Wanaka River Journeys

Jet Boat, Walk & Packraft, three incredible adventures in one day

Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk

Come with us on the most exciting half day Jet Boating adventure in New Zealand beneath the spectacular scenery of Glaciers & Lord of the Rings film locations, into Mount Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area.

Jet boat the spectacular Matukituki River beneath glaciers and Mount Aspiring. Speed through shallow braids, drift into turns and hold on for cool spins, traveling to a place special and serene, surrounded by mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and forests.

Walk with your pack raft & guide through the forest to our remote “beach” beneath a Glacier. This beautiful short hike to a calm and peaceful pool is a taste of the spectacular river adventure to come; here you will inflate and learn to paddle your rafts, have fun in the river flow & rock the photos before lunch.

Packraft this pristine glacial water-way, ride the wave trains, and paddle into calm eddies to surround yourself in nature in a valley so breathtaking you wont want to leave. These small, lightweight and stable inflatable craft are perfect for those who want a real wilderness river experience in a safe and guided environment. The perfect mix of fun, excitement and adventure in the most beautiful landscape there is.

I've been waiting for 30 years for a trophy like this... what an amazing week hunting! We flew in to Queenstown and the scenery was to die for! To be greeted at the airport with open arms by Simon and his team David and Richard from Cardrona Outfitters was an amazing start. We then climbed in the truck and headed off, heading over the Crown Range to the Cardrona Valley was like flying in the mountains all over again! After settling in at the lodge it felt like a home away from home. That evening we started to hunt fallow deer in the hills of the Cardrona Valley, this included a lot of glassing but it was all worth it to harvest this beautiful buck just before dark. It was then back to Simon's lodge to be fed like a king!

Day two... I hunted my number one trophy - a bull elk! We found an amazing bull just on dark but it was too risky to take the shot.

Day three… Our plan came together and I took this amazing bull elk! 410 inches of antler - it was worth waiting for! Not only do I have some amazing trophies but I had the hunt and holiday of a life time! I also have some new friends - I'll be returning next season to hunt with Simon and Richard and the team at Cardrona Outfitters!

John Patterson, Australia