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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown provided by Dart River Adventures

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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown

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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.
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    Dart River Adventures
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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    Pass by Glenorchy
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    Mount Aspiring National Park
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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    Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
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  • 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
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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 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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yvonne541d wrote a review Feb 2020
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Difficult to rate this activity as the boat trip deserved top marks, whilst the bus trip was not good,it felt like a cheap, uncomfortable way to lengthen the tour duration in order to justify the cost. Having done the Dart many years ago we were keen to take visiting overseas
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from DRJ_reservations, Customer Service Representitive / Ratoka Kiritaki at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 24 Feb 2020
Kia Ora Yvonne541d, Thank you for passing along your feedback. We are very sorry you feel this way about the bus portion of our trip. We do have the option of exclusive trips available which consist of just the boat ride, so if you are ever in the area again please do contact us to inquire. If you have any further information or questions you wish to share with us, please don't hesitate to contact us on the below email: We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Ngā Mihi, Tessa Burnside-Woods
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AmandaZona wrote a review Feb 2020
Phoenix, Arizona291 contributions54 helpful votes
The bus ride out to Glenorchy was very scenic, and the driver/guide Sam narrated points of interest and local history as we drove. If you can, sit on the left side of the bus on the way there for the best views. We did the nature walk first. It was very pleasant and not too
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Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 17 Feb 2020
Kia ora AmandaZona, Thank you for taking the time to write us such an awesome review. We are happy to hear that you had such an awesome experience. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in beautiful New Zealand - thank you again & safe travels. Ngā mihi, Lauren
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SandyM7111965 wrote a review Feb 2020
Townsville, Australia34 contributions12 helpful votes
This is excellent value for money for adults. You will be on the water for an hour and forty minutes. It’s fast and cold. It can also be very sunny so ensure you have sunscreen on. We took the option of the free bus transfers and our bus driver (Hanna) was very informative and
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Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 16 Feb 2020
Kia ora SandyM7111965, Thank you for taking the time to review Dart River Adventures. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Queenstown. Ngā mihi, Lauren
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TravelguruDanville wrote a review Feb 2020
Aventura, Florida220 contributions152 helpful votes
Well organized, pick up at hotel on time and great weather! The trip to Glenorchy has stunning scenery and when you get on the jet book, you are in for an exciting ride! The river, being very shallow, offers uts own thrill as you wonder how your driver can skid between piles of
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from NTMarketing, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 11 Feb 2020
Kia ora TravelguruDanville! Thank you very much for the thorough 5-star review! We're so thrilled that we could offer you a wonderful experience. We hope it is one you won't forget and would love to see you back again soon. Ngā Mihi, Oscar
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WoodlandsMike wrote a review Feb 2020
The Woodlands, Texas209 contributions34 helpful votes
This is a fantastic trip if you’re looking for something to do. Even though the nature walk got flooded out, we got an extra hour on the jet boat. What a fantastic ride! Friendly staff and an unbelievable jet boat driver!
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Response from NTMarketing, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 10 Feb 2020
Kia ora WoodlandsMike! Wow! Best ever - what an honour. We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us and that we could make a memory to last a lifetime. Hope to see you again soon! Ngā Mihi, Oscar
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About the operator

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By: Dart River Adventures
Great fun!
We did this tour and it was so much fun! We had a little bus tour to Glenorchy and saw some locations used in Lord
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Wonderful trip
Had a great trip. Views were breathtaking and there were some exciting swerves and spins on the boat trip. Very muc
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We Did The Big Combo, Jet Boats and Funyaks
This is a full day event. A Dart River Adventures bus picked up our group of 7 outside our hotel at 7:30 am. We mad
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A Memorable NZ Experience
This is a must do adventure when visiting New Zealand. We caught the bus from Queenstown to Glenorchy, once we arri
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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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Kathryn W
Great way to celebrate turning 50 together
Wow where to start this is an awesome day out. Great staff so full of energy and so willing to help. Scenery beauti
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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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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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Jet boats were first constructed in this area to quickly move on shallow rivers. It’s neat to experience them at t
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Barbara F
Wow, what an amazing day...
From start to finish this was a great way to spend the day. After an exhilarating ride 30k up the Dart River then
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Bucket List Adventure
It is definitely one thing you should not miss on your bucket list if you visit Queenstown. The ultimate combinati
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Brilliant day out
So much fun in jet boats and then kayaks. Well organised, great guides, good equipment and fun lunch on the banks o
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Dart River Funyak
Just Great!!!. We thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a great way to enjoy beautiful scenic views. Our tour Guide JJ was ju
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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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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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