Air New Zealand Activities

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Safari from Queenstown

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  • Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5627WILDERNESS
Journey deep into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park on this wilderness adventure from Queenstown. On this 6-hour tour, combine the thrill of an exhilarating jet-boat ride down the Dart River with a guided forest walk and a backcountry safari. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and mysterious hidden valleys, this is an area of exceptional natural beauty. Your expert guide will bring to life the variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this unique area, as well as captivating stories of the original Maori people and the region’s early pioneers.

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
After hotel pickup in Queenstown, travel to the township of Glenorchy, located on the edge of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park. This 28-mile (45-km) journey will show you some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. The region has been used as the setting for many feature films including The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Your guide will point out some of these locations along the way.

From Glenorchy, embark on a jet-boat ride down the Dart River. Enjoy thrilling jet spins as you navigate the ever-changing shallow channels of this glacier-fed, braided river system, and listen as your expert boat driver highlight points of interest that give this area its unique natural and cultural importance.

Next, discover the surrounding vegetation and spot wildlife on a leisurely walk through an ancient forest with your naturalist guide, who will share intimate knowledge of the area.

Then, travel along a backcountry route and enjoy a fun off-road adventure! Learn more about this fascinating area and stop to view some of New Zealand’s most epic scenery.

After your wilderness adventure, enjoy a relaxing drive back to Queenstown.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Queenstown hotels or the Queenstown Information Center, corner of Camp and Shotover streets
Departure Time:
7:40am or 11:40am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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7:40am Departure
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Tour departs from Queenstown at 7:40am. Hotel pickups commence up to 30 minutes prior to this time.

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11:40am Departure
Code: 11:40AM Departure

Tour departs Queenstown at 11:40am. Hotel pickups comments up to 30 minutes prior to this time.

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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Safari from Queenstown

Dart River Safari

Inclusions:
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Dart River jet-boat ride
  • Guided wilderness walk
  • Back-country bus tour
  • Naturalist guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions:
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • 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
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    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: stuart s, August 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.

    Reviewed by: Mark B, April 2014

    Fantastic trip. We had a really lovely day weather wise just brilliant sunshine. The jet boat ride was excellent with the scenery up the dart river just beautiful.These tour operators are great with excellent dialog and knowledge of this part of New Zealand. The trip is highly recommended as good value for money and to view this part of the NZ National park.

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    Tour code: 5627WILDERNESS