Ultimate Nature Experience from Queenstown: Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Lake Sylvan Hike. Experience both the waterways and forests of the South Island of New Zealand on a full-day tour from Queenstown. First, you’ll zip along the Dart River on a 2-hour jet boat ride, and then take a leisurely 3-hour hike with a knowledgeable guide through native beech trees to Lake Sylvan, located in Mt Aspiring National Park. Enjoy picturesque scenery, see bird and plant life, eat lunch by the lake, and walk part of the Routeburn track on this small-group tour limited to 10 people, which provides a more personalized experience.

Ultimate Nature Experience from Queenstown: Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Lake Sylvan Hike - Queenstown, New Zealand

Nature Walk
Duration:9 hours
Price: Starting from $399.00 per person
Experience both the waterways and forests of the South Island of New Zealand on a full-day tour from Queenstown. First, you’ll zip along the Dart River on a 2-hour jet boat ride, and then take a leisurely 3-hour hike with a knowledgeable guide through native beech trees to Lake Sylvan, located in Mt Aspiring National Park. Enjoy picturesque scenery, see bird and plant life, eat lunch by the lake, and walk part of the Routeburn track on this small-group tour limited to 10 people, which provides a more personalized experience.
Experience both the waterways and forests of the South Island of New Zealand on a full-day tour from Queenstown. First, you’ll zip along the Dart River on a 2-hour jet boat ride, and then take a leisurely 3-hour hike with a knowledgeable guide through native beech trees to Lake Sylvan, located in Mt Aspiring National Park. Enjoy picturesque scenery, see bird and plant life, eat lunch by the lake, and walk part of the Routeburn track on this small-group tour limited to 10 people, which provides a more personalized experience.

After morning hotel pickup in Queenstown, travel by minivan to the jet boat dock for your first activity of the day.

After a safety briefing about the jet boat, buckle up your life jacket and start your 2-hour journey along the Dart River with your captain, who knows how to expertly navigate the shallow glacial waters of the Southern Alps. Hear about the geology and local myths of the region as you zoom 22 miles (35 km) upriver, stopping frequently for a closer look at landmarks.

At the end of the ride, your captain drops you off at a secret spot on the banks of the Dart River. From there, follow your guide on an easy walk through native beech forest while listening to fascinating details about the resident animal and plant life. You may even visit a cave thought to have been once used by the local Maori people.

Stop for a picnic lunch at a scenic spot on the shores of Lake Sylvan, located within Mt Aspiring National Park. Soak up views of the forest and mountains that surround the pretty lake, and keep an eye out for birds such as bush robins, fantails and tomtits. Lake Sylvan is also home to brown trout and paradise shelducks, a prized game bird with striking plumage.

After lunch, reach the end of your walk by following a trail that connects to the famous Routeburn track. Hop in the minivan for the 1-hour drive back to Queenstown, stopping at a cafe in Glenorchy for a break (any food/drinks at your own expense). Your day tour ends with hotel drop-off in the early evening.

In total, you'll walk for about two to three hours along mostly flat, leaf-covered terrain; expect an easy to moderate walk that covers up to 4 miles (7 km).

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

 

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