Sir Alan Mark Hitches a Ride on Fiordland Jet - 27th Jan 2018

Sir Alan Mark Hitches a Ride on Fiordland Jet

Sir Alan Mark Hitches a Ride on Fiordland Jet

A while back a boat full of lucky (and totally unsuspecting) customers got a very special Fiordland Jet Boat trip complete with commentary by Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Mark. With a distinguished career in ecology research and advocacy, Alan is best known in Fiordland for his leading role in the fight to preserve Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri.

After the visit Phil Hoskin, the Ranger at Moturau Hut on the Kepler track wrote FJet:

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Dear Nathan and staff,

I would like to express my appreciation to Fiordland Jets for transporting Alan and Pat Mark to and from Moturau Hut. I am sure that you know of Alan's deep and long-term involvement in preserving the ecological values of our lakes. It was a huge privilege and pleasure as well being very informative for me to host Alan and Pat.

Thanks for your important contribution.

Sincerely,

Phil

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Alan will be back in Te Anau for Waitangi Day (February 6th) to speak at the DOC Visitor Centre at 7:30pm. Come learn heaps about this amazing area and what it took and will take to 'Save Fiordland.'

 You can bet the FJet staff will be there! Will you?

Family Funday - Everyday! - 8th Jan 2018

Family Funday - Everyday!

We often hear, 'I'm staying in Te Anau for a few days, what's there to do?'

The answer: HEAPS!

Hiking, biking, heli tours, plane rides, fishing, horse treks, cruises, golf, and even the cinema, just to name a few. 

Our personal favourite... Jet Boating! Anyone who comes to New Zealand will hear that a jet boat trip is a 'must do' before they leave. Located on the edge of Fiordland National Park, we've got the best spot for not only a fun and exciting ride, but also to see the beautiful, untouched expanse of Fiordland. The best part is that the whole family can come along. So, grab some sunnies (maybe a spray jacket) and hang on for a ride you won't soon forget!

Check out this amazing video made by Gareth Harvey of his family having an absolute blast on our Pure Wilderness trip. The smiles on these kids’ faces says it all!

 

 

Staying Safe on the Water - 30th Dec 2017

With all this amazing sunny weather we’ve been having, it’s no wonder the lake has been full of boats, kayaks, swimmers, biscuits, boarders and skiers! It’s awesome to see so many people out enjoying the lake here in beautiful Te Anau. Although Lake Te Anau can be a serene and peaceful jewel here in Fiordland, it is also a force of nature not to be underestimated –

A couple days ago a visiting gentleman attempted to swim across the lake from Dock Bay without a wetsuit, life jacket, or support boat/kayak. A few locals advised the man against it, but he carried on anyway.  Those folks on the beach kept an eye out but soon lost sight of him and went out to assist. They could not locate him so they enlisted some help. Luckily, Fiordland Jet had two boats in the water and began a search for the gentleman. Our skipper Rebecca caught sight of him and found him shivering and unable to swim any further. She was able to pull him out of the water and return him back to Steamer’s Beach. The man acknowledged he would not have made it had Rebecca not helped.

Big thanks to the folks aboard the Predator for keeping a keen eye out and knowing when to get help. We encourage everyone to enjoy the lake and river but please -- be smart and safe. When you are off shore wear a brightly coloured life jacket, so other boats and skiers can see you. If you see anything that is concerning please advise the necessary persons. 

One thing is for sure, the Fiordland Jet Team will see ya on the water! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

P.S. Safety NEVER takes a holiday.

NZ's Youngest Female Driver! - 10th Dec 2017

NZ's Youngest Female Driver!

We have a new Skipper!

We couldn’t be more proud to announce Rebecca Adams as our newest driver. Fresh off her year 13 exams, at 18 years old she is the youngest female commercial jet boat driver in New Zealand.... And she’s all ours!

Regardless of her age or gender, Rebecca is as skilled a driver as any. Both her instructor, Lex Mouat (former owner of Luxmore Jet) and her test administrator, Marty Black, of SMS Waterways, were awestruck by her poise, natural talent and ability to think on her toes. These guys have decades (more than they may care to admit 😉) of jet boat experience, so their praise is not taken lightly. Rebecca’s driving aptitude comes as no surprise as she spent much of her childhood on Lake Te Anau water skiing and towing friends and family. If you hadn’t guessed by the name, she is our co-owner Chris’ eldest daughter… born and raised Southlander… so jet boating is in her blood.

Here at Fiordland Jet we’re all about creating a once in a lifetime experience, and just like our other top-notch skippers, we know Rebecca will do just that! As always we’re here to remind you…Fun is Good!

Congrats Rebecca!

FJet at the Kepler Challenge - 3rd Dec 2017

It was a perfect day in Te Anau for the 30th annual Kepler Challenge! A few clouds in the morning kept it cool for all those racing, spectating and volunteering. The challenge consists of either the Mountain Run, a gruelling 60km race along the entirety of The Kepler Track, or the Luxmore Grunt, a 27km sprint from the Lake Te Anau Control Gates up to Luxmore Hut and back down. The Kepler Track, located in Fiordland National Park, is but one prime example of the unbeatable beauty of New Zealand's South Island. And it's right in our backyard!

 

We were lucky enough to have Isla (the most adorable runner ever) representing the Fiordland Jet family! Isla, our co-owner Jerry's wee niece, ran for Southern Stars Early Learning Centre and we were so proud to have her representing the FJet name. Good on ya Isla!!

 

Sim (one of our top-notch drivers) was on the river all day providing boat support for the absolute legends volunteering at the Motarau Hut drink station. It really does take a village to put on such a large and well-organised event, so a big thank you to all the volunteers that made this year's Kepler Challenge such a success! 

I wonder if any of the FJet staff will compete next year?!?

Gift Vouchers Available - 2nd Dec 2017

Sometimes picking out the perfect present is tough ae? What do you get the person that already has everything? Tired of buying the same old stocking fillers? Give your loved ones a present they'll never expect and one they'll never forget... a Fiordland Jet boat trip!! 

Our Gift Vouchers can either be purchased for a specific trip and set number of passengers, or choose the amount you’d like to gift and let the addressee put it towards whatever trip or merchandise they fancy! Our vouchers expire one year after the purchase date, that's plenty of time decide which adventure works best!

We have special Christmas edition vouchers for the holidays or our standard voucher is great for every occasion and celebration!

 

Terms and conditions apply. 

We Have Merch! - 1st Dec 2017

Just like you, Fiordland Jet is getting geared up for the holidays and we've stocked up on some of our merchandise! We have caps, beanies, hoodies and a limited number of ladies' T-shirts. With all these sunny days we've been having, our caps will keep the sun out of your eyes and keep those cheeks and noses from getting crispy. The caps are one size-fits-all with an adjustable Velcro back, so they'll make a perfect Xmas gift. Caps and tees go hand in hand and lucky for you ladies, we have a select few T-shirts available in black, dark blue and grey. They have a subtle scoop neck and range from S-XL. Since we know this sunshine can't last forever, we also have beanies and hoodies for those brisk mornings and windy evenings. They're soft as! You'll never want to take them off, so get one for you and an extra for that friend that's always "borrowing" your favourite things. 

 We know Christmas shopping can be stressful, so swing by and pick up gifts for your loved ones and then sit back, relax and enjoy the Yuletide. Tis the season for jet boating... come see us and take a trip down the river or across the lake while you're here! 

Stay tuned for more merchandise, updates and everything else Fiordland Jet!

FUN IS GOOD!

Endless sunny days in Te Anau - 21st Nov 2017

Wow hasn't the weather been good in Fiordland recently! Hard to believe there was snow on the ground at the begining of November! We have been making the most of it, getting down the Waiou and enjoying our time on the stunning Lake Manapouri. The waterfalls in Milford Sound must be looking a bit thin! 
Check out some of our 'snaps' from the last few days!

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