Guided tour

Glenorchy & Paradise Scenic Half-Day Tour from Queenstown

4.8 / 5

61 reviews

Activity provider: Altitude Tours
Guided tour

Glenorchy & Paradise Scenic Half-Day Tour from Queenstown

Activity provider: Altitude Tours
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From US$ 105.76 per person

Likely to sell out

Experience a magical half-day trip into Glenorchy and Paradise. View the Lord of the Rings movie locations, admire world-class scenery, and enjoy a Kiwi-style morning or afternoon tea.

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Duration 4 hours
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Small group
Limited to 14 participants


  • See beautiful Glenorchy, Paradise, Diamond Lake, and local sites
  • Explore the stunning surrounds and the famous Glenorchy red shed and lakefront
  • Visit iconic movie locations and even dress up as your favourite character
  • Take in the sights on one of the top scenic drives in all of New Zealand
  • Relax on a hassle-free trip with transfers from central Queenstown and an expert
Full description
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.
  • Four-hour guided tour with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Kiwi-style morning or afternoon tea
  • Optional costumes are available to dress up in
  • Transport via premium Mercedes van with onboard videos and Wi-Fi
  • Round-trip transfer from central Queenstown meeting point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

The meeting point is outside The Station Information Centre at the bench seat on Camp Street. Please be ready 10 minutes prior to departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Some locations may be muddy, so wear proper shoes to allow for this.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 61 reviews

Review summary

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The guide was great. The drive was gorgeous. But I found the "Glenorchy" experience quite lacking since we didn't actually get to visit the town itself. We got a photo at the red barn but didn't stop to visit any of the cafes or shops, which was a big disappointment. I'd gladly forgo the tea break in a random field for at least 30 minutes to browse the tiny town.

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April 2, 2023

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

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April 2, 2023

Awesome Glenorchy tour and our tour guide Andy was marvellous! He knows everything! Thank you so much Altitude! Very cozy van, nice morning tea with a cool and enjoyable background/scenery. 5 stars rating isn’t enough. It should be a 100 stars- rating!

April 2, 2023

Product ID: 172707