Waiau Gorge Rafting & Jet Boat Ride in Hamner Springs

Waiau Gorge Rafting & Jet Boat Ride in Hamner Springs

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Everybody welcome
  • Minimum age: minimum 6 y/o
  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Cancellation policy: 
    flexible 1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    869 Hanmer Springs Rd, Tekoa Range 7392, New Zealand
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

The ultimate wild ride – conquer Waiau Gorge and return at warp speed on this rafting & jet boat package in Hamner Springs.

An adrenaline duo for those looking to go BIG on exploration & adventure, raft down the grade 2 rapids of Waiau Gorge – tackling the natural fault line of Marble Rock and return to Hamner Springs via jet boat – one of the fastest watersports anywhere in the world!

This activity is run & operated from the activity base in Hamner Springs and travels to Waiau Gorge on the Waiau River. The river passes through several stunning gorges and open valleys, with small to medium Grade 2-3 rapids. The exception to this is ‘The Narrows’, a short gorge with Grade 3-4+ rapids at the entrance. 

Meet your guide at the activity base in Hamner Springs for this 2-hour whitewater rafting & jet boat combo excursion. Start by travelling to the Upper Waiau where you will kit up and receive a short safety briefing – learning more about the commands and paddle technique you’ll need to reach the finish line. Travelling in teams with one guide per raft, start by practising your teamwork on the flat, wide channel of the Waiau – experiencing the eddies and riffles that lead you to the main event! During the next hour, you’ll head downstream – tackling grade II white water as you bump down the bends and pass Marble Rock, reaching the take-out location where your return transport will be waiting – a high-speed jet boat! Not your average shuttle, strap in as you race along the gorge at up to 100km/h. Hold on as the drive skims across only 100 mm of water, grazing the edge of the gorge as the experienced pilot puts the boat into a Hamilton spin- reaching Hamner Springs a little light headed and totally soaked!

Suitable for groups and families alike, the rafting & jet boat package travels along a category II+ section of the upper Waiau River. Please consult river grading below:
Cat II: Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels. Occasional manoeuvring may be required, but rocks and medium-sized waves are easily avoided.
Cat III: Rapids with moderate, irregular waves, strong eddies and fast currents.

Activity requirements

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Special terms

Please note this activity operates with a two-person minimum per tour.

  • Rafting Guide & Equipment
  • Return Jet Boat Experience
Do not forget to bring
  • Swimwear/Towel
  • Spare Change of Clothes
Meeting point
869 Hanmer Springs Rd, Tekoa Range 7392, New Zealand Get directions


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