The Hatrick

A 1 hour jet boat experience on the upper Whanganui River. Learn about the rich history of this river and why we call this run the 'Hatrick'.



1 hour

Difficulty Level


River and history

Explore the upper reaches of the Whanganui River, JetBoat down challenging rock strewn rapids and see the edge of the Whanganui National Park.

Important Information

If you have trouble finding the departure point, or if you are running late, please call our office at 0800 RailCart (0800 7245 2278).

There is a significant wind chill on the river, we suggest wear layers so you can adapt accordingly: ·

  • Sturdy Footwear 
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun-block
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Windproof light coat* 
  • Rainproof coat and over trousers if you have them (if rain forecasted)
  • Warm clothing (plus hat and gloves April to September)
  • Water

Please ensure you are at your designated departure point no later than the time stated in your departure details as you need to take part in the safety briefing procedures, essential to being able to take the tour. It is also a great opportunity to meet your guide and others who are on the same tour.

When speaking to any of our staff concerning your booking please quote the tour booking number (can be found on the second line of your confirmation email in bold eg: RMV9MSG)

Thank you for booking with Forgotten World Jet. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.

We look forward to seeing you on the river!

* We have fleece lined rain jackets if required

Route Map

  • My wife and I went on the River and Rail Run and it was one of the best trips we have done. The rail run was something completely different from anything we're done before. All of the staff were great attending to our every need. Maree in particular was very knowledgeable and great fun too. I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone.

    Louis Lincoln, Spain

  • We booked as a surprise for our respective partners, the river and rail trip. From being greeted like lost friends at the front office by the girls to Alan on the jet-boat and Ray, Rob and Mitchell on the rail-carts and Vaughan on the bus, they have assembled an enthusiastic crew that made the day a pleasure wit their little quips, a great knowledge of the area and the scenery was second to none. A very professional setup that I would recommend to put on everyone's bucket list.

    B T Stiling

  • Fantastic day highly recommend to all! - We did the river and rail run and had a fabulous time learning the history and taking in the wonderful countryside along the way. The guides were excellent and all the staff were very friendly and informative. Had a great lunch set up after the jet boat ride to prepare us for the rail run.

    Willeson, Auckland

  • We've wanted to go on the railcarts for some time and a visit from my brother and sister in law was the perfect excuse. We were greeted my big smiles when we arrived at FWA HQ. Those smiles were on every staff members face as we came across them at different junctures of the trip. The railcart was easy to drive and to trip to Tokirima was fun, scenic and informative. Our guide, Ray, drew on his personal knowledge of the people and area to make our journey very personable - I felt connected. The jetboat ride had the usual jet boat thrills but the Wanganui River is a very different character to the Shotover or Waikato. She's an old lady with lots of history and stories - and rapids of course.

    Tim, Owhango

  • Relaxing, kiwi adventure. Great scenery, old relics and history. Informative friendly guide. Recommend it for family and friend groups. Close encounters with locals and animals and nature.

    Susan Bones