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Itinerary
Begin your day in the wilderness with pickup at your Queenstown 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 to Glenorchy, about 28 miles (45 kilometers) away. 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.

Once you reach Glenorchy, 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. Your adventure ends with drop-off back in Queenstown.
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Dart River Adventures
Mount Aspiring National Park
Dart River Adventures
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.
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 in Queenstown for the utmost convenience
  • Air-conditioned vehicle ensures passengers' comfort
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Reviewed 10 July 2018
Skilful staff and amazing scenaries

We went there in early June this year, it was a raining day, the tour suggested us to reschedule or fully refund to us. However, due to the limited time in Queenstown we decide to go anyway. It was not too bad in the rain...More

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Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora Shan, thanks for the 5 star review. So pleased that you had a wonderful time despite the weather. Nga mihi, Amelia

Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile
Stunning

Firstly our tour guide Finn - what an absolute top bloke! We were lucky enough to be the only people on the boat after we dropped off the funyaks. He was so passionate about the area and gave us an experience of dart river we...More

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Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Kia ora Renee, thanks so much for the lovely review. Repeat visits are the highest compliment. Nga mihi, Amelia

Reviewed 15 June 2018
Woo-Hoo! What a ride

All in all, an amazing day. The drive out to Glenorchy was very scenic and the forest walk, both beautiful and informative. However, the highlight of the trip was the jet boat ride up and down the Dart River. Simon, our captain, was simply amazing,...More

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Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Kia ora, thanks so much for the amazing 5 star review. Safe travels, Amelia

Reviewed 5 June 2018
Wonderful experience

Very scenic ride and crystal clear glacial water. Jet boat ride was fantastic-I was apprehensive before but the ride was fine. Cold splashes of water were fine. They do provide full gear for protection.

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Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Kia ora, thanks for the 5 star review. Very pleased you had such a lovely time. Nga mihi (regards), Amelia

Reviewed 16 May 2018
Beautiful scenery on the river and on the drIve put to Glenorchy too

Did a combined tour Of jetboating on the river with a short walk through the nearby forest and a transfer onto the bus for a scenic bus ride back to glenorchy. Jet boating is lots of fun, the driver caters the ride to the group....More

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Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Kia ora, thanks for taking the time to write a review. Nga mihi, Amelia

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The boat ride itself is nearly 1 hour. We also did a hike in the national park which was about a half hour. The drive to and from the site of the boat ride was about 45 min each way. Suggest you contact the vendor as to... More
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