Dart River

  • Lakes and Rivers
  • Adrenaline
  • Family
  • 4WD

Experience this stunning glacial fed river zipping along on a jet boat or slow down with a funyak and follow the braided current

Immerse yourself in an authentic New Zealand experience in some of the world’s most amazing scenery, the pristine Dart River Valley and World Heritage Area of Mount Aspiring National Park.

Please note minimum child height is 1 metre but may be increased to 1.2m in some conditions.

Trips not suitable if pregnant.


Wilderness Jet
9am and 1pm (1pm only May-Sept)
3.5hrs (from Glenorchy)

Experience a unique combination of breath-taking scenery and an exhilarating ride as you follow the braided, glacier-fed rivers by jet boat. Guides give you their authentic touch, talking about the area’s rich history, the Greenstone trail and countless Maori legends. You'll also get the chance to tie up the boat and walk amongst the ancient beech tree forests – an atmosphere you may recognize from The Lord of the Rings films. A 4WD caoch trip will help you discover parts of Middle Earth, Narnia and many other treasured movie locations on a back-road adventure.

Free Kruse GPS triggered audio commentary is available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

Minimum age is 3 years old | Child priice valid to 15yrs 

 October - MarchApril - Sept
Family (2A, 2C)$743$677





8.30am (additional 11am trip Oct-April)

6hrs (from Glenorchy)

For those looking for a slower pace, Funyaks are for you. You'll start by jet boating up the river, from there you’ll then travel back down at your own pace, exploring stunning blue waters as they flow from the Southern Alps to Lake Wakatipu, hidden side streams with amazing rock pools and dramatic chasms. A gourmet buffet lunch is then provided before heading via 4WD coach to locations used in the movies to illustrate Middle Earth from ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

Minimum age is 5 years old | Child price valid to 15yrs 

 October - MarchApril - Sept
Family (2A, 2C)$1103$1037


Aspiring Wilderness
6hrs (from Glenorchy)

The best of both worlds, the thrills of a Dart River Wilderness Jet trip, followed by a serene, guided, wilderness walk through the ancient beech forest of Mount Aspiring National Park. Frequent stops on your 35km journey up the river will be used to explain the geology and lore of the ancient and unspoiled lands. Your walking guide has exclusive off track access for your trip where vast numbers of plant species compete for your attention, along with the orchestra of native bird life. A delicious picnic lunch is taken on the shores of Lake Sylvan before you finish your walk to meet your transport back to civilisation.

Free Kruse GPS triggered audio commentary is available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

Minimum age is 8 years old | Child price valid to 14yrs

Adult: $399
Child: $285


Glenorchy Discovery - Chinese language tour
2.30pm (Oct - April), 1pm (May - Sept)
3hrs (from Glenorchy)

Your chance to see glaciers and snow-capped mountains on a thrilling jet boat ride through the braided Dart River, followed by a forest walk where you can learn about the New Zealand environment. Then climb aboard a bus to enjoy a back-road 4 wheel drive adventure through Paradise and past Diamond Lake, stopping to view locations from treasured films such as 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'. You will also stop to see farm animals such as cows, sheep and even horses!

Minimum age is 3 years old | Child price valid to 15yrs | Children 3-5yrs who meet height conditions go free

 October - MarchApril - Sept



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