region.

Special Notes:

Wear sturdy walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Bring a windbreaker or light jacket.
Min age 2yrs.
We do not recommend this tour for people with back issues or who are pregnant.

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

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Depart on the Jetboat

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

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