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Queenstown: Half-Day Dart River Jet Boat & Paradise Tour

Product ID: 112186
Discover the glacier-fed waters of Dart River on a half-day tour from Queenstown. Enjoy courtesy transfers to Glenorchy, a thrilling 1.5-hour jet-boat experience, a guided nature walk, and a back-country off-road tour.
About this activity
Duration: 6 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Japanese

Pickup included

Transportation from Queenstown departs 1 hour before the Jet boat activity begins in Glenorchy. Please be ready and visible in your hotel lobby 5 minutes before the advised pickup time. If meeting at the Station Building, please go inside and check in at the local partner's desk. If you are self driving to Glenorchy, Please allow for 1 hour of travel before activity start time. The local partner's customer service team will confirm the pickup time when booking has been made.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy a spectacular scenic and hassle-free drive by courtesy coach to Glenorchy
  • Skim the glacier-fed Dart River on the longest jet boat experience from Queenstown
  • Immerse yourself in local culture, history, and wilderness on a guided forest walk
  • Follow famous backdrops from iconic films on a backroad tour of Paradise Valley
Full description
Discover breathtaking World Heritage scenery, exhilarating wilderness, thrilling jet boating, and Maori heritage on a half-day adventure. Travel deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. Throughout the day, your experienced guides will add a personal touch, sharing the area’s history, the Greenstone trail, and Maori legends. 

Your half-day adventure begins with a courtesy transfer to Glenorchy from Queenstown. Admire lakeside scenery as your local driver shares entertaining commentary about Lake Wakatipu and its legends. The spectacular 46-kilometer drive is considered one of the world’s top 10 scenic drives. Arrive at the Dart River visitor centre and be equipped with everything you need for your jet boat experience. Climb aboard and discover a unique combination of breathtaking scenery matched with thrilling high speeds. 

Enjoy 1.5-hours of thrilling high-speed on a jet boat ride through Dart River’s wilderness. Skim across braided, glacier-fed rivers into the Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area. You’ll travel as far up the river as possible, before returning to Paradise and hopping off the boat for a guided 30-minute forest walk. Wander amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years. Then, climb aboard a back-country bus tour of Paradise Valley to immerse yourself in scenes and backdrops from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Return to Glenorchy and join the courtesy transfer back to Queenstown. 

Sample Itinerary:
08:00 AM Courtesy transfer from Queenstown to Glenorchy 
09:00 AM Dart River jet boat experience 
10:30 AM Guided forest walk
11:00 AM Back-country bus tour through Paradise Valley
12:00 PM Return to Glenorchy
12:30 PM Depart Glenorchy on courtesy transfer bus
1:30 PM Arrive Queenstown

  • Courtesy transfers between Queenstown and Glenorchy. Transfer will depart Queenstown 1 hour before activity starts
  • Live commentary
  • Professional, experienced guides
  • 1.5-hour Dart River jet boat experience
  • Waterproof jackets and life jackets
  • 30-minute guided nature walk through native beech forests
  • 1-hour back-country bus tour through Paradise Valley
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Children must be at least 1-meter tall and 5 years or older
• Infants (under 5 years) travel free of charge if they are at least 1-meter tall
• You’re welcome to self-drive and join the experience from Glenorchy - contact the local operator after booking to discuss
• Professional photos are captured during the jet boat experience and are available for purchase on the day
• You are welcome to bring your camera to capture your own images throughout the day
• Guided walk requires moderate fitness. The walking track is mostly well-formed; some sections may be steep, rough or muddy
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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Brilliant! Exciting, informative and beautiful!

March 26, 2020

We had a fabulous day on the waters of Dart River. The guide was fantastic, safety conscious and full of information. Couldn’t have been better!

February 12, 2020

Just all round a great experience. The boat operator was friendly, informative and a really good sport. Faultless.

February 8, 2020

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Dart River Adventures

Product ID: 112186