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High Country Discovery Tour from Queenstown provided by Private Discovery Day Tours

High Country Discovery Tour from Queenstown

High Country Discovery Tour from Queenstown
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 18264P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
National park fees • Professional driver/guide • Light refreshments • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Transport by air-conditioned 4WD
Exclusions
Personal expenses
Duration
4h 30m
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Departure Point: Queenstown accommodations Dates: Available daily Return point: Queenstown accommodations
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
National park fees • Professional driver/guide • Light refreshments • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Transport by air-conditioned 4WD
Exclusions
Personal expenses
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Departure Point: Queenstown accommodations Dates: Available daily Return point: Queenstown accommodations
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h 30m
Additional information
Infant seats available
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
A small amount of walking but not essential
Not wheelchair accessible
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers

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Peter B
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
Spectacular Earnslaw High Country Tour
Jun 2021
What a wonderful experience. Charles was a wonderful host and his knowledge of the area was exceptional. This is one of the most spectacular parts of the world we have travelled to.
Written June 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
tournz61
Thank you for your review, enjoyed meeting you both and being able to share with you this magnificent area in the Paradise Valley.
Written June 28, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tony F
1 contribution
High country discovery tour
Jun 2019 • Couples
What an excellent tour, we spent the afternoon with Charles who was very knowledgeable. We saw some outstanding country. I would recommend this tour highly.
Written June 14, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks Tony for your review, we enjoy being able to share a very special part of NZ with our guests... we live in an amazingly diverse country. Thank you Charles.
Written August 25, 2019
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davidtI3522SQ
Carlsbad. CA, United States4 contributions
Private Tour High Country from Queenstown
Apr 2019 • Friends
Charles is a gem! He is very knowledgeable, kind and has a complete sense of the land. He will show you the incredible stunning beauty of the region...really peaceful special places that will be ingrained in your mind forever. To boot, he is a former cow farmer, having access to endless fields of livestock with the snow capped mountains in the background. Charles is an endless source of information about the area, his home, that he loves for good reason. Anne T
Written May 9, 2019
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Thank you David for your review, I enjoy meeting people from around the world being able to share a special part of this region with visitors on a unique experience the High Country Discovery tour. Thank you Charles
Written August 25, 2019
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golfers1&2
3 contributions
Something different
Mar 2019 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with Charles. He gave an exceptional personalised tour & is both knowledgeable & passionate about the region. Having access to private properties made the tour that much more enjoyable topped off with afternoon tea, with a view that would be hard to beat!
Written March 31, 2019
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It is hard to explain to to people how our tours are different to other often cheaper options available today....we enjoy having a distinct point of difference accessing private property and personal service! thank you for finding us..Charles
Written August 25, 2019
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Judith
2 contributions
This is the way to start a vacation: get to know New Zealand!
Feb 2019 • Couples
We took a day trip with Charles to Milford Sound early in our 3 week trip to New Zealand. His knowledge enriched our entire vacation as he shared a lot of information in the form of memorable factoids, not only about the local area, but about every aspect of New Zealand including the country, geography, history, farming, wildlife, weather, plants and geology. He provided a great framework for our upcoming travels around the South Island.

Furthermore, he made the trip to Milford Sound stimulating and tailored the trip to our interests and the weather. For us, that means stopping to take pictures which are just irreplaceable. A tour with Charles is time well spent if you want to get the most out of your time in New Zealand and the Queenstown area!
Written March 20, 2019
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tournz61
Thank you for your review, Milford Sound is one of the highlights of this region it was a pleasure to be able to personally guide you for the day. Come back to NZ again sometime!! Thank you Charles
Written March 31, 2019
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EAP11
Flagstaff, AZ11 contributions
Fabulous!!
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 out and look at areas of interest and to take photos so you were not just riding in the car for hours. Don’t hesitate, this is a great experience.
Written November 25, 2018
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tournz61
Thank you for your review, enjoyed meeting you and showing you around the High Country region of Glenorchy and Mt Earnslaw.
Written March 31, 2019
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NinaVaz82
Miami, FL1 contribution
Day Trip to Milford Sound
May 2018 • Family
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 was at Te Anau where we got some hot chocolate at a local cafe and took in the awesome view from that town. Afterwards we stopped for some photo ops at several lookouts to the mountains that were blanketed in snow, fiordland, and a park with an impressive waterfall. When we arrived at Milford Sound, Charles directed us to our boat where we had special VIP seating and he sent us off with our lunches. The boat tour through the fiord was incredible and we got real close up and personal with the waterfalls. We were lucky to see dolphins and a seal sunbathing. After the boat tour, Charles was right there to greet us and take us back to Queenstown safely. It was a great especially because we had been roadtripping throughout New Zealand and it was nice to have someone else drive for the day. Charles was also great conversation and was very knowledgeable about current events, the history of NZ, and the agriculture. I highly recommend this tour!
Written June 16, 2018
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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 to show you a special part of our country. Thank you Charles
Written July 23, 2018
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dkraff
Waynesville, NC8 contributions
Wonderful and educational tour
Feb 2018 • Couples
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.
Written March 7, 2018
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Thank you for your review, it helps when you are passionate about an area....come back again soon..Charles
Written March 21, 2018
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DrLaura027
Canberra, Australia9 contributions
Excellent Adventure!
Feb 2018 • Couples
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 seeing nature's beauty and learning more about farming and the history of the region; we also had some interest in seeing local spots where parts of LOTR and The Hobbit were filmed-- this tour completely delivered on all of the above. Our guide, Charles, was professional, incredibly knowledgeable, and had the best sense of humor-- he made the tour entertaining and relaxing. We did the tour in the morning and had time and energy left in the afternoon to hike on a track that Charles had suggested (also incredibly breathtaking). Couldn't recommend this company more highly based on our experience!
Written March 3, 2018
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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
Written March 21, 2018
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gavinmuller2018
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Fantastic experience!
Jan 2018 • Family
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.
Written February 19, 2018
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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.
Written February 20, 2018
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