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Dart River

Camp and Shotover Streets | Queenstown Information Centre, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9992
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Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown
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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown
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Immerse yourself in an authentic New Zealand experience in some of the world’s most amazing scenery. The adventure begins in Queenstown, moves along Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy before heading into the pristine Dart River Valley and the World Heritage area of Mount Aspiring National Park. Enjoy the rich cultural heritage of this area overlooked by Te Koroka, the mythical sleeping giant in the hills famed for its abundance of pounamu. This truly is some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and includes mountains, glaciers, alpine lakes and ancient beech forest which have formed a recogniseable backdrop to Middle Earth and many other well know movies. Both jet boating and kayak tours are available ensuring that both adrenaline lovers and those looking for a more leisurely and immersive experience are catered for.
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beech forest” (71 reviews)
“fun yaks” (29 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Camp and Shotover Streets | Queenstown Information Centre, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9992
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a very pleasant day in this beautiful part of New Zealand. Bus drive up was good with a photo stop. Once we arrived in Glenorchy , we were geared up and headed to the jet boat ride. It was a lot of fun...More

Thank Suzybvmt
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

To all the staff members of dart river today. We had a lovely experience from am to pm . Today we even saw the jet boating world championships . I am not a regular kayaking person but the guide was very calm and did a...More

Thank jtm7
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had one of our best times in Queenstown with the Dart River Funyaks!! The bus ride to Glenorchy was nice, with a comfortable coach and a friendly driver who stopped on the way so we could take pictures of the Mt Aspiring National Park...More

Thank lemarl2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the best time, the staff was very friendly and our guide was fun and interesting. The views were amazing!More

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Thank Jeanie E
Jane_Dart_River, Manager at Dart River, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Jeanie Thanks for posting your review. Its great to hear that you had the best time on your trip and you are right - the scenery is amazing, it's no wonder its chosen to be the backdrop in so many blockbuster movies. Thank...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were given the funyak trip as a wedding present on our recent honeymoon and were very excited to go out and explore something new in Queenstown. Unfortunately the whole experience was a shambles from the beginning. We had a voucher from The Station, where...More

3  Thank edenwheatley
Reviewed 1 week ago

Professional and fantastic for the whole family. Extroardianry wilderness scenery. Would do it all again.

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Thank Carmen G
Jane_Dart_River, Manager at Dart River, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Carmen Thanks for your review. It was a pleasure to have you and your family come out on our trip, we hope to see you again on your next visit from Australia. Nga Mihi (Kind Regards), Jane

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly phone receptionist and counter check-in staff who provided detailed information about what to expect for the day trip. Prompt pick-up at the nominated pick-up point (Frankton bus shelter). Enjoyable scenic bus ride from Queenstown to Glenorchy. Casual commentary from the bus driver/ guide. Awesome...More

Thank jason8881
Jane_Dart_River, Manager at Dart River, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Jason Thank you for taking the time to share your trip experience. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your day with us out in the Dart River Valley - it really is a great outdoor experience. We hope to see you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dart River Jet Boats combined with the Wilderness Walk and brief stops to see movie settings probably will appeal to most people. There's great theme park type thrills in the jet boat ride which is fun and I felt so safe with our experienced driver...More

Thank Dojii
Jane_Dart_River, Manager at Dart River, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Thank you for your review. Its fantastic to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your jet boat ride - we are very proud of our team, they work very hard to deliver a fun and safe experience. It's great to hear that our trip...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For reasons beyond my control, I was 2 minutes late to the pickup stop for my Dart River Wilderness Jet excursion. Upon arrival, the Dart River bus driver, yelled at me, pushed his phone in my face asking "Do you know what time it is?"...More

Thank J F
Kate_NTT_Southern, Manager at Dart River, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora J F, Thank you for taking the time to write a review but are disappointment to read your comments. I have spoken with both Bill and the driver in question. I understand both of them tried to apologise multiple times to you for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what an experience. We drove to Glenorchy - a incredibly spectacular drive in itself - and once there decided to book on the spot after talking to the friendly folks there. We had originally planned to do the shotover jet as My 11 yr...More

Thank Paul F
Jane_Dart_River, Manager at Dart River, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora Paul Thank you for your review. We are so happy that you decided to call in and see us at our Glenorchy base and we were able to take you and your family out on our Wilderness Jet experience - it really is...More

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5 August 2017|
Response from Medon L | Reviewed this property |
3-4 hours, including a long lunch break. It's not a strenuous kayak at all: the current does most of the work.
Dana L
26 June 2017|
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Response from Sarah B | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the answer from judyden6. Layer layer layer! The water is cool in the summer so would be cold in the winter!!
13 May 2017|
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Response from Johanna K | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. It will be cold. Ring them and ask. We did the jet boat etc not funyaking. Wrap up warmly and they give you big water proof fleecy lined coats