Canyon Discoveries Tours and Pricing

Experience the world famous 360 degree Hamilton jet spins as our jet boats take you deep into the mighty Waimakariri canyon through the foothills of the Southern Alps! The ultimate Christchurch jet boating experience!

Travel through the crystal clear waters and enjoy the views of the great Southern Alps from where waterfalls drop to join the river - this Canyon Discoveries jet boating experience offers a great combination of scenery and excitement! Enjoy the breath taking alpine scenery surrounding the Waimakariri River and HOLD ON! as the jet boat takes off on an exciting journey - passing through low waters and rapids, past cliff faces and shingle banks. 

We can organise a transfer service from Christchurch (coach transport for larger groups). All transfer service vehicles are of a high standard.

We offer tour options to suit your time, budget, and sense of adventure - a great mixture of scenery and excitement!

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  • Adventure Tour

    Adventure Tour

    A 30 minute tour through the rugged foothills of the Southern Alps. Full commentary, Hamilton spins great photo opportunities of the Waimakariri River Canyon.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
    Usual Departure: 2:30pm

  • Adult $90.00 Child $65.00 ex river
    Family Pass $280.00 (usual price $375.00) ex river

  • Family Pass 2 Adults, up to 3 Children (not to be used in conjunction with any other offer).
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  • Canyon Safari Tour

    Canyon Safari Tour

    60 minutes of true New Zealand jet boating. Tour has full commentary and breathtaking alpine scenery with lots of great photo opportunities. Experience the famous 360° Hamilton spin. The 60 minutes provides lots of time to take it all in.

  • Duration: 60 minutes
    Usual Departure: 10am or 12noon

  • Adult $120.00 Child $90.00 ex river
    Family Pass $380.00 (usual price $510.00) ex river

  • Family Pass 2 Adults, up to 3 Children (not to be used in conjunction with any other offer).
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  • Wilderness Safari

    Wilderness Safari

    Wilderness Safari - A two and a half hour trip through the entire length of the canyon. This is a history tour with interesting commentary as well as an adventure jet boating experience. Some short walks and morning or afternoon tea are included.

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
    Usual Departure: 9.30am or 1:30pm ex river

  • Adult $180.00 ex river
    Child $105.00 ex river

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  • 4WD Jet Boat Adventure

    4WD Jet Boat Adventure

    Tour departs central Christchurch. Travel across the Canterbury Plains to the Alpine Jet river base. Experience the wonder of the mighty Waimakariri River on our 45-60 minute tour. Then travel over Mt Torlesse Station with Hassle Free tours for a 2 hour 4WD experience. Enjoy the cafe lunch provided and full tour commentary and breathtaking scenery.

  • Duration: 6 hours
    Usual Departure: 8.30am, returning approx 3pm

  • This tour carries a minimum of 4 adults and is run as a private charter. Should you be interested in booking please contact Hassle Free Tours https://hasslefreetours.co.nz  

    Adult $330.00 with city transfer
    Child $209.00 with city transfer

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  • Alpine Safari

    Alpine Safari

    Tour departs central Christchurch. Travel across the Canterbury Plains to the Alpine Jet river base. Experience the wonder of the mighty Waimakariri River on our 45-60 minute tour. Then travel over Mt Torlesse Station with Hassle Free Tours for a 2 hour 4WD experience. Enjoy the cafe lunch provided and full tour commentary and breath taking scenery. The coach then transfers you to Arthur's Pass Village to join the world famous Tranz Alpine train tour through the National Park and Canterbury plains.

  • Duration: Full day
    Usual Departure: 8.30am, returning approx 6pm

  • This tour carries a minimum of 4 adults and is run as a private charter. Should you be interested in booking please contact Hassle Free Tours https://hasslefreetours.co.nz  

    Adult $499.00 with city transfer
    Child $314.00 with city transfer

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The river launching site at Canyon Discoveries has a large coach parking area and clean, tidy toilet facilities - conveniently located in natural surroundings.

What to bring

We recommend you bring the following items for your tour:

  • Sunglasses and sun block - especially in the summer months
  • Warm clothes -  conditions can be cool even in summer.

What you get

We supply:

  • all safety equipment
  • spray jackets 
  • beanie hats
  • gloves and
  • our jet boats have heated handrails for cooler days.

Please Note:

Children's prices apply to passengers 15 years of age and younger.
Pre-schoolers aged 2 - 4 are free and must be accompanied by an adult.
Children aged 5 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Prices are quoted in NZ$ and inclusive of New Zealand tax (GST).
Prices are valid from October 1st 2017 to September 30th 2018.
Departure times & tour itineraries can be scheduled to suit requirements.

 

Not what you're looking for?

We can arrange additional options of:

  • Spectacular 4WD adventures
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Lunch/BBQ
  • Morning/afternoon tea
  • New Zealand farm visit

Contact us today for more information.

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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

"So much fun!"

Our expert driver Greg took us up into the gorge and it was awesome. The kids loved it, especially the 360 degree spins! I’ve paddled the river a few times but it’s great to see it all from a different angle. Thanks to Paul for your recommendation. We’d love to come back and do the longer version.

5 out of 5 stars  Reviewed 26 August 2018
MP1234 From London