Wilderness Jet - Own Transport

Journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park, where myth, heritage and fantasy come to life.

As one of Queenstown’s most exhilarating activities, our Wilderness Jet, half day adventure 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 with exciting 360 degree spins along the way. Your 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. 

Prices (seasonal)



Age 16+



Age 5–15

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Jet boat (2 hrs)

Let our guides take you on an invigorating hour long jet boating journey into Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area.


Learn about the flora, fauna and rich history of the area on a quick walk through ancient beech forest.


Hear tales of the early settlers who carved successful sheep and cattle stations from the harsh and rugged landscape.

Dart River Adventures, Wilderness Jet
Wilderness Jet, Dart River Adventures
Dart WJ jet boat customer fun

Trip Information

When will you be visiting us?

Wilderness Jet - Own Transport Option

Departs Glenorchy


What we provide:

  • Life jackets (compulsory)
  • Spray jackets (optional)

What to bring:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Warm outer layer
  • Supportive footwear
  • Small bag, carried at own risk
  • Camera, carried at own risk


  • Minimum age is 5 years old.
  • Minimum child height is 1 metre but may be increased to 1.2m in some conditions.
  • Not suitable if you are pregnant.

Transport Options


This trip does not include transport and departs and returns from Glenorchy.


Glenorchy is a 45min/ 48km scenic drive from Queenstown. But we suggest you leave at least an hour to include photo stops.

Wilderness Jet - Own Transport Option

The Dart River product operates in the summer months of October to the end of April.  For the months of May to September we are closed.

Transport Options


After the scintillating jet boat ride on the Dart River, our guide Peter (who should be considered a national treasure in New Zealand) led us on a beautiful hike through an ancient Beech forest that included a picnic lunch and a visit to a cave once used by the Maori. Peter enjoys sharing his impressive knowledge of the area, tossing in bits of survival advice with a number of amusing anecdotes about his past experiences. What a great day!