Day trip

From Queenstown: VIP Glenorchy & Paradise Expedition

4.8 / 5

12 reviews

From Queenstown: VIP Glenorchy & Paradise Expedition

From £86.20 per person

Immerse yourself in the Maori, English, and Chinese heritage of Lake Wakatipu on a scenic sightseeing tour from Queenstown. Travel in a custom-built glass-roof bus and experience the power of storytelling in the small settlement of Glenorchy.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, English
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Visit the beautiful farming town of Glenorchy
  • Get panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu from a custom-built 4WD bus
  • Pet farm animals and watch a sheep shearing demonstration
  • Explore set locations from famous movies such as Lord of the Rings
  • Enjoy light refreshments of tea and coffee with scones
Full description
Depart Queenstown and travel along the shore of Lake Wakatipu on a scenic drive to Glenorchy. Listen to stories about farming and movie making as you head to Bennett’s Bluff to take souvenir photos. Watch a sheep shearing demonstration and interact with different farm animals before going deep into the forests of Mount Aspiring National Park on Paradise Road. Hear about some of the major film productions that have made use of the landscape, such as Lord of the Rings, X-Men Wolverine, and Narnia. Pass the historical Arcadia Homestead, and pull over at a scenic spot to enjoy afternoon tea and coffee. Take in the views of the beautiful countryside before going for a walk on the pier at Glenorchy. Listen to more amazing stories on the drive back to Queenstown.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by premium glass-roof 4WD bus
  • Local driver-guide
  • Audio commentary in English, Mandarin, or Spanish
  • Scenic photo stops
  • Farm entry and shearing demonstration
  • Afternoon tea
  • Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet at the bus stop on Athol Street, Queenstown.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

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Great scenery and bus and guide. Poor afternoon tea.

14 March 2020

Good 4WD car

13 January 2020

Very good

Without the tour we would never have driven that far (because of the off road route it was not possible with camper). The information on the way was informative + exciting. We only had the big bus for two and an excellent tour. Recommended.

9 December 2018

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Product ID: 133239