Situated at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, around 45 kilometres from Queenstown is the sleepy town of Glenorchy. This picturesque township is a great place to relax in and the drive along the edge of Lake Wakatipu is stunning. Dart River Safaris operate Jet Boat wilderness tours from here and these 4 hour adventures are a must do. Just a little further along is tiny hamlet of Paradise situated on the edge of the lake just outside Mt. Aspiring National Park. There are many day and multi-day walks to explore in the Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks including some of New Zealand's iconic ‘Great Walks’ such as The Routeburn and Milford tracks.
This half-day Lord of the Rings tour starts from Queenstown and visits Glenorchy, Paradise, The Dart River Valley and Mt Aspiring World Heritage Area. Take a journey deep into Middle Earth and visit Lord of the Rings filming locations. On your scenic guided tour, you will explore Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien Forest, The Misty Mountains and Ithilien. You will also visit a location from the recently filmed, The Hobbit! Stories and secrets will be shared by guides who have great insight into the filming.
Enjoy a gentle horse ride through breathtaking scenery in the stunning Dart Valley. At the head of Lake Wakatipu lies Glenorchy, the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and Te Wahipounamu, one of New Zealand’s three World Heritage areas. Internationally recognised for its exceptional beauty and untouched qualities, the area has been showcased in the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as other big screen films.
This is a beautiful 2 hour horseback riding trek alongside braided, glacial fed rivers this adventure offers spectacular scenery year round. This is suitable for mixed abilities. Minimum child age 7 years.
For the health and wellbeing of the horses and client safety, there is a strict rider weight limit of 95kg/210lbs/15st fully clothed. 1 rider per horse.
A great way to learn more or ride different terrain and enjoy a day up the top of the lake. Ride our Rees River Trail in the morning and then enjoy lunch in the township of Glenorchy. After lunch we will take you into Paradise to ride the area involved in the Lord of the Rings. By the end of the day you would have crossed rivers, ridden in Virgin Beech forest, looked out over Isengard and seen vistas that will take your breath away. A fantastic horse ride for all levels of riding experience - come and enjoy the lifestyle! A great way to make the most of a unique day in Glenorchy.
A perfect half day option for Experienced and Novice riders. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the top of the lake with picturesque Mountain views, and glacial fed river-crossings. Be captivated by stories of the area, rich history and many filming locations from Lord Of The Rings. A magical ride with experienced riders having the opportunity to canter and beginners have the chance to learn - it's a real Kiwi experience!
The most scenic tandem skydive experience on earth. Enjoy the adrenaline rush as you roll out of our specialised skydiving plane at 200kph towards our very own planet earth. This is an experience of a lifetime, where two New Zealand National Parks come together near Glenorchy, Queenstown. The scenery is breathtaking – Mother Nature has perfected the vista with surrounding mountains, picturesque glaciers, lakes and rivers.