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About Us & Meet the Team

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 we have shown holidaymakers from all around the world how exhilarating Jet boating can be. Kawarau Jet Queenstown is locally owned and operated by Shaun & Sally Kelly.

With such a successful history it was decided that the same experience could and should be enjoyed by visitors to the North Island’s cultural adventure capital Rotorua. The Rotorua operation is owned and operated by Shaun's brother and sister in law Ross & Fiona Kelly.

Kjet Rotorua operates three purpose built jet boats; Kjet3 surveyed for 11 people running a 383 Chev, Kjet4 surveyed for 18 people running a 502 big block Chev and Kjet5 surveyed for 28 people running twin 350 Chevs. For the last five years Kjet Rotorua has also been using high octane biofuel containing 10% bioethanol. All our boats use the tried and trusted Hamilton 212 jet units.

In 2010 our newest venture Kjet Parasailing was launched. A purpose built 25 foot Parasailing boat, decked out in Kjet yellow accommodates seating for up to 10 passengers, 2 operators and is powered by two 150 HP Yamaha Four Stroke engines.

A NZ standards Qualmark endorsed activity, Kjet Rotorua combines the cultural aspects of the area with the speed and world famous Hamilton Spins. But this is just the beginning. With an endless range of combo's and activities, Kawarau Jet Rotorua and Kjet Parasailing will be a hard act to follow.
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Our Team

Our drivers go through a rigorous training programme to acquire a nationally recognised Local Launch Operator (LLO) certification, awarded by Maritime New Zealand. 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/Operations Manager (THE BOSS)
Ross has extensive jet boating experience and is a holder of a Local Launch Operator License. Ross is our main jet boat driver and is also responsible for all motor maintenance on the jet boats
   Fiona Kelly – Managing Director & Account Manager (THE REAL BOSS)
Fiona is always busy with the daily operations and accounts she is also responsible for sales and marketing for Kawarau Jet, Rotorua. Fiona is usually one of the first faces to greet you at the Kjet office and is also known as the babysitter of dogs and children.
Kurt Matthews (Crash - don't ask, he gets upset) - Full time driver
Kurt is Rotorua born and bred and has been with Kawarau Jet so long, he's almost part of the furniture! Kurt is a holder of a Local Launch Operator License and will ensure you're taken care of during your action-packed Rotorua jet boating experience!
   Kurt works at Kawarau Jet Tim Pike (Oops) - Part- Time driver
Tim is from Rotorua and loves mountain biking and motorbike riding, and of course, hanging out with his family. Tim is a holder of a Local Launch Operator License.
Tim works at Kawarau Jet


Nick Kelly (Pickle) - Full Time Driver
Nick is the newest member of our team and comes to us with a strong background of jet boating. Nick is a holder of a Local Launch Operators License. Nick is already starting to thrill our passengers on and off the water. Nick is a great fan of old movies and can often be heard signing the words from the Sound of Music at the top of his voice. Also a keen fan of Suan Boyle.
 



All staff undergo constant training including emergency drills and procedure practices. Training is carried out at least every six months.

Friends of Kawarau Jet and KJet Parasailing

Our team all wear Ugly Fish Sunnies thanks to our friends at Kilwell Sports.  Our drivers have tested these sunnies in harshest conditions and they get the big tick from us. Ugly Fish sunnies offer crystal clear vision and protect our team from the sun's harmful UV rays.              

For more information on Ugly Fish sunnies please click here or visit Kawarau Jet Rotorua & KJet Parasailing to pick up your special offer on these fantastic sunnies. Ugly Fish sunnies can also be purchased at Hamills Rotorua, 1271 Fenton Street.     
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