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Dart River Wilderness Jet Safari

Experience the thrill of jet boating along the picturesque Dart River valley then explore ancient beech forests which lie unchanged over millions of years on this amazing tour of stunning Mount Aspiring National Park.

A scenic drive takes you along the edge of Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy where you will board a Dart River jet boat for a 1 and a 1/2 hour journey through the Dart River's ever-changing braided river system.

You will be thrilled by the jet boat's capabilities (including jet spins) and awed by your surroundings of breathtaking snow-capped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls, and glacier valleys frozen in time.

The jet boat ride is followed by an easy 30-40 minute guided walk through ancient native Beech forest. The tour finishes with a journey by 4WD safari vehicle along a back-road route while hearing stories about the surrounding countryside and stopping to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for many international films, including 'The Lord of the Rings'.

Tour concludes approximately 6 hours after commencement, at Queenstown Information Centre, corner of camp and Shotover Streets.

Experience Includes

  • Pick-up and drop off from Queenstown hotels
  • 45-minute tour along the scenic highway by luxury coach
  • Exhilarating wilderness jet boating along the Dart River
  • Informative guided walk through the ancient native beech forest
  • 4WD Coach journey through Paradise and Lord Of The Rings locations
  • Experience the World Heritage area of Te Waihipounamu - unchanged for millions of years
  • All technical equipment required is provided – life jacket and splash-proof coat for jet boating
  • Informative commentary on the area and its history

Experience Excludes

  • Optional gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments


Daily, year round. Does not operate on 25th December.

Start times

From May to Sep: 8.00am or 12.00pm | From Oct to Apr: 8.00am or 12.30pm. Hotel pick-ups start 30 minutes prior to the departure time.


5 to 6 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Children must be at least one metre high to ride on the jet boat.
  • You will need boots or sturdy shoes. In summer we recommend you have with you a sunhat, sunglasses, sun-block and insect repellent. In winter we recommend you dress very warmly in layers that are easy to remove. You will need to have a hat and gloves, a fleece top and a windproof jacket.
  • Please note that cameras are allowed on the jet boat at owner’s risk.