Green & Gold

Get the best of the Wakatipu in just ONE day

Green and Gold


Green & Gold

Nomad Safaris landrover arrow river Queenstown

Unearth the unique heritage of this land by combining Dart River Jet and Nomad Safaris for a full day scenic adventure.  

If there is one tour that captures the diversity and richness of the mountains and valleys surrounding Queenstown it is undoubtedly Green & Gold.  


Your scenic journey starts by travelling past Glenorchy and far up the Dart River into the lush green forests and snow-capped mountains of Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage area, where the early Māori found and traded the highly valued Greenstone.  


Adult $429  Child $229


Then follow in the footsteps of the European pioneers on their quest for gold in locations around the Queenstown Basin. Explore the Golden Hills of the high country and marvel at scenery used to illustrate Middle-earth in the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit movies.  



  • Jetboat: More than an hour of thrilling high-speed wilderness jet boating skimming across the clear waters of the Dart River into the Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage Area.
  • 4WD: Cross rushing rivers in Arrowtown, scale the Remarkables mountains and travel in to dramatic Skippers Canyon in a true off-road vehicle.
  • Movie Locations: Visit real locations used in the filming of the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit.
  • Gold panning: Experience your own moment of gold fever as the glistening flakes of precious metal reveal themselves as you pan for gold.
  • Forest: Hear about flora, fauna and history on a 30 minute forest walk with your friendly guide.
  • Mountain views: Enjoy the spectacular 46km drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy, one of the world’s Top 10 scenic drives.
  • Gold mining history: Discover the remnants of once thriving gold mining towns.  
  • Greenstone trail: Learn about the Pounamu (Greenstone) that made the Dart River a key trading route for early Maori.

Trips depart the Queenstown Information Centre (Corner Camp & Shotover sts) at 8am daily.  Pick ups are available at most accommodation.  Return to Queenstown approx. 5.30pm.