Dart River Wilderness Safari


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Dart River Wilderness Jet ex Queenstown (Morning)

7:40 am - Queenstown Information Centre, Corner Camp and Shotover Streets
1:45 pm - Queenstown Information Centre, Corner Camp and Shotover Streets

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Take an exhilarating journey into the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park, experiencing a thrilling jet boat ride amid breathtaking scenery. Walk amongst ancient forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the awe-inspiring locations of many Middle Earth movie scenes.

Leaving Queenstown, travel along one of the world's top 10 scenic drives to the settlement of Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Your journey continues with Dart River Jet Safaris, the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. Navigate the ever-changing shallow channels of the glacier-fed braided river system – complete with jet spins! Your expert driver will stop along the way to highlight the breathtaking scenery and discuss what makes this unique area so significant.

Explore New Zealand's unique vegetation and wildlife on a 30-minute guided bush walk on a rolling trail through ancient native beech forest. Guides will share their knowledge of the area's history, with stories of the greenstone trail and Māori legends. Then travel by four wheel-drive bus along a back-country route, where you'll learn more about this fascinating area and stop to view the spectacular scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for many international movies, including Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. At the end of your safari, take a break for lunch in Glenorchy (own expense) before returning to Queenstown by coach. 

Useful Tips: Life jackets and wet weather gear are supplied for your jet safari; however, warm clothing is advised. GPS commentary is available in Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish during the bush walk and coach sectors of your Wilderness Safari tour. Headsets are available free of charge but must be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.

Escape into the wild on a jet boat safari, walk through ancient forest and marvel at the astounding mountain views made famous by the Lord of the Rings films.

Tour Details & Highlights

  • Full day tour
  • Operates daily
  • Departs and returns: Queenstown Information Centre
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up / drop-off available
  • Dart River Jet Boat
  • Guided forest walk
  • Back-country scenic bus tour
  • Shotover Gorge
Multilingual options available

Multilingual options are available >