A spectacular jet boat experience on the Wairaurahiri River, Southland
Discover an extensive selection of jet boating and wilderness adventure packages in the stunning regions of Fiordland and Southland.
Brace yourself for New Zealand’s most thrilling and adventurous jet boat rides.
Our jet boat tours feature an exhilarating journey across Lake Hauroko and an adrenaline-pumping descent down the Wairaurahiri River, renowned for its exhilarating Grade 3 whitewater rapids!
Wairaurahiri Wilderness Jet services the South Coast of Fiordland National Park including Lake Hauroko and the Wairaurahiri River. Lake Hauroko is the deepest lake in New Zealand and is drained by the Wairaurahiri River, which falls 200meters to sea level and is 27 kilometres of grade 3 white water rapids. The river is commonly described as New Zealands longest waterfall.
Aboard the Jet you will speed over Lake Hauroko and then dive into the intake of the Wairaurahiri River – one of New Zealand’s most remote and untouched rivers. Unique and secluded, the Wairaurahiri River flows through Virgin Beech forest that is over 1 million years old.
A spectacular jet boat experience that is an ultimate combination of thrilling jetboating and natural surrounding.
Along the way you will speed past bush clad banks and through rock strewn rapids. This is a journey deep into the Southern Wilderness of Fiordland. You also have the option of a short walk over the Wairaurahiri Swingbridge into the ancient temperate rainforest.
When the South Coast is found at the end of the Wairaurahiri River, consider the option of trekking inland to view the mighty Percy Burn Viaduct or just sit back and take in the abundance of wildlife that is found on New Zealands South Coast.
Wairaurahiri Wilderness Jet itself is based in Otautau – a small Southland town – and is only a short distance from Lake Hauroko.
Owner and operator Paul Roff has over 20 years experience jet boating and knows the region very well. He has a vast knowledge of the jetboating industry, local history and bushcraft.
A member of the NZJBA and NZCJBA he started the business back in 1995 providing a means of transport for hunters and trampers. Since then, the business has grown into one of the best jetboating experiences in New Zealand.
Paul still services the local market however, and can provide special charters for photographers, hunters and trampers.
He has progressed from his first jet boat to a new custom built boat – specially designed for the grade 3 river conditions. It offers superb handling, power and safety features.
Wairaurahiri Wilderness Jet – Rates
Quoted in NZ$, Subject to change
Full day wilderness experience – $320 – 350 pp. BBQ $30 pp
The Longest, Most Daring and Exhiliarating Jet Boat Trip In New Zealand
Duration 5-6 hours.
Includes: Jet Boat across Fiordland’s Lake Hauroko and down the Wairaurahiri River – 27 Kms of Grade 3 Rock Strewn Whitewater Rapids to the Wild South Coast and Return.
Waitutu Lodge overnight – $380pp + Lodge Fee’s
Ideal for family, corporate, social groups and hunting / fishing trips.
Heli jet – $495 pp
Helicopter Jetboat Combo
For Corporate Groups, Social Clubs or Large Parties – Min 12 persons.
Duration 5-6 hours.
Tuatapere South Coast Track – $270pp (includes return to vehicle)
A 2 Day Hiking Plus Jet Boat Return
Hikers in or out – $250 pp
One way transport to and from The South Coast Track, Hump Ridge Track, Waitutu Lodge, Wairaurahiri Hut.
Half day experience – $270 pp
Duration 2-3 hours.
Jet Boat across Lake Hauroko and down the first and most exciting half of the Wairaurahiri River taking in ‘Sparkplug’ rapid and ‘The Vulcans’ to the ‘Black Swirl Hole’ and return. Great for those short on time, yet wish to experience this wild wonderland.
Hunting and fishing – Price T.B.A
The Wairaurahiri River has a good stock of fit Brown trout and the surrounding Waitutu forest has an abundance of Red deer and Wild Boar.
We do cater for the outdoor sports person.
Groups and Corporates – Price T.B.A
Take South Fiordland’s fresh clean pure air, scenery not found anywhere else in the world, add a large dose of adrenaline, what better medicine to stimulate and motivate your team?
Experience the solitude of Lake Hauroko then onto the Wairaurahiri River for the adrenaline pumping jet boat ride of a life time.
Contact us and let us customize your C & I activity with you, we promise you your delegates will never forget this day and will thank you for it.
Options include; A scenic helicopter flight, scenic Launch ride on Lake Hauroko, exciting jet boat ride on the Wairaurahiri River, Scenic Painting Demonstration by Wayne Edgerton, Morning & Afternoon tea at ‘Yesteryear Cafe’, All day bar-b-que including wild venison and a seafood surprise.
Maximum 80 Pax
Price From $160pp