A Dart River Wilderness Jet is part exploration, part discovery and part amazement at the stunning scenery that unfolds as you travel deep into the rivers and forests of the Dart River Valley and into the Te Wai Pounamu World Heritage site.Book Now
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The Dart River Wilderness Jet is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. We are the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River.
This rich and diverse landscape offers a unique combination of breathtaking scenery, exhilarating experiences and New Zealand’s most exciting jet boating along glacier-fed rivers.
Our professional and highly trained staff will guide you along your journey, sharing stories of the area’s amazing history, great Maori legends and Greenstone trail.
Stroll through ancient beech forest, unchanged in over 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. Book now for an authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world.
Request a Kruse GPS with your booking and enjoy outstanding audio commentary in your preferred language.
|Over an hour of high-speed thrills on your Dart River Wilderness Jet. Experience the best jet boating in NZ, as you power into the Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area.|
|Learn about the flora, fauna and rich history of the area on a 30 minute forest walk with your friendly guide.|
On a back-road tour, discover parts of Middle Earth, Narnia and many other treasured movie locations.
|Learn about the Pounamu (Greenstone) that made the Dart River a key trading route for early Maori.|
|Hear tales of early settlers who carved abundant farms from the harsh and rugged landscape..|
KIDS GO FREE these school holidays
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
Rates valid from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018
|1/10/17 - 31/12/17||$ 239||$ 139||
$ 617 SAVE $ 139
|HIGH SEASON 1/1/18 - 31/3/18||$ 259||$ 159||$ 667 SAVE $ 169|
|1/4/18 - 30/9/18||$ 249||$ 149||$ 647 SAVE $ 149|
Minimum child height of 1 metre applies irrespective of child age.
Please note we are unable to carry pregnant women on our trips.
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.