Activities

Wakatipu - 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 trilogies and multiple other movie‘s cinematic homes, utilising off road vehicles to their limits to reach the director’s perfect spots. This tour is a favourite with visitors because over 4 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; GladdenFields; Ford of Bruinen; Warg attack; Exodus of Edoras)
• Willow, Vertical Limits and The WaterHorse locations
• Remarkables Mountains viewpoint
• Arrowtown village;
• Multiple river crossings on the Arrow River
• And a short journey down Skippers Canyon.
• Gold panning option available upon request

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 a complementary picnic lunch 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 this 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.

Skippers Canyon 4X4 Tour

Skippers Canyon is a stunningly beautiful site of the 1860s gold rush that eclipsed the scale of the legendary Klondike. This 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 the canyon, is thrilling in itself. After negotiating the famous Skippers Canyon bridge you will enjoy a light picnic lunch stop at the old schoolhouse, deep in the canyon. Only the experienced professionals at the wheel of our 4x4s 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 the history back to life before your eyes.

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

Wakatipu Wine Adventure

This half day tour is the best possible way to take in all the highlights of the Wakatipu region over an amazing 4 hours. Firstly enjoy sampling the breath taking scenery and off road fun that come with travelling through Skippers Canyon, Arrowtown and up the Arrow River. After which we will take you to two of the region’s finest wineries in the Gibbston Valley to cap off your tour with some delicious wine tasting. As a local family owned and operated business with years of local knowledge, you could not be in better hands with our Off Road 4x4 Queenstown’s guides. Our small group tours are very personalised, ensuring you really make the most of your time with us. Amazing full day wine charters available upon request.

Tour highlights include:
• Short journey down Skippers Canyon,
• Arrowtown village
• Multiple river crossings on the Arrow River
• Lord of the Rings locations (White Mountains; Minas Tirith; Pillars of the Kings; Gladden Fields; Ford of Bruinen)
• On site multimedia presentations
• Wine tastings at two of the region’s best wineries
• Gold panning option available upon request
• NO picnic lunch included on this tour

Highlights Tour Private Charter

Only locals know the best spots to show off the region’s astonishing scenery for visitors with less generous itineraries. In two-and-a half stunning hours in the company of a real Queenstowner you’ll see, and learn more about the Wakatipu than any guidebook could give you. This highlights tour is a great option for those with a tight schedule but still want to get out and explore this stunning region. You won’t need your imagination but you will need your camera!

The Highlights Tour Private Charter is only available as a private tour. The price listed is per vehicle for up to 7 passengers.

Tour Highlights include:
• Shotover Canyon
• Skippers Canyon
• Arrowtown Village
• Multiple river crossing on the Arrow River
• Viewpoints of the Crown Range and The Remarkable Mountain Range.

Private charter for up to 7 pax on any tour

A tailor made private charter tour to take some of the most spectacular South Island destinations.