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Funyaks (Kayaks)

This unmissable experience combines the exhilaration of a wilderness jet boat ride with a leisurely downstream float on our easy to use Funyaks. With a sumptuous lunch included, this trip is ideal for the whole family. If you only do one tour in Queenstown, this is it! The diversity and value of what's on offer in this full day of adventure is second to none.

Your Funyak journey begins with an exhilarating jet boat ride from Glenorchy up the Dart River deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience exciting 360 degree spins along the way as you marvel at the untouched beauty of this location, inaccessible by other means. Learn about Pounamu and the long-standing history of the area.

After your jet boat ride, you will travel back down stream with our expert guides in our unique Funyaks (inflatable kayaks) steering your way through pristine waters as they flow from the Southern Alps to Lake Whakatipu. Explore channels and side-streams in this spectacular wilderness location and witness the native flora and fauna of the area.

Just when you think your Funyak journey is over, you will enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch in the wilderness before heading home via 4 wheel drive coach to explore locations used in movies ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

This action-packed full day of exploration gets you away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown to experience the natural, untouched wilderness New Zealand is so famous for. With free transport and only a 45 minute, breathtaking drive from Queenstown, what are you waiting for?

 

 

Please note that due to weather and our ever-changing wilderness environment, every trip is different and we can't always guarantee you will visit the same locations. This includes inside the chasm. The vistas are stunning everywhere you look so rest-assured you will always experience the beauty of this untouched paradise!

Your expert guide will teach you everything you need to know to use your own Funyak, no prior experience necessary. However you must obey all instructions and if our guides feel like you are struggling, they may decide to attach your Funyak to their Funyak to navigate the more difficult parts of the river. The safety of our customers is of utmost importance to us.

Prices (seasonal)

Adult

$379

Age 16+

Child

$279

Age 5–15

Family

$1,037

2 Adults
2 Children

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Itinerary

Jet Boat

Enjoy an hour of high-speed Wilderness Jet boating through the waters of the Dart River into the Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area and your Funyak launch site.

Funyak

Our professional and friendly guides will take you on an inspiring adventure as you gently drift in your own Funyak.

Picnic Lunch

Stop along the way and enjoy a wilderness picnic lunch

4WD Coach Drive

Pass locations used in famous films such as 'The Hobbit'

Funyak Jet Boat
Funyak Trip
Lunch Spot

Trip Information

When will you be visiting us?

Funyaks

Funyak Departure 

7:45am - Departs from The Station building (cnr Shotover and Camp Streets)
8:30am - Funayks trip departs from Dart River Adventures Base Building in Glenorchy
3:30pm (approx) - Bus returns to Queenstown 

What we provide:

  • Life jackets (compulsory)
  • Spray jackets
  • Wetsuits (compulsory)
  • Booties (compulsory)
  • Fleece tops
  • Dry bags

 What to bring: 

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm outer layer
  • Warm underwear or swimwear
  • Change of underwear
  • Towel
  • Insect repellant
  • Camera, carried at own risk (note that you will get wet)

Restrictions:

  • Minimum age is 5 years old.
  • Minimum child height is 1 metre but may be increased to 1.2m in some conditions.
  • The Wilderness Jet & Funyak tour is not suitable if you are pregnant.

Transport Options

Shuttle

Your trip includes a complimentary return shuttle from Queenstown.
Pick-ups and drop-offs are provided on a scheduled transport circuit available from most accommodation or the The Station Building, 25 Shotover Street.

Self-drive

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

Funyaks

Funyak Departure 

8:00am - Departs from The Station (cnr Shotover and Camp Streets)
8:30am - Funayks trip departs from Dart River Adventures Base Building in Glenorchy
3:30pm (approx) - Bus returns to Queenstown 

What we provide:

  • Life jackets (compulsory)
  • Spray jackets
  • Wetsuits
  • Booties
  • Fleece tops
  • Dry bags

 What to bring: 

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves
  • Scarf or buff
  • Wollen socks
  • Windproof jacket 
  • Warm outer layer
  • Warm underwear or swimwear
  • Change of underwear
  • Towel
  • Insect repellant
  • Camera, carried at own risk (note that you will get wet)

Restrictions:

  • Minimum age is 5 years old.
  • Minimum child height is 1 metre but may be increased to 1.2m in some conditions.
  • The Wilderness Jet & Funyak tour is not suitable if you are pregnant.

Transport Options

Shuttle

Your trip includes a complimentary return shuttle from Queenstown.
Pick-ups and drop-offs are provided on a scheduled transport circuit available from most accommodation or The Station Building, 25 Shotover Street.

Self-drive

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

Testimonials

The trip was well planned, we felt safe at all times and the guides were very enthusiastic and friendly. Beautiful area and stunning views over the alpine landscapes and the Dart river in Mt Aspiring National Park. Wonderful spot for lunch! Would do it again!

Hong Kong

I loved it. I am a thrill seeker and it fulfilled everything I thought and more. I would recommend The Dart Jet and The Funyaks to everyone. Seeing the smiles on everyone's face was really nice. I would do it again if I got the chance. Thank you for your service and all your staff that put in a lot of work.

Australia

The trip was extremely enjoyable. The staff were professional and experienced which made us feel safe. The area is stunning and this was a great way to get up close to the beautiful landscape. Such a great day!

Australia