Dart River Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure

Get ready for a thrilling Wilderness Jet Boat into the World Heritage area of Mt Aspiring National Park!
Queenstown, New Zealand
3 to 6 hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Translation devices available
Not included
What's Included

  • An exciting 2 hour  return Jetboat ride through the Dart River Valley
  • Exploration through the Mt Aspiring National Park and Tewahi Pounamu UNESCO area
  • Knowledgeable & experienced guides

What to Expect

The ultimate, original half day Wilderness Jet boat adventure takes you on an unforgettable journey along the braided, glacier-fed Dart River. Experience the unique combination of breath-taking scenery and an exhilarating ride as we take you deep into Mount Aspiring National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Area.

With unrivalled National Park access, we cover up to 90km of river on a trip making Dart River Adventures the longest jet boat ride in the region. This relaxed pace tour is ideal for those looking to take their time and make the most of being in this phenomenal place. With plenty of time to connect with the area and take in the scenery, your guides give you their authentic touch, sharing stories of the area’s rich history, the Greenstone trail and renowned Māori legends.

The ever-changing environment makes every trip unique. With daily and seasonal changes to the flora and fauna, colour of the bush, river structure & colour, water clarity, birds, wildlife and snow level, returning for a second adventure can mean you explore a whole new world.

The 2 hour Wilderness Jet experience departs twice daily, from Thursday - Monday.  Our morning tour includes bus transport from Queenstown to Glenorchy, while the afternoon tour excludes transport and departs from Glenorchy.


  • Discover the beauty of Mt Aspiring National Park. 
  • Jet boat along the Dart River 
  • Explore the ever-changing braided river system
  • Surround yourself with snow-covered peaks, waterfalls and hidden valleys 
  • Learn about Maori Heritage
  • View scenery that formed the backdrop for many films including The Lord of the Rings


Departure Times


Summer - 8.30am and 12pm (see below for seasonal schedule)
Departs from the 
Dart River Jet Safaris booking office inside at Station Building opp: Queenstown's Information Centre, on the corner of Camp and Shotover Streets. 

9.30am and 1.00 pm

Departs from the Dart Visitor Centre, Mull Street, Glenorchy. 

Pick ups and drop offs are provided on a scheduled transport circuit and pick up from most accommodation.  If you select your accommodation when booking online we will tell you the time and place to meet.  
Allow 6 hours Queenstown return or 3 hours Glenorchy return. 

Summer and Winter Departures
SUMMER departs Queenstown at 8.30am and 12.00pm from 1 October to 30 April.  Departs Glenorchy at 9.30am and 1.00pm.
WINTER departs Queenstown at 8am and 12 Noon from 1 May - 30 September.  Departs Glenorchy at 9am and 1pm.
  • Life jackets are mandatory and supplied along with optional spray jackets
  • Summer: Bring sunglasses, sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellant and a warm outer layer is recommended
  • Winter: Wear warm clothing plus hat, gloves, windproof outer jacket, insect repellant and sunglasses
  • Year round: Please ensure you wear suitable supportive footwear.  The guided walk is 30 minutes long on a rolling track through the forest.



Frequently Asked Questions
  • Warm clothing
  • Windproof jacket
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Scarf or buff
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Supportive footwear
  • Small bag, carried at own risk
  • Camera, carried at own risk
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  • Minimum age is 3 years old.
  • Minimum child height is 1 metre but may be increased to 1.2m in some conditions.
  • The Wilderness Jet is not suitable if you are pregnant.
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Terms & Conditions:

  • Participation in all adventure activities carries a degree of inherent risk and by participating in the activity provided by the Operator you are expressly assuming those risks personally and are, to the maximum extent permitted by law, waiving and releasing the Operator and it’s officers and employees and any subsidiary or related company from any liability, claims, losses, damages or expenses caused by any event including, but not limited to: a. Personal injury or death; b. Property loss of damage; c. Acts which may be construed as negligent or accidental; d. Any other loss, damage, suffering, emotional or nervous disorder. 

  • You agree that your successors, executors, administrators and next of kin are bound by these terms and conditions

Please note that the bookings are processed manually and please chat to us before making the booking or you can book with us and your booking is confirmed only once confirmed by the tour operator.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

  • Cancellations more than 24 hours before departure: no fee
  • Cancellations within 24 hours of departure: 100% of the cost



Pickup Locations
  • 12 Mile Campground
  • Abba Garden Motel
  • Absoloot Value Hostel
  • Alexis Motor Lodge
  • Alpine Lodge
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