In 2016 Forgotten World Jet Boat Ltd was thrilled to commission their first jet boat.
We think she’s a real beauty. ‘Under the hood’ of this 6.2L craft lies a powerful yet quiet 440hp GM Kodiak V8 Chev engine built by Christchurch company JetSeeker – expert New Zealand boat builders. She has a 212 Hamilton Jet Unit, built by the company founded by Bill Hamilton, who developed the first modern jet boats.
We’ve called her Ongaruhe in the tradition of Hatrick's historic fleet (named after tributaries of the Whanganui River) and had her blessed by local Iwi, for our journeys along its waters.
Onboard the Ongaruhe, you’ll get a taste for some of the thrills of jet boating, without any of the spills. While our experienced jet boat drivers can pull off a boat spin with ease, we’re more excited about showing you ‘our’ Whanganui River. The boat is also designed to keep you (mostly) dry at higher speeds and during clever manoeuvres.
Ongaruhe has ‘over the bow through windscreen’ boarding, a central aisle which means no clambering over seats, and generous tiered seating enabling all passengers to enjoy the views. She carries up to 15 passengers in comfort, and an intercom lets you easily hear the stories and history of the river from your driver.