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

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
4.5
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from $205.97 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5627WILDERNESS
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Air-conditioned vehicle • Use of Life-Jackets (Mandatory) and optional spray jackets • Round trip transport from Queenstown • Jet boat ride • Professional Guide
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Duration
5h
Departure details
The Station Building Duke Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Morning Departure (Queenstown) Please check-in at the Dart River Desk located inside The Station building, 25 Shotover Street at 7.45am. Afternoon Departure: Meet at Dart River Adventures - 45 Mull Street, Glenorchy 9272
Inclusions
Air-conditioned vehicle • Use of Life-Jackets (Mandatory) and optional spray jackets • Round trip transport from Queenstown • Jet boat ride • Professional Guide
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Departure details
The Station Building Duke Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Morning Departure (Queenstown) Please check-in at the Dart River Desk located inside The Station building, 25 Shotover Street at 7.45am. Afternoon Departure: Meet at Dart River Adventures - 45 Mull Street, Glenorchy 9272
Duration
5h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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 travellers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travellers can participate
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 14 travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
287 reviews
Excellent
231
Very good
34
Average
8
Poor
5
Terrible
9

Daniel Piper
3 contributions
Must do in Glenorchy
May 2021
This is a great tour and I highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting Glenorchy. Our driver Ben was friendly, knowledgeable and made you feel comfortable that he was behind the wheel - as I suspect all their drivers do.
Overall, it's a great value trip and the best jet boating I've done anywhere. The jet boating itself was great fun and the scenery is truly spectacular. My wife and I found ourselves both keen to go back and do it again. For us, it's a must do.
Written 3 May 2021
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jill_sprott
Wellington, New Zealand13 contributions
Exhilarating jet boat trip
Jan 2021
The whole experience from start to finish was exhilarating , staff friendly and helpful and Ed our driver was incredible, he was very reassuring as this was my 1st experience on a jet boat. the scenery was stunning even though I have visited Queenstown multilple times and been over whelmed by Queenstowns mountains the views we saw on the this trip were unbelievable beautiful and out of this world, the boat ride was exciting and alittle scary but always felt safe.I would highly recommend this jet boat ride and it was a high light of our trip
Written 8 February 2021
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Thank you for your review. So pleased you decided to come on a tour with us and enjoyed your first experience on a jet boat. We sure are lucky with the scenery around here and where we operate our trips - its a very special part of NZ.
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thelly2015
Queenstown, New Zealand3 contributions
Adventure tourism
Amazing experience !!! many thanks to Andrew and team, your skill and knowledge made this a truly great kiwi experience. will recommend to all.
Written 9 January 2021
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Thank you for your kind words. So pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip with us and also for spreading the word about Dart River Adventures.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Eraina
3 contributions
Kiwis get amongst it!!
Dec 2020 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic experience! You don’t get views any better than this, 360 degrees of the whole valley. Highly recommend it to all kiwis as well as international tourists! A+++
Written 26 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora Eraina48 Thank your for your A+++ rating!!! Its great to hear you had such a great time on your trip with us and enjoyed the 360 views - what better way to experience them, than from one of our Jetboats. Take Care and we hope to see you again in the future
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Hannah
73 contributions
Well organized and Fun!
Feb 2020
We had a fantastic time out on the Wilderness Jet and on the Wilderness Tour. The guides were professional, fun and made sure everyone was comfortable and having a good time! If there were any questions or concerns, they took care of it quickly. Highly recommend for an exciting and well organized trip!
Written 31 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your great feedback. We're so pleased to here that you enjoyed your experience with us and felt comfortable at all times. We hope to see you again sometime in the future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lord MacDuff
Aberdeen, UK649 contributions
Forget the bus, self drive; jet boat fantastic and scenery is even better
Feb 2020
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 ride was exhilarating and enjoyable; our driver Ethan was experienced and provided a few memorable scary moments in a very controlled way. We were there for the scenery and that was magnificent and truly memorable. We didn’t get wet just sprayed and we had a backpack with us which remained dry at our feet. A plastic bag over our camera saved it from the spray though you were moving so fast you didn’t have time to let go to take pictures except when you stopped. Post jet boat ride we had a walk though some woods where a “guide” in broken English tried to explain a few incoherent facts about the wilderness. Had she stopped until everyone had arrived around her, that might have improved things but she had finished her talk by the time everyone had caught up. The sand flies in the woods were terrible but thankfully anti bug spray was provided which worked very well. The trip was around the jet boat experience and the scenery – that part was brilliant.
Written 24 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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
Houston, TX78 contributions
Fabulous excursion
Mar 2020
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.
Written 20 March 2020
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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
Circle Pines, MN16 contributions
Kids loved it!
Mar 2020
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 really get too wet. Ed was a fun and skilled driver. The tour pointed out several Lord of the Rings sights, which made my husband very happy. Worth the trip!
Written 16 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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
Naples, FL11 contributions
Not for me
Mar 2020
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 hanging on for my life. I was fortunate to be able to get off the boat and let my husband finish without me. I heard that one woman threw up when he did a hard twirl towards the end of the trip.
Written 15 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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
Rotorua, New Zealand80 contributions
Third Time Just as Good
Mar 2020
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 demeanor with the guests on board.
The boats were presented in a first class fashion, so to the shuttle transport, there was nothing shabby about this operation and the operators should be very proud of maintaining their reputation.
Not much to say about the scenery except it is simply the best in the world. We had a boat load of people on a beautiful day and they were all left gobsmacked.
Written 15 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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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By: Dart River Adventures
Matt M
Matt M
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Unique Queenstown experience
Fantastic trip, through unbelievable scenery. Combined two awesome activities with jet boating and 'Funyaking' back
Alfrado10
Alfrado10
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Greatest ride in Queenstown
What an awesome ride. The driver gave interesting local information on little stops along the way which was great.
terryali
terryali
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Inspirational trip up & down the Dart River
Excellent guides (take a bow - Bill, Toby, James) & booking service (Oilivia, Sue). Very good value with good gear
Uruwhenua
Uruwhenua
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A must do when in Queenstown
Had a great day on the Dart River with jet boating and funyaks. Staff were amazing. Views to die for. Lots of fun.
blah63
blah63
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Glenorchy Adventure
We decided to go on the Dart River jet boat ride at the last minute. It was a great trip up the Dart River and the
SJJ365
SJJ365
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Great day out
This combo trip up (jet boat) and down (funyak) the stunning Dart river area was a great day out. Perfect day wit
GPHB
GPHB
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One of the Best Days out
One of the best days we've had as a Family. Taking all into account while not the cheapest I felt this was terrific
MelO934
MelO934
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Great value day on the river
Excellent day out. The scenery and environment was second to none. Great fun just floating down the river and enjoy
Wendy S
Wendy S
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Amazing trip filled with fun and beautiful views!
The perfect mix of adventure on the water. Enjoyed the fast ride UP the river in the jet boat, followed by the mel
MrZippy_NZ
MrZippy_NZ
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Amazing adventure into the NZ Alpine wilderness
What an experience travelling up the Dart River at up to 85kph. Highly recommended. Make sure you dress for the ch
grainner_313
grainner_313
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Great fun!
We did this tour and it was so much fun! We had a little bus tour to Glenorchy and saw some locations used in Lord
jam4teaLichfield
jam4teaLichfield
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Wonderful trip
Had a great trip. Views were breathtaking and there were some exciting swerves and spins on the boat trip. Very muc
KenVicLee
KenVicLee
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We Did The Big Combo, Jet Boats and Funyaks
This is a full day event. A Dart River Adventures bus picked up our group of 7 outside our hotel at 7:30 am. We mad
Jodz04
Jodz04
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A Memorable NZ Experience
This is a must do adventure when visiting New Zealand. We caught the bus from Queenstown to Glenorchy, once we arri
Dreamfuladventurer
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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