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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

Highlights
  • Naturalist guide provides expert wilderness commentary and supervision
  • Multiple activities in one trip: jet-boat ride, forest hike, and off-road tour 
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Queenstown for the utmost convenience
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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown
From US$179.68
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Morning DepartureMost Popular
Tour departs from Queenstown at 8am. Hotel pickups commence up to 30 minutes prior to this time. Please note, pickup time will vary depending on your hotel location.
From US$179.68
Afternoon Departure
Tour departs Queenstown at 12pm in Winter and 12:30pm in Summer. Hotel pickups commence up to 30 minutes prior to this time. Please note, pickup time will vary depending on your hotel location.
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Overview
Go deep into the Dart River wilderness without worrying about lugging all your own gear or the safety precautions involved when exploring unfamiliar territory. With a naturalist guide by your side and all equipment included, you’ll take a jet-boat ride, trek through the forest, and embark worry-free on an off-road backcountry tour through Mt. Aspiring National Park. Hotel pickup and drop-off adds extra convenience.
What to Expect
Begin your day in the wilderness with pickup at your Queenstown hotel; bring only your necessities for the day and a water bottle.

As you venture deep into Mt. Aspiring National Park, listen to engaging commentary from your naturalist guide as you travel to Glenorchy, about 28 miles (45 kilometers) away. Enjoy the scenery (which has been featured in the Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings films) while your guide takes care of driving and directions.

Once you reach Glenorchy, transfer to a jet-boat for a thrilling, high-speed ride on the Dart River. Then hike through an ancient forest, listening to your naturalist guide talk about the native animals and plants and its the area’s longtime native Maori inhabitants.

Finally, take an off-road ride through the South Island's off-the-beaten-path scenery, during which you'll have plenty of time to snap photos. Your adventure ends with drop-off back in Queenstown.
Reviews (220)
1 - 5 of 205 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Worth the $$!!

We were sceptical about booking this as its one expensive jet boat ride when you are looking at it from an online point of veiw. BUT its well & truly worth every cent. We did the bus ride first which we had been told was...More

Thank ChrystalHansen
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Amazing

Had a wonderful time - I only wish I had thought to ask if I could drive myself back and forth because I wanted to explore Glenorchy afterwards but we had to get back on the bus to Queenstown right away. Great experience - highly...More

Thank Voyager820380
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wilderness so true

Ride from Queenstown to Glenorchy is a beautiful trip to start your adventure. We then did a backroad tour in a smaller 4wd bus which is informative and fun as you cross the river to get to the forest where you do a walk thru...More

1  Thank Julie_loveabargain
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Incredible

An absolute blast! The jet boat ride was absolutely incredible. Our driver Ethan was amazing and cannot say enough good things about this young fella! Highly recommend you give it a try when you’re down here....I’m sure the other drivers are good, but ask to...More

Thank Graeme D
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Graeme, thanks for leaving a 5 star review. Ethan is amazing, ill be sure to pass on your feedback. Nga mihi, Amelia

Reviewed 11 October 2018
Don't Think Twice...Just Do This!

I just spent a month traveling in Australia and New Zealand with friends and hands down, our jet boat adventure on the Dart River was one of the top highlights of our trip. The staff is excellent. After our guided nature walk and backcountry off-road...More

Thank Kim P
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Kim, that tagline is awesome. Thanks so much for taking the time to write such an awesome review. Safe travels, Amelia

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schew2013
17 August 2018|
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Response from whosgoingtobali | Reviewed this property |
Hi So sorry for delay, I was staying in Queenstown so from there, there are many operations in town that will take you there. I am not sure where St James is, I was visiting from the states.
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Stuart R
16 June 2018|
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Response from pasweet | Reviewed this property |
The boat ride itself is nearly 1 hour. We also did a hike in the national park which was about a half hour. The drive to and from the site of the boat ride was about 45 min each way. Suggest you contact the vendor as to... More
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