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Waikato River Thermal Safari Adventure with Thrill Ride

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For 1 person
$189 each
1 Adult
$189 each

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  • Jet boat cruise and thrill ride on the Waikato River
  • Step off the boat and into the geothermal reserve, the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako
  • Home to geysers and silica terraces

This Thermal Safari Tour is the only tour that allows you to step off a jet boat and into a geothermal reserve, the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako. What better way to get there than via jet boat? Get the best of both worlds with a scenic cruise down, and thrills and spins on return!

What's Included?

  • Jet boat scenic cruise with thrill ride return
  • Entry into Orakei Korako Geothermal Valley
  • Safety equipment and briefings
  • Professional driver
  • Gloves and glasses in winter

Experience the world's only river jet tour that allows you to step off of the jet boat and onto a geothermal wonderland.

This adrenaline-filled experience offers the thrill of blasting down the mighty Waikato River to spending an hour exploring Taupo's hidden valley, Orakei Korako. One moment you will race down the Waikato River narrowly avoiding obstacles, pulling donuts and shooting towards the riverbanks. The next moment you will cruise through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge where the canyon walls rise dramatically up to 50 metres above the water.

See stunning scenery, abundant bird life, pine forests, steaming volcanic river banks and trout feeding areas whilst on your way down to Orakei Korako. Orakei Korako is scattered with geysers and is home to New Zealand's best silica terraces and the Ruatapu Geothermal Cave. This majestic place has a prehistoric feel as you observe boiling mud, bright colours and hot springs.

Session Length

  • Please allow 2.5 hours for this experience
  • Departs at 11am daily, or 2pm on demand


  • Please advise of any health conditions before boarding
  • Minimum age is 3 years


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to their policy.

Numbers on the Day

There will be a minimum of two people and a maximum of 50 on this experience.


In the event or rain or inclement weather this experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the experience provider to advise otherwise.

Dress Code

Please wear clothing suitable for the weather.

This experience takes place on the Waikato river, departing from Mihi (half way between Rotorua and Taupo).