Activities

Queenstown - Discovery of the Rings 4X4 Tour

Accessing Queenstown’s hidden scenic gems means leaving the highway and taking to the back roads to unveil a world you’d never know existed. Never was an area more tailor-made to make Tolkien’s fantasy vision a reality on the big screen. This Lord of the Rings tour will take you through numerous chapters from the trilogy’s and multiple other movies cinematic home, utilising off-road vehicles to their limits to reach the directors’ perfect spots. This tour is a favourite with visitors because over four hours you get to sample the varied beauty of areas like Skippers Canyon, Arrowtown and the Gibbston Valley. Our knowledgeable local guides have plenty of information on the movies as well as the area’s history. Even those who missed the movies will be spellbound by the scenery of the Wakatipu Basin.

Tour Highlights include:

• Lord of the Rings tour locations (White Mountains; Minas Tirith; Pillars of the Kings; Gladden Fields; Ford of Bruinen; Warg attack; Exodus of Edoras)
• Willow, Vertical Limits and The Water Horse locations
• Remarkables Mountains viewpoint
• Arrowtown village;
• Multiple river crossings on the Arrow River
• And a short journey down Skippers Canyon.
• Refreshments and on-site multimedia presentations included.
• Gold panning option available upon request

We Provide

Pick up from accommodation available from central Queenstown.Refreshments and a Multimedia presentations on IPad including mandarin translation.

Please Bring

We recommend wearing sensible clothing and bringing a camera.

Restrictions

Minimum age to join a standard tour is six years old. With younger families we can just offer a private charter tour option.

Duration

Approx. 4 hours.

Season

All Year

Glenorchy - Discovery of the Rings 4X4 Tour

The tour begins with a breath-taking journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. This is one of New Zealand’s most famous scenic road journeys with spectacular views around each bend. After passing through the sleepy township of Glenorchy at the base of the lake we enter the awe-inspiring Mt Aspiring World Heritage area where Middle Earth comes to life. You will literally arrive in Paradise to enjoy some refreshments with the glacial lakes, ancient forests and neck stretching peaks of the film trilogy as your backdrop. Throughout the tour our experienced local guides will give you great insight into why the region was an inspiration for so many movies and how it has brought the vision of Jackson and Tolkien to life on the big screen.
Tour Highlights:
• LOTR & The Hobbit locations (Isengard, Lothorien Forests, Ithilien Camp, Amon Hen and Misty Mountains, Beorn’s House)
• Multiple other movie locations (Wolverine & Narnia film locations)
• Glenorchy township
• Paradise, Dart and Rees River.
• Refreshments and on-site multimedia presentations included.

Please be aware this scenic tour does not contain any significant off road driving (e.g. river crossings, hill climbs etc.)

We Provide

Pick up from accommodation available from central Queenstown. Refreshments and a Multimedia presentations on IPad including mandarin translation.

Please Bring

We recommend wearing sensible clothing and bringing a camera.

Duration

Approx. 4 hours.

Season

All Year

Skippers Canyon Charter

Skippers Canyon is a stunningly beautiful site of the 1860s gold rush that eclipsed the scale of the legendary Klondike. The world famous canyon is packed with relics, workings and astonishing stories of man against the elements. The road itself into the canyon, with it’s vertical drop offs either side of the vehicle as you travel into the heart of canyon, is thrilling in itself. After negotiating the famous Skippers Canyon bridge you will enjoy a refreshments stop at the old schoolhouse, deep in the canyon. Only the experienced professionals at the wheel of our 4x4’s can truly put you inside the hearts and minds of the people who strived in Skippers Canyon to win their gold. A wealth of facts, figures and anecdotes bring history back to life before your eyes.

Tour highlights include:
• Skippers Canyon & Pipeline Bridges
• Historic gold mining town
• Stunning New Zealand backcountry adventure.
• Refreshments included
• Gold panning option available upon request

We Provide

Pick up from accommodation available from central Queenstown. Refreshments included

Please Bring

We recommend wearing sensible clothing and bringing a camera.

Restrictions

This tour is only available as a charter option and the listed price is per vehicle - private tour for up to 7 pax per vehicle.

Duration

Allow up to 4 hours.

Season

All year

Queenstown's Ultimate Off Road Experience

The best way over half a day to capture the highlights of this region’s stunning scenery and showcase why this place is an adventurer’s paradise. The beauty in this unique itinerary is the combination of sightseeing and straight out adventure all in one action packed afternoon. Starting in our Landcruiser’s and the capable hands of experienced local guides you will get very personalised tour to visit world famous areas like Skippers Canyon and Arrowtown followed by multiple river crossings up the Arrow River to experience a Lord of the Rings movie location and try your hand gold panning in hopes of taking home some gold.
We then take it up a level when you strap in and drive, or be passenger with the guide, our top of the range sports buggies around our exclusive off-road playground through the hills and forests overlooking Queenstown. These forest trails have been designed to thrill and reward with breath taking views only a lucky few get to sample.
This tour breakdown maybe reversed depending on the conditions especially during winter.

Tour Highlights
- 4x4 Tour Element: After you guide tackles the rugged Arrow River with multiple river crossings you have the option of a quick gold panning demo to try take your own gold home.
- 4X4 Tour Element: Visit Lord of the Rings movie locations
- 4X4 Tour Element: Visit and sample one of the worlds famous roads- the unique Skippers Canyon. You will sample the dramatic setting of the road that is carved into the side of hills and learn amazing stories how Queenstown earliest inhabitants tried to make their fortune
- Buggy Tour Element: You would struggle to find a better play ground to test the amazing capabilities of our top of the range sports buggies- drive them or be driven- you decide!
- Buggy Tour Element: Enjoy breath-taking views overlooking Queenstown, such viewpoints are exclusive to us and you will be one of the few that take in these stunning vantage points

We Provide

We provide: return transport from the Off Road shop, local experienced guide, top of the line Landcruisers and sports buggies. Wet weather gear provided if needed for buggies.

Please Bring

Recommendations/ To Bring: We recommend dressing for the conditions in clothing you don’t mind if they get abit dusty. Clients should bring any drinks and snacks within to suffice for the duration of the four hour tour. Full protective wet weather gear (rain jacket, rain pants and gumboots) can be supplied for the buggy element of the combo.

Restrictions

Suitability: In general we do not have any restrictions apart from the minimum age for those looking to take part but if you would like to drive during the buggy section of this tour you will need:
- to hold a full driving licence that will need to be displayed on the day
- be over 18 years old
- Have good conversational level English to understand guides safety instructions
- sign a $3000 buggy bond against a Visa/ Mastercard (no funds will be blocked or held).
Like all off road tours they are not recommended those who are pregnant or have bad backs etc.

Minimum Age: The minimum age as a passenger of this tour is just 4 years old.

Duration

4 hours

Season

All Year

Other Information

Check-in Point/ Time: Confirmed tours will depart from our shop in central Queenstown (61A Shotover Street) at 1:15pm. Please check in at 1:05pm to complete the necessary paperwork.
Please be aware there is no parking available in front of our shop and so we recommend paying for parking in Man Street multi-story car park located a two minute walk from our building.
Private charters can avail of a complimentary pick up service from any Queenstown central accommodation properties