Rapids Jet

Tauhara North No2 Trust’s tourism strategy involves owning all the tourism ventures within the rohe of Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whaoa whose ancestral lands are located between Rotorua and Taupō.

Our first acquisition, in 2018, was Rapids Jet, which operates on a stretch of the Waikato River to which our river iwi (tribe) belongs. The second was Tamaki Māori Village, now Te Pā Tū, in 2019.

The role of tourism within our broader tribal aspirations is to generate employment, to bring to life sites of significance, care for whenua (our lands) and celebrate our people and place with manuhiri (visitors).

Across 35 minutes, we traverse white-water rapids and straightaways on this thrilling encounter, reaching up to 80 kms even through the river’s narrowest canyon. Our experienced and passionate drivers will jet spin, bank, and master hairpin turns before surfing the powerful Ngā Awa Pūrua Rapids.

In the quieter sections of our mighty river, we share stories of Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whaoa. Our river is a life source of whakapapa (genealogy) and kai, and has been an arterial route for trade and connection to whānau (family) for hundreds of years.

Rapids Jet

Kiri Atkinson-Crean
+64 27 343 4332