High Country Discovery Tour

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Tour Info

  • Depart 8.30am & 1.30pm.
  • Duration 4 hours & 15 minutes
  • Pick up anywhere in Queenstown

What to Bring

  • Camera & film
  • Suitable walking shoes/boots
  • Shower-proof jacket, warm clothing and/or
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, sun cream!


Adult: NZ $220
Private rate: NZ $285
Child: NZ $110


NOTE: A minimum of 2 adults required to confirm a booking, not suitable for children under 5 years.

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High Country Tours NZ

Half Day Tour to the heart of Middle-earth

  • Exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station
  • LOTR and the Hobbit movie location viewing
  • Kiwi guides
  • Max capacity 6 pax, no large groups
  • Toyota Landcruiser 4WD transport
  • Plenty of photo stops
  • Binoculars and refreshments
  • Viewing farm livestock
  • Commentary on historical / cultural and geographic anecdotes
Mt Earnslaw
Mt Earnslaw
Diamond Lake Paradise Valley
Diamond Lake Paradise Valley

Private Discovery Tours has exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station, a 130-year-old working farm set in the spectacular alpine environment of the Paradise Valley at the head of Lake Wakatipu.

The High Country Discovery Tour takes you on a half – day adventure over Mount Earnslaw Station, in the heart of New Zealand’s high country.

You will gain real insight into country life in this remote region, LOTR and the Hobbit movie locations can be viewed and there are walking options to secluded vantage points for the ultimate photograph.

Some of the 32 million sheep in NZ
Some of the 32 million sheep in NZ

4WD across farmland to Lake Reid where Black Swans and Paradise ducks live all year round and trout bask in the shallow waters.

There is the option to visit an operational woolshed where in season 1500 sheep are shorn in a day.

Then we visit Diamond Lake flanked by Mt Alfred and Mt Earnslaw (2830m) the views across the lake to Mt Chaos, Cosmos and Pluto Peaks are “Postcard shots in Paradise”.

Continuing through the Paradise Valley we pass Arcadia Homestead and view in the distance LOTR Isengard movie location, the forest of Lothlorien and from the Hobbit Beorn’s House. Note there are no film sets remaining in this area simply natural beauty.

Arcadia Homestead
Arcadia Homestead
Desolation of Smaug set
Desolation of Smaug set Beorn’s House
Beorn's House
Beorn’s House

Mount Earnslaw Station

  • 4,500 Perendale sheep
  • 500 Angus breeding cows
  • 667 hectares ( 16,465 acres)
  • 2 Full time workers
  • 6 Working Dogs

No visit to the area is complete without a visit to Glenorchy village first surveyed in 1864, fluctuating in numbers over the years with activities including gold mining, sawmilling, scheelite mining, farming and more recently film making with what may be the smallest library in the world.

Gold in those hills?
Movie locations Paradise
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