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Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze

  • 2.5-hour jet boat adventure with The Squeeze
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride through the Tutukau Gorge
  • Wade through warm shallow water and maneuver over natural obstacles during The Squeeze
Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze
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Take a jet boat on the Waikato River past Tutukau Gorge to ‘The Squeeze,’ a narrow section where you’ll wade in shallow water to a waterfall. Reward your adventurous spirit with a soak in the thermally heated waters of a natural spa in the river, then hang on for an adrenaline-fueled ride as your driver kicks into high gear and expertly maneuvers the jet boat into hair-raising spins and turns.
What to Expect
This adrenaline-packed jet-boat adventure on the Waikato River includes a water walk through The Squeeze to a nearby waterfall and natural thermal spa.

Make your own way to the jet boat office located approximately 30-minutes outside Rotorua at your selected departure time. Following a safety briefing and orientation, snap on the provided life jacket and dry top or wetsuit as needed. Your 2.5-hour starts with a relaxing ride through the steep walls of Tutukau Gorge and past the Orakei Korako geothermal park.

Relax as you listen to commentary on the remarkable landscape before the jet boat drops anchor. Then hop out and wade through the warm, shallow water, following your guide into The Squeeze, where sheer rock walls create a narrow gap in the cliff. 

From here you’ll climb over boulders, shimmy through wedges and step around natural obstacles until you emerge near a cascading warm-water waterfall surrounded by thermal waters. Enjoy free time to wallow under the falls or soak in its warm pools before you retrace your steps to the jet boat for a return ride at high speed, full of 360-degree spins and twists all the way to the dock.
Reviews (84)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Great mix of secenery and excitement. Must do!

This is a fun experience with lots of thrills with amazing nature and scenic views mixed in. I had the fortune of riding with Shannen, one of only 3 female jetboat drivers on all of New Zealand. Shannen had an excellent attitude and great sense...More

Thank Tim D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Absolutely amazing

Just wow my sister and I loved this. After we have been kitted out with a wet suit, fleece, spray jacket and a life jacket and crocs we get in the jet boat and have a great ride along the river, stopping a few times...More

Thank Zoe F
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great trip, even in the rain!

Thanks for an amazing morning on the mighty Waikato! Even though it was a bit chilly and rainy - who would have thought that it would add to our experience? Navigating "The Squeeze" with mist rising up from the warm thermal waters, made for some...More

Thank Roving02242210967
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Hidden gem with some thrills and spills

Wow, just wow!!! I had heard so many good things about "The Squeeze", just had to do it. Loved it so much, that when we had some family come over from the UK, we had to treat them to the best and most unique jet...More

Thank k1w1abroad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Spectacular and so fun!

Taking this jetboat adventure is one of the highlights of our 2 week holiday through NZ. The boat ride down the river was stunningly gorgeous, and the "Squeeze" was super groovy! Tony, our tour guide was great... lots of knowledge of the culture and history...More

Thank david r
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21 April 2018|
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Response from L4443BZjustinr | Reviewed this property |
Given that it’s the middle of winter I would say that it will be cold.😂 The springs will be beautiful and warm though!