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Canyon Safaris - JetBoat

(Taunaha Kõawaawa)

Skim  across the turquoise waters, soak in the towering cliff faces that make up the mountains of the Southern Alps and marvel as waterfalls cascade to join the mighty Waimakariri River at Springfield (Tarewa).


Your  jet boating experience offers a diverse combination of a scenic sensory experience and adrenaline pumping exhilaration!... and check out                                            while you're there!

Canyon Safari

For 60mins you'll discover just how special this piece of paradise really is. No cars, no houses, your jet boat is the only way to experience this extraordinary part of the world. An extended commentary highlights the strength of mother nature and delivers spectacular photo opportunities of cascading waterfalls and old pioneer tramping huts.

Experience: 1 hr
Departure: 12 midday

Price: $145 Adult - $115 Child ex river

Family Pass: $520 - 2 Adults & up to 3 kids   

(not to be used in conjunction with any other offer)

(min 4 x Adults required) 

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Alpine Quad Jet 

On Land and On Water - is our  jet boat experience combined with a self-drive quad bike. Your  60mins Adventure Trail Ride across the 10 thousand hectare Mt Torlesse Station overlooking the Canterbury Plains and Waimakariri River in the Canyon below is a tease to  your 60mins Canyon Safari JetBoat ride. Stunning photo opportunities are complimented with a detailed commentary, available morning or afternoon. Guides and training instruction provided and are Outdoorsmark and Qualmark approved. All equipment is provided.

Experience: 2 hours
Departure: Please enquire

Price: $305 Adult - $275 Kids ex river

(min 2 x Adults required)


Wilderness Safari

Your two hour experience exploring deep into the Waimakariri Canyon will transport you to another world. It's a rich history and entertaining lesson in the powerful geology of the region and it's significance to the surrounding country makes for an adventurous jet boating experience including a chance to stop and walk around in the Canyon - far removed from the reality of everyday  life.

Experience: 2 hrs
Departure: 9.30am or 1.30pm

Price: $260 Adult - $200 Kids ex river

(min 4 x Adults required)

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Alpine Heli Jet

Fly by chopper from our Christchurch Heliport low level along the Braided Shallows and up into the Waimakariri Gorge to our Springfield Adventure Park base to your waiting JetBoat.

Explore the Canyon on a 20 mins Adventure Safari following the river as it winds into the foothills of the Southern Alps Centre before  winging your way back to Christchurch  Heliport.

Experience:  75 mins (1 hr 15 mins)
Usual Departure: Please enquire

Price: $579 Adult - $559 Kids 

(ex CHC Heliport)

(min 2 x Adults required)

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Corporate Combo

JetBoat + Airboat + Lunch

Based at our Springfield Adventure Park HQ, this experience is designed for 12 or more guests (although we can discuss numbers as low as 6 by special arrangement) and includes our 60mins JetBoat Canyon Safari, a 20mins Airblast in New Zealand's only AirBoat and a Gourmet Burger lunch overlooking the Waimakariri River. You can even get a sneak peak at Jet Boat World, our heritage display of early jet boats being developed on site.

Experience: 4 hours
Departure: 10.30am - 2.30pm

If you're interested in booking this or looking at options please contact us to discuss availability.

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Grand Adventure

Is this not the ultimate day out? Fly into Christchurch by 9.30am and we'll collect and deliver you to the heliport for some Melton Estate 'bubbly' to prepare you for your low level flight up the Waimakariri River and across the Canterbury Plains to Springfield Adventure Park for your waiting JetBoat Canyon Safari. Next you'll  experience the sensation of skimming wet stones on the only commercial AirBoat in New Zealand and be treated to a Gourmet Burger lunch at our base overlooking the river. Relax with a hot or cold drink and peruse Jet Boat World, full of pioneering history and celebrating a Kiwi Legend. We'll have you choppered back to the airport by 3.30pm for your connecting flight home with nothing but amazing memories of your Grand Adventure - one hell of a day out!



Experience: Full  Day
Price: $1,000 pp

(ex CHC Airport - min 4 guests )

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Important Info

Minimum passenger numbers required for all trips (usually 2 Adults).

Pre-schoolers means  2 - 4 and they're  free when accompanied by an adult.

Kids means 5 – 15 and must also be accompanied by an adult.

Prices  quoted in NZ$ and inclusive of tax (GST).

Prices valid to 31st October 2022.

Departure times & experience  itineraries can often be scheduled to suit personal requirements - Ask Now!

What To Bring







Warm clothes - can be cool in summer

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