About Fiordland Jet

The new kiosk on the lakefront

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 is co-owner of Fiordland Jet, with Jerry and Nathan. Chris is a local Southland farmer who has always spent his recreation 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 jet skiing, boating and relaxing. Chris and his wife Sue (who co-owns Fiordland Jet) now have three grown children. He loves this pristine area of the world, and wants to share his backyard with visitors to New Zealand.
Fiordland Jet for Chris is about people, meeting new people, and showing them this part of paradise the he is lucky enough to call his backyard. He loves talking to people, getting to know them and their unique culture, and 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 has spent all his childhood holidays on lake Te Anau, and works out of Fiordland as a commercial cray fisherman, and has done for over 25 years. Jerry has in fact been a Fiordland Marine Guardian for over 10 years, 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. Jet boat safety is paramount for Jerry; he has spent 15 years as the jet boat 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 all his recreational life 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 pristine and fun recreational spot with the world.

Nathan Benfell – General Manager

Nathan is excited to be with Fiordland Jet and has invested not only into Fiordland Jet, but also invested in Te Anau with his newly purchased Bed and Breakfast; Shakespeare House. Te Anau is now 100% home for him and his fiancé.
He likes that he’s investing in people having fun, and finds it exciting to be a part of that, and to be leading and creating the fun culture for visitors to Te Anau. A quote that drives him in business is “dream big, achieve more,” by Cam Calkoen.
Seeing people leaving after having a magical, fun experience with Fiordland Jet is the ultimate reward for Nathan. Seeing people with big smiles, taking selfies with the pristine Fiordland surrounds, is what Nathan finds most rewarding as you can’t buy smiles – you earn them – and that’s what makes you get up in the morning. The smiles.

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 loves her job as 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 is an enthusiastic kayaker, and has spent the last 10 years working as a kayak guide out of Milford and Doubtful Sounds. He has a real passion for New Zealand tourism and holds a Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management from Aoraki Polytechnic.
Simeon loves working with people, and being able to have a chat with people from all walks of life and cultures. He has a real passion for the New Zealand environment, as the pristine environment of Fiordland National Park support the tourism industry of New Zealand.
In his spare time, Simeon has completed some 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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