Auckland Adventure Jet Boat Ride
Auckland, New Zealand
- High-adrenaline sightseeing: You'll see the skyline and key landmarks with full commentary, but don't expect a leisurely jaunt around the harbor. This acrobatic, waterborne joyride will spike your pulse rate and leave you breathless. And laughing. And damp.
- Auckland's meanest machine: Fastest on these waters, the Jet flies along at 60-plus mph, yet can spin, turn, dance, and stop on a dime. Seating is grandstand-style, so everyone gets a great view – and a water poncho to help keep the sea spray out.
- Scheduled stops: The action will pause for you to catch your breath (and epic scenery) at the Chelsea Sugar Factory, Kauri Point cliffs, and under the bungy-jumpers at the Harbor Bridge.
About This Auckland Tour
This 30- to 40-minute slice of your life will be spent in zoom mode – aboard a purpose-built craft sporting souped-up Volvo engines and the latest Hamilton technology.
Who or what is Hamilton, you ask? Well, Bill Hamilton was the guy who pretty much invented the jet boat in 1954, right there in thrill-happy New Zealand. An engineer and avid outdoorsman, Hamilton's stroke of genius was to design a propulsion system that replaced the traditional spinning propeller with a jet stream of high-velocity water from a steerable nozzle just above the waterline.
The result was a whole new kind of boat that not only drew very little water and was far more agile than a normal watercraft – but went like a bat outta hell.
The technology quickly proved itself on the world stage as a trio of Hamilton jets became the first boats to navigate the full Colorado River and Grand Canyon. Soon after, plain old Bill Hamilton became Sir Charles William Hamilton – appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1961 for his services to engineering.
Fast-forward to today and the Auckland Adventure Jet, which combines the very latest in Hamilton ingenuity and KwikKraft hull-building expertise to power a harbor tour that will satisfy anyone's need for speed.
Life in the fast lane
Born as the 20th century dawned, Bill Hamilton led the kind of nothing-is-impossible, adventurous life New Zealand is famous for. The sheep station he bought at age 21 became his engineering lab and proving ground. He built his own dam and hydroelectric turbines to power his house and workshops. He raced Bentleys and broke the Australian land speed record. He invented the jet boat, and founded a manufacturing company that still thrives. Plus, he smoked a pipe and rocked a beret. Way cool.
Please make your way to 99 Quay St, Auckland to begin your experience.
Tour Product is within walking distance of the ship's pier.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the activity.
Adventure, Boat Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver.
For safety reasons and the effective operation of this tour, travelers must be a minimum of 115 cm to participate in this tour.
For safety reasons and the effective operation of this tour, travelers must weigh between 20 and 140 kilograms to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
It is important for all customers to declare any medical conditions when they check in. It will be your skippers call whether or not you will be able to participate on the day.
Children are classified as 14 years and under. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times and must have an adult or guardian co-sign their waiver.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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