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Paradise Valley Full Day Tour

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    What to Expect
    Start the day with hotel pick up 9am and travel on one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand to Glenorchy at the western end of Lake Wakatipu. Not far from there, venture onto Private Property, a 20,000 acre (8,093 hectares) sheep and beef farm where you gain access up 4WD trails into the heart of Middle Earth from

    Lord of the Rings.

    Your first stop there is in the "front row" overlooking Isengard from

    Lord of the Rings. Take a short walk into a native beach forest, a tranquil moment in this mountain setting. This is the ultimate photography location elevated above the Dart River with views over Mt. Aspiring National Park to snow-capped mountains beyond.

    At lunchtime, have a picnic lunch on the mountain or a cafe lunch at Kinloch nestled by the lake shore a beautiful peaceful setting. The afternoon is spent further exploring a trail above Diamond Lake, there is the opportunity for some walking and an opportunity to see farm activities should they be available on the day. A visit to the sheep shearing woolshed is a must where once a year 5,000 sheep are shorn, numerous farm animals are sprinkled across this amazing home for them called the Paradise Valley.

    Venturing further up the valley beyond Diamond Lake, see the majestic Arcadia Homestead and further movie locations from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies before returning via Glenorchy to Queenstown. Refreshments are included, this tour is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Accommodation points in Queenstown
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Accommodation points in Queenstown
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Afternoon tea
    • Bottled water
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Snacks, cookies & fresh fruit
    • Live commentary on board
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Lunch, a stop is made at a local bakery for you to purchase a bread roll, wrap or salad.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Unbelievable tour! They have exclusive access to farmland and hiking trails providing breathtaking panoramic views of Glenorchy and Paradise Valley, which they can maneuver through with 4WD. Charles was very friendly and informative with his farming background, and they cater
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    Response from tournz61, Owner at Paradise Valley Full Day Tour
    Responded Sep 23, 2019
    Thank you for your review Maddie, great to meet you both and share a special part of NZ with you! Happy Honeymoon travels....
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    We had a great day with Charles hiking up and down the Routeburn Valley. We started with a bit of rain, but then saw a rainbow as it cleared up. We learned a ton and enjoyed both the scenery and the company. The trip back allowed us to view some of the backdrops of the Lord of
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    Response from rdthound, Owner at Paradise Valley Full Day Tour
    Responded Oct 13, 2018
    So pleased you had a great Day experiencing the diversity this region offers.... thank you for your review come back to NZ again......
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    It was an amazing tour of Paradise Valley and Charles, our guide, did a great job organising the trip. We were all in his safe hands as we drove up mountain tracks in his 4WD to view stunning LOTR scenery. He was very accommodating and this tour is highly recommended for LOTR
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    Response from rdthound, Owner at Paradise Valley Full Day Tour
    Responded Jul 21, 2018
    Thank you for review of the Paradise Discovery Tour, despite the weather we had a fun day giving you an authentic NZ experience travelling over farmland viewing animals,4WD up farm trails to vantage points and giving you insight into country life in NZ. So pleased you enjoyed the lunch at Kinloch it is a special place. Thank you Charles
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    Spent the day with Charles touring the greater Glenorchy area. The scenery is spectacular and Charles was a exceptional host/guide. Charles is very knowledgeable about the area (e.g. history, geology, current issues, farming, sheep/wool industry, LOTR sites, etc.).
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    Response from rdthound, Owner at Paradise Valley Full Day Tour
    Responded May 28, 2018
    Thank you Tom for your review, the Glenorchy area is one that deserves a full day to explore the valleys, trails, movie locations & secret places the Ultimate Day Tour and so close to Queenstown...Thank you Charles.
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    Priceless moments! Our private day tour with Eric on a 4WD to the Paradise Valley, diamond lake, the private farms at Mt. Earnslaw station, Isenguard, walking up the Routeburn track was simply fabulous...The 4WD drive up the slate quarry was the icing on the cake, something that
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    Response from rdthound, Owner at Paradise Valley Full Day Tour
    Responded Feb 19, 2018
    Thank you for your wonderful review, yes our Paradise Discovery Tour covers the best of what the Glenorchy region can offer. Private locations no one else can access, amazing photography opportunities and immersion into the Real New Zealand!! Thank you for travelling with us...Charles
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