- Enjoy a thrilling 2-hour ride down Waiau River
- Zoom across Lake Manapouri and encounter the ancient surrounds of Fiordland National Park
- Take in incredible views of ancient beech forests and mountain ranges
- Discover the 'Anduin River', featured in the opening scene from The Lord of the Rings
- Explore the Fiordland National Park
- Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area
Why do we love this
We love the informative aspect of this tour. It's not just a fast-paced jet boat ride, you'll also be learning about the areas native flora and fauna at the same time which we think is pretty cool!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Get ready for an action-packed adventure down the majestic Waiau River. Full of splashes, speed and spins, this trip is one you'll never forget. You'll explore serene Lake Manapouri, step foot into Fiordland National Park and learn all about this unique location that's famous worldwide.
Your day begins with an exhilarating ride down the Waiau River where you'll encounter stunning scenery and a famous movie set! Lined by ancient beech tree forests this river is truly something special. You might recognise it as the Anduin River; the great river of Middle Earth that is 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 from your guide.
Next, cruise further down the powerful, surging, Waiau River on your jet boat adventure.
You'll stop in some quiet and tranquil spots, to soak up the amazing surrounds along the way, and learn about the unique environment and fascinating history as you go.
Next, it's time to zoom onto breath-taking Lake Manapouri. Surrounded by mountains that have been carved by snow and ice over centuries you'll hardly believe your eyes as you take in the view. Prepare yourself for magnificent mountains and snow-capped peaks.
Then, it's time for an extra taste of adventure... step into the wilderness with your guide and learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area. Discover prehistoric ferns and ancient, native beech forest that's remained unchanged for 80 million years! You'll also hear about indigenous Maori culture and the early pioneers of European history in New Zealand.
Afterwards, it's time to splash, speed and zoom your way back to Te Anau.
Are you ready for the ride of your life? You won't forget this trip in a hurry.
Allow 2 hours for this tour. Includes Te Anau departure and return.
Summer (1 October - 31 March)
10am, 2 pm and 6 pm
Winter (1 April - 30 September)
10am and 2pm
Other departures available upon request