Jet boating within the World Heritage Area Jet Boat

Let Wilkin River Jets and Backcountry Helicopters take you on a personal wilderness journey deep into the ‘timeless land’ of Makarora, situated close to Wanaka, New Zealand. We promise an unforgettable wilderness adventure.

  • River Safari
    60 Min Duration


    Jet boating within the World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park. New Zealand’s most exhilarating shallow water jet boating—amongst the ancient river valleys and snow-capped mountains of Mt Aspiring National Park—a World Heritage Area! A brand new fleet of boats that can spin on a dime. Bring a towel and a swimsuit and take a plunge. Experience the ultimate in shallow water jet boating, skimming along in just inches of water on the mighty Wilkin and Makarora Rivers. Learn about the history and geology of the stunning Makarora and Wanaka region with an informative commentary from our experienced drivers. Enjoy 50km of New Zealand wilderness river jet boating amidst native beech forest, pristine river valleys and rugged ice-capped mountains.

    If you don’t see your date and time please email us directly and we can set up a time for you.

    $160 Per adult

    $110 Per child

    Family Rates Available On Request

  • Heli-Jet Combo
    60 Min Duration


    Combine two of the best… Enjoy a spectacular scenic helicopter flight amongst the snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and native beech forest of Mt Aspiring National Park. Then rendevous with Wilkin River Jets for a thrilling jet boat ride on the glacial-fed waters of the Wilkin and Makarora Rivers back to base. Enjoy an amazing scenic helicopter ride and commentary with pilot and local legend Harvey Hutton. Carve around peaks and ridges of snow-covered mountains with views of stunning aquamarine glacial lakes, all in the safety and comfort of our Hughes 500D helicopter. Feel the spray in your face with 25km of high-speed jet boating on New Zealand’s finest wilderness rivers, the Wilkin and Makarora. Wilkin River Jets reserves the right to amend/cancel any trip/time to suit local weather conditions.

    If you don’t see your date and time please email us directly and we can set up a time for you.

    $599 Per adult

    Children Under 3 Are Free

What to bring

Whatever wilderness experience you choose, your safety and comfort are important to us. Please note: We supply all safety equipment including life jackets of all sizes. We highly recommended the use of sunglasses, sunblock, sun hat and insect repellent, especially in the summer months. In winter warm clothes are required. We recommend a fleece jacket, warm hat, gloves and a windproof/waterproof outer jacket. For eco trekking options, you will need to take a picnic lunch and an adequate water supply. Wilkin River Jets reserves the right to amend, alter or cancel any trip due to unsuitable weather/river conditions and activity demand.

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