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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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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.
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You'll start at
Queenstown
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  • 1
    Dart River Adventures
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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    Pass by Glenorchy
  • 2
    Mount Aspiring National Park
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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    Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
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You'll end at
Queenstown
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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 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
Duration
6h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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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ksufan88 wrote a review Feb 2020
Wichita, Kansas3,438 contributions256 helpful votes
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From Queenstown, we were driven 1 hour along the lake up to the town of Glenorchy in a bus. The group was then split into two smaller ones, and we were each given a water-proof jacket and life-jackets. We climbed onto an all terrain vehicle and drove about 30 minutes across some
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from NTMarketing, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 2 Feb 2020
Kia ora ksufan88! Thank you very much for the review! We're super thrilled to hear that you had a good experience with us and that Mother Nature treated you kindly! We'd love to have you back again soon. Ngā Mihi, Oscar
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Mangocango wrote a review Jan 2020
Williamstown, Australia44 contributions18 helpful votes
The Dart River adventure was recommended to me by another tour guide. It’s a slick operation. Picked up on a large coach, ferried out to the nerve centre at Glenorchy and introduced us to our guide Matt who was great. The bus stopped in Paradise and we were talked through
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Response from ZoeWood21, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 12 Jan 2020
Kia ora Mangocango, Thank you for the review. We're glad to hear that you had a good time with us at Dart River. Hopefully we will see you again soon so you can experience more wonderful scenery in the area. Ngā Mihi, Oscar
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E Badd wrote a review Jan 2020
Cotswolds, United Kingdom35 contributions4 helpful votes
Was bought this as a present. Enjoyed the wilderness tour on a 4x4 bus and on foot. Great tour guide with lots of funny comments, while delivering just the right amount of information about the area and its history. Some film and tv trivia was thrown in as well, with a stop on
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from ZoeWood21, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 9 Jan 2020
Kia ora Ebadd, Thank you very much for your review! Glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us. We would love to see you back again in the near future! Ngā Mihi, Oscar
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Dan wrote a review Jan 2020
13 contributions3 helpful votes
Jet boat zooms you up a very shallow river. Exhilarating! Very scenic. Then kayak at a leisurely pace downstream. Highlight was a breathtaking detour into a slot canyon. Guides were knowledgable and chill. Pacing was perfect.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from DRJ_reservations, Customer Experience Representative at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Kia Ora Captaincook90, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us this review! We are glad the trip was so exciting for you and you had such a good day. Please come back and see us again if you are ever in Glenorchy. Ngā mihi, Tessa Burnside-Woods Customer Experience Representative
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David L wrote a review Dec 2019
San Francisco, California623 contributions76 helpful votes
Sometimes you just have to try something new, and taking a jet boat ride on the Dart River near Milford Sound was exhilerating. It provided a close-up look at one of the many braided rivers in New Zealand, along with an opportunity to get some scenic photos. The guided
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from DRJ_reservations, Ngā mihi, Tessa Burnside-Woods Customer Experience Representative at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Kia Ora 410DavidL, Thank you for such a detailed positive review! We agree, sometimes trying new things can lead to the best experiences! If you are ever in the area again, please do come back and see us. Ngā mihi, Tessa Burnside-Woods Customer Experience Representative
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By: Dart River Adventures
grainner_313
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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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jam4teaLichfield
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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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KenVicLee
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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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Jodz04
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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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Dreamfuladventurer
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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
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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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34miquela
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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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zavalaphilam
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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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OnAir445258
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Lothlorien
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
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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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Nevaeh2015
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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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SarahLiveing1
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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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967dilipd
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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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JohnJNorris
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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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Fliss444
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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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  • Duration: 6h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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