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Wilkin River Jet

Jet Boating Within The World Heritage Area

Let Wilkin River Jets and Backcountry Helicopters take you on a personal wilderness journey deep into the ‘timeless land’ of Makarora, situated close to Wanaka New Zealand. We promise an unforgettable wilderness adventure.

Experience the ultimate in shallow water jet boating, skimming along just inches of water on not one, but two rivers – the mighty Wilkin and the Makarora.

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A trip back in time

Our team at the Wonderland Makarora Lodge is delighted to be based upon the ‘timeless lands’ of the Makarora. Based amongst the ancient river valleys and snow-capped mountains of the Mt Aspiring National Park, there’s no better way to explore the region than by skimming the 50 kilometres of the Wilkin and Makarora Rivers. Armed with a brand new fleet of boats, the experience of shallow water jet boating is like no other.


While skimming the rivers, you’ll get a chance to delve deeper into the history and geology of the area, thanks to informative commentary from our experienced drivers. The Makarora and Wanaka region is calling your name – so pack a towel, a swimsuit and take the plunge!

Unwind at Wonderland Makarora Lodge

After jetting across the raging Wilkin and Makarora, feel the peace of the region by sinking into the comfort of Wonderland Makarora Lodge. Complete with cabins and chalet options to suit everyone, you’re bound to love unwinding here. There are three luxury accommodations options to choose from – cabins, studio chalets and two-room chalets.


Featuring cosy beds and necessary amenities, including kitchenettes and luxe bathroom facilities, our first class lodge offers you the space to kick back and relax. From families to couples and solo adventurers, there’s something for everyone. As the perfect accommodation for relaxing after a wild day of adventuring our slice of heaven, we are ready to host you!

Dine At Wonderland Makarora Lodge

As well as our cosy and delightful accommodation we boast a gorgeous restaurant with incredible food and chilled beer. Our restaurant and bar is the perfect place to let loose and relax after exploring the region. With most of our ingredients sourced locally and ethically from producers in the region, our menu features everything from classic favourites to unique flavours. 


Our menu is specifically designed to cater to the tastebuds of our adventurous guests: pre-adventure, you’ll be graced with mouth watering and invigorating flavours. After the day is done, our menu will cater specifically to the nourishment of your body, as a welcome treat after a long day of exploring.  


To find out more about the Wilkin River Jets experience or our accommodation, please message the Wonderland Makarora Lodge through our contact page.

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