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Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown provided by Dart River Adventures

Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown
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About
Cruise the Dart River by jet boat and “funyak” (inflatable canoe) on a full-day tour of Mount Aspiring National Park. Start with an energetic, high-speed ride up the river, then use easy-to-maneuver funyaks to explore hidden streams, rock pools, and chasms. This tour offers more time and more fun amidst the river’s nature and wildlife than a jet boat–only tour, plus a buffet lunch.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h 15m
  • 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
Highlights
  • Thrill to an exciting high-speed jet boat ride up the Dart River
  • Explore the river’s often overlooked nooks and crannies in a funyak
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch in a gorgeous setting in Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at select Queenstown hotels
What to expect
  • Get picked up at your Queenstown hotel for the trip to Glenorchy, then get suited up with a lifejacket, wetsuit, fleece, and dry bag for the jet boat trip up the Dart River through Mount Aspiring National Park. Hold on tight as you maneuver the river’s twists and turns, with a guide to point out the park’s landmarks. Once you’re deep inside the wilderness, trade the jet boat for an inflatable canoe that seats two or three people. Paddling a funyak, you can access places too narrow and shallow for jet boats, exploring the nooks and crannies that make the Dart River so beautiful. Pull to the water’s edge for a buffet lunch served in a grassy clearing, then continue paddling through scenic terrain, watching for native birds and animals. This Dart River tour concludes with return transfer to your original departure point.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h 15m
  • 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
  • Thrill to an exciting high-speed jet boat ride up the Dart River
  • Explore the river’s often overlooked nooks and crannies in a funyak
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch in a gorgeous setting in Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at select Queenstown hotels
What to expect
  • Get picked up at your Queenstown hotel for the trip to Glenorchy, then get suited up with a lifejacket, wetsuit, fleece, and dry bag for the jet boat trip up the Dart River through Mount Aspiring National Park. Hold on tight as you maneuver the river’s twists and turns, with a guide to point out the park’s landmarks. Once you’re deep inside the wilderness, trade the jet boat for an inflatable canoe that seats two or three people. Paddling a funyak, you can access places too narrow and shallow for jet boats, exploring the nooks and crannies that make the Dart River so beautiful. Pull to the water’s edge for a buffet lunch served in a grassy clearing, then continue paddling through scenic terrain, watching for native birds and animals. This Dart River tour concludes with return transfer to your original departure point.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5627FUNYAK
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Round-trip transport from Queenstown
  • Jet boat ride
  • Canoe tour
  • Use of equipment: lifejacket, wetsuits and booties, fleece, dry bag
  • Picnic lunch
  • Soft drinks, tea and coffee
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
8h 15m
Departure details
  • The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please check-in with the Dart River team located inside The Station Building, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown at 8.15am
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum height is 3.3 feet (1 meter)
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Please dress appropriately: bring swimwear, a towel and warm clothes
  • Please bring sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Inclusions
  • Round-trip transport from Queenstown
  • Jet boat ride
  • Canoe tour
  • Use of equipment: lifejacket, wetsuits and booties, fleece, dry bag
  • Picnic lunch
  • Soft drinks, tea and coffee
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please check-in with the Dart River team located inside The Station Building, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown at 8.15am
Duration
8h 15m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum height is 3.3 feet (1 meter)
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Please dress appropriately: bring swimwear, a towel and warm clothes
  • Please bring sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
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Curiosity33191046439
6 contributions
An amazing day
We chose this trip as it combined it all. What a day we had. Started by getting all our gear and onto the jetboat with Bill who’s very skilful with it then with James for the rest of the day on kayak. It rained to start with but then brightened up to finish an amazing day. We would recommend to anyone
Written 4 June 2021
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Kia Ora Curiosity33191046439, Thank you so much for your great review. So pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip with us and the early rain cleared to give you an amazing day to finish the trip. Maybe see you again some day Na mihi Olivia
Written 2 July 2021
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Kelly W
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
WE LOVE FUNYAKING!!
James was a professional, fun and friendly tour guide! We had a great time jetboating with Bill and funyaking was awesome with spectacular views!! Party kayaking with our fellow tour mates was another highlight and made the experience more special :) will definitely come back again with friends and family!
Written 2 June 2021
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Kia Ora Kelly W, Thank you so much for your great review. So pleased to hear your Funyaks tour was a highlight of trip with us and you found James and Ben to be professional and friendly. Hope to see you back in the Dart Valley one day. Na mihi Olivia
Written 2 July 2021
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tudman
Auckland Central, New Zealand57 contributions
Scenery you must see.
May 2021
James was a an excellent unflappable guide. The scenery is amazing, and James explained a lot of stories about the area. Loved the chasm trip. Wasn’t too happy about my dip in the river, but James had spare fleecies, and pulled me out with the help of a friend. We felt so much safer being attached to his canoe for the rest of the trip, The Jet Boat trip and buses there and back well organised.
Written 28 May 2021
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Kia Ora tudman, Thank you so much for your great review. So pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip despite a dip in the river and that you felt safe with James. Maybe see you again some day Na mihi Olivia
Written 2 July 2021
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Matt M
Queenstown, New Zealand11 contributions
Unique Queenstown experience
Mar. 2021
Fantastic trip, through unbelievable scenery. Combined two awesome activities with jet boating and 'Funyaking' back down the Dart River. We had excellent guides who were really personable, knowledgeable and managed the groups day very well and adapted to the days conditions!
Written 5 April 2021
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Kia Ora Matt Thank you so much for your great review. So pleased to hear you enjoyed your Funyaks trip with us so much even if the conditions weren't perfect. The scenery sure is pretty special....we're so lucky with the area we get to operate our trips in. Olivia
Written 17 May 2021
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Terry Goodall
3 contributions
Inspirational trip up & down the Dart River
Feb. 2021
Excellent guides (take a bow - Bill, Toby, James) & booking service (Oilivia, Sue). Very good value with good gear and organisation. Highly recommended
Written 1 March 2021
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Kia ora Terryali Thank you for you review and shout out to our team - we are very proud of them and the great job they do showing off our spectacular part of the world. Enjoy the rest of your holidays and we hope to see you again in the future.
Written 12 May 2021
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Betsy Hills
2 contributions
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. Can recommend this trip as a must do when visiting Queenstown.
Written 24 February 2021
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Thank you for your review. So pleased to hear you enjoyed your Funyaks trip with us. It sure is a great part of NZ that we are lucky enough to operate trips in.
Written 28 February 2021
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SusieJ
Balclutha, New Zealand10 contributions
Great day out
This combo trip up (jet boat) and down (funyak) the stunning Dart river area was a great day out. Perfect day with stunning views. Highlight was the Rockburn Chasm side trip and the two swimming stops. Abel Tasman water clarity with glacial overtones. Everything is supplied and the guides are great. If you haven’t done this already you should fellow Kiwis. Very grateful to have had it recommended it to us.
Written 12 February 2021
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Thank you so much for your kind words, and so please to hear you had such a great day out on the Funyaks. It sure is a special trip combining the fast exhilirating jetboat ride, with the slower float back down the river allowing you to sit back, relax and take in the stunning scenery. Maybe see you again one day.
Written 28 February 2021
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Gareth
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
One of the Best Days out
Dec. 2020
One of the best days we've had as a Family. Taking all into account while not the cheapest I felt this was terrific value for money. A 30 Minute Jet Boat through the Dart River and then a few hours on the Funyaks with Lunch included. Scenery was unbelievable, the Funyaks were great "fun" and the guides/staff were just terrific. This would be an activity that I would do again and again
Written 14 January 2021
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Thank you for your review. So pleased to hear that you and your family had such a great day out on our Funyaks trip. It sure is a special part of the world that we operate in, and the Funyaks is a great combo of the fast exhilarating jet boat ride, and a slow float back down the river allowing you to take in the scenery. Hopefully see you again some day.
Written 28 February 2021
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Mel O
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions
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 enjoying the 360 views.
Written 12 January 2021
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Thank you for your review. Our Funyaks trip sure is a great way to take in the stunning scenery around here. So pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience.
Written 28 February 2021
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KenVicLee
Huntington Beach, CA1,999 contributions
We Did The Big Combo, Jet Boats and Funyaks
Mar. 2020
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 made another couple stops at hotels in order to pick up other guests before heading out to Glenorchy. It is a scenic bus ride almost entirely along Lake Wakatipu. We stopped once during the 45 minute ride to take photos at a particularly good view point.

Once in Glenorchy we were introduced to our leader. We were all sized for wet suits, booties, a wind proof jacket and a life jacket. There were changing rooms and lockers next to the headquarters building which also had bathrooms.

We then got back on the bus for the very short ride to the waiting boat. After packing us all in we did a couple of donuts on the lake in front of the company photographer. You knew that meant there would be a photo package waiting for us when you got back to the building.

Our jet boat portion was billed as an hour and a quarter. Time flies when you are flying up these shallow rivers with your boat driver doing death defying donuts. In truth he would signal when he was going to do a maneuver. There really isn't a fear factor involved. These guys are good at what they do.

After some time we were dropped off at a sand bar to get acquainted with our funyaks. Because there had been some significant storms a few weeks before our arrival, we were given the option of going in our funyaks alone or being lashed together effectively making it a raft (like you would see in white water rafting). Our group opted for the rafting style which was perfect since not everyone had to paddle.

After floating/paddling through some light rapids we pulled out at another sand bar for lunch. While a couple of the guides prepared the food the rest of us went on a short hike up to a gorge with a tumbling waterfall. Along the way one guide pointed out native trees and flowers. It really was a pleasant walk.

Lunch consisted of make-your-own sandwiches with a variety of breads, meats, cheeses and condiments. Along with that was fresh fruit and a punch to quench your thirst. It ended with some wonderful cookies.

With our belly's full we headed back out onto the river. It was a relatively short distance to the pull-out location. We all helped collapse the funyaks and load them onto a trailer before jumping onto the bus for the ride back to headquarters. As we drove on a bumpy dirt road the bus driver pointed out locations for some of the scenes in Lord of the Rings or Narnia.

Finally back at headquarters we disrobed by putting our various garments in tubs to be santinized for the next guests. We then perused the photos before jumping back on the bus for the ride back into Queenstown. We arrived at our hotel, exhausted, about 5:00 pm.

All together a very fun day. Beautiful scenery, an exciting jet boat ride, a chance to exercise paddling down the Dart River, a scrumptious lunch with new friends and a enjoyable perspective of Lake Wakatipu on the trip out to Glenorchy.
Written 17 May 2020
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By: Dart River Adventures
Aquador
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A great blend of adventure and local knowledge
As we were staying in Glenorchy, it was a 5 minute walk from our accommodation to the base. Staff were friendly,
NorthStar33112305095
NorthStar33112305095
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Excitement 360’s and lots of laughs
The Dart river experience was awesome, fun and informative! Excellent guide/boat master lots of excitement 360’ spi
Eyezup
Eyezup
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You guys rock
Very professional and great value for money. These guys know how to provide an awesome service. We turned up 25 mi
Auntylily2015
Auntylily2015
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Great Day on the Dart River
Wow this experience is a must when in Queenstown. Jet boat up the river and funyaks (inflatable kayaks) back down t
DPiper76
DPiper76
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Must do in Glenorchy
This is a great tour and I highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting Glenorchy. Our driver Ben was friendly, kn
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.
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
jill_sprott
jill_sprott
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Exhilarating jet boat trip
The whole experience from start to finish was exhilarating , staff friendly and helpful and Ed our driver was incre
thelly2015
thelly2015
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Adventure tourism
Amazing experience !!! many thanks to Andrew and team, your skill and knowledge made this a truly great kiwi exper
Eraina48
Eraina48
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Kiwis get amongst it!!
Absolutely fantastic experience! You don’t get views any better than this, 360 degrees of the whole valley. Highly
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
O3946EE
O3946EE
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Well organized and Fun!
We had a fantastic time out on the Wilderness Jet and on the Wilderness Tour. The guides were professional, fun and
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
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