Combine wilderness jet boating with one-of-a-kind Funyak inflatable canoes for an exciting adventure deep into Mt Aspiring National Park and Lord of the Rings shooting sites on the Dart River. Enjoy the solitude and tranquillity of this gorgeous location at your own speed as you float downstream on crystal water, then stop for a wilderness picnic lunch before continuing on to Glenorchy via ‘Paradise’. Then take a back-country journey via areas utilised in movies to depict Middle Earth.
Funyaks are absolutely unique being the only adventure of their kind in the Queenstown region, and it’s a wonderful way to explore and see this beautiful ‘World Heritage’ area up up and personal.
Begin your funyak adventure with an hour-long jet boat ride up the Dart River, full with spectacular jet spins and all the thrills of traditional braided shallow river jet boating. You’ll next depart to go on your Funyak experience on one of our one-of-a-kind inflatable Funyak canoes. After receiving complete training, you will paddle and drift a stunning river adventure. Stopping in the midst of old beech woodland, you’ll have a fantastic wilderness buffet lunch as well as the opportunity to explore secret side streams, rock pools, and dramatic chasms such as the stunning Rockburn Chasm.
Continue downstream to Paradise, from where you’ll return to Glenorchy by a back-country road through breathtaking scenery and spots that have inspired films throughout the world, including ‘The Lord of the Rings.’
Top Tip: Book well in advance to avoid disappointment. At peak times, we can be booked weeks in advance. Dart River trips are limited to protect both your experience and the environment.
Price: Adult $319 per person (age 16 to 99) – Child $229 pp (aged 5 to 15)|
Family: $867 (2adults + 2 children)
Tour Duration: Allow 9 hours Queenstown return or 7 hours Glenorchy return
8:00am – Departs from The Station (cnr Shotover and Camp Streets)
8:30am – Funayks trip departs from Dart River Adventures Base Building in Glenorchy
3:30pm (approx) – Bus returns to Queenstown
This full-day trip includes a ‘funyak’ (inflatable canoe) and jet boat ride on the Dart River, which runs through the wild splendour of Mount Aspiring National Park, which is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Travel by coach from Queenstown to Glenorchy, where you’ll ride a thrilling jet boat upriver before boarding an easy-to-handle funyak. There is no prior expertise required, and you will paddle in a flotilla behind your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as a buffet lunch and all necessary equipment, are all included. From Queenstown, have a full-day Dart River funyak canoe and jet boat trip. This thrilling excursion takes you to Mount Aspiring National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your funyak canoe, follow your guide to explore secret creeks and rock pools. Enjoy a buffet lunch in the great outdoors while seeing the park’s stunning rural landscape, which served as Middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Wetsuit and lifejacket are provided.