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Top 3 jet boats of the North Island
For those of you with a need for speed, the North Island has you covered. Try out one (or more) of these three great jet boat rides on your next New Zealand adventure tour.
For some people, if you're not going bone-shatteringly fast, you're moving too slow. If you are one of those people, hire a rental car in the North Island and put jet boating at the top of your adventure holiday to-do list.
Here are three of the best jet boat rides on the island.
Huka Falls Jet, Taupo
Huka Falls Jet is one of Taupo's leading fast-paced thrill rides. Traversing the mighty Waikato River, this exciting trip races up to 80 kph past Huka Falls, playing in its raging white water as if it were nothing. The trip blurs past places such as the Huka Prawn Park and the Aratiatia Dam, and comes unbelievably close to sheer cliff faces, though the expert drivers know how to avoid hitting them!
New Zealand Riverjet, Rotorua
Also operating on the Waikato River, New Zealand Riverjet is the ultimate fast-paced tour option if you're staying around Rotorua. There are a number of tours available with Riverjet, each with their own unique flavour. Opt for The Squeeze to get closer to nature and relax in thermal hot pools (after racing along the river in the boat), or speed on over to walk around the local thermal dreamland, Orakei Korako, which comes free when you choose the Thermal Safari.
Bridge to Nowhere, Pipiriki
A Bridge to Nowhere jet boat tour offers the perfect mixture of serene natural sightseeing and fast-paced sight blurring-past. This tour travels up the Whanganui River, passing by caves and rapids, where knowledgeable guides teach you about the local history, both colonial and Maori. You will also get a chance to exit the boat at the Mangapurua Landing to engage in a moment of serene silence before having a spot of lunch and charging off again to get some thrills.