Speeding to Fieldays in a jet boat
There's no-one else on the water.
As we cruise under the bridge we see cars with their red brake lights on, stuck in traffic.
It's 8am and queues are starting to build with traffic management in place.
It's quiet along the Waikato River.
But the wind is fierce. I zip up my puffer jacket and secure my beanie as the rain starts to fall.
Beautiful waterfalls pop out from each side of the riverbank as we pass mansion after riverside mansion. I envy their picturesque views.
The driver, Aaron Crossan makes a circle motion with his fingers.
As instructed earlier, I grab the handles in front of our seat and close my eyes.
A 360 degree whip flips us around as we slide in our seats.
"Welcome to Fieldays", Crossan says.
In seven minutes we're here, with a one minute walk through the gates.
Forget the traffic jams - catch a jet boat to Fieldays.
The ride starts at Narrows Lane, off Airport Rd, and takes you along the Waikato River, through the "narrow part" and on to the Mystery Creek jetty.
Owner operator Crossan saw it as an opportunity.
"Traffic gets backed up all the way [to Narrows Bridge], so it's a good place for people to jump on the boat and have a quick ride up to Fieldays, then bring them back at the end of the day.
"It can take up to half an hour in the car, just crawling to Fieldays. So this way, you break your road trip up. Jump in the boat and we'll shoot you up there."
Crossan has been running his service about four years.
He said every year it gets busier, with an expected 60 people a day.
"As along as you're not too worried about the weather - no-one wants to be in a jet boat in the pouring rain."
The boat does return trips every half an hour, with an early boat for exhibitors. The last boat is around 5pm.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Hold on tight and enjoy the complimentary spin at the end.