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