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Off Road Adventures 4wd Highlights Tour crossing a river

Off Road Adventures 4wd Highlights Tour Glenorchy

Off Road Adventures 4wd Highlights Tour

Off Road Adventures 4wd Highlights Tour

Off Road Adventures - 4x4 Scenic and Discovery of the Rings Tours

It's easy to explore the road less travelled with Off Road Adventures – get off the highway and deep into the scenic backcountry and Tolkien’s fantasy world on an exciting 'Lord of the Rings' 4WD adventure. WIth years of local knowledge and experience our trusty guides know how to navigate long-forgotten trails to abandoned gold-rush settlements and stunning lookouts. splash through rivers, explore canyons, visit movie scenes and climb mountains! Forward-facing window seats, refreshments, iPad presentations and gold-panning demos included.

Queenstown 4X4: Discovery of the Rings Tour 

Accessing Queenstown’s hidden scenic gems means leaving the highway and taking to the back roads to unveil a world you’d never know existed. Never was an area more tailor-made to make Tolkien’s fantasy vision a reality on the big screen. This Lord of the Rings tour will take you through numerous chapters from the trilogy’s and multiple other movies cinematic home, utilising off-road vehicles to their limits to reach the directors’ perfect spots. This tour is a favourite with visitors because over four hours you get to sample the varied beauty of areas like Skippers Canyon, Arrowtown and the Gibbston Valley. Our knowledgeable local guides have plenty of information on the movies as well as the area’s history. Even those who missed the movies will be spellbound by the scenery of the Wakatipu Basin.

Tour Highlights include:
• Lord of the Rings tour locations (White Mountains; Minas Tirith; Pillars of the Kings; Gladden Fields; Ford of Bruinen; Warg attack; Exodus of Edoras)
• Willow, Vertical Limits and The Water Horse locations
• Remarkables Mountains viewpoint
• Arrowtown village;
• Multiple river crossings on the Arrow River
• And a short journey down Skippers Canyon.
• Refreshments and on-site multimedia presentations included.
• Gold panning option available upon request

Glenorchy 4X4: Discovery of the Rings Tour 

The tour begins with a breath-taking journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. This is one of New Zealand’s most famous scenic road journeys with spectacular views around each bend. After passing through the sleepy township of Glenorchy at the base of the lake we enter the awe-inspiring Mt Aspiring World Heritage area where Middle Earth comes to life. You will literally arrive in Paradise to enjoy some refreshments with the glacial lakes, ancient forests and neck stretching peaks of the film trilogy as your backdrop. Throughout the tour our experienced local guides will give you great insight into why the region was an inspiration for so many movies and how it has brought the vision of Jackson and Tolkien to life on the big screen.

Tour Highlights include:
• LOTR & The Hobbit locations (Isengard, Lothorien Forests, Ithilien Camp, Amon Hen and Misty Mountains, Beorn’s House)
• Multiple other movie locations (Wolverine & Narnia film locations)
• Glenorchy township
• Paradise, Dart and Rees River.
• Refreshments and on-site multimedia presentations included.

Please be aware this scenic tour does not contain any significant off road driving (e.g. river crossings, hill climbs etc.)

Departs: 8:15am and 1:15pm
Duration: 4 hours
Price: Adult $189, Child (6-12 years) $99
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FAMILY SPECIAL: Families can also arrange private charters from just $699 per vehicle (seats 7 pax) 
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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.