Waimak River Taxi

TAXI SERVICE - For Kayaks and Bicycles

A taxi service run by Alpine Jet Thrills from the Canyon Safaris launching site Otarama Road (off Rubicon Road), Springfield, up to the top of the Gorge dropping off near Esk Rock. 

Our tour boat can carry up to 10 Kayaks and passengers plus gear in complete safety and point out any problem spots along the river.

We can take Hunters and Fishoes too.


Please pencil book your spot during the week and we will advise you as soon as we have suitable numbers for service to begin.

Alpine Jet Thrills reserves the right to cancel the service if we feel your safety could be compromised due to a rising river or excessive wind speeds in the gorge. We will try and give you as much notice as possible.


The benefits are:

  • Independent river training, without the need to hassle others for training assistance.
  • Saves on road transfer time and less vehicles needed.
  • Miss out the less challenging sections of the river and concentrate on the harder sections.
  • Get to see the trouble spots as you jet boat upstream.
  • Added security for your vehicle. We will look after your vehicle while you are on the water.
  • Jet boat backup in case of an incident while on the water.
  • Team up with other river users, so you don’t need to paddle on your own.
  • Clean toilets and changing room when you get back off the river.

Our drivers have many years of experience in the Waimakariri River Gorge and can add a lot of value to your training and general interest in the gorge area.

Departure times

9.00am Saturdays and Sundays
(Minimum of 4 for service to commence)
Other times available if group size permits.


4-10 Kayaks $150.00 per Kayak
Bookings Essential

For reservations and enquiries please contact us

What others are saying

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"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

"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