First Solo Jet Ski Lap of New Zealand Ever Completed

February 28, 2023: The first man to lap mainland Australia and Tasmania, solo on a Jet Ski has completed the Australasian trifecta by circumnavigating New Zealand.

Lindsay Warner (64) tackled cyclones and rough weather conditions during the lap making the feat all the more impressive.

The adventurer and real-estate agent/auctioneer based in Adelaide took 9 days on the water to lap the South Island and another 12 days on the water to lap the North Island.

The mission started on the 14th of January and was completed on 21 February 2023. The remaining days off the water used to maintain equipment and ride out cyclone weather.

Warner’s choice of equipment was the same 2017 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra LX he used on the Australian laps. A backup 2022 Jet Ski Ultra LX was taken by his 2-support road crew but was untouched for the journey.

Lindsay Warner’s longest day on the water was during the first leg of the South Island where he travelled 375km on the West Coast. The last 3 days of the journey required a marathon effort to cover a total of 850km (305km, 320km and 220km) in order to beat another major weather pattern.

To read more on Lindsay Warner’s adventure, visit

Photo Credit: Images courtesy of Lindsay Warner

2023 Kawasaki Ultra 160 Jet Ski’s target class domination


Boasting outstanding performance plus precision engineering and incredible on-water handling, Kawasaki has unveiled two models in the ULTRA 160 Series as part of its 2023 JET SKI personal watercraft range.
The duo of normally aspirated runabout models share the highly acclaimed liquid-cooled, 1,498 cm3 In-Line Four-cylinder Ninja supersport-based engine of the STX 160 Series but similarities end there. In addition to a deep-V hull, which offers a balance of smooth performance and precise handling in a variety of water conditions, above the waterline the ULTRA 160LX-S and ULTRA 160LX are loaded with innovative features and equipment such as electronic cruise control, power mode selection and launch control allied to innovations such as KSD (Kawasaki Splash Deflectors) tried and tested on the 2022 ULTRA 310 Series.  Dynamic luxury styling shared with the supercharged flagship models drives home their position as class-leaders in the normally aspirated runabout segment.

Completely redesigned from the deck up, the new ‘23 ULTRA 160 Series models offer significantly higher levels of tech, comfort and convenience than their predecessors, the ULTRA LX, making them models of choice for touring in comfort and style.  New seats and foot well designs contribute to more comfortable ergonomics, while taller bumpers offer increased splash protection.  Kawasaki Smart Reverse with Deceleration (KSRD) enables one-handed thrust control plus a new seat with a front portion that is slimmer at the knees, greatly facilitates stand-up riding.

The ULTRA 160LX-S, or Luxury Sport boasts features such as a full colour 7” TFT offering multiple display modes, jog-dial control to select from three display modes, Bluetooth connectivity to Smartphones and other infotainment features.

Storage and docking convenience for both models is at premium levels with several Easy-Access storage compartments along with Easy-Access cleats allowing efficient docking. Another stand out trim feature for 2023 are LED bumper mounted accent lights which add a stylish touch while increasing craft awareness while afloat.

A rear-view camera is a standard fitment and the ULTRA deck (offering a broader staging platform and more room for stowing gear) acknowledges just how many aquatic recreational choices can be exploited.  Finally, sporty graphics and bright Candy Steel Furnace Orange define the luxury highlights of the 160LX-S.

Taking things to the next specification level, the 2023 ULTRA 160LX, LUXURY is destined to be supplied by Kawasaki Jet Ski dealers with all the great equipment of the 160LX-S, plus JETSOUND 4s featuring no less than four speakers plus Bluetooth connectivity, an ERGO-FIT LXury Seat offering enhanced cruising comfort and three possible positions plus a stylish meter visor creating an additional touch of class cementing Kawasaki’s dominance of the normally aspirated personal watercraft class.

2023 Ultra 160 colour ways:
ULTRA 160LX-S: Ebony / Candy Steel Furnace Orange
ULTRA 160LX: Ebony / Metallic Shadow Gold

Kawasaki welcomes newest Jet Ski dealer

Kawasaki New Zealand welcomes Auckland Marine Centre to the Kawasaki Jet Ski watercraft dealer network. AMC is Kawasaki’s sole Auckland Jet Ski dealer.

Auckland Marine is one of Auckland’s longest standing marine businesses, incorporated in 1989 it has developed into a top-notch dealership offering a wide range of marine products and accessories.

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17 September 2018

Kawasaki NZ is proud to present the 2018 ULTRA LX-F FISHING SKI

The Ultra LX-F Fishing Ski is a new model to the Kawasaki lineup. Based off the Ultra LX and adapted with the help of respected brands, Manta, Lowrance and Icey-Tek to deliver a showroom ready Fishing JetSki.

The Kawasaki Ultra hull is renowned the world over for its excellent stability in both rough and calm conditions. Combine this with a huge 212L of storage, luxury seating for 3, Manta stainless steel lightweight rod holder, premium 70 litre Icey-Tek chilly bin and Lowrance Hook2 5″ fishfinder/chartplotter and you’ll be ready to fish this summer!

The Ultra LX-F features a deep-V hull design matched to an economical and proven 1498cc engine and long-range 78L fuel tank, the Ultra LX-F offers the greatest ride comfort and range to get to the workups and back home.

Available while stocks last. Participating Kawasaki JetSki dealers only.


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