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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet 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.
  • 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

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all major hotels in Queenstown. We will advise accordingly when we provide all confirmation details.
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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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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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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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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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Response from Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown
Responded 6 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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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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Response from Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown
Responded 5 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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I had such a fun day with Dart River Adventures. The staff were very friendly and Ethan our boat driver was full of facts and stories and made sure everyone had a fun journey. I still can't believe the boats can speed through as little as 10cm of water! The scenery is incredible
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Response from Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown
Responded 14 Sep 2019
Kia ora KatrinaKelso, Cheers for leaving us such a glowing review. I couldn't agree more, its so unreal to think something so large with 14 people can skate across the top of the water at such pace. Thanks again for the 5* review. Amelia
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Key Details
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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