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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

This full-day adventure includes a 'funyak' (inflatable canoe) and jet boat ride on the Dart River, situated amid the untamed beauty of UNESCO-listed Mount Aspiring National Park. Travel by coach from Queenstown to Glenorchy, where you’ll speed upriver on a thrilling jet boat before climbing aboard an easy-to-handle funyak. No previous experience is necessary and you’ll paddle with several passengers in a flotilla behind your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off plus buffet lunch and all equipment are included.


  • Full-day Dart River funyak canoe and jet boat adventure from Queenstown
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Aspiring National Park on this exhilarating tour
  • Follow your guide on your funyak canoe and discover hidden streams and rock pools
  • Soak up the park’s incredible countryside scenery -- featured as Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings film series
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch in the great outdoors
  • Lifejacket and wetsuit provided

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What You Can Expect

Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

Jet boat adventure on the River Dart

Start your Dart River jet boat and funyak tour with a hotel pickup in Queenstown. You’ll travel a scenic route approx. 28 miles (45 km) by coach through the countryside to Glenorchy, entryway to the World Heritage–listed Mount Aspiring National Park. You might recognize the lush forests and towering peaks of this winding river valley as Tolkien’s ‘Middle-earth,’ that featured in the popular The Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

After a safety briefing, put on your wetsuit and booties, lifejacket, fleece and a dry bag. Then climb aboard the jet boat and prepare for a wild ride as you zoom at top speed through the water while listening to commentary about your surroundings.

In a secluded stretch of the Dart River, swap the jet boat for your funyak, which seats up to 2 or 3 people. Float downstream as you paddle peacefully over the shimmering turquoise water, following behind your guide in a flotilla. You’ll explore secret side streams, rock pools and chasms before stopping for a buffet lunch in the great outdoors. Soak up the stunning wilderness and then continue your funyak adventure after lunch. Keep an eye out for red deer, yellow-crowned parakeets and other wildlife. 

After your tour, hop back into your coach and relax on the return journey to Queenstown with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

edward m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was great experience. We all had a lot of fun and the scenery was spectacular.

John r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The Dart River guys were great and very flexble as the heavy rain had prevented the Funyak part. The Jet Boat was super fun and the scenery was outstanding.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

Vairamuthu G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Excellent . Must do.

Jing S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

great tour, breathtaking views! the guide, Luke is great!

Kathleen Y Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Amazing place! Fantastic views! This area definitely feels like Middle Earth! Loved it!

Willem K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Beautiful place, fun activities, good food, great guides, excellent experience.
Great value to boot, a long jet boat ride, kayaking and lunch. Much better value than the 10min $100 jet boat rides available in queenstown.

Kendra K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Seemed a little pricey when we booked it, but definitely worth every penny. The scenery is spectacular and they outfit you with everything you need for a fun day in the jet boat and funyaks.

Plim Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Excellent tour; a fun filled, adventure packed time. The Dart river is incredible! Don't forget to bring a camera (preferably waterproof) to capture the breathe taking views. The Jet Boat was great fun but I thought the Funyaking was even better! Lovely buffet lunch, experienced guides. Just amazing


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

That was such a fantastic day out! Can't really describe the beauty of the surrounding landscapes.. it seriously left me out of words!!! After a 45-minute bus journey to Glenorchy, the morning began with an exhilarating jet boat tour and a fun guide that would stop in-between exciting spins to explain the locations and point out where some of 'The Lord of the Ring' scenes were filmed! As the morning mist cleared out we met some other guides that briefed us about the 'Funyak'! Its name really explains it all: it is FUN! And is not really hard to paddle on it, although it requires some team effort at times! Our guides were great. Very helpful when needed and so much fun to spend the day with. What else can I say? You have to try it yourself to understand what I mean.. So worth it! A little piece of advice: bring some sun protection (sun glasses/hat/sun screen) and warm clothes - it is chilly in the morning! And don't forget your insect repellent: sand-flies are evil!!!
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