Funyak trips are drifting for the most part and low adventure, making it ideal for all ages.  Climb on board for discovery of the river system and its amazing chasms. This is the trip where you must get involved. Truly memorable...  

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Rockburn chasm waterfall


Funyak drift is an amazing journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. Get up-close with nature with a gentle paddle on crystal clear waters.

Combine wilderness jet boating with unique Funyak inflatable canoes for a fun way to explore the Dart River as well as hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this stunning area at your own pace as you float downstream on sparkling water, then enjoy a wilderness picnic lunch before heading past ‘Paradise’ and on to Glenorchy. Then travel a back-country route passing by locations used in movies to illustrate Middle Earth.

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i blue boat Enjoy an hour of high-speed wilderness jet boating through the clear waters of the Dart River into the Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area and your Funyak launch site

i blue tree Professional, friendly guides take you on an inspiring adventure as you gently drift in your own Funyak

i blue film Take your time and find those ‘special spots’ where flora, fauna and the power of nature combine to create magic

i blue swirl Learn about the Pounamu (Greenstone) that made the Dart River a key trading route for early Maori. 

icons food Copy Stop along the way and enjoy a wilderness picnic lunch

Departure Times, Trip Info & Rates

Departs Daily (weather permitting) everyday of the year except 25th December.

Queenstown - 7:30am     (Note this time is changing to 7.45am from the 1st November 2014)

Departs from the Queenstown Information Centre, corner Camp and Shotover Streets, Queenstown on our complimentary shuttle

Queenstown return 9 hours

Glenorchy – 8.30am check in   (Note this time is changing to 8.45am from the 1st November 2014)

From the Dart Visitor Centre, Mull Street, Glenorchy

Glenorchy return 7 hours

Pick ups and drop offs are provided on a scheduled transport circuit and pick up from most accommodation.  If you select your accommodation when booking online we will tell you the time and place to meet.  Allow 9 hours Queenstown return or 7 hours Glenorchy return 



$319 $219 $857
SAVE $219
16yrs + 5 - 15yrs 2 Adults & 2 Children

Rates valid to 30 Sept 2015

Minimum child height of 1 metre applies, minimum age is 5 years old



Our guides and drivers are selected for their ability to relate well to people of all ages and backgrounds as well as their knowledge and love of the natural world that inhabits our playground. 

Here’s just a couple of our guides, if you want to find out more use the button below.

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Christian Chester

Christian Chester

Our multi-talented Funyak Supervisor cannot only be found paddling canoes but also found sitting in a jet boat, bus or behind a computer.

Since starting in 2007, Christian’s favourite part about working at Dart is being out in the wilderness (secretly scouting out deer). He’s a North Island man from Rotorua and Kaipara but prefers to be out in NZ’s back country.

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Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson

Paul aka Maverick (Top Gun reference…) joined the team of jet boat drivers back in October 2011.

Often seen on any Dart brochures and videos, our poster boy is a popular one with the female passengers (usually of an older demographic). Raised on a Central Otago farm, he’s a sporty fella who enjoys biking, hiking, kayaking and building his house.

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Funyak Video

The sheer diversity of what’s on offer means you experience a unique combination of breathtaking
scenery matched with exciting jet boating on braided, glacier-fed rivers. Highly informative guides
add the personal touch, talking about the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Maori legends.

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Funyak Photos 

FUNYAK rockburn


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Your Stories

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Check out what previous visitors to the Dart River are telling others. Find out what makes a trip down the Dart River so special, from the people who have been there and done that.

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Your Videos

Yes you can take cameras on Dart River trips – at your own risk of course – and plenty have. Check out their visual blog material here.

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In the Media

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Yes, that’s right, some people still get paid to tell others what you think and this is where you will find all their professional prose . . .

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