Our Jet Boats

Alpine Jet operates four modern purpose built jet boats with a large carrying capacity of up to 70 seats per departure.

Our boats are specifically designed by Alpine Jet to suit the New Zealand jet boating conditions they operate in. They are powered by big block Chev engines and propelled by the world famous Hamilton Jet unit - the boats are loaded with power: 8.1 litres of engine giving them a cruising speed of 80+ kilometres per hour. The jet boats travel at high speed and the wind chill factor can be considerable - bear that in mind when you dress for your New Zealand jet boating tour. 

Your jet boat driver will undertake manoeuvres during tours that are only possible in a jet boat - one of them being the Hamilton 360º spin. Hold on as the boat is spun out at full cruising speed and feel the awesome handling ability of the jet boat!

Boat Dimensions:

  • Weight (empty) 1750 kg
  • Length 7.1 meters
  • Width 2.85 meters
  • Max seat capacity 22 seats per boat
  • Power EFI 496 CI Chevrolet V8
  • Top speed 90 km/hr

Our Jet Boat Drivers

Our drivers are Maritime New Zealand approved - their skills and knowledge will truly amaze you, as the boat tours into the breathtaking Waimakariri River canyon!

What is Jet Boating?

The jet boating experience originates in New Zealand - in fact the first jet boat was invented here in New Zealand by William Hamilton in 1954. Jet boating has since become a great Kiwi activity and has opened up many otherwise inaccessible areas of New Zealand - one of these being the Waimakariri River home of Alpine Jet.

What is a Jet Boat?

The jet boat has an impeller (propeller) that is encased in a cylinder (stator) to protect it from hitting stones or the bed of the river. Unlike conventional propeller driven boats the jet boat's unit is above the water line enabling it to travel through extremely shallow water (3" or 75mm).

What others are saying

"“Don't miss this adventure!”"

Our first jet boat experience - truly amazing and thrilling experience! We had a wonderful time on a beautiful day. Our driver was fun and pointed out many interesting points during the brief stops along the way! The jet boat experience was part of an excursion booked through our cruise and exceeded our expectations!

“Don't miss this adventure!” Trip Advisor

5 out of 5 stars  Reviewed 29 March 2016
RoadWarrior876 Mechanicsburg, PA

"Brilliant day out"

Hospitality and professional service. What a great time we had. Such beautiful scenery. Very exciting on the water. Lunch was beautiful. Very typical Kiwi hospitality. Loved it. Well worth the money and time.

Brilliant day out Trip Advisor

5 out of 5 stars  Reviewed 30 March 2016
Sue N Melton, Australia


I absolutely loved the trip. Beautiful weather, clear blue water, the gorge is just beautiful to look at ... You are sitting in a really fast boat .. What could be better?

Amazing Trip Advisor

5 out of 5 stars  Reviewed 5 May 2016
Sarah D Kassel, Germany