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Dart River Jet Safaris

Queenstown Information Centre | Corner Camp and Shotover Streets, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64-3-442-9992
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Ranked #30 of 168 activities in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Owner description: Dart River Jet Safaris experiences are unique combinations of breathtaking ‘World Heritage’ scenery, exhilarating wilderness Jet Boating, Maori... more » Owner description: Dart River Jet Safaris experiences are unique combinations of breathtaking ‘World Heritage’ scenery, exhilarating wilderness Jet Boating, Maori heritage and inspiring adventure – truly authentic discoveries of everything that makes New Zealand an exceptional destination. Join us, the only operator on the Dart River, on a diverse adventure travelling deep into the pristine Dart River Valley and spectacular Mt Aspiring National Park to explore this awe-inspiring 'World Heritage' area and experience ‘New Zealand’s Most Sensational Journey'. « less
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

We initially were not going to do the Dart River Safari having already taken the Shotover Jet Boat trip but we were very happy we did. The scenery is absolutely magnificent and will bring you right into Middle Earth. The river is very different from the Shotover and quite fun and the walk through the Beech forest was an unexpected... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I have been on this trip before in the summer and returned with family visitors for a winter version as we enjoyed it so much the first time. just as spectacular whatever the weather and we were well wrapped up with fleecy blankets and heated hand rails to hold. not so many stories from this jet boat driver (I guess... More

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Dallas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Picked up at our hotel on time. Staff had us all decked out in raincoats and life jackets in no time at all. Had a good time in the jet boat; very skilled driver. Got very wet and it was very cold. Even snowed. ! But hey, it is winter in NZ ! After the boat ride, we took a... More

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ShotoverJet, Marketing at Dart River Jet Safaris, responded to this review

Kia ora Thanks for reviewing Dart River Wilderness Jet. However we were very surprised to read your comment about "refreshments will be provided". Nowhere in any of our brochures or marketing material do we say this. The soup should be a surprise on a cold day - not an expectation. I'd really appreciate it if you could let us know... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

WOW is all we can say! If you're wanting to really see the wonders of this area this is a must do and well worth the price. The drive to Glenorchy is so spectacular that by the time you get there you know you're in for a treat. The whole tour was packed with information about the area with a... More

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Robbinsville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

No better way to see some of the surrounding area than to take a walk through a rainforest followed by a high speed boat ride. The entire family loved this. The high speed ride was spectacular and seeing the rainforest and local breathtaking views was just awesome.

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Kincumber, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Even though this was a very early start and the fact that we were dressed up like penguins to combat the cold it proved to be on of the best days of the whole trip. Loved the jet boat and even better getting the hang of canoe paddling. Good food provided and the guides were great, good sports and full... More

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Melbourne
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Our group had a full day trip up the Dart River just before the ski season started. It was very cold and dry but the company provided us with all the waterproof ponchos etc that you needed. We were picked up before dawn at the Hilton (see separate review) and driven to Glenorchy, the base of the safari company. We... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The Dart River Jet Safari is the ultimate jet boat experience in the pristine area of Glenorchy and Paradise. Yes, the area is called Paradise and is the best place a visitor could go to experience the adventures New Zealand hold as well as an awesome jet boat experience. I go to this area nearly every time I am back... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I chose this tour primarily for the awesome 1-hour wilderness jet boat ride on the Dart River. It was amazing how shallow the water was which still didn't pose any problems. Our driver was amazing and did several 360's. The tour of Paradise where many scenes have been shot from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was just spectacular.... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My husband was skeptical of the trip at firs,t but it was truly the highlight of our trip to Queenstown! Our bus driver picked us up at the hotel (Heritage) and drove us to Glenarchy. He stopped along the way to let us out and take pictures at a scenic spot. Once we got to the headquarters, we were split... More

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