New Zealand

Dart River Safaris

Location:Queenstown

Wilderness Safari

  • Departs Daily: Summer 8:00am and 12:30am
  • Departs Daily: Winter 8:00am and 12.00 noon
  • Departs from the Queenstown Information Centre, corner Camp and Shotover Streets, Queenstown on our complimentary shuttle
  • Pick ups and drop offs provided on scheduled circuit
  • Allow 6 hours Queenstown return

Your Wilderness Safari is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River.

The sheer diversity of whats on offer means you experience a unique combination of breath taking scenery matcvhed with exciting jet boating on braided, glacier fed rivers.  Highly informative guides add the personal touch, talking about the area's history, the Greenstone trail and Maori legends.  Walk amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes.  An authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world.  

The highlights of the Wilderness Safari include:

  • Exhilarating wilderness jet boating along the Dart River
  • Informative guided walk through ancient native beech forest
  • Back-country bus tour through spectacular scenery

For you informatiion:

  • Infants (3-4 years) can travel on the Wilderness Safari free of charge.
  • Minimum child height of 1 metre applies irrespective of child age. 
  • Life jackets are mandatory and supplied along with optional spray jackets
  • Summer - Sunglasses, sun hat, sunscreen, Insect repellant and warm outer layer recommended
  • Winter - Wear warm clothing plus hat, gloves, windproof outer jacket, insect repellant and sunglasses
  • Walking -  Please ensure you wear suitable supportive footwear.  The Guided walk is 30 minutes long on a rolling track through the forest.  Minimum child height of 1 metre applies

 

Funyak Safari

  • Departs Daily (weather permitting) at 7:45am
  • Departs from the Queenstown Information Centre, corner Camp and Shotover Streets, Queenstown
  • Pick ups and drop offs provided on scheduled circuit
  • Allow 9 hours Queenstown return
  • The Funyak Safari includes complimentary return shuttle from Queenstown

Get up-close with nature with a gentle paddle on crystal clear waters.  Combine wilderness jet boating with unique 'FunYak' inflatable canoes for a fun way to explore the shimmering channels of 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 in sparkling water.  Then stop along the way and enjoy a delicious wilderness buffet lunch before continuing in your ‘Funyak’ downstream to ‘Paradise’.  Then travel a back-country route passing by scenes used in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies to illustrate Middle Earth.

The highlights of the Funyak Safari include:

  • Exhilarating wilderness jet boating along the Dart River
  • Unique ‘Funyak’ adventure in inflatable ‘Funyak’ canoes
  • Delicious wilderness buffet amidst spectacular scenery

For you informatiion:

  • Minimum child age on the Funyak Safari is 5 years old.
  • Minimum child height of 1 metre applies irrespective of child age.
  • Delicious wilderness buffet lunch provided
  • Life jackets are mandatory and supplied along with wet suits, booties and spray jackets
  • Summer – Sunglasses, sun hat, sunscreen and warm outer layer recommended plus insect repellant
  • Winter – Wear warm clothing plus hat, gloves, windproof outer jacket, insect repellant and sunglasses
  • Bring swimwear and towel year round
  • No experience required

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