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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.
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!!!
Great fun from start to finish. Stunning views and friendly staff added to the experience.
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.
It was great experience. We all had a lot of fun and the scenery was spectacular.
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.
Kathleen Y Australia
Amazing place! Fantastic views! This area definitely feels like Middle Earth! Loved it!
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.
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.
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
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!!!
JENNIFER K Australia
This is a hard tour to rate because the jet boat ride was excellent and ten out of ten.Ben was a great driver and loved doing his 360s. Really good fun. All equipment supplied including fleecy undershirt, wetsuit, wet weather jacket and water boots. Unfortunately I cannot give an accurate review of the Funyak canoe as the weather we experienced was apparently the worst any of our guides have ever experienced on this tour. However the tour still went ahead. We received the tail of Sydney's very bad storm and the winds were gale force. Our guide Toby told us on a number of occasions it was the worst conditions he had ever seen along the river. We were first timers and I found the whole experience really frightening. One occasion Toby told us we could not cross the river as we normally would because the current was so strong so we had to have one person out of the canoe to push it on a 90 degree angle while the other person paddled furiously. The rocks in the water were very slippery under the water boots. When we finally made it to the lunch stop you had to pull your canoe through the water for about 100m. When my husband collapsed our guide and the other family were out of sight. Enter Gareth. In the middle of nowhere he comes walking out of the bushes with only Tshirt and shorts on very, very cold day and offers to take our canoe for us. When he found out my husband was having an asthma attack which he hasn't suffered for at least 20 years he pulled a Ventolin inhaler out of his shorts pocket. He was our saviour. We finally made it up to lunch which was delicious and plentiful. We had a very sedate canoe ride into the canyon which was unbelievably easy because there was no gale force winds and it was magnificent. I was very frightened about canoeing back and I was right, it wasn't easy. I think this would be a lovely day when weather permits, but due to the stormy conditions I would never consider doing this again. HUGE thanks to Gareth.
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