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


Come join us on a thrilling jet boat ride experiencing a unique combination of beauty and speed, discover our waterways like never before.

Merge pristine landscape and nature with world renowned jet boat speed and action as we race across scenic Lake Wanaka, and down New Zealand's largest river on this action-packed 1 hr Jet boat ride.

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!

Remember your camera and 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 Wanaka Jet boat right in the heart of beautiful Wanaka.

Adults $129

Children $65

(4 - 15 years)

Family $349

(2 Adults & 2 Children)

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Minimum Age

The minimum age to ride our Jet Boats is 4 years. We are able to lower this age for private group bookings

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All our Jet Boat tours include commentary about the region's history and our waterways ecosystems

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Your tour is made of 60 minutes across Lake Wanaka and on the Clutha River. Please allow 90 minutes for the full experience

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Each of our Jet Boats is design to carry a maximum of 10 passengers; this allows us to maximise thrills whilst keeping our tours personal

Before you arrive

Departure Point:

The Wanaka Wharf 100 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Please check-in 15 minutes prior to departure at our Lakeland Wanaka beachfront trailer

We provide:

  • 60 minute thrilling ride
  • Historical and ecological commentary
  • Life Jackets
  • Storage for smaller items
  • World famous scenery

What to bring

  • Sunglasses (recommended all year round)
  • Cameras (especially phones), as there will be opportunities for photos - however all electronics are carried at your own risk  
  • Dress for the weather - when in doubt, please bring extra layers

No Availability?

If there is no availability online and that is the only time you can go, please join the waitlist or get in touch by email or phone and we will do our best to try and let you know of any cancellations or if we can accommodate in any other way.


What should I wear on the Jet Boat?

We suggest you dress to the conditions, be mindful that there may be a windchill. In the winter dress as though you are going skiing. Make sure you are wearing sunscreen and sunglasses can also be worn if you like. Sun hats may fly off if they are not tightly secured to your head!

Will I get wet?

There is a possibility that you may get slightly wet during the “Hamilton spins”, ask our driver where to sit based on your preference on how wet you want to get!

Can I take a camera?

Yes you can, there will be great photo opportunities during the journey. You will need to be able to secure your camera or phone safely while we are traveling at speed so you can hold on with both hands.

What are the age restrictions for the Jet boat?

Our minimum age is 4 years, our passengers must be able to hold onto the handrail from a seated position.

What does Lakeland Wanaka provide?

We provide life jackets, A secure place for belongings you don't want to bring on the boat. And the experience of a lifetime!

Can we go Jet boating in the winter?

Yes you can! Just dress as though you were going skiing. Bring gloves and woolly hats, and our expert drivers will do our best to keep you dry.

Can I go if I'm pregnant?

Unfortunately you cannot ride the Jet boat when pregnant.

How long is the Jet boat trip?

The approximate time you spend on the boat is  60 minutes, However we like you to arrive at the departure point on the lakefront 15 minutes before departure to allow time to get fitted for life jackets.


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Minimum group number of 4 apply. T&C's apply. Not available between 25th December and 15th January