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Motu River Jet is a Bay of Plenty focussed Jet Boat Adventure and Nature Tour Company, servicing  2 locations: 

1) Motu River located on Pacific Highway 35 between Opotiki and Omaio. 

2) Matahina River located between Galatea and Te Teko. 

Our tours focus on the scenic and pristine beauty of the regions, both tours have been described as “unsurpassed”, traveling through some of the last significant area's of untracked New Zealand native bush in the North Island. The banks are covered with unique & rare flora in a picturesque setting where ancient Maori history abounds the rivers. 



The Motu and Matahina Jet Boat Tours differ from the vast number of jet boat joyrides available throughout New Zealand, accomodating for all ages and level of thrill seeking personalities, we Taylor make the experience to you.


This trip also gives people access into some rare native wilderness, unaltered by man and is rarely viewed. The commentary concentrates on the ecology and history of the rivers, with the added value of the adventure and excitement of wilderness jet boating. 



Business Hours:
Daily Departures: (by booking only)

Summer: 10am, 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm - On demand rest of the year.

Departs From:

Motu Jet Boat Tour: Motu Bridge, State Highway 35

Matahina Jet Boat Tour: Matahina Dam on Rangitaiki River.

Months of Operation:
All months of the year by booking




Professional Licensed Skipper and Tour Operator


Proximity to Opotiki:
Motu: 30min drive

Matahina: 45min

Proximity to Whakatane Airport:
Motu: 1 hrs drive

Matahina: 30 mins drive

Proximity to Opotiki Bus Stop:

Motu: 30min drive

Matahina: 45min

Off Road Parking

Weather Considerations:
Tour is weather dependent on the day 


  • All safety equipment

  • Warm Jackets

  • Professional Service

Activity Duration:
Allow up to 2hrs



Adult 16 or older:           $110

11 years - 15 yrs:            $75 

10 years and under:      $65


Optional: Historic Motu River Walks Available - Please inquire.

Optional: Water Rafting Available - Please inquire.

Optional: Kyaking Available - Please inquire.

Optional: Hunting Trips Available - Please inquire.

Bookings essential - book online at


Cancellation Policy:
If tour is cancelled due to weather no cancellation fee.

If you do not contact us to cancel 24hrs prior and/or do not show for the booked session a 20% cancellation fee will be collected at the time of booking. (Exceptions may apply)

Fun, Safe, Exhilarating - Adrenaline Rush Guaranteed!


We can accommodate up to 9 passengers on our larger boat or 6 on our smaller boat, we recommend you book ahead so you don't miss out - especially in the peak months October through to April. Please note that both boats operate separately with one driver, based on how many passengers are on the boat.  


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