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Reviewed 5 August 2019

We were recommended to go to Dart River Adventures by a local friend who said the scenery would be more beautiful from Glenorchy.
We arrived our own car, checked in and was given a beanie and scarf from the Dart River company (which was very nice!)
We had booked the 1/2 day tour which we had booked the night before in Queenstown. The jet boats were great but definitely not for the faint hearted-ME! I knew I was in trouble as soon as the driver did a 360 in the river ( I get extremely sea sick and was told by our friend that nobody gets sick on a river!) Went for an hour then stopped and I was sick, into the pristine river in which I felt terrible then the driver said he'll drop me off in about 15 minutes which to my delight back on terra firma!
The rest of my family thoroughly enjoyed the next hour or so on the boat. After the bjet boat had finished we had a tour around Paradise, an ancient beach forest. Then a 20 minute bus ride back to Glenorchy town. Great for a half day adventure if you don't boat sick!

Date of experience: July 2019
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ZoeNgaiTahuTourism, Marketing Manager at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2019

Kia ora May,

Thanks for your amazing review. We certainly recommend escaping the hustle of Queenstown for a trip through paradise in Glenorchy! Sorry to hear you felt sick on our trip, it is not often this happens but it is possible. Glad to hear your family enjoyed themselves though and that you enjoyed the stunning scenery.

We certainly love our little corner of the world and are happy we got to share it with you. We hope to welcome you out again in the future for another activity.

Ngā Mihi,

Zoe

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Reviewed 2 August 2019

I did the 1 hour horse ride, they charge a ridiculous amount of money to leave the paddock to take a photo then return. It was an awful ride to which I found the scenery to be monotonous and boring also My horse should have retired 10 years ago.
The bus there was alright and then I had to wait 45 minutes at the main ‘headquarters’ and then upon arrival I had to wait around in Glenorchy for 2 hours!!! Before I could get a bus back. When asked if I could leave on an earlier bus I was told this is not ‘how it works’ and that I have to ‘wait my turn’ despite watching two other buses from other attractions return to Queenstown with seats available.
I have done this ride 2-3 years ago and it has completely changed! 6 hours return for a 1 hour horse ride. Isn’t good enough.

Date of experience: August 2019
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ZoeNgaiTahuTourism, Marketing Manager at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2019

Kia ora,

We are so sorry to hear that our trip did not live up to your expectations, this is very disappointing. I would love to hear more about your experience, if you wouldn't mind sharing please email me at Zoe.Wood@nttourism.co.nz.

We have recently created our Glenorchy tour map which has two great self-guided walking tours of this beautiful town which can be done in any waiting time. A lagoon boardwalk where you can see native fauna and flora or an Instagram tour taking you to all of the best insta-worthy spots around Glenorchy. There is lots to do and lots of yummy places to eat and Glenorchy is definitely worth spending some time exploring if you ever have to.

Ngā Mihi,

Zoe

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Reviewed 30 July 2019

The day wasn't looking to good (Rain Forecast) so as soon as we got to the check in we were offered to reschedule or cancel. Having decided to go out the day was great. James and Jorden the funyack guides were great adn Ethan the Jet boat driver were very helpful. It did end up raining but took nothing away from the beauty and scenery of Paradise. The chasm is amazing even in the rain. This is a must do if in Queenstown.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Aindriu M
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ZoeNgaiTahuTourism, Marketing Manager at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2019

Kia ora Aindriu,

Thank you for your great review. We are so happy we got to show off our beautiful home to you. Funyaking is certainly a great way to get out into the wilderness and connect with an untouched natural world!

Look forward to hosting you again one day in the future.

Ngā Mihi,

Zoe

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Reviewed 23 July 2019

This was one of my faves - some may be intimidated by the price and the time taken but for those who want to see Glenorchy this is the best way to do it! You start your day with a scenic yet thrilling jet boat ride up the river, stop for lunch and then float down the river in your two person Funyak. All in all taking about 8 hours with transport from Queenstown but its a day trip not to forget, had a fantastic time and highlight recommend to anyone wanting a memorable experience in QT

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank MitchJ92
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Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2019

Kia ora Mitch,

Awesome to hear that you had a great time. It certainly is a memorable experience and a pretty huge day. Hopefully we will see you again soon.

Nga mihi,

Amelia

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Reviewed 22 July 2019

This was a very memorable tour for us. Everything was well planned and communicated. The JetBoat and Funyak experience were both tremendous. Lunch was plentiful and delicious. But best of all was the location and scenery. Would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jodie J
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Amelia H, Marketing Coordinator at Dart River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2019

Kia ora Jodi,

Thanks for taking the time to write a 5 star review!

How great is the lunch. It's amazing what they can whip up in the middle of no where.

Hopefully we will see you again soon.

Safe travels,

Amelia

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