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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

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Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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A jet-boat ride, a guided nature walk and a backcountry off-road tour are the highlights of this Dart River wilderness safari from Glenorchy. During this full-day tour with a naturalist guide, venture into Glenorchy, gateway to the World Heritage–listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and hidden valleys, you’ll twist and turn down the glacier-fed Dart River. Finish with a leisurely walk through an ancient forest to learn about the wildlife and the area’s original Maori inhabitants.
  • Enjoy an exhilarating jet-boat ride on the Dart River
  • Admire the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park on a guided nature walk
  • Enjoy a guided forest walk and a back-country bus tour
  • Learn about unique vegetation and wildlife with your expert naturalist guide
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Use of Life-Jackets (Mandatory) and optional spray jackets
Round trip transport from Queenstown
Jet boat ride
Professional Guide
Food and drinks
The Station Building Duke Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

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Start your Dart River wilderness safari with hotel pickup. Hear enlightening commentary on the vivid landscapes as your guide provides commentary during the 28-mile (45-km) journey to Glenorchy, a township situated on the edge of UNESCO-listed Mt Aspiring National Park. This area of exceptional natural beauty has been featured in films such as The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. 

From Glenorchy, set out on a thrilling jet-boat ride down the Dart River. Hold on tight as the boat turns and spins at high speed. Your driver expertly maneuvers the jet boat through shallow channels and points out natural landmarks along the glacier-fed braided river system.

Back on firm ground, take a leisurely walk through an ancient forest. Your naturalist guide highlights the area’s native flora and fauna while sharing captivating stories of the region’s indigenous Maori inhabitants and early pioneers.

Afterward, travel along a backcountry route for an off-road adventure through more of New Zealand’s jaw-dropping South Island scenery, followed by a relaxing drive back to town.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately and wear a warm outer layer (Extra layers on colder days)
  • Minimum child age 3 years old and minimum 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dart River Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown.
What is the maximum group size during Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown.

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  • "You do get a bit wet so expect your hair to look like crap." See review


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Fun jet boat ride!
, Mar 2020
The communication about pick up point was unclear and resulted in a delay. All else went very well. Great fun!!
, Feb 2020
This was a highlight of my trip. I absolutely loved every minute of it! So thrilling but not in a scary way and the views were spectacular! Absolutely recommend!
Ed..great fun
, Feb 2020
Wonderful trip Safety is first so our initial trip was cancelled Moved to the next day ....had some rain ..made the speed on the jet boat interesting Ed was phenomenal and very informative The drive out from Queenstown is very scenic Ride out to the river was interesting and movie sites noted....and our trail walk was fun too I would do it again !!
Great 1/2 day adventure
, Feb 2020
Enjoyed the adventure. 3 specific parts. The ride to the river on a comfortable bus with educational talks about the local area. The actual jet boat ride and then the nature walk. The scenery is just amazing. It just blows your mind how beautiful that area is. The jet boat was fun, never scary. You do get a bit wet so expect your hair to look like crap. But it’s oh so fun. Then the smallish hike through a groomed natural area. So neat to see birds unaffected by humans. Also to stand inside some ginormous trees— fun historical facts shared about all the movies filmed in the area. A worthy 1/2 day trip.
Darting Through the River
, Dec 2019
An extremely exciting ride filled with wonderful sites, exhilarating spins and turns, plus commentary on the surrounding area. Don’t miss it!
Canceled actually due to weather
, Dec 2019
Due to intense rain, the tour was actually canceled. Not too upset about it as I’m sure it would’ve been incredible, and I got to see some other local attractions instead (Kiwi Wildlife Park).
, Aug 2019
Wonderful experience and best value for money with what you get. Was a wonderful way to spend our honeymoon. Highly recommended.
The Dart River Jet boat ride is...
David J
, Mar 2018
The Dart River Jet boat ride is absolutely amazing. the scenery is awesome , the information and expertise provided by the boat driver was fantastic and the speed and manouverability of the boat exhilarating. This is a must do exercise when in Queeestown, Everyone came off the boat with very smiley faces. Dai, S.Wales
The jet boat ride gets 5 stars - our...
, Jan 2018
The jet boat ride gets 5 stars - our jet boat guide, Liam, was super! Amazing ride on the river, with lots of thrills. The wilderness walk was nice, but nothing special. I think the walk could have been more entertaining and educational.
Fantastic jet boat ride, and forest...
Margot S
, May 2017
Fantastic jet boat ride, and forest walk. Lovely views, well organised.

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