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Dart River Combo: 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown provided by Dart River Adventures

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Dart River Combo: 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

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Cruise the Dart River by jet boat and “funyak” (inflatable canoe) on a full-day tour of Mount Aspiring National Park. Start with an energetic, high-speed ride up the river, then use easy-to-maneuver funyaks to explore hidden streams, rock pools, and chasms. This tour offers more time and more fun amidst the river’s nature and wildlife than a jet boat–only tour, plus a buffet lunch.
  • Thrill to an exciting high-speed jet boat ride up the Dart River
  • Explore the river’s often overlooked nooks and crannies in a funyak
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch in a gorgeous setting in Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at select Queenstown hotels
What to Expect
Get picked up at your Queenstown hotel for the trip to Glenorchy, then get suited up with a lifejacket, wetsuit, fleece, and dry bag for the jet boat trip up the Dart River through Mount Aspiring National Park. Hold on tight as you maneuver the river’s twists and turns, with a guide to point out the park’s landmarks. Once you’re deep inside the wilderness, trade the jet boat for an inflatable canoe that seats two or three people. Paddling a funyak, you can access places too narrow and shallow for jet boats, exploring the nooks and crannies that make the Dart River so beautiful. Pull to the water’s edge for a buffet lunch served in a grassy clearing, then continue paddling through scenic terrain, watching for native birds and animals. This Dart River tour concludes with return transfer to your original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
The Station Information Centre, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Round-trip transport from Queenstown
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Jet boat ride
  • Canoe tour
  • Use of equipment: lifejacket, wetsuits and booties, fleece, dry bag
  • Buffet lunch
  • Soft drinks, tea and coffee
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum height is 3.3 feet (1 meter)
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Please dress appropriately: bring swimwear, a towel and warm clothes
  • Please bring sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jodz04 wrote a review 3 Apr
Adelaide, Australia214 contributions42 helpful votes
This is a must do adventure when visiting New Zealand. We caught the bus from Queenstown to Glenorchy, once we arrived we were briefed in all the safety aspects and we were given the clothes we would need for the day. The jet boat was exciting, exhilarating and so much fun,
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Date of experience: December 2019
kathrynw474 wrote a review Mar 2020
17 contributions1 helpful vote
Wow where to start this is an awesome day out. Great staff so full of energy and so willing to help. Scenery beautiful, jet boat ride thrilling, funjaks were amazing great way to see this beautiful place. A huge thanks to our guides for the day, food was fabulous We will be
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Response from Jane_Dart_River, Manager at Dart River Combo: 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora Kathryn Thank you for your review. I think you summed it up well there: AWESOME day! Our Funyaks is a unique experience where you get to see a lot of areas that are untouched and unaccesable to most - what better way to take in the beautiful scenery. I will pass your thanks onto our team - they will have big smiles on their faces. We look forward to seeing you for another adventure in the future. Nga mihi Jane Morris
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Joanna PE wrote a review Mar 2020
Port Huron, Michigan3 contributions1 helpful vote
Jet boats were first constructed in this area to quickly move on shallow rivers. It’s neat to experience them at the place of their “birth” and understand the rationale behind the invention. It’s also thrilling to go fast and turn crazy fast circles. But the key of this
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from DRJ_reservations, Customer Experience Representative at Dart River Combo: 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown
Responded 4 weeks ago
Kia Ora OnAir445258, What a great way to describe our adventure, thank you! The beauty and tranquility of own back yard is a sight to behold, we are all very passionate about keeping it that way! Thanks for coming and hanging out with us, have a great day. Ngā mihi, Tessa Burnside-Woods Customer Experience Representative
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Barbara F wrote a review Mar 2020
Marco Island, Florida37 contributions3 helpful votes
From start to finish this was a great way to spend the day. After an exhilarating ride 30k up the Dart River then we transferred to the “funyaks” a stable blow up revision of a kayak and proceeded to travel back down the Dart River, which enabled us to take in the natural
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from DRJ_reservations, Customer Experience Representative at Dart River Combo: 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown
Responded 4 weeks ago
Kia Ora BarbaraF, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Its awesome to hear you had such a great time. The Funyaks are a very relaxing and unique way to get around, thats for sure! If you are ever back in Glenorchy please stop by to say hello. Ngā mihi, Tessa Burnside-Woods Customer Experience Representative
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Nevaeh2015 wrote a review Mar 2020
Queenstown, New Zealand4 contributions
It is definitely one thing you should not miss on your bucket list if you visit Queenstown. The ultimate combination gives you supreme experience of Glenorchy and Paradise, with breathtaking view, delicious food, exciting jetboat tour and amazing funyak. We got to see a lot
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from DRJ_reservations, Customer Experience Representative at Dart River Combo: 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown
Responded 4 weeks ago
Kia Ora Nevaeh2015, Thank you so much for coming on our trip and leaving us this very positive review! The views are definately one of a kind from the Dart River, and travelling by Funyak means you can enjoy every aspect of your surroundings. We really hope to see you again. Ngā mihi, Tessa Burnside-Woods Customer Experience Representative
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By: Dart River Adventures
Forget the bus, self drive; jet boat fantastic and scenery is even better
Don’t take the bus, you have pickups around all the Queenstown hotels and a banal commentary enroute in broken Engl
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Sara L
Fabulous excursion
My friends and I enjoyed a fabulous boating adventure with our Justin Timberlake look a like guide Ed! We had so m
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Adventuring on the Dart River
Wet weather day or not this team of horses and guides are truely amazing. They all work together so well, offering
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Kids loved it!
This tour included a bus from Queenstown with narration, a guided walking tour of the forest and a jet boat ride.
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Not for me
I think this trip is probably great for those unlike me who enjoy rough boat rides that twirl and throw you around.
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Betty S
Third Time Just as Good
This was the third time in 20 years we have done this trip and it never fails to disappoint. When the scenery is t
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I hope I enjoyed it better
The race on the boat lasted a long time and it was exciting, but I guess that as it rained the satisfaction was les
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Beautiful, Fun Ride
I've traveled the world. This jet boat ride up the Dart River is on my top 10 things I've experience. The towering
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Long river jetboat ride mor fun than the lake
Part of a tour that included a short forest trek, this jet boat ride takes you pretty far up the river and ends up
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Pj P
Exhilarating AND educational!
My husband and I totally enjoyed the whole experience! From the 45-minute bus trip to Glenorchy with narration abo
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We had taken this trip five years ago and a relative we were with hadn’t so that was the excuse as it’s not a cheap
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Exhilaration at its finest
We loved the trip up the Dart River in as little as 4 inches of water. Our guide Andy was very knowledgeable and fu
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The jet boat ride was beautiful and so much fun! I wish it could have been longer! The wilderness walk was info
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Loved, loved, loved the boat ride. The river is simply amazing and the time in the water did not feel hurried. So
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Just awesome
An awesome ride in beautiful scenery. As an experienced rider of many years, that has slowed down, I thought the ho
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Key Details
  • Dart River Adventures, Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and 2 more
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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