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High Country Discovery Tour from Queenstown

  • 4.5-hour tour of Mt Earnslaw Station and the high country, with transport by 4WD

  • Visit a working sheep farm, stop by Lake Reid and spend time in Glenorchy

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included from Queenstown

High Country Discovery Tour from Queenstown
From US$ 135.60
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Go off the beaten track on a 4WD tour outside Queenstown and traverse the private farmland of Mt Earnslaw Station. Your informative guide offers a variety of options for exploring the high country, including a visit to the gold-mining town of Glenorchy in Paradise Valley. Numbers are limited to a maximum of four passengers on this small-group, customizable tour to ensure personalized attention.

What to Expect

Gain exclusive access to Mt Earnslaw Station on this half-day tour in the heart of New Zealand’s high country. The 130-year-old working farm situated at the head of Lake Wakatipu is set amid the alpine surroundings of Paradise Valley. Discover the remote region with a local guide, starting with hotel pickup in Queenstown.

You’ll drive to secluded lookout points for the ultimate photo op and have plenty of options for exploring on foot. You may recognize scenery from filming locations for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie series.

Listen to your guide’s informative anecdotes about regional history, culture and geography. The flexible itinerary lets you set the pace and choose from a variety of activities. Visit an operational wool shed where sheep are shorn; view Diamond Lake flanked by Mt Alfred and Mt Earnslaw; or search for black swans and paradise ducks at Lake Reid.

Spend time in Glenorchy village, first surveyed in 1864 and featuring gold mining, saw milling, farming and what may be the world’s smallest library.

Finish with the return drive to Queenstown and drop-off at your hotel.

Reviews (7)
1 - 5 of 6 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a spectacular afternoon on the high country tour with Charles. He was very friendly, knowledgeable about the history, the plants, animals, geology and the sheep farming in the areas we drove through and we went to stunning places. There were stops to get...More

Thank EAP11
Reviewed 17 June 2018
Day Trip to Milford Sound

Charles was our tour guide (group of 6) for the day trip to Milford Sound and the experience truly exceeded our expectations. He picked us up bright and early in Queenstown and on our way to Milford Sound, we made several stops. The first one...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank NinaVaz82
rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Thank you for your review, you certainly encountered a cold winter day in Milford but the snow to low levels was incredible, even I had not seen snow to such low levels for few years.So pleased you had a great day out, it was pleasure...More

Reviewed 7 March 2018
Wonderful and educational tour

Took a half day high country tour with Charles. Visited working sheep ranch, LOTR movie sites, Glenorchy, Paradise, 4WD high country, and more. Charles is super friendly and knowledgeable and knows all the best photo sites to stop at. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank dkraff
rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

Thank you for your review, it helps when you are passionate about an area....come back again soon..Charles

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Excellent Adventure!

We enjoyed our High Country Discovery tour from start to finish! The region itself has so much to offer-- the scenery is breathtaking and the tour provided the best opportunities to see it up close and take it all in. We were most interested in...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank DrLaura027
rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

We love this area where we take you on a High Country Discovery Tour, so pleased you enjoyed all aspects of the half day tour. Thank you Charles

Reviewed 20 February 2018
Fantastic experience!

Every aspect of the High Country discovery tour was perfect and the views were absolutely amazing. We couldn't have enjoyed it more - many thanks to Charles for a fantastic experience.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank gavinmuller2018
rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thank you Gavin for your review, it was a pleasure to have you and your family tour with us that day. Do come back and experience the Paradise Discovery Tour full day next time perhaps...thank you Charles.

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