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Dart River Safaris New Zealand.

Immerse yourself in an authentic New Zealand experience in some of the world's most amazing scenery. The adventure begins in Queenstown, moves along Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy before heading into the pristine Dart River Valley and the World Heritage Area of Mount Aspiring National Park. The Mount Aspiring National Park is New Zealand's third largest National Park covering an area of 355,543 hectares. This alpine country is a combination of glaciated and partly glaciated mountain ranges. Mica Schist Mountains with a wealth of glaciers, hanging valleys, cirque basins and U-shaped valleys give the park its spectacular character. Join Dart River Safaris on one of their exciting and spectacularly scenic adventures, either the Dart River Jetboat Safari for half day or add the Funyaks Safari for a full day.

Dart River Safaris are based at Glenorchy and you can self drive there, allow an hour for the lakeside drive from Queenstown with a photo stop or two, or you can include Queenstown transfers in your booking.

  • Jetboat
  • Funyaks
  • Map

Dart River Jet Boat Safari

Let our guides take you on an invigorating hour long jet boating journey into Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area.

Learn about the flora, fauna and rich history of the area on a walk through ancient beech forest with your friendly guide.

Hear tales of the early settlers who carved successful sheep and cattle stations from the harsh and rugged landscape.

Discover parts of Middle Earth, Narnia and many other treasured movie locations on a back-road 4WD adventure.

  • 4 hours ex Glenorchy return
  • 6 hours ex Queenstown return
  • Morning or afternoon departures
  • Minimum passenger height is 1 metre

Dart River Funyak Safari

Your amazing journey begins with an exhilarating jet boat ride up the Dart River deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park.

From here you'll then travel back down river at your own pace in our unique Funyaks exploring pristine waters as they flow from the Southern Alps to Lake Wakatipu, hidden side streams with amazing rock pools and dramatic chasms. Stop along the way and enjoy a wilderness picnic lunch.

Just when you think your Funyaks adventure is over, you will enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch before heading via 4 wheel drive coach to locations used in the movies to illustrate Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

  • Full day trip.
  • Departs Queenstown or Glenorchy
  • Minimum passenger height is 1 metre