We are currently open; running Jet Boat rides and Jet Ski tours

jet boat the mighty
clutha river

Experience one of NewZealand’s most iconic adventure activities in some of the world greatest scenery. Marvel at the power and remarkable manoeuvrability of New Zealand’s famous jet boat.


Ride with Lakeland Wanaka and experience the water like you never have before. We take you on a thrilling 60 minute high speed Jet boat ride; departing from Wanaka’s waterfront enjoy a short jaunt across the lake taking in unsurpassed snow-capped mountain views, as we prepare to enter one of the world’s swiftest flowing rivers, the Clutha River.

Here your expert driver will raise your excitement demonstrating the manoeuvrability of the jet boat pushing it to its absolute limits; skilfully navigating through shallow water, tunnels and over giant pressure waves, speeding past trees mere inches from your face disappearing in your peripheral vision.

Picture yourself skimming across shallow water, over sand bars, through rapids and around rocks at speeds in excess of 80kph; and of course, a jet boat ride wouldn’t be complete without the iconic Hamilton Spin! A high-speed manoeuvre causing the boat to spin rapidly on the spot creating G forces you just can’t get enough of.

This is an adventure for most so come and experience the iconic NZ Jet boat right in the heart of Wanaka.

Check out our specials page for awesome deals, and come ride with us!

Adults $125

Children $75

Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $315
Jet Boating the Clutha River


Jump on board and see the beauty of Lake Wanaka and the Clutha River whilst raising your thrill levels. Our skippers are world class showing you what the world famous Jet Boat so grab your camera and get in touch.


  • A wild jet boat in world famous WANAKA SCENERY
  • 60 MINUTES of pure adrenaline on NZ’s swiftest river
  • HAMILTON SPINS and high powered Jet boats
  • REAL JET BOATING in water that’s less than 5cm deep in places
  • NO HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS however our minimum age is 4
  • HASSLE FREE in the heart of Wanaka.
  • 100% KIWI – locally owned and operated


  • There is no height restriction to ride with Lakeland Wanaka. However, children must be able to fit into one of our life jackets.
  • The minimum age to ride is 4 years old.
  • Customers need to fully understand English and be able to follow all instructions given by guides & staff.


Lakeland Wanaka was one of the first water based tourism business in Wanaka having operated for over 40 years. Our safety procedures are of the highest standard both with our operation and safety briefings & screening processes.


Our jet boats are audited and checked at regular intervals and inspected annually by Maritime New Zealand authorised specialist.


Prior to departure your skipper will go over a full safety briefing of what you will experience, the safety equipment we carry and safety requirements for the ride.

Do I need to book?

Yes, if you are planning to arrive in time for a trip then it’s best you let us know

What should I wear?

Dress for the weather on the day taking into account a significant wind chill factor. So, in Winter the more wind protection the better and gloves are great, in summer especially on the trips before lunch a wind proof layer never goes a miss and mind your hat it may blow away.

Can I bring my camera/phone?

Yes, you are welcome to bring a small camera or phone. You need a secure place to put this while we are at speed as your hands will be busy holding on. Your jacket pocket is best as this will be easy access when we stop at the photo opportunities but protected from any stray splashes. Please note, we travel at high speeds, and valuables you bring along are at risk of getting damaged.

What about my bag?

No, sorry but there is limited space on the boat and nowhere to secure loose items. Its best if you can leave extra bags in your car or accommodation but if come by foot and need it for later, we have a small amount of space in our office to store your backpack or handbag.

What about if the weather isn’t bad?

No weather is bad weather and any day on the water is a good day, but if it is pouring with rain, we will do our best to rearrange your trip to miss it. We will get in touch with you if the weather is looking extra wet so please just make sure when you book you give us your correct contact information.

Will I get wet?

We make no promises you won’t but especially in winter our highly skilled drivers will do their best keep you from getting splashed, though in the summer just let us know if you would like your wild ride a little more wet

Still have more questions? Get in touch.

Plan Your Trip

where are we

We are located in Wanaka; the heart of world famous Central Otago, New Zealand. We operate from the waterfront of Lake Wanaka, 100 Ardmore Street. Just look for the large trailer by the main Wanaka wharf.

Before you arrive

Before arrival make sure you are ready for your trip have everything you may need. Clothing that can get wet and suitable for the weather (A windbreaker or waterproof jacket is recommended on cooler days). We also recommend sunglasses to keep the wind out of your eyes (but bear in mind they could fall off).

CHecking in

As with all our products safety is at the for-front of our mind. We therefore require you to checkin at least 15 minutes prior to your departure. This time is needed to go over your jet ski waiver forms, receive your safety briefing and get fitted into life jackets.

Get your wanaka Fix

Once check in and safety briefings are completed it's finally time to jump on your tour and get your Wanaka Fix. Our guides are extremely friendly and more than happy to accomodate when they can. Feel free to ask them to take photos, ask questions if you have them but most importantly, ENJOY YOURSELVES!!

"First of all I want to say that the staff will alone sets this jet boat experience apart from any others! Jeremiah really knows his stuff when it comes to Lake Wanaka, the surrounding areas and the history. Seeing the lake from the shoreline can’t beat this thrill of a boat ride around the lake and onto the gorgeous turquoise blue water show of the Clutha River- I would recommend it to anybody visiting Wanaka!"


Trip Advisor

"Last week I went on a Jet boat trip with there guy’s! The team is very friendly and professional. Because they work with smaller groups it feels like a personal trip. The trip takes you along a beautiful river with a lot of hidden treasures and history. I would recommend them if you want to experience a unique Jet boat ride in New Zealand!"

Erwan C

Trip Advisor

"First time on a jet ski, and it was great. I didn't want to give it back! Very easy to operate, but exciting to ride on. We went out onto Lake Wanaka and visited one of the bigger islands, where the guide gave us an explanation about the history. We were free to experiment on the jet ski and try different moves, as well as going fast! Well worth doing, and am thinking about getting one myself now!"


Trip Advisor

"Hired kayaks from the lakefront $30 each for 2 hours and worth every cent. Beautiful low key way to see the lake. We paddled slowly around the shoreline to waterfall creek and back with lots of time to stop along the way."

Kylie O

Trip Advisor

"Did this trip in July and loved every minute of it. The Clutha River is great to go on in a jet boat as it is very fast running and the water crystal clear. The driver offers good informed commentary during the trip as well as the expected thrills the jet boat ride offers. Personally I thought this trip was better than some of the other one's I went on in nearby Queenstown."


Trip Advisor

"What a neat experience! Was super-friendly and fun, the boat was fast, the river was beautiful, and we learned a ton about the area during this ride, amidst the thrills. The Clutha is not a narrow-gorge river, so the excitement comes from running rapids and close to smooth-beach shorelines, as well as the gorgeous water itself. A full hour on the water, super-chill, with a terrific explanation of area history, the boat itself and its workings, and the river. Both fascinating and adrenaline pumping."

Doug D

Trip Advisor

"If you are in Wanaka and want to experience the beauty of this region by water, the Jet Boat tour is absolutely amazing! While enjoying the surroundings you also get an amazing adrenaline rush of the speed and tricks of the boat. Matt was our captain for the day and couldn’t have done any better!"

Lotte B

Trip Advisor

"I couldn't recommend this activity highly enough. By far the best part of our trip to wanaka! Jeremiah was a fantastic guide taking us to some beautiful parts of the lake that you wouldn't see any other way, all while having great fun on the jet skis on the way!!"

John M

Trip Advisor


For us, the aim was quite simple – to share our love of water and the astounding beauty of the region with visitors. Lakeland Wanaka’s vision is to offer classic kiwi water adventures for both New Zealanders sharing our passion of water and international visitors.

We are 100% kiwi owned and operated; our team highly engaged with an absolutely love for their jobs. Our staff all have a passion for the outdoors and water, picked for their personalities and want to share why we love what we do.


Each of our guides go through rigorous training programs and continual training ensuring all guides a competent and confident to provide the best experience each and every time.

Lake Wanaka provides the perfect setting – a popular kiwi holiday destination; now with world renowned mountain scenery. The view from the shore is only a snap short of what is out there. The silence when you get there is breath-taking, the beauty; mind blowing, and the space to play; uninhibited. Visit us, we are proud to share the beauty of lake Wanaka and have fun while we do it.

Why Us?

We are proud to have been sharing our adventures with visitors to the Wanaka region for over 50 years and our goal has never changed – to deliver outstanding personalised experiences. We understand that visitors aren’t all the same and not everyone likes the same adventures; therefore we have become your convenient one stop shop for a range of relaxing scenic outings to high adrenaline experiences.

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