1. New Zealand
  2. Otago
  3. Queenstown
  4. Mount Aspiring National Park

Queenstown: Aspiring Wilderness Guided Day Walk and Jet Boat

Product ID: 352971
Get the best of both worlds with this full-day, guided adventure. Begin with the thrill of a Dart River jet boat trip. Continue with a serene wilderness walk through the ancient beech forest of Mount Aspiring National Park.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

Your accommodation in Queenstown
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Experience absolute wilderness by boat and on foot
  • Discover a variety of bird life, mosses, lichens and ferns, and ancient native beech forest
  • Have lunch among NZ’s most iconic birds
Full description
Hop aboard a jet boat with drivers who know their river intimately and possess superb skills behind the wheel. Take frequent stops during this unique journey to listen as they explain the geology and lore of the ancient and unspoiled lands traversed.   

18 miles later, your guide will meet you at a secret spot on the banks of the Dark River, and then lead you on a very gentle ascent under a canopy of native beech forest, where birdsongs provide a natural soundtrack. 

Access to this area and the ability to go "off road" are only possible on tours run by this operator. Walk over roots and the occasional fallen tree as you navigate to Lake Sylvan. Along the way, the vast number of plant species and the symphony of native birds will compete for your attention.

Your guide will point out a suite of special creatures as they stop to get a look at you. A delicious picnic lunch is then had on the shores of the forest- and mountain-framed Lake Sylvan. Savor a meal in the company of New Zealand's bush robins, fantails, and tomtits, all nestled among the mountains.

The lake’s brooding waters have a reddish-brown tint picked up from plants on their journey down the hillsides over the area's 11,000 years of existence. Lake Sylvan teems with native trout and the most attractive species of geese and ducks when in season.

Winding back from the lake, the track ambles through to the Routeburn River, flowing down the very edge of the forest and on to your transportation. From there, it’s a short drive through rich farmland to Glenorchy, then onto Queenstown. Experience true adventure and tranquillity in one great day.
  • Equipment
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • Pickup from all accommodation in Queenstown (excluding private residences)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
• Approximate pickup times will be provided at the time of booking