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    What to Expect
    Gain exclusive access to Mt Earnslaw Station on this half-day tour in the heart of New Zealand’s high country. The 130-year-old working farm situated at the head of Lake Wakatipu is set amid the alpine surroundings of Paradise Valley. Discover the remote region with a local guide, starting with hotel pickup in Queenstown.

    You’ll drive to secluded lookout points for the ultimate photo op and have plenty of options for exploring on foot. You may recognize scenery from filming locations for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie series.

    Listen to your guide’s informative anecdotes about regional history, culture and geography. The flexible itinerary lets you set the pace and choose from a variety of activities. Visit an operational wool shed where sheep are shorn; view Diamond Lake flanked by Mt Alfred and Mt Earnslaw; or search for black swans and paradise ducks at Lake Reid.

    Spend time in Glenorchy village, first surveyed in 1864 and featuring gold mining, saw milling, farming and what may be the world’s smallest library.

    Finish with the return drive to Queenstown and drop-off at your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Queenstown accommodations
    Duration
    4h 30m
    Return Details
    Queenstown accommodations
    Inclusions
    • National park fees
    • Professional driver/guide
    • Light refreshments
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by air-conditioned 4WD
    Exclusions
    • Personal expenses
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infant seats available
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • A small amount of walking but not essential
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    What an excellent tour, we spent the afternoon with Charles who was very knowledgeable. We saw some outstanding country. I would recommend this tour highly.
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    Response from rdthound, Owner at High Country Discovery Tour from Queenstown
    Responded 24 Aug. 2019
    Thanks Tony for your review, we enjoy being able to share a very special part of NZ with our guests... we live in an amazingly diverse country. Thank you Charles.
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    Charles is a gem! He is very knowledgeable, kind and has a complete sense of the land. He will show you the incredible stunning beauty of the region...really peaceful special places that will be ingrained in your mind forever. To boot, he is a former cow farmer, having access
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    Response from rdthound, Owner at High Country Discovery Tour from Queenstown
    Responded 24 Aug. 2019
    Thank you David for your review, I enjoy meeting people from around the world being able to share a special part of this region with visitors on a unique experience the High Country Discovery tour. Thank you Charles
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    Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with Charles. He gave an exceptional personalised tour & is both knowledgeable & passionate about the region. Having access to private properties made the tour that much more enjoyable topped off with afternoon tea, with a view that would be
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    Response from rdthound, Owner at High Country Discovery Tour from Queenstown
    Responded 24 Aug. 2019
    It is hard to explain to to people how our tours are different to other often cheaper options available today....we enjoy having a distinct point of difference accessing private property and personal service! thank you for finding us..Charles
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    We took a day trip with Charles to Milford Sound early in our 3 week trip to New Zealand. His knowledge enriched our entire vacation as he shared a lot of information in the form of memorable factoids, not only about the local area, but about every aspect of New Zealand
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    Response from tournz61, Owner at High Country Discovery Tour from Queenstown
    Responded 30 Mar. 2019
    Thank you for your review, Milford Sound is one of the highlights of this region it was a pleasure to be able to personally guide you for the day. Come back to NZ again sometime!! Thank you Charles
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    We had a spectacular afternoon on the high country tour with Charles. He was very friendly, knowledgeable about the history, the plants, animals, geology and the sheep farming in the areas we drove through and we went to stunning places. There were stops to get out and look at
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    Response from tournz61, Owner at High Country Discovery Tour from Queenstown
    Responded 30 Mar. 2019
    Thank you for your review, enjoyed meeting you and showing you around the High Country region of Glenorchy and Mt Earnslaw.
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    By: Private Discovery Day Tours
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    MarilynH384
    Bonita Springs, Florida
    112
    Amazing hiking with Private Discovery Tours
    We had originally wanted to hike the Routeburn Trek but I knew that I could not go that many miles. So I found
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    TimW550
    Plano, Texas
    71
    Great day with Charles
    Loved our day with Charles viewing the sheep and cattle and workings of a private farm, our viewing of Paradise
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    Maddie937351
    40
    One-of-a-kind experience!!
    Unbelievable tour! They have exclusive access to farmland and hiking trails providing breathtaking panoramic views
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    Tony F
    11
    High country discovery tour
    What an excellent tour, we spent the afternoon with Charles who was very knowledgeable. We saw some outstanding
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    Zetamay
    50
    Just stunning unspoiled scenery
    We self drove our own Glenorchy discovery tour. The drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy is stunning with
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    davidtI3522SQ
    Carlsbad. CA, United States
    40
    Private Tour High Country from Queenstown
    Charles is a gem! He is very knowledgeable, kind and has a complete sense of the land. He will show you the
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    golferstoo
    20
    Something different
    Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with Charles. He gave an exceptional personalised tour & is both knowledgeable &
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    kfinatx
    Austin, Texas
    21
    The only way to see beautiful New Zealand!
    We only had one week in New Zealand and wanted to cover a lot of ground. We were so fortunate to have found
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    Cyndi-Larry
    Golden Valley, Minnesota
    255
    Perfect Milford Sound Tour
    Charles was a wonderful guide for our one-day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound. He arranged reserved seats on
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    violinsection2
    Lithia
    238
    The best way to experience Milford Sound
    Private, intimate and tailored drive through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world followed by small
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    stitchin_traveler
    21
    This is the way to start a vacation: get to know New Zealand!
    We took a day trip with Charles to Milford Sound early in our 3 week trip to New Zealand. His knowledge enriched
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    craytc
    21
    3 Fabulous Days
    We spent a very enjoyable 3 days with Charles visiting the Catlins, Milford Sound and Paradise Valley. Charles
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    Leacom
    auckland
    23
    Skipper's Canyon
    We spent a very enjoyable afternoon exploring the spectacular Skipper's Canyon. Our guide Charles was friendly and
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    ZuckerK
    Melbourne, Australia
    50
    Routeburn Trail
    We did the One day Routeburn hike. Picked up from our hotel and driven to the start of the hike. Charles was very
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    Tracie M
    2111
    Fabulous
    We did the half day Queenstown tour and it was absolutely fantastic. Our guide, Bob, went out of his way to make
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