South Island, NZ: Dart River Wilderness Safari & Jetboats

South Island, NZ: Dart River Wilderness Safari & Jetboats

What better way to explore #NewZealand than with an #active jet boat ride? It got our adrenaline pumping and provided some seriously scenic photo ops. #Boating wasn't our only thrill though, we took a wilderness safari out to discover the South Island's gorgeous #nature, and we were not disappointed!


Our last day started off with another disappointment with no skydiving. Fortunately, we had one more activity scheduled as a backup option, the Dart River Wilderness Safari & Jetboats! We were picked up from our hotel later in the morning. After a 45 minute car ride, we arrived at their offices where we then hopped on a bus through paradise.

How gorgeous is this?!
How gorgeous is this?!

The Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, Vertical Limit, and X-Men Origins Wolverine were all filmed here.

Model mountains
Model mountains

Another backdrop from the Wolverine Origins movie.

Walking through a movie backdrop was thrilling
Walking through a movie backdrop was thrilling

We then took a 30 minute guided nature walk through the Red Beech forest.

The nature here is incredible, so many tiny, but  beautiful, details
The nature here is incredible, so many tiny, but  beautiful, details

We got to taste leaves from a kawakawa tree, the new zealand pepper tree. The leaves can be made into a tea and have medicinal properties. They are known in the Maori custom to reduce toothaches and also as an insect repellent if you put it in fire. I wanted to take some home!

Can I take these leaves home?
Can I take these leaves home?

Finally, we ended the tour with an hour and half jet boat ride around Dart River through Mt Aspiring National Park. This was a much different ride that Shotover Canyon

from  $229

Wilderness Jet Boating Tour in Queenstown

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 Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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Although we did a few of 360s here and there, we could really enjoy the amazing views and crystal clear waters and capture them with our cameras.

The water was the prettiest blue color
The water was the prettiest blue color
Peek a boo!
Peek a boo!
There was plenty of time on our jet boat ride to stop for photos
There was plenty of time on our jet boat ride to stop for photos
Here's your next phone background photo
Here's your next phone background photo
It was a beautiful day for a ride
It was a beautiful day for a ride
Getting the boat ready
Getting the boat ready
Departure time!
Departure time!

After getting back to town, we joined the rest of the contiki group at Winnie’s Pizza then ended the night relaxing.

Timeline Of Our Day

11:40-12:20 AM Pick up from hotel for Dart River Wilderness Safari & Jetboats offices

12:50-1:45 PM Bus ride through paradise

1:45-2:15 PM Beech Forest trek

2:30-3:55 PM Jet boat ride around dart river through Mt aspiring National Park.

4:15-5:00 PM Bus back to Queenstown

6:20-8:00 PM to Winnie’s pizza (included in contiki tour price)

Tips For The Dart River Wilderness Safari & Jetboats

This was probably the least advertised by contiki but was by far our favorite day trip/excursion from Queenstown.

Bring your cameras! It’s at your own risk, but we only had a few splashes, and the views were worth it.

Shotover Jet is a thrill ride and cameras are not allowed on the boat while Dart River Jet is a good mixture of fun with plenty of photo ops.

If you have time, do funyaks! It’s a continuation of the dart river jet boat ride and an additional few hours where you can get into the places the jet boat could not take you.

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