Your Dart River Wilderness Jet is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. Experience a unique combination of breathtaking scenery and exciting jet boating on braided, glacier-fed rivers.
Learn from your guide about the area’s history, walk amongst the ancient beech forest, unchanged for 80 million years, and pass by scenes used in the Lord of the Rings movies to illustrate Middle Earth. An authentic New Zealand experience of a natural world. This is one of the very best Jet Boat Trips in the World, a real foray into the heart and soul of New Zealand.
Taking one of the World’s Top 10 scenic drives, your journey begins from downtown Queenstown and ventures along the edge of Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy, the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park – a spectacular World Heritage area of unsurpassed nature and wilderness and a place shrouded in ancient Maori legend.
From Glenorchy, you travel deep into the Dart River Valley on an exhilarating jet boat ride, speeding turns, and thrilling jet boat spins. Stopping at various points along the Dart River, your guide points out important landmarks and discusses the unique features that make this area so naturally and culturally significant.
Next, your wilderness journey involves exploring ancient beach forests on foot. Your expert guide will share with you an intimate knowledge of the area’s unique vegetation and wildlife primarily preserved as it was 80 million years ago on the ancient supercontinent Gondwanaland
8.30am with return transport from the Station Building, Queenstown (check-in 8.15am)
9.30am (9.15am check-in) or 1pm (12.45pm check-in) at the Dart Visitor Centre, Mull Street, Glenorchy