Fiordland: Jet Boat & Nature Walk Experience from Te Anau

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Fiordland: Jet Boat & Nature Walk Experience from Te Anau

From $114.18 per person

Enjoy the thrill of jet boating down the trout-filled Waiau River to the serene Lake Manapouri. Take a short stroll among the unique wilderness of Fiordland National Park to experience the perfect mix of isolated breathtaking views and undeniable fun.

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  • Experience the fun of high-speed jet boating paired with stunning mountainous scenery
  • Escape the crowds for a truly personal experience in an isolated wilderness
  • Spot trout in crystal-clear water and walk through ancient beech forest
  • Learn from a local, knowledgeable kiwi guide at a relaxed, laid back pace
  • Discover a rarely seen slice of Fiordland National Park and find yourself immersed among three Lord of the Rings film locations
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Begin your adventure in the heart of Te Anau, a short walk from most accommodation. After check-in, rest at a picnic table to enjoy free WiFi and a charging station to make sure all your devices are good to go. Hop on the bus for a short ride through local farmland to the Queen's Reach boat launch on the Waiau River.  Gear up with spray jackets and life vests before an exhilarating ride down the Waiau River. Lined by ancient beech tree forest this river is featured in The Lord of the Rings as the Anduin River. Contrast high-speed spins with pauses along the river in some amazingly tranquil places. Spot some trout in the crystal-clear water and have time to take plenty of photos. Learn about the area's unique environment and fascinating history from your knowledgeable local guide. Emerge onto the breath-taking Lake Manapouri, surrounded by glacier-carved mountains. Experience a sense of wonderment as you sit in awe of their beauty and grandeur. Go ashore to explore the ancient surrounds on a short walk.
  • 1 hour 15 minute jet boating experience
  • 15 minute guided nature walk
  • Experienced local driver guide
  • Live commentary in English
  • Spray jackets and life vests
  • Cold weather gear, if needed
    Not suitable for
    • Babies under 1 year

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    Meeting point

    84 Lakefront Drive, Lakefront, Te Anau, New Zealand.

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    What to bring

    • Sunglasses
    • Weather-appropriate clothing
    • Comfortable clothes

    Know before you go

    • Activity may not be suitable for some participants such as infants or pregnant women
    • Some water spray should be expected throughout the activity
    • The nature walk is suitable for all fitness levels
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    Overall rating

    4.7 / 5

    based on 12 reviews

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    Our guide, Rebecca, made our jet boat experience one of the top activities during our vacation in New Zealand. Her friendliness and candor made our afternoon together enjoyable and fun. She pointed out many features of the river, lake, and surrounding mountain ranges. She is a true master of the boat and we sped through the water with the utmost confidence in our captain, even through every roaring 360 degree turn!

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    26 November 2019

    6 March 2020

    Long trip with jetboat on the river and lake. Including shore leave. 3 Lord of the Ring movie setpoints.

    29 February 2020

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    Product ID: 163689