Waiatoto River Safari

Jet boat tours, Haast, New Zealand

“Welcome to Waiatoto River Safari – Jet boating Haast. We want to share our environment with you whilst protecting our surrounds in a sustainable manner. We want to provide you with an unforgettable experience in an ethical and socially responsible manner”. Ruth & Wayne.

The Waiatoto River Safari is ideal for all ages, including families. We are situated on the West Coast of New Zealand between Queenstown, Wanaka, and Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers.

Take a jet boat safari on the Waiatoto River into remote backcountry that would take days to travel through by foot.

When you take our tour you arrive as acquaintances and leave as friends. Find out why we are told we are the most outstanding tour and extreme value for money.

Our family-owned and operated business is rated as one of the best boat tours in NZ by Lonely Planet.




About our eco river tours

Established 1997, we are the only ocean to alps jet boat tour in New Zealand, and a must-do activity when planning your West Coast travel itinerary.

This is a premier jet boat tour that is a minimum of 2 hours and includes an optional forest stroll. Wander through 1,000-year-old Beech forest and learn about the pioneers that worked this land.

There are may photo and commentary stops on your journey up the river as the scenery changes around every corner of the river.

Your guide, Wayne, is deeply passionate and knowledgable on the West Coast area. This stems from his previous life as a commercial pilot and from his time spent on the Waiatoto River itself.

As he says, it is a different experience even for him every time he travels the river by boat.

We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed with expert driving and fascinating information about this unique area. Whatever the weather, this tour brings you a fantastic once in a lifetime experience.

River tour departure times

Summer departures

  • 1 26 December to March: 10am and 1pm daily.
  • From 26 December to March we may operate a 4pm tour.

Winter departures

  • 3 March to 25 December: 11am daily.

We recommend booking seats on the river tour before arriving as you might miss out on your preferred departure time due to popularity.

Phone anytime to book on 0800 538 723 or email info@riversafaris.co.nz

Health and safety

Waiatoto River Safari Ltd has a full Safe Operational Plan, which is externally audited by Maritime New Zealand and fully complies with Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Waiatoto River Safari runs an internal maintenance programme that surpasses external requirements and uses world-leading equipment to enable the highest safety level.

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About Your Guides


Privately owned and operated by Wayne and Ruth Allanson, with a passion of sharing for many, the rich history of this area.

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