Situated at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, around 45 kilometres from Queenstown is the sleepy town of Glenorchy. This picturesque township is a great place to relax in and the drive along the edge of Lake Wakatipu is stunning. Dart River Safaris operate Jet Boat wilderness tours from here and these 4 hour adventures are a must do. Just a little further along is tiny hamlet of Paradise situated on the edge of the lake just outside Mt. Aspiring National Park. There are many day and multi-day walks to explore in the Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks including some of New Zealand's iconic ‘Great Walks’ such as The Routeburn and Milford tracks.
This half-day Lord of the Rings tour starts from Queenstown and visits Glenorchy, Paradise, The Dart River Valley and Mt Aspiring World Heritage Area. Take a journey deep into Middle Earth and visit Lord of the Rings filming locations. On your scenic guided tour, you will explore Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien Forest, The Misty Mountains and Ithilien. You will also visit a location from the recently filmed, The Hobbit! Stories and secrets will be shared by guides who have great insight into the filming.
A great way to learn more or ride different terrain and enjoy a day up the top of the lake. Ride our Rees River Trail in the morning and then enjoy lunch in the township of Glenorchy. After lunch we will take you into Paradise to ride the area involved in the Lord of the Rings. By the end of the day you would have crossed rivers, ridden in Virgin Beech forest, looked out over Isengard and seen vistas that will take your breath away. A fantastic horse ride for all levels of riding experience - come and enjoy the lifestyle! A great way to make the most of a unique day in Glenorchy.
A perfect half day option for Experienced and Novice riders. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the top of the lake with picturesque Mountain views, and glacial fed river-crossings. Be captivated by stories of the area, rich history and many filming locations from Lord Of The Rings. A magical ride with experienced riders having the opportunity to canter and beginners have the chance to learn - it's a real Kiwi experience!