• Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 260.45 View price calendar

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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

MEGANN W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour is SO MUCH FUN!! It was cold and rainy when we ended up going but we didn't even care. The sights are beautiful and they make sure you have a good time. Lunch was good but if you're looking for something warm and filling you might be disappointed. It's part of the experience, so just have fun with it!

bolno1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A must do in Queenstown -amazing

Luis B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Although a bit expensive this experience is worth every penny. The logistics for this trip is amazing. Never felt unsafe or in jeopardy as these guys really know what they are doing. The jetboat ride is quite entertaining. If you want to get wet go to the back of the boat. The funyak was another amazing experience although it could be challenging for some. Lunch provided was also very good: picnic style with sandwiches, fruits, pastry and hot beverages. We enjoyed a windy and chilly day which kept the insatiable sand flies at bay but whenever wind stopped they were really a nuisance. They bite so wear bug repellent. If I go back to Queenstown I will take this tour again.

Nicole W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

would highly recommend this to everyone, great scenery, awesome guides

Katrina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Amazing Scenery you can't miss it!! MUST do at Queenstown.

Bonnie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wow! What a GREAT day! Gareth, our very funny, very professional kiwi guide, accompanied by his very diverse and competent team, made this trip extra special. We were treated to awesome Lord of the Rings-type scenery from the time we left Queenstown to when we returned. A 1.5 hour bus ride was followed by a one hour exciting JetBoat ride up the Dart River with spins and thrills dress warmly - it was 43 degrees with a sparkling clear blue sky the morning we left...in the summer early January, followed by a 3-4 hour rubber canoe experience back down the river completed our day. A tasty picnic lunch was provided halfway back on the side of a river bend with a side canoe trip inside a chasm with a waterfall fed with chilly waters from the glaciers. During the entire day we saw a total of 3 other human beings hiking on the side of the river. The scenery was gorgeous beyond belief the river water was clear, crisp and mouth-wateringly delicious. If you can't paddle a canoe, have a problem with paddling a canoe, don't go. Otherwise, don't miss this terrific experience.

Alan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

One of the best things we did on our trip!

KC5

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

By far the BEST tour of our whole New Zealand trip!!!! A definite MUST!!! The jetboating was so fun and it was just beautiful the whole time!! Then the funyaking was a blast for my husband and I. We were on our own boat and loved it. The views are just breathtaking! Highly highly recommend!!!

G J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great fun from start to finish. Stunning views and friendly staff added to the experience.

Larry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great trip. The group has changing room with lockers to store things while on the trip. Need to bring a towel to dry off after changing out of wet suits. Crew was great and lunch was good especially out along the river. Again the crew did and excellent job.

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