We are taking tourism back to what it once was...
With small groups of 11-13 per boat, our tours are all about making a personal connection with each one of our guests. This is an interactive tour – not just a thrill ride – that gives guests a truly unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the magic of Fiordland. For Kiwis, jet boating is about more than just high speeds and spins – although of course we do that too! Jet boating is also about connecting with those around you, laughing, and discovering someplace new.
We are family owned and operated, by two local Kiwi families, well-established in the farming and rock lobster fishing industries so important to the area, but new to tourism. Guests of Fiordland Jet can expect to feel like one of the team – not just another ticket to punch. We want to get to know our guests and let them get to know a bit about us!
We are the only scenic operators on the Upper Waiau River, which allows guests to experience the solitude and serenity of Fiordland as early explorers would have – without crowds or lines – but with the added excitement of one of NZ’s most ingenious inventions: the jet boat.
With a fresh, eco-friendly and authentically Kiwi approach to adventure, our team of local guides aim to show off the best of our backyard – a remote, untouched paradise steeped in natural beauty and rich in history.
What we do different
It’s all about YOU!
We allow plenty of time for guests to get prepared both at our office (put on extra sunscreen or warm coats) and at the boat ramp (get situated and settle in next to their traveling companions) without feeling rushed. Your guests are our guests, and we will treat them as such!
Guests should expect all the innate fun a jet boat has to offer, including 360 degree spins; however, our aim is to make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable – not to scare. Thus, spins start slow as guests build their confidence and learn to hang on before getting faster as the tour progresses.
If for any reason we have a guest who is not comfortable with the spins, we will stop performing them for the remainder of the tour – though carry-on otherwise as normal. At the conclusion of the tour, we allow that guest to disembark at the boat ramp and take the rest of the group back out for a few minutes to do as many spins as they can handle! Luckily, this scenario has only happened twice in the last four years, as we find nearly everyone ends up enjoying the spins – even after they insisted they wouldn’t.