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Waiatoto River Safari

Waiatoto River Safari

Embark on the only jet boat tour in New Zealand that takes you from the Ocean to the Alps within a UNESCO World Heritage Area, perfect for all ages, especially seniors. If you’re looking for things to do in Haast, our Waiatoto River Safari is a must-do, as quoted by Lonely Planet. Enjoy a premier jet boat safari on the Waiatoto River, minimum of 2 hours and journey into remote Haast backcountry that would take days to travel through on foot. Be awed by the majestic landscape and stunning scenery on this unbeatable wilderness experience. Ideal for all ages, including families, our family-owned and operated business is rated one of the best boat tours in New Zealand.


NZ$ 239

per person


  • NZ's only Ocean to Alps Jet Boat Safari

  • Explore the backcountry in a comfortable and easy fashion

  • Ideal for families and the less mobile and plus 55's

  • All weather activity - If it rains in our pristine rain forest we put a roof on the boat.

  • This is not a thrill ride, no donuts in sight!


Full Description

Join us for one of the most popular tours on the West Coast of NZ, as we take you on a jet boat ride up a remote backcountry river deep into the Haast UNESCO World Heritage Area.

Travel to the top of the river and listen as we impart our in-depth knowledge of the area. Pass over the Alpine Fault line and watch the truly dramatic scenery unfold. Learn about the introduced animals, visit the Kiwi sanctuary and learn about the Kiwi breeding program. The laid-back, relaxed pace of this river safari allows plenty of time for photo stops and an optional stroll followed by a scrumptious morning tea before a speedy trip back downriver to the Tasman Sea to spot some native birds before finishing off with a visit to the breeding grounds of the famous West Coast New Zealand Whitebait fishery.

Tour duration: 2.25 hours (Allow 3 hours).


life jackets

Whitebait taster

Morning tea

woollen jacket option

Meeting Point

You’ll find Waiatoto River Safari on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, halfway between Franz Josef Glacier and Wanaka. It’s a 2-hour drive from either but the breathtaking scenery makes it well worthwhile.

Take the Haast-Jackson Bay Road turn off from State Highway 6. Then follow the Haast-Jackson Bay Road to a village called Hannahs Clearing. We’re the last building on the left.

Check-in time is 30 minutes before departure.  Please be on time.

Additional Information

Check in time is really important so you do not miss the boat. Park on main road for check-in, then after all adults have signed in, you drive a further 5 minutes to meet the boat at the river.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

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NZ$ 239

per person

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Waiatoto River Safari

Waiatoto River Safari

Embark on the only jet boat tour in New Zealand that takes you from the Ocean to the Alps within a UNESCO World Heritage...Show More
Adult: $239
(14 - 110 years)
Child: $149
(4 - 14 years)
Infants Free
Duration: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Minimum Passengers: 2

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