Join us for a magical journey to Glenorchy and beyond. Located on the north shores of Lake Wakatipu, this small settlement is full of character and charm, both of the local and Middle Earth variety. Take in some of the most famous and scenic sights of the region, tuck into a classic Kiwi morning tea and be entertained by local stories and film history from your expert local guide.
Visit all of the best local and secret spots. Get a photo with the famous Glenorchy red shed, pretend to be a Hobbit in Paradise, take in the snow-capped views over the Dart and Rees Rivers and Diamond Lake, and hear stories of the early Maori settlers. This is a truly iconic New Zealand destination, combining all of the top things which make the South Island what it is.
Travel in style in luxury Mercedes vans with unique onboard videos and complimentary water and Wi-Fi. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery and secret local sights.
The 4 hour Glenorchy & Paradise Explorer Tour departs Queenstown daily at 9am and returns at 1pm.
For a full day of fun and decadence why not combine a morning Glenorchy and Paradise Tour with a Twilight Wine and Craft Beer tour or experience more of Queenstown’s incredible scenery with a boat cruise around Lake Wakatipu on Southern Discoveries’ ‘Spirit of Queenstown’. Depart at 1.00pm for a 1 hour 30 minute cruise and enjoy the sights with a glass of award-winning Central Otago wine and cheeseboard to share (additional costs apply and subject to availability).
*Please note minimum passenger numbers are required for this tour to operate.
The Glenorchy Tour operates in all weather conditions, wet days can set the scene for moody, misty LOTR style movie locations.
We pick up and drop off from the Station Information Centre, Cnr Camp and Shotover Streets. Which is right downtown Queenstown – very central.
Although we have never seen Frodo, we have had a number of people on tour that attest to seeing Frodo in and around the Glenorchy pub. Keep your eyes out and if you can please snap a photo.
The minimum numbers we need to confirm a tour is 3, the maximum we will take is 16 people in one vehicle.
There is no minimum age for the tour, yes it is a family friendly tour great for people of all ages.
You need to bring a good attitude and fun adventurous spirit. We will be exploring some of the most beautiful scenery. comfortable shoes and a couple of top layers is advised. If the day looks like it would rain, a rain coat would be a good idea. We have umbrellas on board.
To drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy takes 45 minutes, however on our Altitude Glenorchy Tour it will be over an hour as we stop at key locations so you can take in the ultimate views and learn about the area – it’s a fascinating part of New Zealand and well worth being guided.
Yes we have a number of short bush and board walks throughout the tour. These are very easy on flat land and no longer than 1km each. These are also optional.
Yes you can dress in Lord of the Rings costumes on tour, we have a few locations which will make your look like you are in the movie. We carry costumes and props on tour.
Your guide will set up a New Zealand (Kiwi) inspired morning or afternoon tea in a picturesque outdoor location. You will be able to taste local delicacies such as lolly cake, cheese rolls, L&P, tea, coffee and a treat called Pineapple Lumps.
We do not have any facilities to lift you into our vans, please get in touch to discuss your requirements, we will do our best to accommodate you.
Our Mercedes vans are fully equipped with panoramic windows for superior viewing with complimentary wifi, bottled water and videos onboard so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.