Pure Wilderness

The only ride of its kind!

Enjoy the thrill of jet boating down the majestic trout filled Waiau River, to the serene Lake Manapouri, step foot into ancient beach forests and learn all about this unique location among Fiordland National Park. 

Your journey begins with an exhilarating jet boat ride down the Waiau river. A picturesque spot, the Waiau river is lined by ancient beech tree forest and is the Anduin River; the great river of Middle Earth! Featured in the opening scene from The Lord of the Rings! Get the inside-story on The Lord of the Rings filming locations, and the crazy logistics involved in filming.

Experience the thrill and excitement as you cruise down the powerful, surging, Waiau River. Stop in some quiet and tranquil spots, to soak up the amazing surrounds, spot a few trout, and learn about the unique environment and fascinating history.

Suddenly, find yourself out on the breath-taking Lake Manapouri. Surrounded by mountains that have been carved by snow and ice over centuries, experience a sense of wonderment as you gaze at the magnificent mountains and sit in awe of their sheer beauty.

Get a taste of adventure as you explore the ancient surrounds with your Fiordland Jet guide. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area. Step back in time as you experience prehistoric crown ferns and ancient, native beech forest! Learn about indigenous Māori culture and the early pioneers of European history in New Zealand.

Book now to secure your spot on New Zealand’s most beautiful and unique experience of untouched wilderness!

For departures within 2 hours, please contact our office directly 0800 253 829


Customise It!

Return by mountain bike on the Lake2Lake Cycle Trail - see your Customise It page for more details

Pure Wilderness

Allow 2 Hours - 75 minutes jet boating + 15 minute walk

Minimum Numbers:
2 adults


Adults - $139

Children - $70 (5-15yrs)

Family - $389 (2 adults + 2 kids)

Summer: 1 October - 31 March
           10am, 2pm, 6pm

Winter: 1 April - 30 September
            10 am and 2 pm

*Other departures available upon request. Contact our office.


  • Check-in 15 minutes prior to departure at our offices 
  • FREE Parking on site                
  • We provide: Life Jacket, Spray coat, secure storage, and cold weather gear (if required)
  •  Please dress warm in winter and bring sunglasses all year round
  • Cameras are highly reccomended - however all electronics are carried at your own risk   

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