Water activity

Queenstown/Glenorchy: Dart River Wilderness Experience

4.9 / 5

12 reviews

Activity provider: Dart River Adventures
Water activity

Queenstown/Glenorchy: Dart River Wilderness Experience

Activity provider: Dart River Adventures

From US$ 172.88 per person

Enjoy a thrilling 2-hour jet-boat experience and discover the glacier-fed waters of the Dart River.

About this activity

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Duration 2 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Skim the glacier-fed Dart River on the longest jet boat experience in Queenstown
  • Immerse yourself in local culture, history, and wilderness on a guided jet boat
  • Follow famous backdrops from iconic films
  • Enjoy a spectacular scenic drive by courtesy coach to Glenorchy (selected trips)
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.  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. - From Glenorchy - Choose to self-drive to Glenorchy (allow 1 hour drive from Queenstown). Check-in 15 minutes prior to your departure time at the Dart River office - 45 Mull Street, Glenorchy - From Queenstown - Choose the option of booking with the courtesy return shuttle from Queenstown. Check-in 15 minutes prior to your departure time with the team inside the Station Building in Queenstown
  • Courtesy transfers between Queenstown and Glenorchy for selected departures
  • 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)

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

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
  • Please select your departure from either Glenorchy (self-drive) or Queenstown (with transport)
  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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Absolutely incredible, could not recommend more!

March 4, 2023

January 2, 2023

Fun jetboat ride with great driver

November 17, 2022

Product ID: 112186