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Pure Wilderness Jet Boat Tour

Jet boat down the Waiau River, zoom across Lake Manapouri and take in the ancient surrounds of Fiordland National Park!

Te Anau, New Zealand
DurationDuration2 hours
Start & End TimeStart & End TimeVariesi
Max Group SizeMax Group Size33
Pick-Up & Drop-OffPick-Up & Drop-OffIncluded
Minimum AgeMinimum Age5 years
Fitness LevelFitness LevelLow

What's Included

  • Enjoy a thrilling 2-hour ride down Waiau River
  • Zoom across Lake Manapouri and encounter the ancient surrounds of Fiordland National Park
  • Take in incredible views of ancient beech forests and mountain ranges
  • Discover the 'Anduin River', featured in the opening scene from The Lord of the Rings
  • Explore the Fiordland National Park
  • Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area  

Why Do We Love This

We love the informative aspect of this tour. It's not just a fast-paced jet boat ride, you'll also be learning about the areas native flora and fauna at the same time which we think is pretty cool!

What to Expect


Get ready for an action-packed adventure down the majestic Waiau River. Full of splashes, speed and spins, this trip is one you'll never forget. You'll explore serene Lake Manapouri, step foot into Fiordland National  Park and learn all about this unique location that's famous worldwide.

Your day begins with an exhilarating ride down the Waiau River where you'll encounter stunning scenery and a famous movie set! Lined by ancient beech tree forests this river is truly something special. You might recognise it as the Anduin River; the great river of Middle Earth that is featured in the opening scene from The Lord of the Rings! Get the inside story on The Lord of the Rings filming locations, and the crazy logistics involved in filming from your guide.

Next, cruise further down the powerful, surging, Waiau River on your jet boat adventure.

You'll stop in some quiet and tranquil spots, to soak up the amazing surrounds along the way, and learn about the unique environment and fascinating history as you go. 

Next, it's time to zoom onto breath-taking Lake Manapouri. Surrounded by mountains that have been carved by snow and ice over centuries you'll hardly believe your eyes as you take in the view. Prepare yourself for magnificent mountains and snow-capped peaks. 

Then, it's time for an extra taste of adventure... step into the wilderness with your guide and learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area. Discover prehistoric ferns and ancient, native beech forest that's remained unchanged for 80 million years! You'll also hear about indigenous Maori culture and the early pioneers of European history in New Zealand.

Afterwards, it's time to splash, speed and zoom your way back to Te Anau.

Are you ready for the ride of your life? You won't forget this trip in a hurry. 

Allow 2 hours for this tour.  Includes Te Anau departure and return. 

Departure times: 
Summer (1 October - 31 March)
10am, 2 pm and 6 pm
Winter (1 April - 30 September)
10am and 2pm




Other departures available upon request

Frequently Asked Questions

Child price is available for kids betewwn 5 years and 15 years old.

Cameras are highly reccomended - however all electronics are carried at your own risk  


Terms & Conditions:

Rates are quoted in New Zealand dollars and are inclusive of GST

Timetables/Equipment/ Schedules:
Fiordland Jet Ltd reserves the right to amend timetables, cancel departures and substitute equipment or plan at any time.

Risk Disclosure:
Please note Fiordland is an alpine area and subject to extreme weather. On the rare occasion adverse weather road, river or lake conditions may require us to make alterations to or cancel trips. Fiordland Jet Ltd manages the hazards of our guided jet boat trips. Clients must follow the instructions of the driver/guide and parents must ensure their minors do the same. Clients must advise their guide on the day if they have any physical conditions that may affect their enjoyment of the excursion. The river/guide reserves the right to curtail the trip at any time if they believe the safety, or the safety of others may be compromised. By participating in Fiordland Jet Ltd excursions clients agree to the above terms.

For all excursions:

5 – 15 years (child) – prices as stated
0 -4 (infants) – Prices as stated **excursions are not recommended for infants

Booking instructions:
Reservations can be made by phone or email using the contact details given. Please ensure the following information is provided when booking:

Date of travel and tour
Passenger name
Specify if passenger is adult/child/infant
Agent details
Method of payment
Special requirements

Cancellation Policy:

FIT bookings for schedules Jet Boat departures:
Cancellations 24 hours or less from the date of departure or ‘no show’ will receive a 100% charge or no refund of payment

Group Bookings:
Reconfirmation of group as active or cancelled is required 60 days prior to departure.
Reconfirmation of group numbers is required 30 days prior to departure.
Final details required 14 days prior to departure.
Cancellations 7 days or less from date of departure or ‘no show’ will receive a 100% charge or no refund of payment.
Private Charter Non- Scheduled Bookings:
Cancellations 7 days or less from date of departure or ‘no show’ will receive a 100% charge or no refund of payment.

We recommend all clients or tour escorts reconfirm 24 hours prior to departure.


Change of Date:
Reservations can be transferred to another date, subject to availability, with no transfer fee incurred.

Tour Operator

Fiordland Jet Ltd
84 Lakefront Drive, Lakefront, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand

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