Dart River Jet Boat Ride And Guided Wilderness Tour From Queenstown

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Morning: 8am, Afternoon: 12pm (Winter) or 12:30pm (Summer), Please Note: Hotel pickups begin prior to this time, but the exact time of the pickup depends on your hotel location. More information on pi.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    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... read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Journey deep into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park on this wilderness adventure from Queenstown. On this 6-hour tour, combine the thrill of an exhilarating jet-boat ride down the Dart River with a guided forest walk and a backcountry safari. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and mysterious hidden valleys, this is an area of exceptional natural beauty. Your expert guide will bring to life the variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this unique area, as well as captivating stories of the original Maori people and the regions early pioneers.


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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After hotel pickup in Queenstown, travel to the township of Glenorchy, located on the edge of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park. This 28-mile (45-km) journey will show you some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. The region has been used as the setting for many feature films including The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Your guide will point out some of these locations along the way.

From Glenorchy, embark on a jet-boat ride down the Dart River. Enjoy thrilling jet spins as you navigate the ever-changing shallow channels of this glacier-fed, braided river system, and listen as your expert boat driver highlight points of interest that give this area its unique natural and cultural importance.

Next, discover the surrounding vegetation and spot wildlife on a leisurely walk through an ancient forest with your naturalist guide, who will share intimate knowledge of the area.

Then, travel along a backcountry route and enjoy a fun off-road adventure! Learn more about this fascinating area and stop to view some of New Zealands most epic scenery.

After your wilderness adventure, enjoy a relaxing drive back to Queenstown.


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)

Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

Dart River jet-boat ride

Guided wilderness walk

Back-country bus tour

Naturalist guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Minimum child height of 33.5(1 meter) applies irrespective of childs 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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 16-Mar-2020

    The communication about pick up point was unclear and resulted in a delay. All else went very well. Great fun!!

  • 20-Feb-2020

    This was a highlight of my trip. I absolutely loved every minute of it! So thrilling but not in a scary way and the views were spectacular! Absolutely recommend!

  • 17-Feb-2020

    Enjoyed the adventure. 3 specific parts. The ride to the river on a comfortable bus with educational talks about the local area. The actual jet boat ride and then the nature walk. The scenery is just amazing. It just blows your mind how beautiful that area is. The jet boat was fun, never scary. You do get a bit wet so expect your hair to look like crap. But it’s oh so fun. Then the smallish hike through a groomed natural area. So neat to see birds unaffected by humans. Also to stand inside some ginormous trees— fun historical facts shared about all the movies filmed in the area. A worthy 1/2 day trip.

  • 23-Aug-2019

    Wonderful experience and best value for money with what you get. Was a wonderful way to spend our honeymoon. Highly recommended.

  • 15-Mar-2018

    The Dart River Jet boat ride is absolutely amazing. the scenery is awesome , the information and expertise provided by the boat driver was fantastic and the speed and manouverability of the boat exhilarating. This is a must do exercise when in Queeestown, Everyone came off the boat with very smiley faces.

    Dai, S.Wales

  • 25-Jan-2018

    The jet boat ride gets 5 stars - our jet boat guide, Liam, was super! Amazing ride on the river, with lots of thrills.
    The wilderness walk was nice, but nothing special. I think the walk could have been more entertaining and educational.

  • 07-May-2017

    Fantastic jet boat ride, and forest walk. Lovely views, well organised.

  • 14-Feb-2017

    The river ride was fantastic. It was so much fun. The only down side was the down time while you waited for the different buses to take you to different places. Especially the 40 minutes at the end waiting in the building for the bus to return to Queenstown.

  • 09-May-2016

    This was better than I expected. I would've love to do it again. Definitely a must do if you're in Queenstown. Breath-taking views and the most fun you'll ever have!!! I give it 10 stars and I'm not an easy person to please, so take it from me!!!!

  • 26-Feb-2016

    Outstanding - driver was on time and professional, and boat ride was thrilling. 100 satisfied!

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