Central Otago Guided tours

Our most recommended Central Otago Guided tours

Otago Winery Tour with Gourmet Wine & Food-Paired Lunch

1. Otago Winery Tour with Gourmet Wine & Food-Paired Lunch

Make the most of your stay in Queenstown with this half-day wine and food experience for an unforgettable taste of Central Otago’s wine region. Enjoy a winery lunch consisting of several tasting dishes each perfectly matched by the Chief Winemaker and Head Chef, using estate wines and fresh local produce. Indulge in wine tasting and presentations at 3 wineries, visiting one larger well-known winery and two boutique style wineries. The tour also includes a wine cave tour and tasting, providing you with an insight into the local great wines and the Central Otago wine industry.

Glenorchy & Paradise Scenic Half-Day Tour from Queenstown

2. Glenorchy & Paradise Scenic Half-Day Tour from Queenstown

Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, Glenorchy is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Whakatipu and is home to what many say is New Zealand's best scenery and a slice of Middle-Earth magic. View stunning scenery and alpine vistas as you are guided in style aboard a premium Mercedes van. Enjoy an overload of sightseeing and views packed into a fun half-day adventure to Glenorchy and beyond. Upon arrival in Glenorchy, you will be awe struck as you gaze at the mountain ranges and native beech forest which set the backdrop for this rustic town. You will have some time to check out the town's local sites and hidden gems, while also learning about Glenorchy and its fascinating Maori history. After Glenorchy, visit Paradise, view Diamond Lake, and explore the surrounding areas. There’s endless natural beauty and scenic stops along the way, ensuring you’ll go home with some postcard-worthy photos. View multiple Lord of the Rings movie locations, such as Twelve Mile Delta, where the first fight between Faramir's Rangers and the Giant Oliphaunts took place. In a location called "Paradise," you will also get to see the famous locations of Isengard and Saruman's Tower. Costumes are available, so you can re-create scenes and dress as a character from the movie. Whether you are a Lord of the Ring’s fan or not, you will be impressed with the stunning scenery surrounding these locations. Taste a kiwi-style morning or afternoon tea with a spectacular back drop. Your guide will set up the ultimate picnic in one of a number of picturesque locations, consisting of classic, kiwi delights. With a stunning natural backdrop comprised of majestic mountain ranges and native beech forest, Glenorchy is sure to leave you speechless.

From Queenstown: 4-Hour Afternoon Boutique Wine Tour

3. From Queenstown: 4-Hour Afternoon Boutique Wine Tour

On this 4-hour afternoon, boutique wine tour, have the chance to explore the Central Otago region and try its exquisite wines. Meet your guide and depart from the Queenstown Station Building at 2:00 PM. From here you'll visit three boutique wineries in the Central Otago wine region. As a small group, have an intimate experience learning about the wine region. Delish in a delectable cheese platter while trying up to 15 different types of wine. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon among the spectacular scenery of Central Otago.

From Cromwell: Lake Dunstan Trail E-Bike Hire & Shuttle

4. From Cromwell: Lake Dunstan Trail E-Bike Hire & Shuttle

We provide new Model e-bikes and a shuttle between Clyde and Cromwell. Ride either direction it doesn't matter. 10am meet in Cromwell to start (start from here if you choose to) or jump in the shuttle and be taken to the start of the trail by the Dunstan Rowing club in Clyde. Pick up options in the afternoon are 2.30pm from Clyde o bike drop off at the original starting point by 3.30pm. Meeting point at 10am : The Junction lookout, cnr Alpha and Inniscourt St, Cromwell Meeting point at 2.30pm : Sunderland St, Clyde This is an incredibly rewarding ride, and very popular. Forward bookings are essential.

From Queenstown: Mount Cook Transfer w/ Guided Landmark Tour

5. From Queenstown: Mount Cook Transfer w/ Guided Landmark Tour

This small group, fully-guided transfer allows you to travel to Mt Cook in style and see all the key highlights on the way. Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety. 1. Queenstown - Your tour starts in the stunning city of Queenstown. As we drive out of the city your guide will not only set the scene for your adventurous day but also point out and guide you past some of the areas top highlights. 2. Kawarau Suspension Bridge – Departing Queenstown we then make our way through the stunning Kawarau Gorge passing stunning views, the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and the famous Roaring Meg Lookout. Time and light permitting we will stop for that first great shot of the tour. 3. Cromwell – Exiting the Kawarau Gorge we enter the fruit and wine growing region of Cromwell. Passing huge fields of vines, we cross Lake Dunstan and follow this beautiful lake towards Lindis Pass. 4. Lindis Pass – Climbing in altitude, Lindis Pass has amazing views down through the valleys. Being one of only three alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps, we stop at the famous lookout at the top of the pass for an essential photo. 5. Omarama – While driving through the endless plains of the Mackenzie district we will spot several of the famous Merino breed of sheep before stopping at the quaint township of Omarama. While in Omarama we have time for a break or even to try the best creamy chicken pie in NZ (in our opinion)! 6. Lake Pukaki – Turning west we begin to enter the Aoraki National Park and Lake Pukaki begins to emerge in front of us. Lake Pukaki is one of the bluest lakes you will ever see and is stunningly framed by the backdrop of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. We stop for some amazing photos and to just marvel at the sight that we are beholding. It’s not hard to see why many Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed nearby and we will point them out for you. 7. Mt Cook Information Centre – Arriving at Mt Cook Village, weather depending, we should get some amazing shots of the mountain itself. At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak, however, the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatisation whatsoever from the village which is just 750m above sea level. Your guided transfer ends here but you adventure to explore Mt Cook is only just beginning.

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What people are saying about Central Otago

This tour with Altitude was amazing and we were very lucky with the weather too so we were able to see the whole beauty of Glenorchy and surroundings. Ethan, our tour guide was incredible, very kind, super happy, gave us lots of information of the area, great vibe and chats, he made us feel very comfortable. The tour was made in a nice Mercedes Benz Van, super clean, new, comfy and stylish and also the tour was made with a small group which is even nicer. I definitely recommend to get this tour while you stay in Queenstown, you won’t regret it. My advice is to be aware of motion sickness, I got pretty sick in our way back due to move in the road, the good thing was that the tour guide was very helpful and empathetic, so don’t forget to take some motion sickness tablets if you are prone to suffer from it. Thanks Altitude, this tour was awesome and I’ll definitely take more tours with you in the future

This tour was casual yet well orchestrated, making it feel very authentic. All the wines were delicious but especially at we liked the tasting at Kinross (and also the paired lunch and tasting after). Our tour guide Ed was knowledge and funny! Would definitely recommend this tour

It was a fantastic trip and our guide Rosie was amazing! She took such good care of us and her commentary was fun and informative.

amazing Angus our guide. in addition Bindi from Gibbson Valley was so knowledgeable and fun. Thoroughly enjoyed the day

Highly recommended.Alia was the best tour guide ever.Thank you Alia from Melbourne.