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I've been looking forward to this tour since I arrived in Queenstown! I'm a "Lord of the Rings"-Fan too and that was one of the reasons why I planned to go to Glenorchy and Paradise. The tour was amazing...it was a sensational start with the jetboat heading up the Dart River. The funniest part of the day was our way down the river with the funyaks. It's not so easy at the beginning, but in the end we figured it out how it works...sooo funny!!! The scenery was breathtaking, the lunch was delicious and the guide was wonderful!!! I found my personal paradise there and it was one of the best days I had in six weeks of travelling (and that means a lot, because I've done amazing things like skydiving and a trip to white island, an active vulcano, too!). Thank you for an awesome day and unforgettable memories! I'll be back with my friends and my family - and then I'll join your tour again!!!
We drove to Glenorchy and joined the tour there. After a very informative ride in the small bus through Paradise Valley (yes it is) we had a magical walk through the beech forest. Playing in the hollow tree and sitting on the huge wooden seat made me feel like a hobbit myself. It was my 6 year old daughters first jet boat ride. She loved the boat ride but wasn't so keen on the spins. The driver was clearly sensitive to that and adapted the ride accordingly. The whole excursion worked so well it felt like I was away on a trip with a mate rather than on any kind of packaged trip. Well done to all the staff as they make this adventure superb!!
My wife and I with two daughters, ages 9 and 12 went on the Dart River Jet Boat Safari along with nature walk. It was a beautiful sunny day and went perfectly in every way. Our first bus driver (Sean) was friendly and knowledgeable. Our jet boat driver (Paul) was a likeable guy, skilled driver and ensured all of his passengers felt comfortable. Iain, our nature guide also made our walk interesting and memorable. The bus drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy is so scenic. The jet boat ride takes you further into this incredible area and the nature walk was a great chance to learn more about the environment. I ranked the whole trip very highly and couldn't fault any of the staff. We had been on a smilar trip 15 years ago and were therefore prepared for the cold. We had all our ski gear on and were also given a large waterproof jacket from Dart River Adventures. We all looked like Michelin men but I cannot stress enough to rug up really well. If you don't it would make your trip miserable. Hat, glasses / goggles and some sort of face cover too is adviseable. Thanks guys.
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The scenery was incredible! The jet boat was a lot of fun! Its amazing how the driver makes his way. The jackets and hand warming bars for the boat were great on a cold day as well as the warm tomato soup served. A must do.