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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown

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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
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Overview

A spectacular 2 hour jet-boat ride is the highlight of this Dart River Wilderness Safari from Glenorchy. During this half-day tour with a naturalist guide, venture into Glenorchy, gateway to the World Heritage–listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and hidden valleys, you’ll twist and turn down the glacier-fed Dart River.
  • Enjoy an exhilarating jet-boat ride on the Dart River
  • Admire the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park on a guided nature walk
  • Learn about unique vegetation and wildlife with your expert naturalist guide
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Use of Life-Jackets (Mandatory) and optional spray jackets
Round trip transport from Queenstown (morning departure only)
Jet boat ride
Professional Guide
Food and drinks
Gratuities
The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown , Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Morning Departure: QTN Transfer - Check-in inside The Station building, 25 Shotover Street at 8.15am Own Transport - Check-in at Dart River Adventures, 45 Mull Street, Glenorchy at 9.15am Afternoon Departure Self-drive only: Meet at Dart River Adventures - 45 Mull Street, Glenorchy 9272 at 12.45pm

This activity will end right where it started.
Hear enlightening commentary on the vivid landscapes as your guide provides commentary during the 28-mile (45-km) journey to Glenorchy, a township situated on the edge of UNESCO-listed Mt Aspiring National Park. This area of exceptional natural beauty has been featured in films such as The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. 

From Glenorchy, set out on a thrilling jet-boat ride down the Dart River. Hold on tight as the boat turns and spins at high speed. Your driver expertly maneuvers the jet boat through shallow channels and points out natural landmarks along the glacier-fed braided river system.

Your naturalist guide highlights the area’s native flora and fauna while sharing captivating stories of the region’s indigenous Maori inhabitants and early pioneers.

Afterward, enjoy New Zealand’s jaw-dropping South Island scenery with a relaxing journey back to town.
  • 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 travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dart River Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Tour from Queenstown?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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star-5
Magnificent scenery
Tony_K
, May 2022
Great tour. Ed was superb. Will be recommending to friends as a must do when in Queenstown. Plenty to see and enjoy about the experience
star-5
Amazing
Keziah_W
, Mar 2022
Breathtaking scenery as you jet down the Dart river into Mt Aspiring National Park. Its a mix of thrill seeking and stunning views. The guide was very knowledgeable about the Area and also quite funny. Highly recommend!
star-5
Fun jet boat ride!
Laura_B
, Mar 2020
The communication about pick up point was unclear and resulted in a delay. All else went very well. Great fun!!
star-5
Amazing!
Sumayya_D
, 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!
star-5
Ed..great fun
Donna_F
, Feb 2020
Wonderful trip Safety is first so our initial trip was cancelled Moved to the next day ....had some rain ..made the speed on the jet boat interesting Ed was phenomenal and very informative The drive out from Queenstown is very scenic Ride out to the river was interesting and movie sites noted....and our trail walk was fun too I would do it again !!
star-5
Great 1/2 day adventure
Monique_M
, 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.
star-5
Darting Through the River
Milli_R
, Dec 2019
An extremely exciting ride filled with wonderful sites, exhilarating spins and turns, plus commentary on the surrounding area. Don’t miss it!
star-5
Canceled actually due to weather
Stephanie_B
, Dec 2019
Due to intense rain, the tour was actually canceled. Not too upset about it as I’m sure it would’ve been incredible, and I got to see some other local attractions instead (Kiwi Wildlife Park).
star-5
Breathtaking
Luke_A
, Aug 2019
Wonderful experience and best value for money with what you get. Was a wonderful way to spend our honeymoon. Highly recommended.
star-5
The Dart River Jet boat ride is...
David J
, 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
star-4
The jet boat ride gets 5 stars - our...
Elizabeth_M
, 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.
star-5
Fantastic jet boat ride, and forest...
Margot S
, May 2017
Fantastic jet boat ride, and forest walk. Lovely views, well organised.
star-4
The river ride was fantastic. It...
Randy S
, 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.
star-5
This was better than I expected. I...
Yancey_M
, 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!!!!
star-5
Outstanding - driver was on time and...
Tony
, Feb 2016
Outstanding - driver was on time and professional, and boat ride was thrilling. 100 satisfied!
star-4
The trip was very well organised...
Gordon H
, Jan 2016
The trip was very well organised, right from picking us up at our hotel in Queenstown to returning us later in the day. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. The highlight for me was the jet boat experience. It was fantastic and I would recommend this trip to anyone thinking of visiting this breathtaking area of New Zealand.
star-5
Jet boat ride was fab, even in the...
Sharon W
, Nov 2015
Jet boat ride was fab, even in the rain. Elliot was passionate about his surroundings and shared it with us. Well organised and prompt pick up.
star-5
Absolutely stunning scenery and...
Bonita s
, Oct 2015
Absolutely stunning scenery and exhilarating ride on the river! The walk through the beech forest was lovely and informative and the forest toilet much appreciated. Loved the giant chair!
star-5
Great spin up the dart river - and...
stuart s
, Aug 2014
Great spin up the dart river - and knowledge of the woods was really good . Yeah may try the kayaks next for more in depth adventure.
star-1
Well actually I was extremely...
Jon Warwick B
, May 2014
Well actually I was extremely dissapointed. We were picked up in the most filthy bus that sounded like the gear box was going to fall out. The windows were so dirty it wrecked any pictures that you tried to take. The jet boat ride was good but as far as the four wheel drive safari, what a huge let down. We were not in any actual four wheel drive vehicles but a bus that went over a few mounds of dirt and that was it. We then got back to the main shop and was told we would have to wait for an hour for the bus to drive us back to Queenstown. There was no mention of this when booking. Im sorry to say that I would not recommned this tour. Waste of money.

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