bill roberts

a lasting legacy

Kiwi Jet Boat Tours was established in 1990 by World Jet Boat Racing Champion Bill Roberts.  Jet Boats were his absolute passion, leading him to become four times New Zealand Jet Boat Racing Champion and in 1989 he became the World Jet Boat Racing Champion.


Bill had navigated most of the boatable rivers in New Zealand. He also raced on rivers in Canada, the United States and Mexico.


His love for the Rangitaiki River grew over the 23+ years that he spent on the river, while operating Kiwi Jet Boat Tours. It was the ever changing course of the river, and the landscape that encompasses it that made Bill so proud and excited to share its natural beauty and history with eager tourists.

Kiwi Jet Boat Tours is now proudly run by his three daughters Karlene, Paula and Melanie Roberts. Bill's daughters have the same passion and dedication as their father, making this trip an unforgettable experience.