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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown

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Overview
Dart River Wilderness Jet is an exhilarating and spectacular journey from Glenorchy deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. The sheer diversity of what’s on offer means you experience a unique combination of breathtaking scenery matched with exciting jet boating on braided, glacier-fed rivers. Highly informative guides add the personal touch, talking about the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Māori legends. Walk amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. An authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world
Itinerary
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You'll start at
Queenstown
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  • 1
    Dart River Adventures
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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    Pass by Glenorchy
  • 2
    Mount Aspiring National Park
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
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You'll return to the starting point
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 for the utmost convenience
  • Air-conditioned vehicle ensures passengers' comfort
What to Expect
Begin your day in the wilderness with pickup at your 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. 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. Next, 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
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.
Duration
6h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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)
  • Return Hotel transfers air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guided wilderness walk with a knowledgeable tour guide
  • Back-country Bus tour
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Aspiring National Park
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum child 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
  • Guided walk requires moderate fitness. The walking track is mostly well-formed; some sections may be steep, rough or muddy
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We loved this tour. They bus journey alone gave us so many insights into the history of the area and movies that had been shot there. The jet boat experience was a full hour long with lots of thrills And lots of chances to take photos! Really loved the tour!
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Response from ZoeWood21, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 4 days ago
Kia ora Fiona C! We're stoked to hear that you had a wonderful time! We would love to have you back! Thank you very much for your review. Ngā mihi, Oscar
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We chose to self-drive to our Dart River Jetboat Safari tour so we had flexibility before and after our tour to do other things. It was raining a little and once we arrived they gave us the option to cancel but we decided to go ahead as this would be our only chance. We came
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Response from ZoeWood21, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora SuzyQIndiana, Going off of the extensive review it is clear that you had a wonderful time. We are very pleased to hear that! Thank you so much for enjoying the Dart River experience - a shame about the weather though! Mother Nature, am I right? Hope to see you again soon! Ngā mihi, Oscar
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If you are in Queenstown for a few days I would highly recomend going for the Dart River Wilderness Jet. We did it in mid November and got lucky to enjoy breathtaking scenery of the snowy mounain peaks. You start with a 45 min drive to Glenorchy that is one of the most scenic
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Response from ZoeWood21, Marketing Intern at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora Eduardas! Thank you for you 5 star rating! Lovely to hear that you had a wonderful time. We attempt to make the experience as good as it possibly can be for our customers - and it is evident that we have done so for you which is a great pleasure. Hope to see you again soon! Ngā mihi, Oscar
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This adventure was the highlight of my trip. Going on this extremely fast jet boat, traveling through just inches of water with our great guide. Amazing! Our guide, Ed was super! He made this experience so much fun, especially when we did a 360 degree turn!
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Response from DRJ_reservations, Customer Experience Representative at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 1 week ago
Kia Ora Julie, The spins are great fun and it is amazing how little water the jetboats can still operate in! We are thrilled you had such a good time, thank you for your feedback. Ngā mihi, Tessa Burnside-Woods Customer Experience Representative
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We were self-driving both islands. We opted to drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy to the jet boat ride. Very scenic drive. Like most of the NZ roads, they aren't straight and you need to take your time. Jet Ride was awesome. We were there in early spring, so dress warm, bring a
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Response from DRJ_reservations, Customer Experience Representative at Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown
Responded 1 week ago
Kia Ora TRexplores, Thank you for your kind review, we will make sure it reaches Ed! We are very lucky to have such an awesome place to share with everyone. We hope to see you again in the future. Ngā mihi, Tessa Customer Experience Representative
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Key Details
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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