Spin and speed your way to Huka Falls during a thrilling jetboat ride on the Waikato River. Hold on tight as you zip over the crystal-clear waters past rugged cliffs and native bush on New Zealand's longest river. Feel the power of the thundering waterfall up close as it blasts into the turbulent pool. Round-trip transport is included from hotels in Taupo.
Jetboat ride on Waikato River
Awesome thrill ride with trick turns and power brakes
Amazing scenery along the river, including spectacular Huka Falls
Complimentary pickup and drop off from Taupo
30-minute jet boat ride on the Waikato River
New Zealand's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Food and drinks
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Meeting And Pickup
200 Karetoto Road
200 Karetoto Road, Wairakei, Taupō 3384, New Zealand
If you are self-driving then make sure to check in at Hukafalls Jet no later than 10mins prior to scheduled departure time
This activity ends back at the meeting point.
What To Expect
Get ready to experience the ride of your life during a Waikato River jetboat ride. After pickup from your Taupo hotel, it’s a quick drive to the shores of New Zealand's longest river, which drains Lake Taupo.
Your adrenaline-pumping adventure takes you to the mighty Huka Falls, considered the country’s most visited and photographed natural attraction. Get a dramatic front-row view of the 36-foot-high (11-meter) waterfalls as they thunder through the ravine with incredible force.
Listen to entertaining and informative commentary during your ride, complete with 360-degree spins past cliff faces and native forest. Your white-water adventure ends with hotel drop-off in Taupo.
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Warm clothing including jackets, hats and gloves is recommended in cooler winter months.
Life jackets are provided and must be worn
The boat has heated handrails and spray jackets are provided in cooler months.
Cameras are welcome but carried at passengers own risk. Video cameras are not permitted for safety reasons.
All children must be at least 3 feet (1 meter) tall to participate
Not wheelchair accessible
COVID-19 procedures: All travellers will need to sign in upon arrival for contact tracing, Social distancing will be enforced, You will be given facemasks, gloves and a buff to be disposed of in provided bins at the end of the trip, You will be required to use hand sanitser at check-in, at the beach unit and upon your return. Any high-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected daily.
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
Sit in the back if you don‘t mind getting wet 😊
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 341 reviews
Karri_W, Mar 2023
Great experience, you WILL get wet so prepare accordingly! Staff was great from check in, to the driver of our boat to exiting the business it was all seamless. Would highly recommend!
Absolutely Worth it
Cindy_M, Mar 2023
Absolutely fantastic fun! Any age can participate as long as you are tall enough. Highly recommend! Yes, uou hot wet but not soaking wet. Really. Really fun.
Jet boat FUN!
Emma_M, Mar 2023
Boat driver Arthur was amazing
His skills behind the wheel made the trip exhilarating, we brushed past trees, headed straight into the waterfall, spun around and got wet! Sitting in a boat that close to a rushing waterfall was brilliant, we could feel the power of the water.
Brilliant exciting experience
Brian_P, Mar 2023
Brillant friendly efficient staff boat driver arthur was wonderful. We did not get waterproof coats this time though.
Absolutely Great Fun & Unique Perspective
kevinsvaught, Mar 2023
Really quite glad that we chose to do. Phil was upbeat & great fun & watch for that twirling finger as warning to hold on for a coming spin on the river or near the Falls. I think I was oldest of the bunch at 70 & probably 10-12 year old with her Dad youngest & everyone had fun. Also saw Huka Falls from the viewpoints, but didn’t compare with this prospective!
Warning: the spins will move you around some, so hold on tight & you WILL GET WET(some more than others), but just ‘go with the flow (or is that spin?) & enjoy yourself!!!
Great fun, but
Deborah_W, Feb 2023
Great fun and very thrilling. Unfortunately a downer for us was hitting a Swan inbetween turns, in what definitely appeared to be an avoidable collision by an otherwise experienced captain', hence 3 stars instead of 5. But otherwise a very memorable experience.
Huka Falls Jets
Doris_B, Feb 2023
We missed our original booking, but they still took us out on the next trip, thank you Huka Falls Jetboats. Was well worth the experience. My Australia visitor enjoyed it that much he went out on a second trip.
Top thing to do in Taupo
Michell_V, Jan 2023
Family from South Africa thoroughly enjoyed this experience and was noted as the highlight of their holiday.
A “must do” when in Taupo
wol777, Dec 2022
Getting up close to the falls was amazing.
Humour and enthusiasm of the staff made the trip a good experience.
The "driver" was awesome,...
Karen_B, Dec 2022
The "driver" was awesome, friendly and gave good clear instructions. His tour was good, the thrill was great. Really enjoyed, we did this twice.
Worth Every Penny
Kelly_N, Dec 2022
This attraction was worth every penny. Wow!! It was so well organized and really worthwhile. The location and scenery was great already and the ride itself was exhilarating. Highly recommend.
Sophia_W, Nov 2022
Super fun time and we got a fun history lesson on the falls in between all the spins. Driver made us feel very safe the entire time
Jet boat at Huka
Trevor_J, Nov 2022
Good experience , my grandson loved it. Takes you right up to the Falls. Driver was safe and friendly. Expensive for what you get but that is the modern world I guess.
The spins were very...
Vax_T, Jun 2022
The spins were very exciting and our driver was the best !! Staff were also friendly. We will definitely go back
Emerald_F, Apr 2022
Chopper was an amazing host.
The whole experience was excellent. kids thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended
Kids loved it!!! The...
bellasavageyahooconz, Apr 2022
Kids loved it!!! The river and falls were beautiful, jet boat was super fun, and the staff were all friendly and super helpful!
My sisters and i had a...
Stef_S, Apr 2022
My sisters and i had a great time. It was very enjoyable and fun. Would recommend it to others in the future.
Awesome jet boat ride
Larissa_D, Apr 2022
We loved the speed and the accuracy and skill of the driver giving us lots of spins and thrills. He was also knowledgeable about the things we saw on the way. We enjoyed hearing about this
Huka Falls from below
Ian_S, Apr 2022
Had a great ride on the jet boat. The driver was skilled, knowledgeable about the area and friendly. Was great to see a unique view of Huka falls from below. Lots of Hamilton turns. If you get motion (sea) sickness, like my partner, I would not advise having a ride.
Malakai_B, Apr 2022
All the kids had the best time. They came off smiling from ear to ear. This is one we will definitely do again.