About Alpine Jet Thrills

Alpine Jet Thrills Limited is a privately owned and operated jet boating company which has been jet boating on the Waimakariri River since 1984 under various names. Alpine Jet Thrills is a proven leader in the tourism industry. Our friendly and professional staff are proud to deliver an exciting, safe and personal, New Zealand jet boating adventure to all who come to experience the wonders of the breath-taking Waimakariri River.

Alpine Jet Thrills is licensed under Qualmark™. Qualmark provides evidence that our business has been independently validated as a quality tourism business. You can relax in the knowledge that we are good operators working hard to look after you and make your experience enjoyable.

Although river jet boating is an exciting activity, ample time is allowed for you to simply relax and enjoy your surroundings. The jet boat driver's commentary and many great photo opportunities will fulfil your New Zealand jet boating experience!

The Waimakariri River, or the Waimak as it is called by the locals, was named by a native New Zealand Maori tribe and means "Cold Water". The Waimakariri River travels a total distance of 126 kilometres - from its birthplace in the rugged Southern Alps through steep rock faces and thick native forest, through the braided shallows on the Canterbury Plains, then out to the Pacific Ocean. The crystal clear waters of the river often allow views of salmon and rainbow/brown trout while the shingle beds in the river are home to nesting birds. The Waimakariri is one of the most jet boated rivers in New Zealand and you will quickly understand why, as the spectacular scenery unfolds before you.

We hope you will enjoy your New Zealand jet boating tour with us and we give you our assurance that you will be in the best equipment available and the jet boat drivers you will meet are the best in the industry.

We are looking forward to giving you the highlight of your New Zealand vacation!


What others are saying

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"Truly awesome; one for the memory box"

We booked this from the UK not quite knowing what to expect and were blown away by the experience, definitely one for the memory box.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Paul, he was not only our driver but also owner of the company. He was charming, personable, knowledgeable and clearly very experienced, he knew the river like the back of his hand as he barely took his foot off the throttle for the whole time, he even stopped off for tea and biscuits at the half way point; how civilised!!
I would thoroughly recommend Alpine Jet Thrills to anyone looking for an exciting jet boat experience.

5 out of 5 stars  Reviewed 28 February 2018
CDJDorset_UK Dorset, UK

"Well worth it"

This is a must do if you are in the area! Our pilot Greg was great! He was very friendly and awesome at explaining some of the history of jet boats, how they worked, he pointed out the highlights of the river and some of the history of the area. This was all in addition to the actual fun we had whipping up and down the river and doing 360s while we took in the stunning views. I highly recommend going for the hour trip if you can as it is well worth it. We also lucked out because we were the only people on the boat scheduled for that time.

5 out of 5 stars  Reviewed 11 May 2018
The_GR_Blade Grandville, Michigan