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Private Discovery Tours, Exploring the remote South Island Private Discovery Tours, Exploring the remote South Island

High Country Discovery Tours

Half Day Tour to the heart of Middle-earth

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”.


Arcadia Homestead

Arcadia Homestead





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.





Desolation of Smaug set

Desolation of Smaug set Beorn’s House


Beorn's House

Beorn’s House








Mount Earnslaw Station

Movie locations Paradise

Movie locations Paradise

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.

Half-day High Country Discovery Tours

What to Bring


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

Adult :

Private rate :

 NZ $195



Child: NZ$98

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Adult $ 156 per person, Child 14 yrs & under $78 per person incl gst


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