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Experience the ultimate in shallow water jet boating on the mighty Wilkin & Makarora Rivers!

Explore our world heritage area in style!

Adventure and discovery still beckon amidst the ancient river valleys and snow capped mountains of the Makarora Region.

We’ve been guiding jet boat tours in the timeless land of Makarora since 1968. Designing ‘unique’ exclusive Kiwi experiences is one of our favourite things to do!

Discover the excitement!

A white water thrill with spectacular scenery!

Get a full-speed adrenaline rush while you take in the impressive mountain scenery from this remote and beautiful New Zealand location. Towering mountains covered in lush bush surround the Makarora River.

What our customers say

Great service and awesome staff, help provide and memorable experience. Highly recommend! We booked at short notice and they were so accommodating, nothing is a fuss.

Sharron T

Thank you Wilkins jet team. Everyone we dealt with from booking through to the ride was excellent. Great communication especially when the weather wasn't at its best. Special thanks to Harley, we really enjoyed our time on the river with you.


Best Jet boat experience in NZ. Awesome kiwi family owned and operated. Very authentic and informative kiwi experience. Every passenger is looked after very well. Unlike other corporate operators.

Pure NZ Hunting

We really enjoy the experience! Great guides, they know a lot about the area, and they’re great jet boat drivers, you feel super safe. Will definitely do it again 👏

Alonso Avalos

Such an incredible experience. Simon our skipper of the 60 min jet boat ride was fantastic, super personable, knowledgeable about the area and the kids loved the 360 spins. Georgina in logistics has impeccable customer service. Her knowledge about the weather and water and how she explained that to people who were hiking out for jet boat collection up the Wilkin was impressive. Thanks for an awesome experience, you couldn't wipe the smiles off our faces.

Erin Graham

Had a great jet boat trip on the Makarora/Wilkin Rivers with Hayden, majestic scenery into Mt Aspiring National Park. Would definitely recommend if you are travelling between Haast & Central Otago or as a day trip from Wānaka as we did. Hayden is very knowledgeable of the area and the thrilling jet boat trip over inches of water in places up into the high river valley. And no we didn't get wet...! Would definitely return, highly recommended.

Tui G

Awesome adventure into some of NZ's best back country. Good value, great operators. Don't hesitate - do it - you will have no regrets. Still buzzing after 3 days. Will do it again next time passing through. Best trip for years. cheers guys


Great service with friendly and helpful staff. Took us up the Wilkin River to Kerin Forks for the start of our exhilarating tramp

Mark M