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Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

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Discover the untamed beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mount Aspiring National Park on this full-day Dart River 'funyak' (inflatable canoe) and jet boat tour from Queenstown! Travel by coach to Glenorchy, where your adventure begins, and then hop aboard a jet boat and ride up the picturesque Dart River. Speeding through a landscape of outstanding natural beauty, your tour passes the 'Middle-earth' countryside that featured in the popular 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. In a secluded stretch of the river, swap the boat for your own easy-to-handle funyak and then paddle behind your attentive guide before stopping for a buffet lunch in the great outdoors!

No previous canoeing experience is required on this tour, and your guide will paddle at a leisurely pace to suit the group.
Highlights
  • Thrill to an exciting high-speed jet boat ride up the Dart River
  • Explore the river’s often overlooked nooks and crannies in a funyak
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch in a gorgeous setting in Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at select Queenstown hotels
What to Expect
Get picked up at your Queenstown hotel for the trip to Glenorchy, then get suited up with a lifejacket, wetsuit, fleece, and dry bag for the jet boat trip up the Dart River through Mount Aspiring National Park. Hold on tight as you maneuver the river’s twists and turns, with a guide to point out the park’s landmarks. Once you’re deep inside the wilderness, trade the jet boat for an inflatable canoe that seats two or three people. Paddling a funyak, you can access places too narrow and shallow for jet boats, exploring the nooks and crannies that make the Dart River so beautiful. Pull to the water’s edge for a buffet lunch served in a grassy clearing, then continue paddling through scenic terrain, watching for native birds and animals. This Dart River tour concludes with return transfer to your original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Queenstown Information Centre or selected Queenstown's hotels and accomodations

Address: Queenstown Info Centre, corner of Camp & Shotover Street

Dates: Daily

Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm
Duration
9h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm
Inclusions
  • Round-trip transport from Queenstown
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Jet boat ride
  • Canoe tour
  • Use of equipment: lifejacket, wetsuits and booties, fleece, dry bag
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Soft drinks, tea and coffee
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum height is 3.3 feet (1 meter)
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Please dress appropriately: bring swimwear, a towel and warm clothes
  • Please bring sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our day out funkyaking was my highlight of Queenstown! The day was well executed from start to finish from the journey to Glenorchy, the beautiful jet boat ride and the funkaying. Our guides were really fun and knowledgable and made the day a memorable one....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank siobhanrochford
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best value for money action on our holiday - staff were amazing, the wilderness was breathtaking, getting in the river on the funyaks was great for all our family.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Aussiefunguy
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora Aussiefunguy, We love getting feedback about the team. I'll be sure to pass your positive comments on. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Queenstown. Nga mihi, Amelia

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff was super friendly and the tour was amazing , you can never go wrong in this tour. Scenic views that would trap your heart and an adventurous experience. Though we had to reschedule it due to weather.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank traveltape0
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora traveltape0, Thank you for taking the time to write a 5* review. I'm glad to hear that you were able to reschedule around the bad weather. Safe travels, Amelia

Reviewed 31 July 2019

The day wasn't looking to good (Rain Forecast) so as soon as we got to the check in we were offered to reschedule or cancel. Having decided to go out the day was great. James and Jorden the funyack guides were great adn Ethan the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Aindriu M
ZoeNgaiTahuTourism, Marketing Manager at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora Aindriu, Thank you for your great review. We are so happy we got to show off our beautiful home to you. Funyaking is certainly a great way to get out into the wilderness and connect with an untouched natural world! Look forward to...More

Reviewed 22 July 2019

This was a very memorable tour for us. Everything was well planned and communicated. The JetBoat and Funyak experience were both tremendous. Lunch was plentiful and delicious. But best of all was the location and scenery. Would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jodie J
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2019

Kia ora Jodi, Thanks for taking the time to write a 5 star review! How great is the lunch. It's amazing what they can whip up in the middle of no where. Hopefully we will see you again soon. Safe travels, Amelia

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Response from Annemaree R | Reviewed this property |
As you leave Queenstown to head to Glenorchy the view of the Lake is amazing. It is a perfectly timed trip not to long and yes you get to stop and take in the views. Must do this adventure it is amazing
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Response from Beverley R | Reviewed this property |
This was a whole day event for us. However, if you contact the company, they can give you more information about timing and length of tours, etc.
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