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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

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 in Queenstown for the utmost convenience
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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown
From US$177.10
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Morning DepartureMost Popular
Tour departs from Queenstown at 8am. Hotel pickups commence up to 30 minutes prior to this time. Please note, pickup time will vary depending on your hotel location.
From US$177.05
Afternoon Departure
Tour departs Queenstown at 12pm in Winter and 12:30pm in Summer. Hotel pickups commence up to 30 minutes prior to this time. Please note, pickup time will vary depending on your hotel location.
From US$177.05
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.
What to Expect
Begin your day in the wilderness with pickup at your Queenstown 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 to Glenorchy, about 28 miles (45 kilometers) away. 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.

Once you reach Glenorchy, 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. Your adventure ends with drop-off back in Queenstown.
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1 - 5 of 193 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Stunning

Firstly our tour guide Finn - what an absolute top bloke! We were lucky enough to be the only people on the boat after we dropped off the funyaks. He was so passionate about the area and gave us an experience of dart river we...More

Thank Renee H
Reviewed 5 days ago
Woo-Hoo! What a ride

All in all, an amazing day. The drive out to Glenorchy was very scenic and the forest walk, both beautiful and informative. However, the highlight of the trip was the jet boat ride up and down the Dart River. Simon, our captain, was simply amazing,...More

Thank Roadtripsters2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful experience

Very scenic ride and crystal clear glacial water. Jet boat ride was fantastic-I was apprehensive before but the ride was fine. Cold splashes of water were fine. They do provide full gear for protection.

Thank AIWIW
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, thanks for the 5 star review. Very pleased you had such a lovely time. Nga mihi (regards), Amelia

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Beautiful scenery on the river and on the drIve put to Glenorchy too

Did a combined tour Of jetboating on the river with a short walk through the nearby forest and a transfer onto the bus for a scenic bus ride back to glenorchy. Jet boating is lots of fun, the driver caters the ride to the group....More

Thank 1AlwaysOneTheRoad1
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, thanks for taking the time to write a review. Nga mihi, Amelia

Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile
Amazing exhilarating experience

Absolutely the highlight of an amazing few days in Queenstown. From start to finish we were educated on the history of the area & how many movies have used this stunning backdrop. Then we hopped on the jet boat with the driver Elliot & shown...More

Thank Julie B
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Kia ora Julie, thanks for the 5 star review. Nga mihi (regards), Amelia

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