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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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  • 3
    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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EduardasZigunovas wrote a review Nov 2019
Barcelona, Spain13 contributions11 helpful votes
If you are in Queenstown for a few days I would highly recomend going for the Dart River Wilderness Jet. We did it in mid November and got lucky to enjoy breathtaking scenery of the snowy mounain peaks. You start with a 45 min drive to Glenorchy that is one of the most scenic
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from ZoeWood21, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 26 Nov 2019
Kia ora Eduardas! Thank you for you 5 star rating! Lovely to hear that you had a wonderful time. We attempt to make the experience as good as it possibly can be for our customers - and it is evident that we have done so for you which is a great pleasure. Hope to see you again soon! Ngā mihi, Oscar
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Julie A. K wrote a review Oct 2019
New Auburn13 contributions33 helpful votes
This adventure was the highlight of my trip. Going on this extremely fast jet boat, traveling through just inches of water with our great guide. Amazing! Our guide, Ed was super! He made this experience so much fun, especially when we did a 360 degree turn!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from DRJ_reservations, Customer Experience Representative at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 26 Nov 2019
Kia Ora Julie, The spins are great fun and it is amazing how little water the jetboats can still operate in! We are thrilled you had such a good time, thank you for your feedback. Ngā mihi, Tessa Burnside-Woods Customer Experience Representative
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TRexplores wrote a review Oct 2019
Edinboro, Pennsylvania17 contributions5 helpful votes
We were self-driving both islands. We opted to drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy to the jet boat ride. Very scenic drive. Like most of the NZ roads, they aren't straight and you need to take your time. Jet Ride was awesome. We were there in early spring, so dress warm, bring a
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from DRJ_reservations, Customer Experience Representative at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 26 Nov 2019
Kia Ora TRexplores, Thank you for your kind review, we will make sure it reaches Ed! We are very lucky to have such an awesome place to share with everyone. We hope to see you again in the future. Ngā mihi, Tessa Customer Experience Representative
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TheMace5 wrote a review Sep 2019
Wellington, New Zealand6 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 7 Oct 2019
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
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Yuvi wrote a review Sep 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
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! Highly recommended, this is something you
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 6 Oct 2019
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, Amelia
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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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