The area between the Dart and Routeburn river valleys is one of New Zealand’s most scenic areas. Your jet boat drivers know their river intimately and their superb skills behind the wheel complement frequent stops on this unique journey to explain the geology and lore of the ancient and unspoiled lands you traverse. 30 kilometres later, your guide will meet you at a secret spot on the banks of the Dart River, then lead you on a very gentle ascent under a canopy of native beech forest, where birdsong provides nature’s soundtrack. This is in an area where Guided Walks New Zealand is the only company allowed to walk through ‘off track’.
During the off-track section, expect to walk over tree roots and occasional fallen trees as we navigate our way to Lake Sylvan. The vast numbers of plant species compete for your attention, along with the orchestra of native bird life. Your guide will point out your new and inquisitive travelling companions as they stop by to look you over. A delicious picnic lunch is taken on the shores of the forest and mountain framed waters of Lake Sylvan; you will be joined by NZ’s birds - Bush Robins, Fantails and Tomtits nestled among the mountain range. The lake’s brooding waters have a reddish-brown tint picked up from plants by its feeder streams on their journey down the hillsides over the 11,000 years of its existence. Lake Sylvan teems with native trout and the most attractive species of geese and ducks when in season.
Winding back from the lake, the track ambles through to the Routeburn River, flowing down the very edge of the forest and on to your transport. From there, it’s a short drive through rich farmland to Glenorchy, then onto Queenstown. Adventure and tranquillity in one great day!
Tour commences at 0800hrs
Please allow 8 hours for the entire tour.
How to Use
Please present a printed voucher to the tour operator on the day of your tour.
Upon completion of purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subject to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.
You will be picked up by the tour operator from your Queenstown accommodation on the day of your tour