Dart River

Wilderness Adventures

Jet Boating



Glenorchy boasts some of the Queenstown area’s most spectacular scenery, showing off dramatic mountain terrain, glaciers, alpine lakes and ancient beech forests.

At Dart River Adventures we pride ourselves on being more than a jet boat ride – we are a journey of discovery.

Jet boats were originally designed to allow access into remote farming areas and can operate in very shallow (as little as 10 centimetres) water. Compared to a thrill ride, like Shotover Jet, Dart River Adventures uses this jet boat technology to take you into the heart of the World Heritage Area.
In comparison, Shotover Jet takes that technology and, over 25 minutes, shows you the manoeuvrability and power of these machines.

The Dart River is a technically challenging river as it is a braided system, which changes day to day. The skill of our drivers in navigating this river – and being the only jet boat operator on the Dart River – ensures that you reach hidden treasures along the way.



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Dart River Wilderness Jet


As one of Queenstown’s most exciting activities, our Wilderness Jet takes you on a spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mount Aspiring National Park. You’ll experience a unique combination of breath-taking scenery and an exhilarating ride as we follow the braided, glacier-fed rivers by jet boat. Local Queenstown guides give you their authentic touch, talking about the area’s rich history, the Greenstone trail and countless Maori legends. We’ll also take the chance to tie up the boat and let you walk amongst the ancient beech tree forests – an atmosphere you may recognize from The Lord of the Rings films. It’s a complete Queenstown experience in an untouched natural wonderland.

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This scenic activity starts by travelling along Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, past Glenorchy and far up the Dart River by jet boat into the lush green forests and snow-capped mountains of the World Heritage listed Te Wai Pounamu area. Take in the romantic atmosphere of the local farms and experience the magic of walking through the towering trees seen in Middle Earth. Our Chinese-speaking guide will also guarantee that you not only enjoy your time, but understand it every step of the way.

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