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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

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 in Queenstown for the utmost convenience
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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown
From US$174,74
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Morning DepartureMost Popular
Tour departs from Queenstown at 8am. Hotel pickups commence up to 30 minutes prior to this time. Please note, pickup time will vary depending on your hotel location.
US$174,74
Afternoon Departure
Tour departs Queenstown at 12pm in Winter and 12:30pm in Summer. Hotel pickups commence up to 30 minutes prior to this time. Please note, pickup time will vary depending on your hotel location.
US$174,74
Overview
Go deep into the Dart River wilderness without worrying about lugging all your own gear or the safety precautions involved when exploring unfamiliar territory. With a naturalist guide by your side and all equipment included, you’ll take a jet-boat ride, trek through the forest, and embark worry-free on an off-road backcountry tour through Mt. Aspiring National Park. Hotel pickup and drop-off adds extra convenience.
What to Expect
Begin your day in the wilderness with pickup at your Queenstown 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 to Glenorchy, about 28 miles (45 kilometers) away. 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.

Once you reach Glenorchy, 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. Your adventure ends with drop-off back in Queenstown.
Reviews (217)
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Incredible

An absolute blast! The jet boat ride was absolutely incredible. Our driver Ethan was amazing and cannot say enough good things about this young fella! Highly recommend you give it a try when you’re down here....I’m sure the other drivers are good, but ask to...More

Thank Graeme D
Reviewed 1 week ago
Don't Think Twice...Just Do This!

I just spent a month traveling in Australia and New Zealand with friends and hands down, our jet boat adventure on the Dart River was one of the top highlights of our trip. The staff is excellent. After our guided nature walk and backcountry off-road...More

Thank Kim P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Must Do!

This simply is a must do if you are around Queenstown! We did this as part of our 3 week honeymoon in New Zealand and did not regret it. The jet boat ride itself is thrilling and something that you rarely get to do so...More

Thank Neil1986
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great Scenery

Did the Dart River Jet Boat tour during the second week of September. The staff was excellent. About a 45 minute bus ride from Queenstown, easy ride, driver narrated the ride. The jet boat itself went deep into the national park. While everyone on the...More

Thank Jeffrey A
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Jeffery, such a shame to hear that motion sickness got the better of you. But thank you for your kind review anyway. Nga mihi, Amelia

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Must-do in the South Island

Had a free day so booked this on the whim. Can't believe I've not done this before! Everything from start to finish was excellent. We were lucky with the weather - stunning blue skies with the wonderful Lake Wakatipu alongside us on the drive to...More

Thank mei_soo
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora, how fortunate! Those clear days really bring the trip from excellent to completely unforgettable. We look forward to seeing you again with your friends and family soon. Nga mihi, Amelia

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schew2013
17 August 2018|
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Response from whosgoingtobali | Reviewed this property |
Hi So sorry for delay, I was staying in Queenstown so from there, there are many operations in town that will take you there. I am not sure where St James is, I was visiting from the states.
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Stuart R
16 June 2018|
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Response from pasweet | Reviewed this property |
The boat ride itself is nearly 1 hour. We also did a hike in the national park which was about a half hour. The drive to and from the site of the boat ride was about 45 min each way. Suggest you contact the vendor as to... More
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