New Zealand

Wanaka River Journeys

Location:Wanaka & Central Otago

Jet Boat + Wilderness Walk (half day)

Travel past towering mountains and hanging glaciers, waterfalls and Lord of The Rings locations on the pristine waters of the Matukituki River. Deep in the mountains leave the jet boat for a 50 minute walk into real New Zealand wilderness. A trip highlight, walk through ancient beach forests to see waterfalls with local guides who will share with you the culture of their people and stories of their land with humour and inspiration.

Jet Boat + Walk + Helicopter (half day)

Travel past towering mountains and hanging glaciers, waterfalls and Lord of The Rings locations on the pristine waters of the Matukituki River. Fly by helicopter from the jet boat around Avalanche Glacier; see hanging valleys where glaciers once lay and waterfalls that explode from beneath these giants of ice. Experience a high altitude snow landing for photos before returning to the jet boat and joining a 50 minute wilderness walk and return leg of the jet boat journey.

Packcraft Wanaka

Jet Boat into Middle Earth, on this most incredible mid-winter adventure beneath snow capped mountains and glaciers, through crystal clear shallow water on the magic river that is the MATUKITUKI. After a picnic lunch inflate the rafts to begin on a paddling adventure. Float and paddle this spectacular braided river river into turquoise pools and calm eddies in a valley so breathtaking it will be difficult to leave. These small, inflatable rafts make the most amount of fun possible in the most beautiful landscape there is.

Glacier River Safari

Join Wanaka River Journeys 10.00am jet boat and wilderness walk. Travel past towering mountains and hanging glaciers, waterfalls and Lord of The Rings locations on the pristine waters of the Matukituki River. Deep in the mountains leave the jet boat for a 50-minute walk into real New Zealand wilderness. A trip highlight, walk through ancient beach forests to see waterfalls with local guides who will share the culture of their people and stories of their land with humour and inspiration.

After a picnic lunch on the river bank meet Ridgeline Adventures guides for a 4WD Landrover adventure travelling the private back roads of West Wanaka Station, a 30,000- acre deer farm steeped in history and bordering the majestic snow-capped peaks and glaciers of Mt Aspiring National Park. Get up close and personal with sheep, beef cattle, red deer and alpaca and enjoy a well-earned stop for refreshments at the exclusive "alpine cafe" high in the mountains, returning to Wanaka approx. 4.30pm.  Note- during winter lunch will be taken during the tour at a suitable time and location during the day

Departure Times:

Summer (October to April)

  • Morning 10.00am-returning 2.00pm
  • Afternoon 1.00pm-returning 5.00pm

Winter (May to September)

  • 11.00am-returning 3.00pm

We Provide:

  • Lifejackets and wet weather gear
  • Warm hats and gloves

What To Bring:

  • Warm jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sturdy footwear

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