Safari of the Scenes – Glenorchy Tour (departs 8.30am & 1.30pm, NZ$175 pp)
This tour offers a comprehensive look around the Glenorchy are, including the Dart River valley and Paradise. There is a lot of driving (around 170km), but the scenery is incredible. I would recommend this tour to nature lovers and serious film buffs.
Glenorchy is a small village at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Formerly only accessible by boat, the road was opened in 1963 and only sealed in the late 1990s. In 1999 (around the time of the biggest flood in the history of the area), Peter Jackson and his team started shooting scenes for the Lord of the Rings trilogy at Paradise, about 20 km beyond Glenorchy.