Dart River Jet Safaris

Dart River Jet Safaris

Funyak Safari

Reviews

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Walter van der Eng

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Phenomenal experience. Not cheap, but kayaking in Mt Aspiring National Park is something I would recommend to everyone! This is geared towards the less sporty types with relatively little kayaking.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Jana Erdel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Best activity ever done!! Beautiful landscape and the guides were great. Very familiar and a lot of fun.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Elizabeth Stenhouse

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Really enjoyable fun day. Staff very helpful and knowledgable. Very good lunch, well organised. Pace set to weakest in group so a little stop start/stop start.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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Ron Stenhouse

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well organised, excellent jet boating, funyak trip good fun, very good lunch.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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Enna Keet

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Quite expensive trip, but wonderful jetboating on the Dart River and fun to go back in a kayak. Lunch was good.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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neilqecosse

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I'll pretty much second what Nathan said below. Very patient and informative guides and an incredible experience.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in September 2011

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nathan_carr

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

After reaching Queenstown I surfed the net to find some cool activities and the Funyak Safari immediately caught my eye. You get a jet boat ride (I can't get enough of jet boating), a gormet picnic (delicious!) and the chance to canoe back down the dart river past some amazing scenery! The trip itself did not disapoint, I absolutley loved it! Our Guide was entertaining, smart and informative and just before lunch she brought us to this secret creek just off the river which was just right out of some kind of mythical land, the colour of the river was a rich green, sheer walls of rock stretching up above us, beautiful trees, and Tui's singing around us. What a trip! It's what New Zealand is all about. I'll jump at the chance to do it again when I get back to Queenstown.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Frank & Margot Best

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Great experience helped by enthusiastic people.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Judith

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

The jetboat ride was not so much fun, boring and we were frozen after 20minutes. The canoe part was great and the crew was very friendly.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Jim & Rebecca

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great staff, friendly, informative and fun. This is an excellent day out - thrill of jetboat and fun kayaking back down the river. Good lunch provided, suitable all ages - do it!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Chris & Rob

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Would have been better on a good day but well organised jet boat ride and then funyaks (rubber kayaks) up the Glenorchy river.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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sasssy

Ranking: 10/10

This was an incredible experience. Firstly Jet-boating up the Dart river, then inflating our funyaks... then jumping aboard with a friend and beginning to paddle back down the river...
The lunch from the Glenorchy Cafe (GYC) was incredible. It was filling, tasty and perfect. The coffee was hot and just what we needed on a rather chilly day.
Being able to take our cameras up to that beautiful part of the country and paddle around and have fun was really awesome. The only negative was the friend I was with seemed to have difficulty paddling (but she is not really the most coordinated person), but when we put her in the bow (the front) I was able to control us better. We only fell out once, and that just added to the adventure.
A great day out, and well worth it.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2004

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Bob Lenihan

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Good eco tour up the Dart River.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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eowyn2k

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing fun in the most spectacular location. Friendly, knowledgable guides and very organised, even the lunch was unexpectedly tasty and filling. I highly recommend this trip and would say its one of the best things I have ever done!

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Sally Orr

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome trip and the best way to really see Glenorchy. You get into the environment. Easily one of the best value for money activities in town. Jet Boating, Funyakking, Lunch and 4WD back. Guides really know their stuff. Would love to go again!

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Jackie

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Jet boat and Funyak tour over the Dart River. Starts in Glenorchy. Great sceneries, great fun and the guides are fun and tell things about the area.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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neilchelt

New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

The Jet boating and lunch was very good. However, our guide for the funyak must have got out of the wrong side of the bed the day that we were there as he was quite snappy and not very friendly (which kind of took the fun out of funyak!). We weren't terrible and from the way our guide spoke to us you would swear we were kayaking down treacherous rapids not calm water.

Saying that it was still a fun day out.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Amanda McCaig

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This has to be one of the best silly things to do in South Island! Very well organised. The "funyaks" - inflatable canoes are a hoot. The day we went out there was a stiff wind across the river, which made paddling - err - interesting. The guides were great and took a lot of trouble with those who were having a bit of difficulty paddling. We've canoed before - but I bet you didn't know you could do Hamilton Turns in an inflatable canoe! The picnic provided was awesome! The scenery is glorious. This was a fabulous trip and I'd love to do it again.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in December 2007

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Greg783

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Fun Day, great guide. More skill needed than anticipated. Not physically demanding just skill paddling - had expected to be in calmer water like on their brochure, instead of on a fast moving river. But had a great time. Only dumped into the river twice-then linked our boat to our guide - Then much more enjoyable. ;0)

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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David

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Dedicated guides, a beautiful scenery, lots of explanations and the funyaking is indeed a lot of fun---lunch could be better...

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Nanou Van Beveren

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent river experience. Our guides were really nice, the scenery amazing, the lunch great. This was one of the many highlights on our holidays in NZ.The sandflies just reminded is that this was not paradise, still...
We will recommend this to our friends!

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Stephanie Schikora

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great guides, amazing scenery, it was really fun

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Johannes Kerner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Overall it was a great trip. LOTS of people on teh water, so it's big business but despite this, they were great guides that loved their job and made me have a great time. Recommended.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Christian

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best trips we've done so far. Great lunch and guides!

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Paul Weston

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Interesting - we got stuck in a tree which i think gave everyone else a bit of a laugh. Guides were ever so good, and the scenery was incredible.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Lyn Saxon

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome. More young people loving their job.

Reviewed about 13 years ago