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

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

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icon8 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


This full-day adventure includes a 'funyak' (inflatable canoe) and jet boat ride on the Dart River, situated amid the untamed beauty of UNESCO-listed Mount Aspiring National Park. Travel by coach from Queenstown to Glenorchy, where you speed upriver on a thrilling jet boat before climbing aboard an easy-to-handle funyak. No previous experience is necessary and you paddle with several passengers in a flotilla behind your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off plus picnic lunch and all equipment are included.
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Aspiring National Park on this exhilarating tour
  • Follow your guide on your funyak canoe and discover hidden streams and rock pools
  • Soak up the park’s incredible countryside scenery—featured as Middle-earth in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the great outdoors

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Travel upriver by jet boat then downriver by funyak to access scenic inlets and streams off the main river.
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Round-trip transport from Queenstown
Jet boat ride
Canoe tour
Use of equipment: lifejacket, wetsuits and booties, fleece, dry bag
Soft drinks, tea and coffee
Professional guide

Departure Point

Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Please check-in with the Dart River team located inside The Station Building, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown at 8.15am

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start your Dart River jet boat and funyak tour with a scenic transfer from central Queenstown. Travel along the lakeside to Glenorchy, the entryway to the World Heritage–listed Mount Aspiring National. You might recognize the lush forests and towering peaks of this winding river valley as Tolkien’s ‘Middle-earth,’ that was featured in the popular 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. 

After a safety briefing, put on your wetsuit and booties, lifejacket, fleece, and a dry bag. Then climb aboard the jet boat and prepare for a wild ride as you zoom at top speed through the water while listening to commentary about your surroundings.

In a secluded stretch of the Dart River, swap the jet boat for your funyak, which seats up to three people. Float downstream as you paddle peacefully over the shimmering turquoise water, following behind your guide in a flotilla. Explore secret side streams, rock pools, and chasms before stopping for a picnic lunch in the great outdoors. Soak up the stunning wilderness and then continue your funyak adventure after lunch. Keep an eye out for red deer, yellow-crowned parakeets, and other wildlife. 

After your tour, hop back into your coach and relax on the return journey to Queenstown.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dart River Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "A good lunch with lots of options and plenty to eat and a good team supporting the day" See review


205 Reviews

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Amazing experience
, Feb 2020
An amazing day which I highly recommend. The dart boat ride was a fun way to travel up the river and the kayaking back was great to take in all the wonderful scenery. A good lunch with lots of options and plenty to eat and a good team supporting the day
Dart River Funyak
, Feb 2020
This was a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery leading to Glenorchy. The jet boat ride was awesome! Kudos to our driver Jimmy as his skills were shown when he had to drive thru white out conditions due to blowing silt. Unfortunately due to higher winds in the valley we had to tether the rafts together to go downstream to form a raft vs just a funyak. It was still a great experience but not perfect. The scenery was still stunning in places. The chasm at lunch time was awesome!!! Lunch was delicious and our guide Abby was great! Was just a great day overall!!!
Great jetboat and funyak combo
, Jan 2020
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.
A perfect day trip
Summer L
, Jan 2020
We absolutely loved our jetboating and 'funyak' experience. The jetboat was lots of fun and our guide was hysterical! Even if the word 'funyak' is pretty cringy, the actual experience is awesome! It was perfect for those of us with limited experiencing kayaking/rafting/canoeing. The guides were funny, helpful, friendly, and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
The jet boat was awesome and the views were amazing everywhere you looked.
, Mar 2019
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!
Amazing view of dart river
Erica W
, Jul 2018
Amazing view in the river and inside the canoe, soft adventure. Highly recommend to join this tour even without the experience of funyak
This was a fun trip. In August it...
, May 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.
This tour is SO MUCH FUN!! It was...
, Feb 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!
Although a bit expensive this...
Luis B
, Nov 2017
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.
would highly recommend this to...
Nicole W
, Oct 2017
would highly recommend this to everyone, great scenery, awesome guides

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