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Waiatoto River Safari

Waiatoto River Safari - Haast, New Zealand

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Location: Haast, New Zealand

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$137.56

Let the jet boat wisk you away on this nature safari into remote back country. Touch and learn about the natural history of New Zealand's remote World Heritage Area ... More info ›

Let the jet boat wisk you away on this nature safari into remote back country. Touch and learn about the natural history of New Zealand's remote World Heritage Area. Your tour is operated by a family run business, When you take this tour, you arrive as acquaintances and leave as friends.
There are many stops for commentary on the native birds, animals and forest of the South Westland region. A photographer's dream, stretch your legs at the top of the river for an optional forest walk into New Zealand's rain forest. Touch the ferns, listen to birds and spot the fish. Ideal for all ages and physical fitness. For infants to elderly, this is a must do, to explore the UNESCO World Heritage area-Te Wahipounamu of South Westland, New Zealand.

Arrive at Waiatoto River Safari base for check-in 30 minutes prior to departure of your chosen tour. You will be briefed on what to wear and warm jackets and boots are available, at no charge, for you to take on the boat at this point.

Drive approximately 5 miles (8km) down Jackson Bay road to meet your Captain and the boat. He will provide a life jacket and you will board the boat and receive a safety brief. Commentary begins as you start your cruise up the river. The format of the tour is explained and the journey up the river takes about an hour with several commentary stops and photo opportunity stops.

After a very varied scenic journey to the top of the river you have the option to disembark and view the river and take a walk into the rain forest to view different ancient forest trees, touch ferns and listen to the birds. Total time at this stop is about 25 minutes to take in the atmosphere. The forest walk is completely optional.

Once on the boat, the tour takes a 20 minute non-stop faster run back down the river to the river mouth to look at the Tasman sea and sea birds. Then the boat travels up a side tributary which has completely different scenery, as it is a separate river, with much bird and fish life. Bird spotting such as the white heron and fantails happen here, along with fish spotting for flounder, whitebait and trout.

Guests are offered the option of hamilton turns, which are the high speed 360 jet boat turn. Guests that would like these, stay on the boat and 2 turns are done and then the boat parks for disembarkment. Those who do not require these disembark before the turns are completed.
Suggestions are then offered about what there is to do and and see further down Jackson road which is the most southern end of the road on the west coast, ending approximately 13miles south.

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Private Tour: Waiatoto Jet Boat River Safari from Haast

Private Tour: Waiatoto Jet Boat River Safari from Haast - Haast, New Zealand

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Haast, New Zealand

From USD
$1036.85

Have an exclusive experience for up to 8 people on this 3-hour private Waiatoto River Safari from Haast. With many tours in New Zealand to choose from, why not try something incredibly different and special on this jet boat adventure ... More info ›

Have an exclusive experience for up to 8 people on this 3-hour private Waiatoto River Safari from Haast. With many tours in New Zealand to choose from, why not try something incredibly different and special on this jet boat adventure. You will be in the surrounds of extraordinary nature with the option to bring your own lunch. This is the only mountain to sea jet boat tour in New Zealand.

This private tour includes the boat and local owner who is also your driver and personal guide for up to 3-hours with your choice of tour duration. You will learn about the natural history, flora and fauna and the rainforest.

The format of this 3-hour private tour is to travel up the river over 16 kilometers with frequent stops to learn about the local history, the kiwi bird sanctuary, geology, flora and fauna of New Zealand and of course, take photos.

You will pass through the infamous fault line and see for yourself the massive ancient rock thrown up by the earth’s mantle many thousands of years ago sitting in the heart of the greenstone country.

You will hold greenstone while you learn about its very high value to the local Maori people while being able to feel as though you are stepping back into a mystical time when the Giant Haast Eagle and Moa birds still roamed these lands.

At the top of the river after seeing the landscape and river change dramatically many times. You will have the option of an easy forest stroll into the ancient beach forest to smell and touch the many tree species first hand. Hear the native bird life as they carry on their daily song. You are now in the last frontier with no interruption of any mankind.

Enjoy the opportunity to wander the riverside beach alone to contemplate life and spot your special piece of stone, perhaps even greenstone. 

After a break, it is non-stop to the Tasman Sea. A much faster trip as you are now traveling with the flow of the river. You will learn about the famous New Zealand fish called whitebait and historical Haast Glacier. Then you will turn and look back at the Southern Alps as they tower behind the sea. Sea birds are present here and you will finish off by traveling up a remote and very peaceful side estuary for 5-minutes of complete silence just to enjoy the abundant birdlife song and spot flounder fish, whitebait and trout.

Before the tour ends you will experience the traditional and iconic Hamilton Turn which is named after the New Zealander that invented the Jet Boat in 1953. This is a 360 degree high speed turn that some people wish to tick off their bucket list and is completely optional for all.

You have now experienced New Zealand’s only Mountain to sea jet boat safari, visited a UNESCO World Heritage site and experienced life as it was untouched 1000’s of years ago. Once you disembark your guide will recommend other unique points in the area to visit if you have a desire to stay a little longer.

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