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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.
  • 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
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 1 week ago

Our family of five with three kids aged 14, 13 and 10 absolutely loved this Funyak adventure. The glacial fed chasm they take you through is truly breathtaking with the most amazing coloured water. Once in a lifetime experience. The Dart River Adventures company is...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Did this activity with my partner and it was amazing! Whole day of fun, with knowledgable staff and they provide you with so much. We were given plenty of gear to make sure we were warm and our guide Amber made the trip a lot...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank LCJ2412
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora LCJ2412, Thank you for taking the time to write such an awesome review for us. Amber is incredible! And the views are something else. Hopefully we will see you next time you're in New Zealand. Ngā mihi, Amelia

Reviewed 4 weeks 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
1  Thank Siobhan R
Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Siobhanrochford, Thank you for the recommendation. It's certainly a favourite of the team in the office! The guides work really hard to make sure that everyone has an amazing time. Ill make sure I pass on your feedback. Hope the rest of your...More

Reviewed September 8, 2019 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
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Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks 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 September 1, 2019

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 weeks 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

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Greg K
June 16, 2019|
Response from Debs J | Reviewed this property |
Not sure - their website is pretty comprehensive
May 19, 2019|
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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
April 12, 2019|
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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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