Things to do in
The Remarkables

These dramatic mountains offer endless outdoor fun, from peaceful walks to thrilling adrenaline rushes.

The Remarkables

The Remarkables: Our most recommended tours and activities

Queenstown: Half-Day 4WD Lord Of the Rings Discovery Tour

1. Queenstown: Half-Day 4WD Lord Of the Rings Discovery Tour

Embark on an adventure safari packed with breathtaking scenery, thrilling 4WD action, and LOTR filming locations. Visit the filming locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), Gladden Fields, the Ford of Bruinen, and more.  After pick-up from your hotel, journey around the Wakatipu Basin to see The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the three movies. Travel part way up Queenstown Hill for a bird's-eye view onto Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes. From the viewpoint, head to Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath - 'Pillars of the Kings'. After Kawarau Gorge, travel to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring scene at Gladden Fields was shot. Near Arrowtown, you will experience a true off-road adventure. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River, cross the river many times to get to the Ford of Bruinen. Here you can indulge in a refreshing afternoon tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning. From Arrowtown, travel to the entrance of Skippers Canyon for spectacular panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin and into the Canyon. Please read Disclosure of Risks and Weather Cancellation Policy here https://www.nomadsafaris.co.nz/faqs/

Queenstown: Pilot's Choice Helicopter Tour & Alpine Landing

2. Queenstown: Pilot's Choice Helicopter Tour & Alpine Landing

Enjoy a 20-minute scenic helicopter tour and alpine landing for incredible views of Queenstown from above. Your pilot will choose your flight path and landing location for the best possible experience on the day. After pickup from your central Queenstown hotel, enjoy the short drive to the helicopter base at the airport. Meet the friendly crew and check in for your flight. Then, take to the skies to marvel at Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown from above. Your experienced pilot will share local insights with you and point out areas of interest. Your pilot will choose the best location on the day for your alpine landing. Only a helicopter will be able to land in the remote spot. In winter, you’ll have snow at your feet, and during summer expect stunningly rugged terrain. Fly back to the helicopter base where your tour will conclude with a transfer back to your hotel.

Panoramic View Helicopter Flight with Alpine Landing

3. Panoramic View Helicopter Flight with Alpine Landing

See how glaciers and the movement of the earth’s crust formed New Zealand's unique mountains and valleys over thousands of years–from the sky! Swoop low over mountain valleys and high above meandering rivers. Plenty of evidence also remains of the rich gold mining history left by Europeans and Chinese gold miners in the late 1800s. Today, many of the local landscapes can be recognized because of their use as film locations. You can even fly over where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed! The pilots regularly work with film production crews and are happy to share plenty of stories of life on the film set. Finally, for the photo opportunity of a lifetime, alight on a mountaintop with panoramic views of the entire range and its lakes and valleys. These highly experienced, well-known local pilots can’t wait to share with you their extensive knowledge and history of the area while showing you the best of New Zealand's amazing scenery.

Queenstown: Scenic Alpine Heli-Flight

4. Queenstown: Scenic Alpine Heli-Flight

This 35-minute helicopter flight from Queenstown is a winning combination. Enjoy spectacular alpine scenery, including Skippers Canyon and the Queenstown Basin, and and make a dramatic landing on one of the region’s stunning alpine peaks, whatever the season. Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters is Queenstown’s leading scenic helicopter flight company, built on a reputation of providing a high standard of professionalism and service. Following a transfer from your hotel and safety briefing, climb aboard your helicopter and head for the skies! The landscapes you will fly over contain many stories of the natural and human history of New Zealand and the Southern Lakes. During your flight you will discover how glaciers and the movement of the earth’s crust formed New Zealand’s unique mountains and valleys over thousands of years. Plenty of evidence also remains of the rich gold mining history left by Europeans and Chinese gold miners in the late 1800s. Land on the roof of Queenstown and jump off to take photos of the wilderness. Your alpine landing will provide excellent photo opportunities. Please note, all trips are subject to favorable weather conditions and availability.

Queenstown: Snowmobiling Experience with Helicopter Flight

5. Queenstown: Snowmobiling Experience with Helicopter Flight

Discover the beauty of the Garvie Mountain Range as your set off on an action-packed adventure on the powder with this snowmobiling tour from Queenstown. Soar over the Hector mountains and Nevis River Valley on a helicopter from Garvie Mountain. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Queenstown. Sit back and relax on the drive through the countryside on the way to the snowmobiling base camp. Stay warm with the provided winter overalls, gloves, and gloves. Put on your helmet and snowmobile through stunning scenery. Enjoy a full-guided tour with stops along the way for amazing photo opportunities of the spectacular landscape. Delight in a return scenic helicopter flight across the Western face of the Remarkables mountains, and over the Hector mountains and the Nevis River Valley.Feel the thrill of landing and on a snowy plateau on the Garvie Mountain Range. Return to your accommodation in Queenstown at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about The Remarkables

Overall rating

4.8
(1,053 reviews)

It was a really great experience eventhough it had rained and the view was partially limited. It could have lasted a bit longer to stop more often for photos. The guied (daryl) was fantastic!

Lovely half day tour with a very good local guide who was very friendly and knowledgeable. Nice to learn the history of the area and see some absolutely amazing scenery along the way. Thanks

Just great. Some LOTR film sites and other activities including off roading and gold panning. A truly great half a day.

Great off road experience. Ella showed great driving skills and she provided interesting information about the region.

Soap was a great tour guide! Highly recommend while you’re in Queenstown.