After a thrilling jet boat trip down the Waiau River to Lake Manapouri, get picked up on the shore of the Waiau by your helicopter and embark on an unparalleled experience! Helicopter across the shore of Lake Te Anau up to Jackson Peaks, elevated at 1622 metres above sea level. You will then land on Jackson peaks and marvel at the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park. Take time to capture plenty of photos to forever remember this incredible opportunity.
Begin your adventure at our offices, centrally located on Lake Front Drive in Te Anau. Take a load off and have a seat at one of our picnic tables while you use our free WiFi and charging station to make sure all your devices are good to go. Once everyone is all checked-in and ready to go, hop on our spacious and air-conditioned bus for a short ride down to Queen's Reach boat launch on the Waiau River.
At Queen's Reach, your FJet Guide will get you all geared up with spray jackets, life vests, and beanies (if needed). Your guide will then load you into the boat before putting it into the water, so you won't have to worry about getting your feet wet.
Your journey begins with an exhilarating jet boat ride down the picturesque Waiau river. The Waiau river is lined by ancient beech tree forest and is the Anduin River; the great river of Middle Earth! Featured in the opening scene from The Lord of the Rings! Get the inside-story on The Lord of the Rings filming locations, and the crazy logistics involved in filming.
Experience the thrill and excitement as you cruise down the powerful, surging, Waiau River. Stop in some quiet and tranquil spots, to soak up the amazing surrounds, spot a few trout, and learn about the unique environment and fascinating history.
Suddenly, find yourself out on the breath-taking Lake Manapouri. Surrounded by mountains that have been carved by snow and ice over centuries, experience a sense of wonderment as you gaze at the magnificent mountains and sit in awe of their sheer beauty.
Get a taste of adventure as you explore the ancient surrounds with your Fiordland Jet guide. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area. Step back in time as you experience prehistoric crown ferns and ancient, native beech forest, unchanged for 80 million years! Learn about indigenous Māori culture and the early pioneers of European history in New Zealand.
After you've had your fill of fun on the Jet boat you'll be picked up in VIP fashion from the shore of the Waiau by your helicopter. Feel untouchable as you fly across ancient forests, and the incredibly unique environment of Fiordland National Park. Marvel at the untouched beauty that surrounds you. An unbelievable vista awaits you at the top of Jackson Peaks, where you'll have ample time to take photos and soak up the unbelievably beautiful view.
Your pilot will then fly you back to the lake front where your journey began in the heart of Te Anau.
*Location of landing is weather dependent.