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Mount Aspiring National Park

Mount Aspiring National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Queenstown: Lord Of The Rings Tour to Glenorchy

1. From Queenstown: Lord Of The Rings Tour to Glenorchy

Enjoy a small-group tour of the most iconic Lord of the Rings filming locations in New Zealand, specially designed for fans of the films. Within minutes of leaving Queenstown, reach the Glenorchy Road, which follows the edges of the Great Lake Wakatipu, and has been voted  one of the top 10 drives in the world. Admire snowcapped mountains that arise around every corner of the journey. Your first stop will be the 12 Mile Delta. Here, enjoy a short nature walk over the 12 Mile canyon footbridge and spot trout and salmon in the crystal-clear water below. Learn about the local flora and fauna and visit the locations, where scenes from the films were shot. Next, refuel with a delicious morning or afternoon tea picnic near the famous Glenorchy red shed and wharf. Once you have eaten enough to satisfy a Hobbit, adventure further into the World Heritage Mt. Aspiring National Park, home of Lothlorien Forest, where you will have the opportunity to snap some photographs dressed as your favorite Lord of the Rings character with replica swords from the trilogy. Next, head up the Dart Valley through "Paradise" to Isengard for some time to enjoy this amazing location in this spectacular glacier-carved valley. Stories and behind-the-scenes secrets will be shared by your passionate local guides on the way back to Queenstown.

Mt Aspiring Full-Day Canyoning Adventure from Queenstown

2. Mt Aspiring Full-Day Canyoning Adventure from Queenstown

Climb aboard the shuttle through Wanaka and head to Mt Aspiring National Park near the West Coast of the South Island, a UNESCO world heritage area. Untouched and hidden, its raw green beauty is absolutely breathtaking, showcasing why New Zealand is renowned for being 100% pure.  Arrive at the canyon and be kitted out with canyoning equipment. Your professional and qualified guide will give you a full safety briefing and explain all the canyoning techniques you will need for the day. Set off on a 25-minute bush walk to the start of the canyon. Make the most of your day by pumping waterfalls, making big technical jumps, and abseiling. The canyon returns you back to the car park where you set off. Get changed and enjoy a picnic lunch before setting off on the trip back to Queenstown. If time allows, enjoy a beer stop in Wanaka and relive all the extreme adventures you have just achieved.

Queenstown: 50-minute Southern Glacier Helicopter Flight

3. Queenstown: 50-minute Southern Glacier Helicopter Flight

Take off on a spectacular round-trip flight from Queenstown. Experience the Southern Alps like you have never seen them before by helicopter. Enjoy commentary from your expert guide along the way. Start at Heli Base at Queenstown airport. Venture across to the Southern Alps - the spiny mountain range that divides the South Island. Take in stunning views over Mount Aspiring. Next, see the vast untouched tracts of native forest and ancient glacial icefalls in the national park. Enjoy a landing amongst the snow-capped peaks of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Upon landing, take up the photo opportunities before heading back to Queenstown.

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What people are saying about Mount Aspiring National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Tour was a little pricey but worth it for fans of Lord Of The Rings. One will have better appreciation of tour if the trilogy was reviewed before the trip to Queenstown. Destinations were picturesque. I went on a rainy day but umbrellas were conveniently provided. Ben, the tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the destinations. The activity when participants get to wear costumes and pose for pictures was fun but the costumes were a bit stinky and probably would need more frequent washing/cleaning. The snack served in the Glenorchy shack was yummy and was perfect with hot tea.

What a perfect tour. Joel was so relaxed, funny and knowledgeable and very importantly on these roads, also a very safe driver!! We had amazing weather which made the locations just absolutely stunning to see, and the other guests on the tour were fun too! Could not get any better!

We really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide, Joel, was friendly and funny. It was informative and complete with visual aids from the movie. And we were allowed to go where other tour companies weren't allowed to go, which was a plus. Highly recommend.

Got to discover so many beautiful places and learn so much about LOTR, highly recommend! Guide was loaded with information and had coffee, tea and biscuits for us on a break was such a great experience!

beautiful scenery... and Joel has plenty of anecdotal banter.