Dart River Adventures
Immerse yourself in an authentic New Zealand experience in some of the world’s most stunning scenery. Journey with us through iconic, untouched ancient landscapes largely inaccessible by other means in the pristine Dart River Valley and the Te Wāhipounamu - South West New Zealand UNESCO World Heritage Area of Mount Aspiring National Park. The spectacular landscapes in the Dart River Valley are nothing short of awe-inspiring, with snow-capped mountain peaks, crystal clear waterways and lush ancient native beech forests. The braided Dart River (or Te Awa Whakatipu) flows for 60km from the Southern Alps and the Dart Glacier in the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park, until it reaches the northern tip of Lake Whakatipu near Glenorchy. Towered by mountain ranges on either side, the Dart River Valley offers stunning panoramic views at every turn.
An unmissable full day of adventure exploring the natural, untouched beauty Aotearoa (New Zealand) is so famous for. Combine the exhilaration of our wilderness alpine jet boat ride with a leisurely paddle on our Funyaks, getting up close with nature, exploring side streams and hidden chasms. This full day adventure includes a wilderness picnic lunch and return transport from Queenstown.
Departs Queenstown 8.30am (allow approx. 8 hrs)
Departs Glenorchy 9.30am (allow approx. 6hrs)
Wilderness Jet Experience
The original Wilderness Jet Experience, an exhilarating and spectacular journey from Glenorchy, deep into the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Area. Experience the longest scenic jetboat ride in the region. Travel from the head of Lake Whakatipu along the braided Dart River through iconic landscapes, towering mountain ranges and ancient native forests. Learn the culture and history of Te Wāhipounamu South West New Zealand UNESCO World Heritage Area from your passionate and knowledgeable driver on this unforgettable half day adventure.
Departs Queenstown 8.30am (allow approx. 4.5 hrs)
Departs Glenorchy 9.30am & 1pm (allow approx. 2.5 hrs)
Dart Discovery Jet
Enjoy a taste of the spectacular panoramic scenery on offer from the Dart River Valley with our 1 hour Dart Discovery Jet adventure into Mount Aspiring National Park. Your driver will bring to life the history and cultural heritage of the area on this unforgettable journey.
Departs Glenorchy on demand (allow approx. 1.5hrs)
What To Bring
Summer: All experiences - Sunglasses, sun hat, camera, sunscreen, insect repellent and warm outer layer recommended. Funyaks only - togs, towel.
Winter: All Experiences - Wear warm clothing plus hat, gloves, windproof outer jacket, sunglasses and camera. Funyaks only - togs, towel.
Life Jackets are supplied and mandatory on the jet boat. Wetsuits, booties and fleeces are supplied for Funyaks.
Minimum child age - 3yrs - Jet Boat Experiences, 5yrs - Funyaks Experience.
Minimum child height of 100cm applies (120cm in some conditions), minimum age is 3 years.
This experience is not suitable for pregnant women, those with specific medical conditions, including people who suffer from back or neck injuries. Please contact us prior to booking so we can assess and advise your suitability to travel.