ROSS KELLY (THE HOFF)
Ross 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.
FIONA KELLY (THE REAL BOSS)
Fiona is usually one of the first faces to greet you at the office and is well known as the babysitter of people's dogs and children. She is responsible for the smooth running of the business, key account management and keeping the lads in line.
WILL SCADDEN, 2IC
Will has been with us here at Katoa for several years and has worked his way through the ranks to become our Operations Manager. He is responsible for making sure we can deliver a safe and enjoyable experience to all of our visitors. You will still see him out and about in the Jet Boats and head Skipper of our Water Taxi.
NICK KELLY (PICKLE)
Famously born in a jet boat, Nick is a top driver with a passion for making every trip an unforgettable one.
HAODI (JOHN) ZHANG
Not only is John the first Chinese person to obtain a commercial jet boat license in New Zealand, but he is also a pretty awesome parasailing deckhand and Chinese salesperson.
JAYMZ THEUNISSEN (JAYMZILLA)
Jaymz is one of our jet boat drivers here at Katoa. When he is not thrilling our customers blasting around Lake Rotorua you will also find him hanging off the parachute as a safety instructor on our Parasailing boat.
History. Adrenaline. Native wildlife. Untouched beauty. All encompases Katoa Lake Rotorua and is waiting for you to discover on Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. Whether it’s the thrill of jet boating, learning about Mokoia Island’s ancient history, or cruising through the crater lake; you’ll be amazed and captivated by the history, wildlife, and thrills on and off the water.
In the beginning, we were known as Kawarau Jet, born from Kawarau Jet in Queenstown, the world’s first commercial jet boat operation. With such a successful history, it was decided to bring the same experience to the North Island’s cultural and adventure capital, Rotorua. As time went on, business owner and operators Ross and Fiona Kelly saw that there was so much more potential than only the excitement and adrenaline of jet boating and chose to build on the jetboating to become Katoa (entirely) Lake Rotorua.
Purpose built Jet Boat made by Mackraft Marine specifically for the conditions on Lake Rotorua. The boat runs a 350 Mercruiser V8 Chev Motor with a Hamilton 212 Jet Unit and is surveyed for up to 11 people.
This is the newest boat in the fleet with its sleek design turning heads whenever it hits the water. It is running an experimental motor based on an XR6 Turbo Engine. Once the Research and Development is complete it will have twin engines, making it one of the fastest commercial jet boats in the country. This boat is surveyed for up to 18 people. It too was designed and built specifically for use on Lake Rotorua.
This is the "Big Boy" of the fleet and runs two Kodiak Marine Chev 350 V8's coupled by twin Hamilton 212 Jet Units. This is built by Mackraft Marine and was the very first "Twin" Engine Commercial Jet Boat to be developed. It is surveyed for up to 28 people and has a top speed of 85km per hour.
This is a purpose built vessel running two Yamaha 150 horsepower outboard engines. You will take off and land on the boat so no water contact or previous experience is necessary. All harnesses, parachutes and associated equipment is certified to the highest standards and regularly assessed and maintained.
This purpose built Commercial Catamaran is perfect for the conditions here on Lake Rotorua. Our water taxi is designed with comfort in mind. It keeps you away from the spray and quickly transports you to Mokoia Island and other locations. With covered seating for up to 30 guests and large windows to take in the scenery this is your ideal transport around Lake Rotorua. It is powered by Twin 300hp Suzuki Outboards making it powerful and quiet.
All boats are equipped with extensive safety equipment, radios and onboard safety mechanisms to ensure your protection against all possible scenarios.
All customers are supplied with spray jackets to keep you warm and dry and lifejackets for your safety. You MUST wear a lifejacket. Spray jackets are optional but highly recommended, especially in the winter months.