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Our most recommended North Island Speed & Jet Boat Tours

Hukafalls: 30-Minute Jet Boat Experience

1. Hukafalls: 30-Minute Jet Boat Experience

Your thrilling adventure will take you along the beautiful Waikato river environment, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff faces, and natural hot springs. Enjoy the best water-level view of Huka Falls from the unique vantage point on the jet boat. The manoeuvrability of the Hukafalls jet boat is legendary. Be in awe at the speed and precision in which you torpedo gracefully down the river to play in the tail of the mighty whitewater of the Huka Falls. Pass by clouds of steam rising where a hot stream joins the river. See the Huka Prawn Park, the Wairakei Geo-Thermal Power Station, and the Aratiatia Dam. Zoom past sheer rock cliffs with just centimeters to spare, exhilarated and secure in the knowledge that your driver is an expert.

Whitianga: Cathedral Cove, Small Caves & Snorkel Boat Trip

2. Whitianga: Cathedral Cove, Small Caves & Snorkel Boat Trip

The only boat tour to combine thrills & small caves experiences to Cathedral Cove and beyond. Experience the thrill of small cave adventures where others can't take you. Discover magnificent views, see New Zealand's 2nd largest sea cave, regularly going to the places seen in online videos & pictures, get up close to aquatic life in the marine reserve. Leaving Whitianga Wharf, stop to view Shakespeare's Cliff then, pass the stunning Lonely before exploring inside Cooks Beach Blowhole and gazing out through the top. Be amazed at the panoramic scenery at Cathedral Cove. Head south getting close in along the coastline in and out of bays, caves, and blowholes. Take in the mesmerising volcanic landscape of towering pinnacles and rock sculptures. Marvel at the size of New Zealand's 2nd largest sea cave "Orua" before visiting offshore islands with more caves. Have the option to snorkel and witness sea life in the marine reserve before heading back to Whitianga.

Cambridge: Waikato River 45-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

3. Cambridge: Waikato River 45-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

Take a hair-raising ride on the Waikato River, and reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour. Enjoy fast and furious slides, make 360-degree spins, and stop at historic and sightseeing locations. Meet and greet your local, professional guide at the boat ramp meeting point. Complete a small amount of paperwork, and fit yourself up with a spray suit to keep you dry, as well as a life jacket to keep you safe. After receiving a safety briefing from your guide, hear the roar of your high horsepower V8 jet boat as it comes into life once fed with air, fuel, and fire. Head off on the first leg of your tour, and feel your adrenaline pumping. Enter into a 360-degree spin before coming to a stop at historic locations. Listen to your guide's commentary about the places you visit and learn about the fish, birds, and wildlife in the area. Sites you will see include the Cambridge Gorge and Karapiro Dam, as well as rapids and waterfalls. Then, hang on extra tight for the speedy return leg back to the boat ramp.

Whitianga: Cooks Beach Jet Boating Experience

4. Whitianga: Cooks Beach Jet Boating Experience

Hold on tight for an adrenaline-packed, white-knuckle jet boat ride along 7 km of the scenic, untouched Coromandel Coast, beaches, islands, and secluded coves. Hit this one-of-a-kind coastline at full blast with no shortage of spins, drifts, and speed. After meeting staff near the water at Whitianga Wharf, gear up with included life jackets before getting on the boat (ponchos are also included in the winter months). Then, set out on a short but sweet blast over to Cooks Beach hitting speeds of up to 80 km/h. Feel your heart pump as you experience wild spins and maneuvers.  End your ride back at the starting point in Whitianga, where you can conveniently reach nearby cafes, restaurants, and public toilets.

Whitianga: Jet Boat Ride to Cathedral Cove

5. Whitianga: Jet Boat Ride to Cathedral Cove

Speed through the water at up to 80 kilometers an hour. Enjoy scenic views as you head to Cathedral Cove in a thrilling way. Board your jet boat and get ready for the fastest way to see Cathedral Cave. Hold on tight on your high-speed journey and experience drifting, power slides and white knuckle spins. Combine the rush of adrenaline with spectacular views of the volcanic coastline. Zoom over turquoise waters, past desert islands, and white sand beaches. Speed by towering cliffs and giant pohutukawa trees before sliding in towards Cathedral Cove to admire this natural wonder.

From Whitianga: Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve Cruise & Swim

6. From Whitianga: Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve Cruise & Swim

Relax & enjoy Shakespeare’s Cliff, Lonely Bay & Cathedral Cove on an open boat with unrestricted stunning views. Experience the thrill of going inside Cooks Blowhole, Whale Cave and our very own “Hole in the Rock”. Regularly going to the places seen in online videos & pictures, venture inside caves others cannot take you! View fish in the Marine Reserve. Learn the history of the area and be amazed by the volcanic formations throughout the Bay. You won’t be disappointed with Coromandel’s fantastic coastline as we go down to the Orua Sea Cave where you will be taken inside the cave and hear the amazing acoustics as we play music.

Goat Island Marine Reserve: Full-Day Dive Charter

7. Goat Island Marine Reserve: Full-Day Dive Charter

Join a full-day scuba dive charter and dive in the beautiful marine reserves of Goat Island or Te Hāwere-a-Maki, New Zealand's first marine reserve established in 1975, on a small-group tour. Discover the bustling marine life beneath the water's surface, including jack mackerel, crayfish, red moki, eels, blue maomao, and much more on two dives at different depths.  Marvel at the variety of marine life habitats from rocky shores exposed at low tide to deep reefs, underwater cliffs and canyons, as well as sand flats. Watch the seaweed forests sway with the waves and the light playfully touch all that surrounds you beneath the sea. Goat Island and the Tawharanui Marine Reserve, off the North Island's northwest coast, are both excellent sites for certified divers, whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, there is something for everyone here. 

Little Barrier Island: Full-Day Scuba Dive Charter

8. Little Barrier Island: Full-Day Scuba Dive Charter

Enjoy a full-day scuba diving charter off Little Barrier Island. Keep a lookout for orcas, dolphins, whales, common dolphins, and sharks on your journey. Experience some of the best diving close to Auckland. Travel along the sandy sloping bottoms on the southern coast to the dramatic walls and pinnacles on the northern side, where copious fish and invertebrate life live among the kelp forests. Uncover holes and cracks that house many crayfish, red crayfish, and packhorse crayfish, which can be found occasionally. Spot large red moki and their rarer cousins, the painted moki, that often share the holes or swim through the weed above them. Swim among eagle rays and long-and short-tailed stingrays, leatherjackets, and wrasse in this marine wonderland. Discover the swarms of demoiselle and blue maomao schools over the sponge gardens and Little Barrier.

Waikato River: 1-Hour Ecological River Cruise

9. Waikato River: 1-Hour Ecological River Cruise

Experience an ecological river cruise on a speedboat that is tailored to the wishes of the customers on board, this includes the speed, and the number of slides and spins if any. The experienced driver will give you a detailed history of the area and Karapiro Dam and power station. Admire the native birds and wildlife which make the area home. Your guide has a diploma in environmental management and an in-depth knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Encounter numerous fish species and birds species such as Fantail, Kingfisher, Tui, Harrier Hawk, NZ Falcon, Heron, Shag, Mallard Duck and more. See large waterfalls from the towering cliffs above. Experience some of the narrowest sections of the Waikato River with the forest canopy above. Visit the base of the Karapiro Hydro Power station with full commentary provided. Then, cruise back to beautiful Cambridge.

Warkworth: Full-Day Spearfishing Charter

10. Warkworth: Full-Day Spearfishing Charter

Experience the thrill of the hunt on an exhilarating full-day spearfishing charter suitable for all experience levels. Get up close to kingfish, snapper, and more in the Hauraki Gulf, and take your catch home with you, if you're lucky. After meeting at the local partner's dive center, head out on the water. Destinations covered include Little Barrier Island, Great Barrier Island, Hen Island, Kawau Island, and the surrounding areas, though the exact destinations will depend on weather conditions, group numbers, and diver experience on the day. If you're an experienced diver, opt for greater depths for the really big catches. For the less experienced, head to the spots where the reefs are in easy reach. Either way, once you're in the water, give yourself over to the addictive thrill of the chase. If there are no fish in the area, simply move on to another place. Target certain species to maximize your fun and keep all levels of experience engaged. With good luck on your side, you may catch a few fish to take home. They'll taste that much better considering how hard you worked for them.

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What people are saying about North Island

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based on 2 reviews

This was my family's first time on a jet boat & it was amazing I highly recommend it i'm sure you & your family will love it. The driver is absolutely kind & always makes sure the riders are safe & having fun he is awesome. My kids love the jet boat so much. I enjoyed everything about this activity It was really enjoyable.

Fantastic. Easily navigated hiking tracks. Friendly and helpful staff. Extremely interesting and informative talk upon arrival at Kapiti Island, including the Island's history, flora and fauna. Amazing views. Beautiful birdsong. Breath-taking views. Glorious.

Our teenagers loved the thrill of the boat ride and we really enjoyed seeing all the caves around the bay. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip fun.

Fantastic ride of your love you won’t regret it has an awesome driver of the boat Phil made it fun and a great memory we won’t forget!!

Joe is a fantastic drifter and commands his jet boat with sublime judgements. Absolutely recommend this thrill