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About K-Jet

It all started in 1953 when Sir William Hamilton invented the world renowned Hamilton Jet. Soon after, in the summer of 1960, Kawarau Jet was born in Queenstown, becoming the world’s first commercial Jet Boat operation. For over 40 years these boats have provided holidaymakers from all around the world with the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of Jet boating. 

With such a successful history it was decided to bring the same experience to the North Island’s cultural and adventure capital, Rotorua. The business has been owned and operated by Ross and Fiona Kelly for the past 11 years. You could say Jet Boating runs in the family blood with Ross's brother, Shaun, owning Kawarau Jet in Queenstown.  

A NZ standards Qualmark endorsed activity, KJet Rotorua combines the cultural aspects of the area with the speed and world famous Hamilton Spins. Kawarau jet also operates KJet Parasailing where you can be flown up to 400ft in the air above stunning Lake Rotorua. Book your next adventure with Kawarau Jet Rotorua and discover why they are one of the areas most popular adventure activities.  

Our Team

Our drivers and Parasailing Instructors go through a rigorous training programme to acquire a nationally recognised Local Launch Operator (LLO) certification or Commercial Jet Boat Drivers License, awarded by Maritime New Zealand. They must adhere to strict guidelines and parameters to ensure the safety of our passengers and our operation. Jetty and office staff members are fluent with every part of the business and are individually capable of handling any situations and enquiries.

Ross Kelly (The Hoff) – Managing Director and Operations Manager

Ross is the companies Head Driver and is the holder of a Local Launch Operator License (LLO). He is responsible for all driver training, safety and maintenance of the boats and equipment. Ross ensures the boys remain focussed, believes that potatoes are a gift from god and doesn't own a pair of shorts.
Fiona Kelly – Managing Director & Account Manager (THE
Fiona is usually one of the first faces to greet you at the office and is well known as the babysitter of peoples dogs and children. She is responsible for the smooth running of the business, key account management and keeping the lads in line. She can blend anything into a healthy smoothie, talks to animals and has Susan Boyle as her ringtone.   
Tony (Soprano) Brooks - Sales and Marketing Manager and Full Time Driver.   

Tony was also born and bred in the South and has extensive marine experience across surf, lake and rivers. He is the holder of a Commercial Jet Boat Drivers Licence and is also responsible for our Domestic and International Sales and Marketing. Tony is one of our most popular drivers with his tours and local tales leaving you wanting more. He claims he's not going bald and blames the speed of the boats for blowing the hair off his head.      
Nick Kelly (Pickle) - Full Time Driver
 and Parasailing Instructor
Nick was born in a Jet Boat and hails from the deep south. He is the holder of a Local Launch Operator Licence (LLO) and knows the lakes like the inside of his right hand. Nick loves Pina Coladas, getting caught in the rain and thinks Line Dancing should be an Olympic sport. As one of the companies top drivers Nick will always ensure your trip is an unforgettable experience.   

Lemar Hoinville (The Mantis) - Full Time Driver and Parasailing Instructor

Captain Lemar was born and bred in Australia but we don't hold that against him. Despite his funny accent he has extensive water experience as a wakeboard and outdoor adventure instructor. Lemar is the holder of a Commercial Jet Boat Drivers license. Although he looks like one of the boys from "One Direction" he can't sing but he is almost as popular. Don't hesitate to ask him to say Fish and Chips. He loves it...      

All staff undergo regular training, safety drills and performance assessment to ensure they meet the very high standards required of Commercial Jet Boat Operators.   


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