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Paul Vernel

5 Main North Road

Alpine Jet Thrills

Since 1984 Jet Thrills have been showing thousands of international and local passengers what Jet Boating is all about! The shallow twisting streams, turquoise blue water, north-west arch, swaying broom, the mighty Waimakariri has it all.
Jet Boating is a truly unique way of seeing the lower Waimakariri’s braided river system which is constantly changing and ever challenging. Jet Thrills’ experienced drivers, speed and spin in places sometimes only centimetres deep. Our fleet of Hamilton Jet boats make easy work of the swift flowing river as it rushes from the Southern Alps to the sea.
Jet Thrills is proud of its relationship with Hamilton Jets. Their rugged construction, simplicity of operation and outstanding reliability make us confident in choosing them first every time.

The Waimakariri River starts in the Southern Alps and meanders for 126 kilometres all the way to the sea. In a jet boat it only takes 3 hours to cover this distance. This unique river craft is able to skim over shallow streams only centimetres deep and turn in its own length – also known as the 360ᵒ spin.
The translation of Waimakariri is ‘cold water’, it is also very clean, which makes it very popular for salmon and trout fishing. On any of the tours provided by Jet Thrills through the Waimakariri Regional Park, one of New Zealand’s newest parks, it is possible to see the many examples of birdlife that make this area their home – wrybills, spur-winged plover and black shag.

Our skilled drivers are highly experienced and our purpose built boats are carefully maintained. No-one knows the Waimak like 'Jet Thrills'!

Four tours are available, from the exciting 30 minute 'Braided Blast' and the 60 minute 'Braid Plus' to the 90 minute Jet Trek and amazing combination of Horse Trek and 'Braided Blast' with Waimak River Horse Treks. If you want to get off the ground to see some more of the river and surrounding area then the Heli Jet is definitely the way to do it.
Christchurch’s Original Jet Boat Ride!