Braided Shallows Tours and Pricing

Departs from the Waimakariri Regional Park just 20 minutes north of Christchurch. Enjoy spins and speed in the shallow braided section of this amazing river.

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  • Braided Blast

    Braided Blast

    30 minutes of jet boating on the Braided Shallows of one of New Zealand’s most challenging and exciting rivers – the Waimakariri. Experience the thrills that only jet boating can offer – skim the shallows, spin in your own length, feel the power of our Hamilton Jets. Our skilled drivers are highly experienced and our purpose built boats are carefully maintained. No-one knows the Waimakariri like ‘Alpine Jet Thrills’!

  • Duration: 30 minutes
    Usual Departure: 10am

  • Ex river Adult $90.00 Child $65.00.

    Family Pass 2A and up to 3C (not to be used in conjunction with any other offer):
    Ex river $280.00 (Usual price $375.00).

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  • Blast Plus

    Blast Plus

    60 minutes of jet boating adventure exploring the constantly changing braids of the Waimakariri River from our Braided Shallows departure point. Experience magnificent views of the rugged Southern Alps, get close to the bird life which make this mighty river home and enjoy the refreshments provided. (Morning or afternoon tea on the riverbank at the turnabout) Our powerful ‘Alpine Jet Thrills’ Hamilton Jet boats and skilled drivers will give you a boating experience like no other.

  • Duration: 60 minutes
    Usual Departure: 11:30am

  • Ex river Adult $120.00 Child $  90.00.

    Family Pass 2A and up to 3C (not to be used in conjunction with any other offer):
    Ex river $380.00 (Usual price $510.00).

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  • Jet Trek

    Jet Trek

    Experience ‘Horsepower’ from 1 to 300! The ‘Jet Trek’ combines an easy 60 minute horseback ride through farm land and river bed tracks with 30 minutes of jet boating adventure, in our 300HP Hamilton Jet boats on the Braided Shallows of the Waimakariri River. 'Alpine Jet Thrills’ and 'Waimak River Horse Treks' combine their talents to allow this fun tour.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
    Usual Departure:

  • Ex river Adult $180.00 Child $143.00.

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  • Heli Jet

    Heli Jet

    The ultimate adventure trip begins with a snappy flight from Garden City Helicopter's base out to the banks of the Waimakariri River where you will be met by your driver guide for our 30 minute Braided Blast up the Braided Shallows of the Waimakariri in the ‘ Alpine Jet Thrills’ Hamilton Jet boat. Once back on solid ground it's off again for the second half of your scenic helicopter flight over Christchurch City and back to base.
    A minimum of 2 passengers is required for this package.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
    Usual Departure:

  • Ex Heliport Adult $430.00 Child 405.00

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What do I bring?

Camera, sunglasses, sunblock and jacket. Please dress warmly as conditions can be cool even in summer. Please wear flat soled shoes and trousers for the Jet Trek.

Retail Tour descriptions and prices
1st October 2017 / 30th  September 2018
All prices include GST

Pre-schoolers aged 2 – 4 are free and must be accompanied by an adult

Children are aged 5 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult


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


11/10 would recommend to everyone

5 out of 5 stars  Reviewed 9 June 2018
Keegan Body