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Private Discovery Day Tours

Glenorchy Paradise Road, Glenorchy 9348, New Zealand
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Owner description: Discover the Paradise Valley dwarfed by Mount Earnslaw, in the heart of Middle Earth 4WD to 1680 feet above sea level on Mount Alfred and soak in the views over Diamond Lake and the Dart River Valley. Mount Earnslaw Station is an Organic Certified sheep and beef cattle farm set in this unique scenic environment. Small groups experience this unique property with exclusive excess, LOTR movie location sights included.
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Notts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We were picked up from our Lodge by Charles and driven to Milford Sound with a number of scenic stops on the way - Mirror Lake, Marian Falls, the Chasm etc. all of which had something special to offer. Charles gave us some interesting commentary during the journey and we were able to ask him lots of questions as he... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Charles was just amazing tour guide. Lot of knowledge shared and visited some secret and hidden spots. As Pro Photographer it was just magical experience for me to see al this amazing scenery.

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rdthound, Manager at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi Vlad, many thanks for the wonderful photos from your Milford Tour, great to meet you both and be able to guide you through one of New Zealand's very special places.Charles More

Pampanga Province, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We had a great time exploring the vastness of Glenorchy greens and the best views in his Land Rover with Charles Fraser of the Private Discovery Tours of Queenstown, New Zealand. Coffee break while viewing the beauty of nature was cool. Lunch was included in the package, and my lamb salad lunch was superb! Charles is a local and was... More

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rdthound, Manager at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi Doris, thanks for your review great to meet you and your family. I hope viewers reading your comments do not think the cute lamb that suckled your finger was the one in the lamb salad!!! Enjoyed the time with you in Paradise, come again soon. Charles More

Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

At the end of our first 10 day journey to NZ, we debated whether to "splurge" and take a private tour on our last morning in Queenstown. It seemed a bit of an indulgence. After weighing our options, and having read rave reviews about Charles on this site, we decided to give it a go. Between us, we had a... More

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rdthound, Manager at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your glowing review...... I enjoyed meeting you both and yes the Glenorchy region is a very special place and in the short time we spent there you had a glimpse of the many facets the region presents. Would love to see you back again some day to spend more time exploring trails, LOTR sights and forest walks.... More

Kaneohe, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Our family booked a tour with Private Discovery Tours for July 21, 2014. We wanted a smaller more personalized tour, than what you get with the larger coach tours. We were not disappointed. Charles picked us up in the morning and, we were fortunate to have him to ourselves for the day. He was very knowledgeable and gave us an... More

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rdthound, Manager at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi David, great to meet your family and be able to take you to Milford for the day it was a pity the weather limited your views on that day. It seems to have been a very stormy winter / spring , hope to see you again some time here in Queenstown, thanks Charles. More

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54 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We did the half day tour with Charles from Private Discovery Tours to Skippers. Never been to Skippers before as an exclusion with a rental car. Charles greeted us at our hotel in a modern 4WD. The road to Skippers is interesting with most being dirt/gravel and for most of the way only one vehicle wide. We arrived at Skippers... More

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rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi Andrew you choose one on the best times with splendid autumn colours to visit Skippers Canyon. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, something tells me you will be back to tackle those mountain bike trails over Coronet and down Long Gully........great to meet you both thanks, Charles. More

Pelkie, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

A three-day private tour guided by Charles Fraser, the owner of Private Discovery Tours, established the basis for most of the rest of our stay in New Zealand. As retired foresters, we were primarily interested in the New Zealand native forest. But access was made a bit challenging by my game leg, which limited my mobility. Charles responded brilliantly, and... More

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rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Good to hear from you Robert, I think I learnt more about our unique native trees from you over the 3 days. It was a pleasure to guide you through Central Otago, the Catlins region then to Milford Sound showing you the diversity from east coast rainforest to west coast rainforest and the dry Central Otago region. Thank you for... More

Durango, Colorado
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17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We took their all-day Paradise Valley off-road tour. There were only three guests. Private Discovery has exclusive access to many places on this tour. Our guide, John, was delightful! He customized the adventure to our needs, including a lot of photo stops. Drawing from his expertise as a South Island farm owner, John provided facinating commentary on raising sheep, shearing... More

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rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi Dianne, Many thanks for your review of your Paradise Discovery Tour. So pleased you enjoyed the location it is a special area especially around Diamond Lake for your picnic lunch and the insight John shared with you about farming and high country life. You will no doubt have great photos and wonderful memories of this region, come back again... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We let our guide, Charles (who is also the owner) select our full-day tour itinerary, which included a Jet Boat trip down the Dart River, in late December. Charles was an excellent companion and skilled driver, maneuvering his Land Rover up mountains and over rough farmland to see the gorgeous vistas and beautiful landscape that surrounds Queenstown. Charles took us... More

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rdthound, Manager at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi David, Thank you for your review, our Paradise Discovery Tour does cover numerous sights, LOTR movie locations and the opportunity to take special walks over privately accessed areas on Mt Earnslaw Station. Hope you can make it back here again some day. Thanks Charles. More

Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

We took the Glenorchy Paradise road tour about a week ago with Charles. It was certainly one of the more unusual tours we have taken and for that reason alone was most interesting and exciting. It was a 4 wheel drive trip up to See views of the river basin plus a visit to a sheep farm. Both were great... More

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rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi Martha, thank you for taking the time to write a review. Yes our Paradise Discovery Tour is somewhat different from most tours taking you off road and onto private property that we have exclusive access to. That is what makes it all special.......enjoyed meeting you both hope you come back to NZ again some day. Thanks Charles. More

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