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Queenstown Local Scenic Half-Day Small-Group Tour
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Remarkable Scenic Tours offer premium small group tours with friendly local guides in & around Queenstown. We understand the importance of using local knowledge to truly experience the finest a region has to offer. Our daily departing sightseeing tours are personal, fun and at a relaxed pace. Tours include: Half & Full Day Arrowtown & Wanaka tours, Arrowtown 3 hour tour for $49 and Queenstown Local Scenic Tours. We also offer bespoke Queenstown private tours and charters - the best way to enjoy Queenstown, Glenorchy, Milford Sound, Wanaka and more. Let us drive you in style while you relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, historical architecture, wines and foods of Central Otago and Fiordland. Queenstown hotel pick ups and drop offs - we take care of you. Off-the-beaten track highlights - see "the road less travelled".
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Would highly recommend this tour company, we just did the $49, 2.5 hour trip to arrowtown, very friendly the van was spotless and very comfortable enough room to stand. This company can also organise private tours. Kathy was very prompt and had loads of local info to share with the group. Nothing was to much of a problem
Thanks again Kathy

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Jillian S
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Loved this couple of hours. Wonderful way to spend an afternoon before a flight home. Kathy gave an enjoyable commentary throughout and happily accommodated us by collecting and dropping us off at the hotel which was 15 minutes out of town.

Really worth the small your cost. Thanks again.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Amanda74m
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

We travelled down to Queenstown with our 8 month old son. Kathy accommodated us without any worries whatsoever with a suitable baby seat for him. The pick-up and drop-off at the hotel is really convenient.

We travelled on the half day tour with another couple from the UK who were extremely nice people and excellent company. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves throughout the tour which took us to Wanaka, through Cardrona, and Arrowtown. Highlights included the beers at the Cadrona Pub (purchased by Cathy) and the bras on the Cadrona fence, the majestic mountain ranges and Arrowtown's gold rush history.

We could've hired a car and gone driving around the same area but it simply wouldn't have been as enjoyable. We would've got too tired from all the driving around and probably wouldn't have got around to as many of the spots included on this tour. We would've also wasted too much time deciding where to go to next and whether we had enough time to go there. It is definitely worth the money we paid.

Kathy kept up a running commentary which provided a history of the areas we were driving through and little anecdotes here and there. It was done in a manner which was conversational and allowed for passenger interaction. The small tour group of 5 (including our 8 month old) allows for this interaction as this isn't something can be done easily on a bus with a larger tour group. This is a big advantage of touring in a van.

The van was immaculate and also very roomy. Husband is 6'4 and loved the space for his legs at the back of the van. The speaker system was also very good too. We've never been in a touring van with such a system before. My husband loved it so much he now has ideas about getting one installed in our vehicles!

Given the time constraints and the good number of different sites and places to visit, Kathy did a great job of keeping us moving along in an efficient manner which is something we liked as it packed in a lot in half a day.

We had an excellent time and we highly recommend Kathy and Remarkable scenic tours for any visit to Queenstown. Thanks again for accomodating us and our little son.

John & Brenda


There were ample opportunities for changing nappies with stops at Wanaka, Cardrona, and Arrowtown. We only needed to change our son's nappies at Arrowtown (the last stop of the day).

It might well have been a bit of a downer on the other couple and Kathy if our son had been unsettled throughout the tour (there is nowhere to escape for several hours if you have a crying toddler in the car) but our little guy just fell asleep as he normally does whenever he gets in a vehicle. This is obviously something to think about for others who are considering going on a tour with an 8 month old.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Had a wonderful day with Wayne touring to Wanaka, Cromwell, Cardrona and Arrowtown and many interesting stops along the way to take in the sights and for photo opportunities. We stopped for morning tea which is included in the tour, at a great little place in Cromwell. We stopped for a while at Wanaka, then on to Cardrona and the historic pub which you just have to visit! It is a fantastic watering hole and we were shouted a beverage at this stop too!

Arrowtown is an historic mining town, now a very up market residential town. Here you can pan for gold in the river, see the restored Chinese miner's camp and learn a bit of their history. Can recommend the Bakery!

These tours carry only a small group, on this one max of 11 but we were five in our tour, which made for a great day.

Our guide Wayne was very friendly and entertaining, providing a great commentary of the places we visited. As we Aussies say, he is a great bloke!

I would highly recommend Wayne and his tours to anyone visiting Queenstown. They will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation which is very convenient.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank vzrider
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Thanks for Wayne give us a good and memorable tour ! He do more than our expectation. We have the first trip to Wanaka, Cromwell, Arrowtown for a day as we really like his services thus journey and make another Glenorchy tour with the very happy ending! If you want to have relax, enjoyable tour please join his trip ! Beside that he is also good to help to take photo for the twins !!! ( find out the answer when you Join his trip on what it means!).

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank lim607
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