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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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    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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Mandm9073 wrote a review Dec 2019
Dunedin, New Zealand10 contributions8 helpful votes
We started from Glenorchy at 9am and boat back by 12pm. (Obviously + 45 min each way from Queenstown.) Cloudy start, but sun came out for the river trip. I think that was the best way to do it - bus tour then jet boat. Spray jacket and life jackets supplied. We took warm
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from DRJ_reservations, Customer Experience Representative at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 30 Dec 2019
Kia Ora Mandm9073, Thank you for taking time to write this review. The weather can definately be quite unpredictable in our part of the world so its great that worked in your favour, and why it always pays to be prepared! Have a wonderful New Year, and we hope to see you again in the future. Ngā mihi, Tessa Burnside-Woods Customer Experience Representative
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OTR_Again_IM wrote a review Dec 2019
Iowa1,638 contribution658 helpful votes
DRA picks up at all major hotels in Queenstown then it's a 45 minute drive along a very scenic hiway to Glenorchy.  We first rode a 4WD bus along the river to Paradise Valley then a short walk thru a native forest. After that you stuff yourself into a heavy hooded spray jacket
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from ZoeWood21, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 22 Dec 2019
Kia ora OTR_Again_IM! Thank you very much for your 5 star review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your experience! The detailed review suggests that you loved it - which is what we aim to achieve. Ngā Mihi and Meri Kirihimite. Oscar
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Michael N wrote a review Dec 2019
5 contributions2 helpful votes
I wasn't too sure about this jet boat ride at first, but we decided to give it a go. I have to say it was very memorable. Ed,the driver was fantastic, with a great personality and terrific skills navigating a very shallow river whose bottom and depth changes daily. He was adept
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Date of experience: November 2019
Response from Jane_Dart_River, Manager at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 17 Dec 2019
Kia ora Michael Thanks for taking the time to share your review. We are very happy to hear that you had such a great time on your trip with Ed and that he looked after you so well, we agree he is pretty fantastic and very talented. Enjoy the rest of your holiday and we hope to see you again in the future for another adventure. Nga Mihi Jane
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Fiona C wrote a review Dec 2019
Galway, Ireland17 contributions1 helpful vote
We loved this tour. They bus journey alone gave us so many insights into the history of the area and movies that had been shot there. The jet boat experience was a full hour long with lots of thrills And lots of chances to take photos! Really loved the tour!
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from ZoeWood21, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 3 Dec 2019
Kia ora Fiona C! We're stoked to hear that you had a wonderful time! We would love to have you back! Thank you very much for your review. Ngā mihi, Oscar
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SuzyQIndiana wrote a review Nov 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana284 contributions21 helpful votes
We chose to self-drive to our Dart River Jetboat Safari tour so we had flexibility before and after our tour to do other things. It was raining a little and once we arrived they gave us the option to cancel but we decided to go ahead as this would be our only chance. We came
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from ZoeWood21, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 26 Nov 2019
Kia ora SuzyQIndiana, Going off of the extensive review it is clear that you had a wonderful time. We are very pleased to hear that! Thank you so much for enjoying the Dart River experience - a shame about the weather though! Mother Nature, am I right? Hope to see you again soon! Ngā mihi, Oscar
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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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  • Duration: 6h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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