Travel deep into the rivers and forests of the Dart River Valley. This trip is part exploration, part discovery and a large part sheer awe at the stunning scenery that unfolds as you progress up the valley into the Te Wai Pounamu World HeritageBook Now
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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. Walk amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. An authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world.
Request it with your booking and get an outstanding commentary alongside your knowledgeable back country guide on the landscapes, history, movie sets, farming and forest walk. A real discovery in your own language and its FREE. Request it when you make your booking.
|More than an hour of thrilling high-speed wilderness jet boating skimming across the clear waters of the Dart River into the Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area|
|Hear about flora, fauna and history on a 30 minute forest walk with your friendly guide|
|On a backroad tour of Paradise immerse yourself in scenes and backdrops from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.|
|Learn about the Pounamu (Greenstone) that made the Dart River a key trading route for early Maori.|
|Tales of early settlers who carved rich farms from the rugged landscape.|
Queenstown return 6 hours
From the Dart Visitor Centre, Mull Street, Glenorchy
Glenorchy return 3 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 6 hours Queenstown return or 3 hours Glenorchy return
SUMMER and WINTER Departure times
SUMMER departs Queenstown at 8am and 12.30pm from 1 October to 30 April. Departs Glenorchy at 9am and 1.30pm
WINTER departs Queenstown at 8am and 12 Noon from 1 May - 30 September. Departs Glenorchy at 9am and 1pm
|16yrs +||5 - 15yrs||2 Adults & 2 Children|
Rates valid to 30 Sept 2015
From 1 October 2015 rates will be raised after a 4 year hold to keep pace with staff costs and supply price rises. The rates will be Adult $229, Child $129 and Family $587.
Infants (3-4 years) can travel on the Wilderness Jet free of charge.
Minimum child height of 1 metre applies irrespective of child age.
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.
Found guiding the back-road portion on the Wilderness tour, Iain’s favourite place is Paradise - which is lucky considering it’s his job to show it off to customers each day! He was born and raised in Akaroa and joined the Dart team in 2005.
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.
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.