Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk

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Child age 4-14 years inclusive / Adult from 15 years 
Sorry but not suitable for infants under 4years 

Yes, absolutely. Children love this trip. Our observations range from young ones who are in awe of the jet boats’ power and the drivers skills, to the excitement of the wilderness walk where their imaginations can play and the souvenirs they gather from this experience. Different times of the year introduce different animals for them to see from the lambs in the spring to the huge numbers of fish in the autumn and birdlife all year round. Recommend parents bring a day pack with drink and food for children.

We do our best to ensure our trips do not proceed into incoming heavy rain. Mountain weather can be unpredictable and sometimes we may get caught out by showers. We have excellent wet weather gear and do our best to protect passengers from rain if it eventuates.

On the positive side, it can be very beautiful seeing changes in light that weather can bring. During our trips that follow on after heavy rain in the valley we make a point of showcasing the huge waterfalls that come to life.

Stunning scenic shuttle drive around the shores of Lake Wanaka to the Matukituki River (approx 20 minutes). At the river you are met by your guide, life jackets on and aboard the jet boat for a safety briefing, then you’re off!! Jet boating up river (approx 1 hour) includes a couple of stops for photos. Top of the river you all disembark for the wilderness walk. (50 mins - 1 hour) Fast, flowing trip down river (approx 45 minutes) before shuttle return to town.

Women less than 4 months are welcome to join the trip. We advise watching the video on our website so you can make your own decision as to whether you will feel comfortable doing this activity during your pregnancy.

Summer: shorts and a couple of light layers. Bring a sweater or light jacket. Winter: Dress warmly, layers and a jacket, bring hat and gloves if you have them. If you are here for skiing or snowboarding, wear your ski gear. Footwear: trainers are fine; during summer strong sandals are also suitable.

A-24 hours notice of cancellation is required for a full refund.

If a trip is cancelled due to weather or high river levels a full refund will be issued- or you can re-scheduled to another day.

We take you in to a wilderness area on a fast boat, we do spins and we walk on uneven ground. There is no way to smooth this into a serene and calm tour. It is action packed.

You will be required to climb over seats in the boat, step up onto the bow of the boat and step up onto a river bank or onto rocks to access a path. If you have trouble climbing steps, need a lot of assistance with your movements then this isn't for you.



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Heli & 4WD combos

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Your flight lasts approx 25 minutes including a landing on the Isobel Glacier for approx 10 minutes 

Yes, we fly you over the Rob Roy and Avalanche Glaciers and the to the Isobel Glacier where you will land and have the opportunity to disembark the helicopter for approx 10 minutes for photos

About 3/4 of the way up-river, the helicopter meets the jet boat on the banks of the river where passengers who have chosen this option disembark the jet boat and join the helicopter for their amazing flight.

Meanwhile... the jet boat continues up-river to its top destination to await the helicopters return; on landing everyone begins the wilderness walk together.

Those that chose this option will miss out on the top 1/4 leg of the jet boating but will see the river from the air. You will however get to jet boat downstream on that top 1/4 section after the walk

We can occasionally have weather conditions which are great for jet boating but not a helicopter flight. In this situation we will refund you the helicopter portion of your trip

We can occasionally have weather conditions which are great for jet boating and a helicopter flight but not a landing on the Isobel Glacier. In this situation we have an alternative which is landing in full view of Avalanche Glacier. We rate this as one of the top landing spots in our area of operation and will offer this to you in the event of weather prohibiting landing on the Isobel Glacier. Same flight time and same landing time 

Yes definitely, a great opportunity for children to see farm animals on an exciting 4WD adventure

Please note, Car seats are required for children 4-7years $10 hire fee. Please note when booking that a car-seat is required


After your jet boat tour a picnic lunch will be supplied for you to eat at the river before being collected by your guides from Ridgeline Adventures. This is usually about a 20-30 minute lunch break 

Lunch consists of a filled focaccia bun, muffin, fruit, muesli bar and a bottle of water

Afternoon tea at the 'Alpine cafe" is a hot drink and biscuits

Note- Please advise if you have any dietary requirements, during winter lunch will be taken during the tour at a suitable time and location during the day.