NZAtoZ reviews; Jetboating in Wanaka
We went for a jet boat ride in Wanaka with Clutha River Jet. After booking the day before we arrived at the log cabin on the waterfront (its not really a log cabin, but looks a bit like one, it’s a weather board cabin) We were greeted with smiles, given a life jacket and onto a 10am, 1 hour boat ride for $95.
The boats are smaller than the bigger industrial style of some Queenstown companies but we found this a bit friendlier and personal. The driver was James who lived in the area most of his life and had been a jet boat driver for 4 years. The ride across
The Clutha is
The Mouth of the Clutha River, Lake Wanaka
After passing a fisherman, who don’t get along with jetboat operators (for obvious reasons) the action started. Darting between rocks and the trees on the banks was great fun then the occasional jet boat spin to throw some water over the boat was brilliant. The kids (and adults) on our boat could not wipe the smiles off their faces. James also knew the point when to “button off” and let the passengers regain stomachs and composure.
After the fun we turned around went back up the Clutha across
In the log cabin we were shown photos that had been taken on the river by Garrick. We had the option of buying a bunch of great shots on disc for $25 (which we did).
We liked the personal feel of the Clutha River Jets operation and would recommend a trip while in Wanaka. Take your warm clothes, and a beanie on the head. It gets cold on the winter trips. You get a bit wet, but not to much to be uncomfortable.
A great balance of fun, scenery and great information.
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