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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

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Dart River Wilderness Jet is an exhilarating and spectacular journey from Glenorchy deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. The sheer diversity of what’s on offer means you experience a unique combination of breathtaking scenery matched with exciting jet boating on braided, glacier-fed rivers. Highly informative guides add the personal touch, talking about the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Māori legends. Walk amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. An authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world
  • 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 for the utmost convenience
  • Air-conditioned vehicle ensures passengers' comfort
What to Expect
Begin your day in the wilderness with pickup at your 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. 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. Next, 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all major hotels in Queenstown. We will advise accordingly when we provide all confirmation details.
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Kruse GPS triggered audio commentary is available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish FREE to enhance your experience (Need to be booked in advance)
  • Return Hotel transfers air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guided wilderness walk with a knowledgeable tour guide
  • Back-country Bus tour
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum child height of 3’3.5’’(1 meter) applies irrespective of child’s age
  • Life jackets are mandatory and supplied along with optional spray jackets
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable, supportive close-toed shoes
  • Guided walk requires moderate fitness. The walking track is mostly well-formed; some sections may be steep, rough or muddy
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the best things I've done. The scenery was stunning, the jet boat ride was very cool. The driver was very knowledgeable about the area and explained how the jet-boat was developed. Loved this experience.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank TheMace5
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora TheMace5, Thank you for taking your time to write such an awesome review of your ride with us. Yes the drivers are a wealth of knowledge. I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Glenorchy, it's such a special place. Ngā mihi, Amelia

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently went for the 1 hour River Wild+Wilderness Jet and it was one of the best experiences I've had! Amber was our guide and she was amazing and she made sure we had the best possible experience we could and we for sure loved it!...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora AdventureTech, We've been lucky to get Amber back for a second summer funyak season. Awesome to hear you enjoyed the horse riding too. Hopefully we will see you again next time for another one of our experiences, maybe Funyaks next time! Ngā mihi,...More

Reviewed 12 September 2019 via mobile

I had such a fun day with Dart River Adventures. The staff were very friendly and Ethan our boat driver was full of facts and stories and made sure everyone had a fun journey. I still can't believe the boats can speed through as little...More

Thank KatrinaKelso
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora KatrinaKelso, Cheers for leaving us such a glowing review. I couldn't agree more, its so unreal to think something so large with 14 people can skate across the top of the water at such pace. Thanks again for the 5* review. Amelia

Reviewed 4 September 2019 via mobile

Second time for us - fun exhilarating breathtaking scenery great guide - might try funysks next time they look like a hoot - take some insect repellent and warm clothing in colder months - loved it - Glenorchy is a lovely little town too

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 322rosel
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora 322rosel, We love that you've been back a second time! Hopefully we will see you again for Funyaks again in the future. Nga mihi, Amelia

Reviewed 2 September 2019

I got into the bus to Glenorchy from the Station. Robbie is really knowledgeable and the whole drive he told us stories and facts about the lake Wakatipu and more. Once in Glenorchy, we got our tickets with complementary Dart River hats and neck warmers....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Célia Y
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora Célia Y, Thank you for taking the time to write a 5* review. It's awesome to hear that you enjoyed the trip out. The road to Glenorchy from Queenstown is one of my favourites with some of the most incredible views. Hope you...More

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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.
Stuart R
16 June 2018|
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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