Jet-boating at Kawarau Gorge

A popular stop-off area located in the Kawarau Gorge on State highway 6 is the reserve developed and maintained by the Department of Conservation. 

we crossed the bridge to the other side

the Kawarau River

that's the Goldfields Mining Centre

we went for the Kawarau Gorge instead of the mining centre

we went for the jet-boat

a thrilling yet scary experience

The upper Shotover is one of the most spectacular and challenging stretches of jetboatable rivers in the area. From shallow shingle bars, to rapids, to sheer rock walls this trip had it all. The experienced driver stopped along the way allowing us to catch our breath while he explained the river's rich history. 


Comments

  1. Just curious. Do you get wet after the ride?

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    1. We were given rented raincoats too so as to prevent ourselves from getting wet. But our faces surely got wet.

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  2. That's sound scary but fun! lots of thrills!

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  3. It's thrilling fun with jet boat.

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    1. indeed fun and exciting..

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    2. Oh that river water must be very cold.... grrr

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  4. Woo Hoo I'm even thrilled with the Gold Mining centre more.

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    1. yea, I would love that too but time as usual was limited.

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  5. How come there's no snow over here?

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    1. yea, certain places had no snow. Funny right?

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  6. Look at the scenery. NZ already locked in my mind. Will travel there one day. NZ definitely is a nice and relaxing place.

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    1. It's indeed a beautiful country. It's a must-visit place!

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  7. So are you inside that photo? I try to find you..

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    1. of course..I bought that photo from the photographer at the goldfields centre.

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  8. Night Night Wenn,
    wish you have a pleasant day ahead later this morning.

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    1. thanks..you too! Sleep early as you got to go work early. Goodnight, Angeline.

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  9. How exciting to go jet boating! I can't find you in the photo as it is too small but the photo sure serves its purpose for you to remember this event forever. :)











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    1. indeed exciting! I had the blue hood on my head..

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  10. interesting!! there are many gorges in and this must be a very nice experience in NZ!! so which one in the photo is you, cannot spot you at all.. :p

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  11. just wonder, did anyone fell off from the boat and dropped into the water?? hahaha.. and this boat looks more "protected" than the water-raft, so you didn't get wet easily??

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    1. "horrified" fell......gulp.....no gua....

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    2. horrified if any one of us should fall..anyway we had safety precautions..

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  12. Wow jet-boating!! So exciting! I would sure go for it if I have the chance!
    Must be a wonderful experience!

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    1. it's an experience of a lifetime..

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  13. Jet boat...scary.....I dont think i have the guts to try that :p

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  14. Last time my mom went on it too.. she said she was not scared.. but I think I will.. :)

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    1. well, actually it's rather scary..

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  15. Wow looks like a great experience jet boating but I will not go for it coz I can't swim.

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    1. I can't swim too but I went for it..

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  16. Bananaz would sure to love jet-boating, more scary more fun for me.

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  17. Wow! Crossing the bridge to other end and then jet-boating. Thrilling!

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  18. well first the place looks great! i like
    the color of the water as well as the view itself!
    even that bridge was interesting

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  19. as for the jet boat ride it seems
    pretty scary indeed i saw such activity
    on movies it was really thrilling

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  20. hmm some were using kayak on such sport
    (i think i was some form of a sport as for others)
    it requires too much strength however i think what you
    had was the lighter version of that

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  21. i was kinda wondering, the last picture has a strong current while
    as first the water seems calm haha or maybe
    those waves were on the other part of that river

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    1. yea, certain part had strong current..

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  22. have a great day and happy blogging wenn
    take the best of care and god bless you

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  23. The photo of the Kawarau river looks like the canyons in America. Nice!

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  24. Where were you inside the boat? All laughed so happily like happy kids again!

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  25. I didn't know that NZ had gold mines in the past. My geography book must be outdated.

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  26. So brave you took the Jet boat ride! :P

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