Safari of The Scenes – Wakatipu Basin
A true adventure safari packed with goldmining history, thrilling 4WD river crossings and a great overview of the diverse scenery of the Queenstown / Arrowtown area. Visit the filming locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), the site of Isildur’s Fall, the Ford of Bruinen and more!
The perfect tour for anyone that want the thrills of an off road adventure but also wants to discover Lord of The Rings filming locations.
The Wakatipu Basin tour takes you out of Queenstown towards The Remarkables mountain range, which was used as various mountains throughout the trilogy, including the Misty Mountains. Travel part of the way up this beautiful mountain range to a lookout point which provides a birds eye view over Deer Park Heights, used as the filming location for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes.
Travelling from The Remarkables we head to the Kawarau Gorge, location of the worlds first commercial bungy operation and the filming location for the Pillars of the Kings. Leaving the Kawarau Gorge the trip heads to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was filmed. From Arrowtown we travel up a historic gold mining road that follows the Arrow River, crossing the river at several points including the Ford of Bruinen filming site. Stop beside the river for refreshing morning or afternoon tea and the opportunity to try your hand at gold panning.
From Arrowtown we travel up Coronet Peak to the entrance of Skippers Canyon, offering spectacular panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin and in to Skippers Canyon.
Departs: 8.30am and 1.30pm
Duration: 4hrs return
Bring: Water, a camera and a sense of adventure! Dress appropriately for outdoor adventures in the mountains.
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