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Waimak Gorge Jet Boating from Christchurch

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Waimak Gorge Jet Boating from Christchurch

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Take a jet-boat ride on the Waimakariri River, locally known as ‘The Waimak,’ with round-trip hotel transport from Christchurch. Select whichever duration best suits your schedule: enjoy a 30-minute braided Blast on the Lower Waimak, a 30-minute Adventure tour through Waimakariri Gorge or a 1-hour Canyon Safari adventure full of thrills and spills — suitable for the whole family.
  • Combine the thrills and excitement of a jet boat ride with the breathtaking scenery of Waimakairir River Gorge on this day trip from Christchurch
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • See the breathtaking views of the rugged snow-capped Southern Alps mountains
  • Choice of either 30-minute Braided Blast on Lower Waimak or a 30-minute or 60-minute adventure Jet boat ride up in the Waimak Gorge
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off centrally located Christchurch hotels
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Start your Waimak jet-boat tour with hotel pickup in Christchurch, travel along the rural roads of the Canterbury Plains to the foothills of the Southern Alps. The snow-fed waters of the Waimakariri River enter canyons and gorges where steep rock faces are lined with native forests. 

The 30-minute jet boat tour of the Lower Waimak is ideal for those with limited time. Upon reaching the braided Waimakariri River, snap on your provided life jacket, listen to a safety briefing, and hop into the powerful jet boat for a high speed ride. Your expert captain skims over shallow river flats and shingle-bottom streams on an ever-changing course with 360-degree spins and hairpin turns.  Allow 1.5 hours from the City Centre and return.

If you have more time to spend amid this spectacular alpine landscape, upgrade to one of the following options listed below.

Waimak Gorge Jet Boating   

Experience an exhilarating 30minute adventure jet-boat ride through rugged Waimakariri Gorge with breath-taking views of the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps. Experience the famous 360° Hamilton spin. Allow 3 hours from the City Centre and return.

Waimak Gorge Jet Boating Safari

Extend your jet-boat ride all the way to the upper Waimakariri Gorge, with access to remote areas that are otherwise out of reach. 60 minutes of true New Zealand jet boating.  A Canyon Safari Adventure.  Allow 4 hours from the City Centre and return.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Child rate applies only when traveling with 2 paying adults
  • Please note that this tour is an independent tour and you may be traveling with a different driver/guide and group each day
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Leisure Tours
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Fun for all.
, Oct 2021
I wasn't to sure if I'd enjoy it but I had a blast. I felt relaxed with the experience of the driver and I really liked his sense of humor. My children had never done it before and just loved it. I'd recommend it to everyone for a family fun time.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It is great to hear that you and your family loved the experience. I hope you have the opportunity to travel with us again.
It was really good and exciting and...
, Jan 2017
It was really good and exciting and the views were so stunning but I thought a little risky with the boat so close to the rocks.
The scenery was beautiful and the...
, Jan 2016
The scenery was beautiful and the trip enjoyable! We found the length of the boat trip to be sufficient despite other reviews to the contrary.
The weather was a little chilly but the...
, Feb 2011
The weather was a little chilly but the boat ride was a rush - it was the second time we'd had Chris as our driver/guide too, great guy!
An exhilarating experience! Informative...
Doreen V
, Jan 2010
An exhilarating experience! Informative as well as fun. Totally refreshing!
The gorge boating was good, but I...
Kirsty A
, Jan 2007
The gorge boating was good, but I booked a safari that was meant to be 4.5 hours long and when i got there I only got the gorge boating that was 3 hours long. The actual time in the boat is less than one hour, great scenery, but Viator should detail what you are getting for your money better!!
The river didn't have any rapids, and...
Mary Huston M
, Nov 2006
The river didn't have any rapids, and the picture gave the impression that there were, so that was somewhat misleading. But the staff were very nice and professional.
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