Mount Aspiring National Park

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From Queenstown: Lord Of The Rings Tour to Glenorchy

1. From Queenstown: Lord Of The Rings Tour to Glenorchy

Enjoy a small-group tour of the most iconic Lord of the Rings filming locations in New Zealand, specially designed for fans of the films. Within minutes of leaving Queenstown, reach the Glenorchy Road, which follows the edges of the Great Lake Wakatipu, and has been voted  one of the top 10 drives in the world. Admire snowcapped mountains that arise around every corner of the journey. Your first stop will be the 12 Mile Delta. Here, enjoy a short nature walk over the 12 Mile canyon footbridge and spot trout and salmon in the crystal-clear water below. Learn about the local flora and fauna and visit the locations, where scenes from the films were shot. Next, refuel with a delicious morning or afternoon tea picnic near the famous Glenorchy red shed and wharf. Once you have eaten enough to satisfy a Hobbit, adventure further into the World Heritage Mt. Aspiring National Park, home of Lothlorien Forest, where you will have the opportunity to snap some photographs dressed as your favorite Lord of the Rings character with replica swords from the trilogy. Next, head up the Dart Valley through "Paradise" to Isengard for some time to enjoy this amazing location in this spectacular glacier-carved valley. Stories and behind-the-scenes secrets will be shared by your passionate local guides on the way back to Queenstown.

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Mt Aspiring Full-Day Canyoning Adventure from Queenstown

2. Mt Aspiring Full-Day Canyoning Adventure from Queenstown

Climb aboard the shuttle through Wanaka and head to Mt Aspiring National Park near the West Coast of the South Island, a UNESCO world heritage area. Untouched and hidden, its raw green beauty is absolutely breathtaking, showcasing why New Zealand is renowned for being 100% pure.  Arrive at the canyon and be kitted out with canyoning equipment. Your professional and qualified guide will give you a full safety briefing and explain all the canyoning techniques you will need for the day. Set off on a 25-minute bush walk to the start of the canyon. Make the most of your day by pumping waterfalls, making big technical jumps, and abseiling. The canyon returns you back to the car park where you set off. Get changed and enjoy a picnic lunch before setting off on the trip back to Queenstown. If time allows, enjoy a beer stop in Wanaka and relive all the extreme adventures you have just achieved.

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West Coast: Eco River Safari in UNESCO World Heritage Area

3. West Coast: Eco River Safari in UNESCO World Heritage Area

With your local guides who were previously commercial pilots, travel to the top of the river and listen to informative commentary with multiple photography stops. At the top head out on an optional walk, good for all ages. View the untouched scenery of mountains and ancient rainforest. Enjoy local morning tea and a chance to take in the whole surrounding area with stunning photo opportunities. Then you'll have a speedy trip down to the Tasman Sea, finishing in a side stream to visit the whitebait breeding grounds. If your group is 6 people or over, you will enjoy a BBQ meal at the end of the tour, with whitebait, crayfish, venison, salads and refreshments.

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What people are saying about Mount Aspiring National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Tour was a little pricey but worth it for fans of Lord Of The Rings. One will have better appreciation of tour if the trilogy was reviewed before the trip to Queenstown. Destinations were picturesque. I went on a rainy day but umbrellas were conveniently provided. Ben, the tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the destinations. The activity when participants get to wear costumes and pose for pictures was fun but the costumes were a bit stinky and probably would need more frequent washing/cleaning. The snack served in the Glenorchy shack was yummy and was perfect with hot tea.

We really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide, Joel, was friendly and funny. It was informative and complete with visual aids from the movie. And we were allowed to go where other tour companies weren't allowed to go, which was a plus. Highly recommend.

Very knowledgeable - you learn not only about movie scene locations but about New Zealand itself! This is a great tour - don’t hesitate to go even if you are not a fan of the movies!

Great, awesome, exciting ... magical, magnificent! Attention, you must be in good physical condition.

Sitting in the front with no speaker, I could not hear