Waiatoto River Safari – West Coast NZ

Discover one of Kiwi’s favourite tours on the West Coast NZ, taking a jet boat up a remote backcountry river into Haast UNESCO World Heritage Area.

The jet boat is comfortable and the only form of transport available here to take you into the Southern Alps up the Waiatoto River.

This tour is suitable for infants through to their grandparents and it is about the journey and what you experience.

We have a removable roof for when it rains. The happiest people tell us that the best tours are in the rain, as it adds to the atmosphere and creates dramatic scenery.

About the Waiatoto River Safari tour


Take a jet boat tour with Wayne or Ruth, highly experienced commercial pilots and now jet boaters and learn about the pioneering spirit of days gone by, learn the early Maori history and later, the harshness of wilderness that faced the European settlers.

Walk through an ancient beech forest untouched by man for thousands of years.


Experience this exceptional river safari tour in West Coast New Zealand at a laid back and relaxed pace with plenty of photo stops.


Travel to the top of the river and listen to us impart our intricate knowledge of the area.

Learn about the introduced animals, visit the Kiwi sanctuary and learn about Kiwi breeding program.

Pass through the Alpine Fault-line and watch the truly dramatic scenery unfold before you.

Waiatoto River Safari with views of Haast


At the top, an optional stroll is available with stunning photography opportunities, then it is a speedy trip back downriver to the Tasman sea, finishing off with a visit to the breeding grounds of the famous West Coast New Zealand Whitebait fishery and to spot some native birds.

We want you to have the very best out of your holiday experience so we offer flexible terms for if you need to change your plans when you book with us.

If you would like to charter the whole jet boat for your family we also offer group river tours and charters.

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