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

4.9 / 5

8 reviews

Activity provider: Dart River Adventures

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

Activity provider: Dart River Adventures

From US$ 148.37 per person

Discover the glacier-fed waters of Dart River on a half-day tour from Queenstown. Enjoy courtesy transfers to Glenorchy and a thrilling 2-hour jet-boat experience.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • 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 jet boat ride
  • Follow famous backdrops from iconic films
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 2 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 Glenorchy back down the Dart River 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: 08:30 AM Courtesy transfer from Queenstown to Glenorchy 09:30 AM Dart River jet boat experience 11:30 AM Return to Glenorchy 1:00 PM Arrive Queenstown
Includes
  • Courtesy transfers between Queenstown and Glenorchy. Transfer will depart Queenstown 1 hour before activity starts
  • Live commentary
  • Professional, experienced guides
  • Waterproof jackets and life jackets
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup & drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People under 3 ft 3 in (100 cm)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Check-in at the desk inside the Station Building in Queenstown at 8:15 AM. If self-driving to Glenorchy, check-in at 45 Mull Street, Glenorchy at 9:15 AM

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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 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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Really enjoyed it and the guide was great. Highly reccomend

December 30, 2021

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

Product ID: 112186