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Alpine Jet Thrills

Canyon Safaris
651 Rubicon Rd
Springfield 7580
New Zealand

Braided Shallows
1 Main North Road (cnr Wrights Rd)
Kaiapoi 7691
New Zealand
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Alpine Jet Thrills Limited a privately owned jet boat business operating on the Waimakariri River, they are proven leaders in the tourism industry in the region, the river's only commercial JetBoat operator and proudly boast the first and only commercial AirBoat operation in New Zealand!

The Waimak as it's affectionately known is likely the most jet boated recreational river in the world, given it's where all the development for Bill Hamilton's 'invention' started back in the late 1950s.

Alpine Jet Thrills is more than a ride, it's an experience. 

Canyon Safaris

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.
Your jet boating experience offers a diverse combination of a scenic sensory experience and adrenaline pumping exhilaration.

Braided Shallows

Experience one of our Braided Shallows adventures on board an Alpine Jet Thrills JetBoat. Enjoy 'Hamilton Spins' and speed across shallow braided sections of a river considered the home of
jet boating. Braided Shallows experiences depart from the Waimakariri River just 15 mins from Christchurch

Alpine AirBoats

Alpine Jet Thrills has launched a brand new AirBoat operation - just like the 'gator huntin' AirBoats in the Everglades of Florida USA - is available at the Braided Shallows location at the Waimakariri Regional Park in Christchurch and at Springfield by arrangement.
Experience the sensation of skimming over wet stones in Air Force 2 our genuine all American style AirBoat.


  • Lots of Tour options available - from 30 minutes to full day combos
  • Hamilton Jet Spins and speed, Commentary, Photo opportunities
  • Qualmark endorsed visitor activity
  • 100% safety record
  • Large carrying capacity
  • Operating 7 days a week depending on river and weather conditions
  • Our “Canyon Safaris” departure point features a tourism centre with catering services available.


Braided Shallows -  Location

Canyon Safaris - Location 

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