Essential Wānaka

Explore the mighty Mātukituki Valley by jet boat, helicopter and 4WD

Jet boating, Off-roading and helicopters are well known iconic experiences in New Zealand. Combine three of the very best on this full-day adventure in Wānaka. Wānaka River Journeys Matukituki River Jet Boat adventure, Aspiring Helicopters glacier landing flight and our Wild Hills Safari make this the best river, land and air experience in Wānaka. Not to be missed.


Standard Pricing
October – April
Adult: $1368  per person
Child: $912 per person
Minimum of 2 people needed to run the trip

Private: $8945
For up to 6 people

Group Pricing
For large groups of 12+ please contact us

Please note: A surcharge of 15% applies on public holidays


  • Begin with a spectacular jet boat journey on the mighty Mātukituki River deep into Mt Aspiring National Park  Followed by a 50 minute nature walk to a beautiful waterfall. Operated by Wānaka River Journeys.
  • Aspiring Helicopters arrives on the riverbank to whisk you away  for a thrilling helicopter flight into Mt Aspiring National Park to on a glacier for photos 
  • Relax with riverside picnic lunch between jet boat and Wild Hills Off road safari
  • Give back by helping with conservation projects  during the day


Suitable for:
Those looking for a full day Wānaka adventure including jet boating, helicopter flight with glacier landing and off-road experience with a focus on conservation and giving back to nature.

Duration:  Allow 8 hours

Time of year:  October – April

9am Wanaka Isite 


  • Wānaka River Journeys Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk
  • Helicopter flight with glacier landing
  •  Wild Hills Off Road Safari
  • Expert local guides
  • RIverside picnic lunch and refreshments

Fitness level required:
Suitable for all fitness levels