Water activity

Te Anau: River Jet Boat and Bike Ride Tour with Local Guide

Activity provider: Fiordland Jet
Water activity

Te Anau: River Jet Boat and Bike Ride Tour with Local Guide

Activity provider: Fiordland Jet

From US$ 130.79 per person

Experience a mix of breathtaking views and fun on a jet boat and bike guided tour on the Waiau River. Take a stroll in Fiordland National Park and end with a bike ride along Te Anau's cycle trail.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Enjoy the fun of jet boating as you journey on the river through Fiordland National Park
  • Stop along the way to learn about this World Heritage Area
  • Marvel at the stunning scenery on Lake Manapouri - NZ's most beautiful lake
  • Step foot in lush beech forest for a short stroll
  • Bike along Te Anau's Lake2Lake Cycle Trail
Full description
Begin your adventure in the heart of Te Anau, a short walk from most accommodation. After check-in, rest at a picnic table to enjoy free WiFi and a charging station to make sure all your devices are good to go. Hop on the bus for a short ride through local farmland to the Queen's Reach boat launch on the Waiau River.  Gear up with spray jackets and life vests before heading down the Waiau River. Lined by ancient forest, this river is featured in The Lord of the Rings as the Anduin River. Contrast high-speed spins with pauses along the river in some amazingly tranquil places. Spot some trout in the crystal-clear water and have time to take plenty of photos. Learn about the area's unique environment and fascinating history from your knowledgeable local guide.  Emerge onto the breathtaking Lake Manapouri - named NZ's most beautiful lake - surrounded by glacier-carved mountains. Experience a sense of wonderment as you sit in awe of their beauty and grandeur - and perhaps take a sip... Go ashore to explore the ancient surrounds on a short walk through Fiordland National Park's lush beech forest. Stretch your legs before getting back on board to head up river with more fun, laughs and banter along the way. Back at the boat ramp, skip the bus ride back to town, and instead bike your way along Te Anau's Lake2Lake Cycle Trail. Take your time, stop for a picnic lunch and enjoy a bit of exercise as you make your way 11 kilometres on the edge of the upper section of the river and around the bottom of Lake Te Anau before finishing back where it all started.
  • 1 hour 15 minute jet boating experience
  • 15 minute guided nature walk
  • Experienced local driver guide
  • Live commentary in English
  • Spray jackets and life vests
  • Cold weather gear, if needed
  • 2 hour bike hire: standard or e-bike; including helmet
  • Food and drinks
  • The bike portion is unguided
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Tours may be cancelled or rescheduled in the case of severe rain
  • Toilets are available throughout the tour
  • There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos - all gear is carried at your own risk
  • Ramps provide easy entry/exit for those with mobility limitations
  • A moderate level of fitness is required for the biking portion - the trail is 1-2 grade difficulty
  • E-bikes are recommended for those without fitness and do not require previous experience
  • The biking portion takes most riders 1.5 - 2 hours
Customer reviews

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Well run tour with lots of info about the area. Really attentive friendly people running everything. Great fun experience.

January 30, 2023

Fantastische ervaring met de jet boat over het water met een super schipper jacob Daarna mooie fietstocht door de heuvels Een super ervaring

January 23, 2023


January 8, 2023

Product ID: 398454