Willow (Guard Dog)
Willow is the first face that will greet you here at Katoa. She loves long walks on the lakefront and left overs from lunch. When asked what her favorite lake conditions are to go Jet Boating, she said 'ROUGH'
Harriet Bailey (The Boss)
Harriet is the "Big Boss" around here. She is in charge of all things Katoa and a Jet Boat Driver in the making. She keeps all the boys in check, and ensures everything runs smoothly. If you couldn't tell she is English from her accent, you only need to see how many cups of tea she drinks per day.
Will Scadden (2IC)
Will is the company’s Head Driver and one of the Managing Directors. He is responsible for all driver training, safety, and maintenance of the boats and equipment. If you are out on a trip with Will, don't feel like you have to laugh at his jokes. They never get any better and it only encourages him.
Kelvin Harford (Kev)
Kelvin is one of our drivers here at Katoa. With many hours in Jet Boating under his belt, a trip with Kelvin is one to not be missed. Make sure you opt for a spray jacket though as the only thing that stays dry on his boat is his sense of humor.
Rachel Wood (Sales Superstar)
Rachel is our Sales Superstar and is in charge of keeping our trips running smoothly throughout the day. She is your point of call for check-ins and will help you get kitted out ready for your Jet Boat blast on Lake Rotorua.
Kurt Matthews (The Contractor)
Kurt is one of our part-time Drivers. He is jack of all trades, master of none. When he is not here thrilling our customers, he is brewing award winning beer at a local brewery or travelling with his photography business. Having a trip with Kurt is always a Blast.
Read Lougher (Grandad)
Read is our "Senior" driver at Katoa. He comes in when we are busy to take our customers for a Spin. He is also a Pilot so look out for his pre-flight safety briefing. He has forgotten more about this area than most of us have learned so feel free to ask him as many questions as you like.
Purpose built Jet Boat by Mackraft specifically for use in the conditions of Lake Rotorua. This boat runs a 350ci Mercruiser Scorpion V8 Motor with a Hamilton 212 Jet Unit and is built to carry up to 11 passengers. This wee boat has a total power rating of 330HP (246KW) and will propel you across the water at speeds of up to 85km/h.
This is the newest boat in our fleet and is packed with amazing technology. This is the only Commercial Jet Boat in NZ to run a motor based on Ford's legendary XR6 Turbo Engine with a Hamilton 212 Jet Unit. It too was built for use in Lake Rotorua's ever changing conditions and performs amazingly. This boat is built to carry up to 22 passengers and has a power rating of 500HP (372KW). It too will blast you to speeds of up to 85km/h
This Jet Boat is the biggest in our fleet and is powered by two Kodiak Marine 350ci V8 engines providing a combined power of 700HP (521KW), coupled by two Hamilton 212 Jet Units. It is designed and built jointly by Mackraft and KJET Queenstown to be the world's very first "Twin Engine" Commercial Jet Boat to be developed. This technology is now widely used across the Jet Boating industry. This boat has a carrying capacity of up to 28 passengers and will also reach speeds of up to 85km per hour.
All our Jet Boats are equipped with extensive safety equipment on-board to ensure your safety against all possible scenarios. Each year they undergo a safety audit with Maritime NZ, and Katoa Lake Rotorua upholds a strict maintenance program on the vessels in accordance with Maritime NZ. This is to ensure they are always in the safest possible condition to operate.
Katoa Lake Rotorua supply all customers with life jackets to ensure their safety. These MUST be able to be worn appropriately to board our Jet Boats. We also supply spray jackets that are optional but are highly recommended, especially in the winter months.