About Fiordland Jet

Fiordland Jet have been operating on Lake Te Anau and the Waiau river for 15 years.
Tours can take you along the Waiau river, where the water is so clear you can easily see glistening fish, to Lake Manapouri, with its surrounding mountains. Tours can include native bush walks, wildlife spotting, and Lord of the Rings locations. Some tours include spectacular flights onto mountain peaks, where you can see surrounding remote national park and marine reserves from the sky.

Fiordland Jet are passionate about New Zealand’s native flora and fauna; on your tour learn all about the native forests, birds, and marine life that make New Zealand and this UNESCO World Heritage site; Te Wāhipounamu, so unique.

Chris and Jerry love the great outdoors, jet boating, Southland and Fiordland. The team at Fiordland Jet are kiwis who have spent their lifetimes on the water; jet boating, water-skiing, kayaking, and fishing around Fiordland National Park’s beautiful lakes and rivers. They want to share the magical experience and unique beauty of Te Anau and Fiordland with the rest of the world!

Chris Adams – Co-owner

Chris Adams – Co-owner

Chris Adams is co-owner of Fiordland Jet, with Jerry and Nathan. Chris is a local Southland farmer who has always spent loads of time in beautiful Te Anau. Chris considers Fiordland his backyard. Holidays are spent on the lake for Chris and his family, where they spend time water skiing, boating, fishing and enjoying eachother's company. Chris and his wife Sue (who co-owns Fiordland Jet) have three grown children that spend as much time in Te Anau as possible. They love this pristine area of the world and want to share their backyard with visitors to New Zealand.
For Chris, Fiordland Jet is about meeting new people and showing them this part of paradise that he is lucky enough to call home. He enjoys having a chat to learn about the people he meets and their unique culture, as he has traveled extensively. He’s part of this business to have some fun, because after all, fun is good!

Jerry Excell – Co-owner

Jerry Excell – Co-owner

Jerry Excell spent all his childhood holidays on lake Te Anau, and has worked out of Fiordland as a commercial cray fisherman for over 25 years. In fact, for the last 10 years Jerry has been a Fiordland Marine Guardian, which is a government appointed position to maintain and protect the Fiordland Marine area for its users. He has participated in fisheries research and management to work towards sustainable fishing practices in Fiordland.
Jerry has an infectious enthusiasm for jet boating, and for him safety is paramount He has spent 15 years as the safety boat for Jet Boat Racing New Zealand. Jerry enjoys the energy and enthusiasm people in the New Zealand tourism industry have, and is looking forward to sharing his enthusiasm for Fiordland with visitors to New Zealand.
He has spent countless hours fishing, diving, water skiing and jet boating around lake Te Anau with his wife, Kelli (Fiordland Jet co-owner) and their two children; Holly and Jake. He’s passionate about living and playing on the water, and sharing this beautiful and fun recreational spot with the world.

Nathan Benfell – General Manager

Nathan Benfell – General Manager

Nathan is thrilled to be a part of Fiordland Jet as general manager and part owner.  Te Anau is now 100% home for him and his fiancé as they recently purchased a bed and breakfast: Shakespeare House.
Nathan likes that he’s investing in people having fun, and finds it exciting to be leading and creating culture of fun for visitors to Te Anau. A quote that drives him in business is “dream big, achieve more,” -- Cam Calkoen.
Seeing people leaving after having a unique and exhilirating experience with Fiordland Jet is the ultimate reward for Nathan. Seeing people with big smiles, taking pictures of the pristine Fiordland surrounds to share with friends and family around the world, is what Nathan finds most rewarding. You can’t buy smiles – you earn them – and Nathan is keen to make sure everyone leaves Fiordland Jet with lots of unforgetable memories and a great big smile.

Laura Needs - Sales Executive

Laura Needs - Sales Executive

Laura Needs has spent the last 10 years working in tourism. A keen skier, she has spent the winter seasons as a ski instructor and over the past five years has spent the summer season on boats in Fiordland, running day trips and overnight trips.
She loves sharing her backyard with tourists to New Zealand and giving them an authentic experience. She enjoys what she does becasue she gets to meet all sorts of people, from all sorts of different backgrounds, and she finds the tourism industry in New Zealand to be fun and vibrant.
Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time in the outdoors; camping, tramping, skiing and snowboarding.

Simeon Grigg - Jet boat driver/ Operations Manager

Simeon Grigg - Jet boat driver/ Operations Manager

Sim is an enthusiastic kayaker, and has spent the last 10 years working as a kayak guide out of Milford and Doubtful Sounds. His admiration and respect for outdoor adventure is clear, as he holds a Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management from Aoraki Polytechnic.
Sim loves working with people, and being able to meet people from all walks of life. He has a real passion for the New Zealand environment, as the pristine surroundings of Fiordland National Park are but one example of the stunning beauty found in New Zealand.
In his spare time, Sim is often off on long distance kayak trips around the South Island, spending weeks at a time kayaking, often around Dusky Inlet, or from Bluff to Christchurch.

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