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Departures are from i-SITE Information Centre. Your journey begins with a 20-minute scenic shuttle drive around the shores of Lake Wanaka, a taste of the amazing photo opportunities to come. 

On board the jet boat, your guides will provide a welcome and comprehensive safety brief before heading up-river toward Lord of The Rings film locations, Mount Aspiring and spectacular hanging glaciers. 

Disembark the jet boat for a 50 minute guided walk through ancient forests and waterfalls, during the summer months when conditions allow walking beneath the majestic Avalanche Glacier.

Suitable for all fitness levels. Minimum age is 4 years. Sturdy footwear and warm layers recommended. You are welcome to bring a day pack with snacks and water and don't forget your camera.

Locations visited
Mount Aspiring National Park
Lake Wanaka
Wanaka River Journeys
Overview
Discover the idyllic landscapes of the Mount Aspiring National Park, where filming for the Lord of the Rings took place, on this action-packed half-day tour from Wanaka. Zip along the Matukituki River on a jet boat, admire spectacular views of Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring, then hike past forests and waterfalls to see the Avalanche Glacier.
Highlights
  • Half-Day Mount Aspiring National Park Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk from Wanaka
  • Speed along the Matukituki River on an exhilarating jet-boat ride
  • Enjoy a 50-minute guided hike around the Avalanche Glacier
  • See Mount Aspiring, Lake Wanaka, and Lord of the Rings filming locations
  • Easy level tour suitable for participants of average fitness
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a personalized experience
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Reviewed 8 May 2018
A thrill ride.

There were only 3 of us on the tour and James was our guide. He really tailored the tour to meet our needs. He did a couple of spins with the boat once he found out we were game too. Never were we placed in...More

1  Thank Dan M
Reviewed 3 May 2018
Lots of fun, with a great guide.

Wanaka River Journeys is in every respect, a high quality operation. The half-day was well organized, very fun, and our tour guide (Benjamin) was a most delightful leader, highly knowledgeable of the area, and a skilled driver. We had a blast.

Thank arrybay9
Reviewed 25 April 2018
Fantastic trip

We(along with another couple)went on this trip in January. We all had a really great experience. The jet boat ride itself was thrilling amoungst wonderful scenery and the walk was very atmospheric. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank Sunnyfollowers
Reviewed 9 April 2018
Perfect Combination of Action and Nature

I really enjoyed the tour! Had a fun tour with the boat and afterwards perfect views on the mountains and glaciers. Definitley one of my NZ Highlights!

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 4 April 2018
totally different to what you would expect

Glen and I really enjoyed the people - so welcoming and friendly (thanks Ben for a fun tour!!). Informative of their beautiful surrounds and the history of the area. It was refreshing to enjoy a tourist activity that was not swamped by the masses and...More

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