- ABOUT THE SPOT
Jet Boating in Upper Waiau River, Te Anau, Southland New Zealand
The town lies on the eastern side of Te Anau Lake (the second largest lake of New Zealand with more than 400 m/1312 ft depth) and is literally on the border of Fiordland National Park and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, offering a getaway to awe-inspiring landscapes and magnificent sites of wild nature. An attraction of the area is Te Anau Glowworm Caves. It is a system of caves not fully formed (only 12,000 years old), home to thousands of glowworms.
Waiau River flows for 10 km/6 mi from Lake Te Anau to Lake Manapuri and continues its journey south for 70 km/43 mi until the Foveaux Strait. The Upper part (the one connecting the two lakes) was River Anduin in the film Lord of the Rings. It is a fast flowing river, with a rather diverse course and many rapids, and therefore ideal for jet boating lovers.
Spins, twists and turns offer the most thrilling jet boating experience. Enjoy the magnificent and wild scenery surrounding the river, as well as the thrilling feeling when passing through the numerous rapids.
Life jackets provided by the operators. Grade river: 2-3.