Jet boating was invented in New Zealand and the jet boat drivers based near Methven Mt Hutt have well untruly mastered the art of navigating through spectacular river gorges and braided rivers.
Based at the Rakaia Gorge (located on the north side of the Rakaia River by the Inland Scenic Route 72, 10 minutes from Methven) offering an adrenalin-pumping experience you’ll never forget.
You'll need to hang on tight as the drivers skilfully weave the jet boat through the intricate network of braided river channels, skimming along stony banks and through gushing opalescent blue waters rich with salmon and trout.
As you journey through the gorge, the wind ripping through your hair and water spraying with every carefully calculated twist and turn, soak in the dramatic scenery. Scrub covered hills give way to towering coal and limestone cliffs, in captivating hues of grey and brown, which have been carved out over millions of years. Spot the shags sitting atop the cliffs, poised to dive on their unsuspecting prey, and marvel at the grandeur of the snow-capped Southern Alps.
Scream with excitement as the driver spins the boat 360 degrees and the magnificent scenery blurs before your eyes.
Our local jet boat operator also provides a water taxi service for the Rakaia Gorge Walkway and to remote fishing spots along the Rakaia River.