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Private Discovery Day Tours

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Glenorchy, New Zealand
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About Private Discovery Day Tours
Discover the Paradise Valley dwarfed by Mount Earnslaw, in the heart of Middle Earth 4WD to 1680 feet above sea level on Mount Alfred and soak in the views over Diamond Lake and the Dart River Valley. Mount Earnslaw Station is a 15000 acre sheep and beef cattle farm set in this unique scenic environment. Small groups experience this unique property with exclusive excess, LOTR movie location sights included.
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Paradise Day Walks

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7 to 8 hours
from US$226.81

Milford Sound Discovery Tour

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11 hours 30 minutes
from US$192.45
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Peter B wrote a review Jun 2021
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
What a wonderful experience. Charles was a wonderful host and his knowledge of the area was exceptional. This is one of the most spectacular parts of the world we have travelled to.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from tournz61, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours
Responded 28 Jun 2021
Thank you for your review, enjoyed meeting you both and being able to share with you this magnificent area in the Paradise Valley.
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Sani wrote a review Sep 2020
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Charles is an excellent friendly guide with tons of interesting knowledge. We took the tour to Skippers Canyon and very glad we did! The views were absolutely breathtaking. My partner suffers from quite severe motion sickness but Charles' smooth handling of the treacherous terrain meant that my partner was comfortable the entire time. We learnt so much of the local gold mining history and bit of LotR and other film facts too. Thanks again!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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airamyh wrote a review Aug 2020
112 contributions80 helpful votes
I had a really great time. It didn't feel like a tour, but rather someone local showing me all the good spots. I had originally gone on this tour via an air bnb experience, but I liked it so much that I did a different tour with Charles but through his company. Definitely recommend this if you're wanting a less touristy experience.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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sophie301 wrote a review Mar 2020
Silver Spring, Maryland32 contributions10 helpful votes
My family and I travelled through New Zealand over the New Year. During our stay in Queenstown, we took two tours with Charles Fraser's organization. One was led by Charles and one was led by his very lovely wife. Charles took us on a tour to Milford Sound complete with the tickets to sail once we arrived. He is a proud, knowledgeable New Zealander with a broad background that he shares with candor and generosity. Our second tour was with Charle's wife. She took us to see several sites, on glorious hike and on a thorough visit to a working sheep farm. Each day we were provided with a delicious picnic lunch. Both days were so informative, comfortable and pleasant. I highly recommend this group!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours
Responded 27 Mar 2020
Thank you for your review Sophie, the world has changed now as I respond to your review. Remember your memories of NZ despite the issues you and your family may now have to deal with, we will all be living in a different world when we emerge from this crisis.... Take care and stay safe ...Charles
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Charles H wrote a review Feb 2020
Sarasota, Florida, USA13 contributions4 helpful votes
The full day Paradise Valley trip with Private Discovery Tours was perhaps the highlight of a New Zealand vacation I'd been dreaming of for decades. When Charles Frazier picked up my friend Jeff and me at the Azur Lodge outside Queenstown, we knew immediately we were in for a great day. Charles, as affable and engaging a guide as you could hope for, grew up in this region, and with his farming background has a deep love for the landscape. He shared his knowledge of the area's history, culture and geologic formation as we drove along the dramatic road toward charming Glenorchy. In his 4WD vehicle, we then headed into spectacular Lord of the Rings country, climbing high above the valley for a stunning view of the mountain scenery. We also wound our way through a high-country sheep and cattle farm, to which Charles has exclusive access.At one point, we encountered a farmer attempting to move hundreds of sheep from one pasture to another, with the help of some persistent sheep dogs.It was the New Zealand of my dreams! Our day also included a brief forest walk, and a lovely outdoor lunch at a Glenorchy cafe. A great day, in great company!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from rdthound, Owner at Private Discovery Day Tours
Responded 23 Feb 2020
It was pleasure to show you some unique locations we have access to and share stories , history and points of interest with you both. Another great day in Paradise!! Thank you Charles
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