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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown provided by Dart River Adventures

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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Lord MacDuff wrote a review Mar 2020
United Kingdom620 contributions294 helpful votes
Don’t take the bus, you have pickups around all the Queenstown hotels and a banal commentary enroute in broken English. Take a car if you have one and stop where you wish enroute and around Glenorchy and you don’t have to wait for the bus back either. The 18km upstream jet boat
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Jane_Dart_River, Manager at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 3 days ago
Kia ora Its great to hear you enjoyed your jet boat ride with us and that Ethan left you with some great memories - I will be sure to pass this onto him. I'm sorry you didnt enjoy your bus trip or walk - we will be taking your feedback onboard and look into reviewing how we can do this better in the future. Take care. Nga mihi Jane Morris
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Sara L wrote a review Mar 2020
Houston, Texas77 contributions9 helpful votes
My friends and I enjoyed a fabulous boating adventure with our Justin Timberlake look a like guide Ed! We had so much fun spinning around the beautiful Dart River on a lovely Fall day. This is a must do when visiting the Queenstown area.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Jane_Dart_River, Manager at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 3 days ago
Kia ora Sara Its great to hear you enjoyed your experience with us so much - we love sharing our special part of the world! I'll ensure your feedback gets back to Ed AKA 'Justin Timberlake' - he will love this. Take care and we hope to see you again in the future. Nga mihi Jane Morris
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JAPercy wrote a review Mar 2020
Circle Pines, Minnesota16 contributions1 helpful vote
This tour included a bus from Queenstown with narration, a guided walking tour of the forest and a jet boat ride. My teens were a bit bored on the bus but REALLY loved the boat ride. It's a wild ride with a lot of spins and turns. They provide spray jackets but we didn't
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Jane_Dart_River, Manager at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 3 days ago
Kia ora Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear your family enjoyed their Wilderness experience with us, we aim to cater for all - the jet boat ride is definetly a fun ride surrounded by exceptional scenery. Our Jet boat drivers take a lot of pride in what they do and complete lots of training so they can deliver the best, safest expereince to all while at the same time ensuring you have fun - I will pass your feedback onto Ed, he wil be very happy. Nga mihi Jane Morris
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Debbi I wrote a review Mar 2020
Naples, Florida11 contributions6 helpful votes
I think this trip is probably great for those unlike me who enjoy rough boat rides that twirl and throw you around. It’s just not for me . I’m just warning those people who like a more sedate trip down the river. I wanted to see scenery but I felt like I was in an amusement park
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 2 days ago
Kia ora Debbil5, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. Our Wilderness Jet experience is a unique combination of breath-taking scenery and an exhilarating jet boat ride that follows the braided river by jet boat with 360 degree spins along the way. We are disappointed to hear that you didn’t enjoy your experience on our jet boat but understand that this isn’t for everyone. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Glenorchy taking in the beautiful scenic views. Ngā mihi, Lauren
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Betty S wrote a review Mar 2020
Rotorua, New Zealand80 contributions27 helpful votes
This was the third time in 20 years we have done this trip and it never fails to disappoint. When the scenery is this good and add the slick professional river experience what's there not to like? We were very impressed with the expertise of the driver and he had a great
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Jane_Dart_River, Manager at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 3 days ago
Kia ora Betty 3rd time with us - WOW its great to hear that you loved each time as much as the first and thank you for returning. Our teams are very proud of Dart River, love sharing our experiences and special place - we all love what we do and have a great passion for Dart, our little piece of paradise. We hope to see you again in the future for your 4th trip. Take care. Nga mihi Jane Morris
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About the operator

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By: Dart River Adventures
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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TrippedUp2Max
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Dart so much fun !
This adventure is awesome and well organised. The staff were amazing!!!!!! THANK YOU. You're guaranteed to have a
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TDNZ1234
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SO STUNNING
We went on the Dart Rivers Adventure Funyak Tour at the end of December and I can hands down say that it was the be
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jennyt355
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Amazing and fun.
Well organized , booking at their QT office is easy and informative, they are very full so do book ahead . All ge
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GeauxTigers-LA
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Fantastic views from an exciting boat ride.
Daniel was a great river pilot! High speeds, shallow water, lots of spray and 360 spins in the midst of a natural
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  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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