Adventure Review: Jetboating and Funyakking through Paradise (literally)

A brilliant and unique experience through Paradise, New Zealand

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We’ve spent a fair bit of time in the Glenorchy/Paradise region because it’s an easy to reach part of our own backyard. On this occasion, we decided to delve a bit deeper and combine taking in the scenery with a taste of adrenaline.

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It’s pretty well known that riding on a jet boat in 2 inches of water above a riverbed is exhilarating – and Dart River Jet certainly lived up to expectation as we roared up river, skimming the surface and hurtling around in the all iconic 360-degree-spin every few minutes.

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The thing that made this trip a magic experience though has to have been the setting. We all know that this part of the world is beautiful – but venturing beside Mt Aspiring National park on the Dart River and seeing cascading waterfalls and towering mountains all around you is a sight that is truly incredible.

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If you’re looking for an extra bit of adventure, opt for the full day trip that combines the jet boat ride with an afternoon of ‘fun yakking’.

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After finishing up with an hour of thrilling jet boating, we weren’t quite ready to leave the Mt Aspiring region. Climbing into ‘funyaks’ to continue the second part of our journey seemed like the best way to extend our time in this magical paradise.

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An hour or so into the trip, we pulled into our midday lunch spot to do a little exploring on foot, while the guides effortlessly prepared our meal – which turned out to be an incredible gourmet wilderness picnic.

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The trip continued with a final stretch of yakking down some pretty cool rapids (nothing overly intimidating) and wrapped up in Paradise, where we deflated the funyaks and took a 4WD bus trip back to Glenorchy – passing by locations used in movies to illustrate Middle Earth.

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Trip Highlights

  • Feeling  so close to nature and experiencing the true scale of the mountains as they tower over you – such an incredible sight
  • The lunch was quite a spread – filled with rolls, fruit platters, cheese & biscuits and more importantly, dessert.
  • See jaw-dropping views, not easily accessible by car or on foot
  • The remote location let’s you feel really immersed in nature
  • Highly informative guides give you a personal brief on the history of the area


The Details

Website: www.dartriver.co.nz
Freephone: 0800 327 853 (within NZ)
Telephone: +64 3 442 9992
Location: Glenorchy

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