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Private Discovery Day Tours

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Address: Glenorchy Paradise Road, Glenorchy 9348, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 2299
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Discover the Paradise Valley dwarfed by Mount Earnslaw, in the heart of...

Discover the Paradise Valley dwarfed by Mount Earnslaw, in the heart of Middle Earth 4WD to 1680 feet above sea level on Mount Alfred and soak in the views over Diamond Lake and the Dart River Valley. Mount Earnslaw Station is an Organic Certified sheep and beef cattle farm set in this unique scenic environment. Small groups experience this unique property with exclusive excess, LOTR movie location sights included.

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US$135.56*
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High Country Discovery Tour from Queenstown
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Paradise Valley Full Day Tour

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Great tour of the Catlins

We took the tour w/ owner, Charles Fraser. Started in Dunedin - went through the remote, beautiful Catlins - and ended up in Queenstown. Charles is a very careful driver... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Lisa C
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New York
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39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took the tour w/ owner, Charles Fraser. Started in Dunedin - went through the remote, beautiful Catlins - and ended up in Queenstown. Charles is a very careful driver. With a 4WD the ride is very smooth, especially over unsealed roads. He's punctual, thoughtful, knowledgeable and you feel very safe with him. He knows the area well. I was... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group of eight was well cared for traveling from Queenstown to cruise Milford Sound in a deluxe van with Charles Fraser. We made a number of stops to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. The Milford Sound cruise, complete with a packed lunch, was as perfect as the weather. Charles is very knowledgeable about the area, its history, and what... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I went on this tour last December. It's a bit pricy but totally worth it, especially if you are a LOR fan. Our only complaint was it's so so windy that day that we spent most of the time in the car. But the view was breathtaking and Charles is very nice and thoughtful. Had our lunch... More 

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rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, unfortunately the weather was not pleasant that day and seems to have continued into our so called summer....pleased you enjoyed the day and got to see all of those special places in the Paradise Valley especially the woolshed for lunch! Come back again some day thanks Charles. More 

CARROLLTON
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw so much more than just the city of Queenstown - we saw the history that made the area of Skipper's Canyon. Our guide went above and beyond the call of duty; I asked to get close to some lambs and after our Skipper's Canyon tour he obliged with a quick jaunt to lambing country and a chance for... More 

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rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you Kristin for your review, the Skippers Canyon area is such an amazing step back in time full of fascinating stories in the pursuit of gold. So pleased you managed to get some good photos of a few of our 27 million sheep! Thank you Charles. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great tour and introduction to the beauty Queenstown, Glenorchy and other countryside areas. Remarkable views with opportunities to stop for photos. My guide was amazing and provided a wealth of information about the local area. He also helped me take photos practicing yoga in this perfect setting. Highly recommended!

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rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Darryl is our most entertaining guide he brings to life the whole area making for a fun experience in Paradise, thanks Charles. More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Amazing tour led by Charles Fraser throughout Paradise valley. Got the ins and outs of the area and special "MUST SEE" views that the big tours don't take you on. Rolled around in a AWESOME Land Rover that trekked a mountain side that I could see had a itty bitty path but made it through. Walked in the forest, saw... More 

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rdthound, Manager at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you Helen for your kind review... yes our Paradise Discovery Tour covers many aspects of the Glenorchy region travelling over private farmland to high altitude, LOTR & the Hobbit movie locations, walking options and plenty of sheep.......so pleased you had fun. Thanks Charles. More 

Portola Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We had originally planned to drive ourselves to Milford Sound, but after reading warnings about ice and snow and needing chains, we decided to hire a guide! Charles answered our first phone call from the ski slopes, and we knew we were in the right hands! He arranged to drive us to the Milford Sound Lodge from Queenstown, with stops... More 

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rdthound, Manager at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, yes each time you phoned you caught me on the ski slopes enjoying my winter activity skiing....so pleased you were able to overnight in Milford Sound then fly out the next day ....thank you Jayne for finding us. You know where to contact me in the winter months, on a chairlift up the mountain! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We booked a day trip to Milford Sound pickup from Redlands Farm (outside Queenstown). Our guide Charles was there on the dot at 7:10 am in his large comfortable van. Very knowledgeable, courteous and informative. Drove us till Te Anau where he suggested a local cafe for breakfast (sandfly - recommend the peach white chocolate muffin here) and then on... More 

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rdthound, Manager at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for review, I enjoyed meeting your family and being able to take you to such a special part of New Zealand. When you come back again be sure to contact us to experience the Paradise Discovery Tour in the Glenorchy region another highlight for many of our guests. Thank you Charles. More 

Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

An 8 hours discovery Sunday focus on easy hiking, discovery, peaceful time, enjoy pure air and step by step understand Dart River, discover “Lord of the Kings” real landscape . As French nationals but living abroad, we appreciate the punctuality, local and national knowledge, perfect 4WD and safety conditions to drive between hiking points and flexibility of our guide, quite... More 

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rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you Luc & Briggitte for your review, you had a good cross section of what the Glenorchy region can offer, hiking in two different locations and environments, LOTR movie locations with a snow covered mountain back drop. Come back again sometime...Charles. More 

El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Thanks to recommendations on Trip Advisor, 4 of us booked a tour with Private Discovery Day Tours for our visit to Queenstown. Our guide, Charles, picked us up right on time at our hotel and off we went on our adventure, and what a fabulous one it was. Although there was intermittent rain that didn't stop us from having a... More 

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rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi Lori, Thank you for your review of the Paradise Discovery Tour, it was a delight to meet you all and to be able to guide you in a very special part of NZ. Come back and visit us again soon. Charles More 

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