Dart River Safari's - Queenstown


Dart River Safaris is a New Zealand owned and operated company. We’ve been operating since 1988. In 1996 we were acquired by Shotover Jet Limited.The purchase of the company by Shotover allowed us to further improve the quality of the Dart River experience, as we improved our boats, enhanced our safety procedures and generally made a Dart River Safari an even better experience!You’ll find the Dart River crew are professional, friendly, fun-loving kiwis. We are passionate about this uniquely beautiful area of New Zealand and we like nothing better than to share it with our visitors.Come and experience a Dart River Safari with “the Dart’s” real professionals.See you soon…

The Dart River Safari:

dartriver-2Taking you to the heart of a World Heritage Park.

(Allow 6 hours from Queenstown or 3 hours from Glenorchy)

  • The most scenic Jet Boating in New Zealand. A 1½ hour ride along the Dart River amongst towering mountains and the refreshingly beautiful wilderness of the Mt Aspiring National Park.
  • Then take a short and easy walk, of 20-40 minutes, through ancient forests, unchanged for 80 million years. Hear an informative and entertaining commentary on the area and its history – including the quest by early Maori for highly prized pounamu (greenstone).
  • Board your back road coach for a journey to Paradise and beyond.This 40-50 minute trip allows the opportunity to explore a region filled with spectacular vistas which have inspired many talented film makers to bring their projects to this area, including Lord of the Rings.
  • Two departures daily. The trip may be completed in reverse order


The best way to see, touch and feel the breathtaking Dart River valley.

(Allow 9 hours from Queenstown or 7 hours from Glenorchy)

  • Jet boat for 1¼ hours to the upper reaches of the Dart River, where visitors disembark and inflate their own canoe.
  • After a full safety and paddling instruction, your Funyak journey begins.
  • Paddle downstream on a glacier feed river amidst rocky peaks and dense rainforests.
  • Enjoy a wilderness buffet lunch and explore the Rock Burn Chasm and ancient beech forests.
  • Paddle to Paradise then transfer to an awaiting back road coach for the return trip through Paradise.
  • One departure daily. Funyaks is suitable for most ages with average fitness, no previous experience is required. Wetsuits are provided – please bring a towel plus swimwear to wear underneath.

Wilderness Adventure:

Classic Jetboating at its best

(Allow 6 hours from Queenstown or 3 hours from Glenorchy)

  • Classic jet boating is the art of navigation. The terrain initiates almost all the excitement.
  • Spend 2.5 hours navigating the spectacular Dart River on this classic jet boating experience.
  • This trip is ideal for real jetboat enthusiasts.
  • Child rates 5-15years


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