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Dart River

Camp and Shotover Streets | Queenstown Information Centre, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9992
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Immerse yourself in an authentic New Zealand experience in some of the world’s most amazing scenery. The adventure begins in Queenstown, moves along Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy before heading into the pristine Dart River Valley and the World Heritage area of Mount Aspiring National Park. Enjoy the rich cultural heritage of this area overlooked by Te Koroka, the mythical sleeping giant in the hills famed for its abundance of pounamu. This truly is some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and includes mountains, glaciers, alpine lakes and ancient beech forest which have formed a recogniseable backdrop to Middle Earth and many other well know movies. Both jet boating and kayak tours are available ensuring that both adrenaline lovers and those looking for a more leisurely and immersive experience are catered for.
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  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
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“beech forest” (70 reviews)
“fun yaks” (29 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Camp and Shotover Streets | Queenstown Information Centre, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9992
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I planned it for the first week of Sep. The weather was not very nice so it got re schedule for the next day with no issues whatsoever. I was a little concerned as the day was very cold, but the team...More

Thank Daniela G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a simple piece of mis communication the Team lead by Sue and Rob really went far and beyond to exceed expectations! They created a custom experience to suit our timetable and for that alone they deserve 10/5. Jarred on the Jet Boat added to...More

Thank Hamo1986
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this, seemed worth the money. You have a ride in a jet boat, do spins etc. Then a wander around in the bush for half an hour, nothing to strenuous and an entertaining return trip back in a bus.

1  Thank Z591FTanne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I did the funyaks a few weeks back and I can confidently say that it is the best activity we did in Queenstown. It is a full day worth of entertainment, including a 45min scenic drive to Glenorchy with awesome commentary from...More

1  Thank Tessa M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

2 of us, from pickup at Frankton bus shelter, to Glenorchy, dart river boat, bush walk and return to our doorstep was nothing short of exceptional. good info and banter from all guides (thanx Ethan, Craig and Iian). still not sure if the jetboat tour...More

Thank pete w
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the Wilderness Safari and unfortunately had pretty yucky weather, but we were still able to do all of the activities, albeit in a bit of an abbreviated fashion. The rest of our group basically ended up staying in the van or just going...More

Thank Jason G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 4 with 2 young boys aged 6 & 4 enjoyed our time with the dart river team. From pick up from our hotel to the trip proper, we had met friendly professionals who provided clear instructions. Great commentary about the area, Queenstown/Glenorchy/Paradise....More

Thank HappyBingo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took our 3 teenagers with us as a family. Was enjoyed by all. Would HIGHLY recommend. Sensory overload.....the walk, the boat ride, the bus ride was so worth it. Great friendly tour guides, all a wealth of knowledge about the surroundings

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Thank Karen M
Reviewed 15 August 2017

An excellent day spent on the Dart River with very friendly staff who really looked after us. We had a fun ride on the jet boat through stunning scenery, and then enjoyed a more leisurely paddle on the funyaks. Despite being mid-winter, we were not...More

Thank sarabV3013TL
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Everyone warned us that the Shotover Het has more 360s than the Dart Jet. But I felt ill on the Dart Jet and not on the Shotover. Another lady on our boat vomited over the side; I was lucky to make it back to shore...More

1  Thank QueenM
Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Kia ora, Our sincerest apologies for you feeling ill during your jet boat ride with Dart River. Do you usually get motion sickness? It is not a pleasant feeling ill. We are pleased you enjoyed the forest walk and talking about the various movies that...More

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5 August 2017|
Response from Medon L | Reviewed this property |
3-4 hours, including a long lunch break. It's not a strenuous kayak at all: the current does most of the work.
Dana L
26 June 2017|
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Response from Sarah B | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the answer from judyden6. Layer layer layer! The water is cool in the summer so would be cold in the winter!!
13 May 2017|
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Response from Johanna K | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. It will be cold. Ring them and ask. We did the jet boat etc not funyaking. Wrap up warmly and they give you big water proof fleecy lined coats