Dart River Wilderness Jet

Journey from Queenstown along one of the worlds’ Top 10 scenic drives to Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Experience jetboat action, ancient forest walks and a back country bus tour on this fabulous tour.

Dart River Wilderness Jet

Your Wilderness Safari is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. Experience a unique combination of breath taking scenery matched with exciting jet boating on braided, glacier fed rivers.

Your informative guides will talk about the area's history, the Greenstone trail and Maori legends. Walk amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes.

A truly authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world.

Tour Type: Activity
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
Departs: Daily
Duration: Allow 6 hours
Tour Code: DZQN03

Regions Visited

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Tour Inclusions

  • Jet boat: an invigorating hour long jet boating journey into Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area
  • Walk: learn about the flora, fauna and rich history of the area on a walk through ancient beech forest with your friendly guide
  • Explore: hear tales of the early settlers who carved successful sheep and cattle stations from the harsh and rugged landscape
  • 4WD coach drive: discover parts of Middle Earth, Narnia and many other treasured movie locations on a back-road 4WD adventure
  • Life jackets (compulsory)
  • Spray jackets (optional)


Season Adult Child  
1 October 2020 - 30 April 2021 $259 NZD $159 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 8.00am & 12.30pm.

Children: Child age is 5 - 15 years.

What to bring:
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Warm outer layer
  • Supportive footwear
  • Small bag, carried at own risk
  • Camera, carried at own risk
Additional notes:
  • The guided walk is 30 minutes long on a rolling track through the forest
  • This tour is not suitable for children under 1 metre in height (irrespective of age)
  • Infants (3 - 4 years) may travel on the Wilderness Safari free of charge (if they meet the height restriction)
Average Score: 5 (2 ratings)
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Drizzling conditions when we boarded the small coach in Glenorchy to head outbound to join the Jet boat, but the weather cleared & before long sunny patches.

Explanations (including stills illustrations) on filming locations on a brief stop had the ‘Lord of the Rings’ fans excited … you had to know some specific details of the films to really grasp.

A rainforest walk was interesting too, & then just a short hop to the river & jet boat. Quickly into the ‘jet’ bit, a donut turn (one of many) upped the adrenalin, & thereafter stupendous gorges & mountains, as we fanged along. Our pilot, Eliot, pointing out icefields, icecaps, & peaks as he swung precariousy by some rock outcrops that you swear were going to take a layer of fiberglass or paint off the boat.

Return down river equally fun. Weather held up nicely for us & we agreed doing the sequence coach out – jetboat back was probably better than vice versa.
Pick up from our hotel was prompt and our driver and guide Siobhan very pleasant and well organised.

We were taken to Glenorchy and introduced to Ethan our awesome jet boat driver. He was excellent and a great guide giving us awesome fast thrills along the Dart River. The tour through the forest was very interesting and magical and Siobhan was awesome again.

We highly recommend this adventure of a life time.