Dart River Combo: 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

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Dart River Combo: 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown
from USD $274.31
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.
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In Brief

Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand
9 hours
Important InfoInfo

Dart River Funyaks is an amazing journey from Glenorchy deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. Get up-close with nature with a gentle paddle on sparkling waters. Combine wilderness jet boating with unique Funyak in stable canoes for a fun way to explore the Dart River as well as hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this stunning area at your own pace as you float downstream, as well as a sumptuous buffet lunch before heading past Paradise and on to Glenorchy.

Stop At:

• Dart River Adventures, Camp and Shotover Streets Queenstown Information Centre, Queenstown 9300 New Zealand
• Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, Queenstown New Zealand
• Mount Aspiring National Park, Ballantyne Rd, Wanaka New Zealand
• Glenorchy, Glenorchy, Otago Region, South Island


  • 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

Departure Point

The Station Information Centre, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: The Station Information Centre or selected Queenstown's hotels and accommodations

Dates: Daily

Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

The jetboat was an exciting blast at 70mph and several 360 splash turns. Lunch was hardy and quite good. The funyak was well managed as each group of five had a guide and our guide Nina helped us out whenever we got into a problem. It was hard work at times but much fun and very rewarding.
• Submitted 09 Jan 2020
We visited at the beginning of March and the weather was pretty good. The tour guides were great. They provided all the equipment needed and looked out for our safety!
• Submitted 13 Mar 2019
Amazing view in the river and inside the canoe, soft adventure. Highly recommend to join this tour even without the experience of funyak
• Submitted 15 Jul 2018
This was a fun trip. In August it was very, very cold so wrap up warm. The jet boat tour is not for anyone who suffers from motion-sickness, such as myself. I hadn't taken this into consideration when booking the trip. The water was crystal clear, but not quite the turquoise colour of the brochures! Staff were helpful and friendly.
• Submitted 11 May 2018
This tour is SO MUCH FUN!! It was cold and rainy when we ended up going but we didn't even care. The sights are beautiful and they make sure you have a good time. Lunch was good but if you're looking for something warm and filling you might be disappointed. It's part of the experience, so just have fun with it!
• Submitted 16 Feb 2018
A must do in Queenstown -amazing
• Submitted 18 Jan 2018
Although a bit expensive this experience is worth every penny. The logistics for this trip is amazing. Never felt unsafe or in jeopardy as these guys really know what they are doing. The jetboat ride is quite entertaining. If you want to get wet go to the back of the boat. The funyak was another amazing experience although it could be challenging for some. Lunch provided was also very good: picnic style with sandwiches, fruits, pastry and hot beverages. We enjoyed a windy and chilly day which kept the insatiable sand flies at bay but whenever wind stopped they were really a nuisance. They bite so wear bug repellent. If I go back to Queenstown I will take this tour again.
• Submitted 16 Nov 2017
would highly recommend this to everyone, great scenery, awesome guides
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
Amazing Scenery you can't miss it!! MUST do at Queenstown.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2017
Wow! What a GREAT day! Gareth, our very funny, very professional kiwi guide, accompanied by his very diverse and competent team, made this trip extra special. We were treated to awesome Lord of the Rings-type scenery from the time we left Queenstown to when we returned. A 1.5 hour bus ride was followed by a one hour exciting JetBoat ride up the Dart River with spins and thrills dress warmly - it was 43 degrees with a sparkling clear blue sky the morning we left...in the summer early January, followed by a 3-4 hour rubber canoe experience back down the river completed our day. A tasty picnic lunch was provided halfway back on the side of a river bend with a side canoe trip inside a chasm with a waterfall fed with chilly waters from the glaciers. During the entire day we saw a total of 3 other human beings hiking on the side of the river. The scenery was gorgeous beyond belief the river water was clear, crisp and mouth-wateringly delicious. If you can't paddle a canoe, have a problem with paddling a canoe, don't go. Otherwise, don't miss this terrific experience.
• Submitted 11 Jan 2017
One of the best things we did on our trip!
• Submitted 17 Dec 2016
By far the BEST tour of our whole New Zealand trip!!!! A definite MUST!!! The jetboating was so fun and it was just beautiful the whole time!! Then the funyaking was a blast for my husband and I. We were on our own boat and loved it. The views are just breathtaking! Highly highly recommend!!!
• Submitted 16 Mar 2016
Great fun from start to finish. Stunning views and friendly staff added to the experience.
• Submitted 29 Feb 2016
Great trip. The group has changing room with lockers to store things while on the trip. Need to bring a towel to dry off after changing out of wet suits. Crew was great and lunch was good especially out along the river. Again the crew did and excellent job.
• Submitted 20 Feb 2016
It was great experience. We all had a lot of fun and the scenery was spectacular.
• Submitted 28 Dec 2015
The Dart River guys were great and very flexble as the heavy rain had prevented the Funyak part. The Jet Boat was super fun and the scenery was outstanding.
• Submitted 14 Dec 2015
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 27 May 2015
Excellent . Must do.
• Submitted 07 Apr 2015
Amazing place! Fantastic views! This area definitely feels like Middle Earth! Loved it!
• Submitted 28 Jan 2015
great tour, breathtaking views! the guide, Luke is great!
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
Beautiful place, fun activities, good food, great guides, excellent experience. Great value to boot, a long jet boat ride, kayaking and lunch. Much better value than the 10min $100 jet boat rides available in queenstown.
• Submitted 22 Aug 2014
Seemed a little pricey when we booked it, but definitely worth every penny. The scenery is spectacular and they outfit you with everything you need for a fun day in the jet boat and funyaks.
• Submitted 24 Jan 2014
Excellent tour; a fun filled, adventure packed time. The Dart river is incredible! Don't forget to bring a camera (preferably waterproof) to capture the breathe taking views. The Jet Boat was great fun but I thought the Funyaking was even better! Lovely buffet lunch, experienced guides. Just amazing
• Submitted 31 Dec 2013
That was such a fantastic day out! Can't really describe the beauty of the surrounding landscapes.. it seriously left me out of words!!! After a 45-minute bus journey to Glenorchy, the morning began with an exhilarating jet boat tour and a fun guide that would stop in-between exciting spins to explain the locations and point out where some of 'The Lord of the Ring' scenes were filmed! As the morning mist cleared out we met some other guides that briefed us about the 'Funyak'! Its name really explains it all: it is FUN! And is not really hard to paddle on it, although it requires some team effort at times! Our guides were great. Very helpful when needed and so much fun to spend the day with. What else can I say? You have to try it yourself to understand what I mean.. So worth it! A little piece of advice: bring some sun protection (sun glasses/hat/sun screen) and warm clothes - it is chilly in the morning! And don't forget your insect repellent: sand-flies are evil!!!
• Submitted 26 Mar 2013

In Brief

Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand
9 hours

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