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jet boat the mighty
clutha river

Experience one of New Zealand’s most iconic adventure activities in one of the worlds most beautiful landscapes. Marvel at the power and remarkable manoeuvrability of New Zealand’s famous jet boat.


Come experience a unique combination of beauty and speed, discover our waterways like never before, merging pristine landscape and nature with world renowned jet boat speed and action.

Lakeland takes you on a thrilling 60 minute Jet boat ride; racing across Lake Wanaka and down NZ largest river; the Clutha River famous for its scenery, gold-rush history, and swift turquoise waters. Travel at speed navigating through shallow water and over giant pressure waves, speeding past overhanging trees and of course, what  jet boat ride wouldn’t be complete without the iconic Hamilton Spin!

Enjoy photo opportunities of our unique landscape not to be missed plus get stories from your guide about our lands and our history.

This is an adventure for most so come and experience the iconic NZ Jet boat right in the heart of beautiful Wanaka. Check out our specials page for awesome deals, and come ride with us!

Adults $125

Children $75
(4 - 15 years)

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 is 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.


"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 is quite simple – to share our love of the water and the astounding beauty of the region with our visitors. We are 100% locally owned and operated; our team are passionate experts with an absolute love for their jobs, a passion for the outdoors and water, picked for their personalities and a want to share why we love what we do. On top of this, the health and safety of you is our number 1 priority; our guides are put through rigorous training programs ensuring all our guides are competent and confident to provide the best experience to you each and every time.

Lake Wanaka provides the perfect setting – a popular kiwi holiday destination, with world renowned mountain scenery from a picture-perfect lake. The view from the shore is only a snap shot of what is out there to see. The silence when you get out on the lake is breath-taking, the beauty; mind blowing, and the space to play; uninhibited. Come and visit us right by the lake in the centre of town, we are proud to share the beauty of lake Wanaka with you 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 each person is different and not everyone wants the same adventures; that’s why we pride ourselves on being your one stop adventure shop with a range of activities from relaxing scenic outings to high adrenaline experiences. All leaving right from the waterfront in the centre of town, we have something to do for everyone

Lakeland Wanaka Office Trailer on Wanaka Waterfront




SAVE $40


Use the promo code BETTERTOGETHER during the checkout process to take advantage of this offer.


Minimum group number of 4 apply. Limited promo codes available. T&C's apply. This special requires a minimum of 4 passengers for the tour to operate.