Glenorchy Discovery

Chinese language tour

Glenorchy Discovery

The Glenorchy Discovery Group (FIT) Tour 

Including a Chinese language guided tour to Glenorchy and beyond by jet boat, bus and forest walk.

Dart GYD Movie Scenes WebGlenorchy is located 48km West of Queenstown at the top of Lake Wakatipu. It is a short scenic road and ideal to do as a self drive. Glenorchy is surrounded by locations used in many international movies, most recently the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. While Queenstown is well known for the beautiful scenery, Glenorchy is special and like a fictitious land of peace.

Glenorchy Discovery is a great trip that we have specially designed for you. We combine three outdoor activities to explore and discover Glenorchy in just half a day. With jetboat, bush walk and exploring Middle Earth filming and New Zealand farming by backroad bus tour.

During the jetboat ride our jetboat driver will take you through the braided Dart River. Allowing you the chance to see glaciers and snow covered mountains and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Mt Aspiring National Park.

Following this, our knowledgeable guide will take you on a rolling thirty minute bush walk. The forest of tall native trees is a magical place.  Soft light and fresh air filters down to you while the birds sing. Our guide will introduce several special plants of New Zealand so you can learn about the New Zealand environment.  

After the bush walk you will take the backroad bus tour through Paradise and past Diamond Lake. Stopping and viewing Middle Earth movie scenes and backdrops. Also you will pass through private farms, with sheep and cows. We will meet horse(s) and feed them at our last photo stop before we finish in Glenorchy with a tour of this cute lakeside village. The trip can be completed in any direction.

Dart GYD feeding horse familyTIMING

Summer Schedule: (1 October – 30 April)
Check-in at the Queenstown Information centre at 1.30pm
We depart the Queenstown Information centre at 1.45pm.
Glenorchy Trip starts at 2.30pm.
Return to Queenstown approx. 6.15pm.

Bus pick ups are from the Queenstown Information Centre and Real Journeys Bus stop outside Steamer Wharf.

Between 23 January - 13th February Check in will be 15 minutes later.


Off Peak  
Oct - Dec 2017
Jan - March 2018
Off Peak
Apr-Sept 2018
Adult $ 249 $ 269 $ 259
Child $ 149 $ 169 $ 159

Dart GYD Jet boat Dart RiverTRIP FACTS

• Glenorchy is about 45 min / 48 km drive from Queenstown
• For the Glenorchy Discovery tour you should allow 2 hours 30min
• Total return to Queenstown 5 hours
• Adult age is 16 years and older
• Child age 5 – 15 years inclusive
• Under five free with paying Adult but must be minimum height
of 1 metre
• Some of the other movies filmed in Glenorchy area also
include X-Men, Narnia, Vertical Limit and Waterhorse