Speed Boat Cruise + Forest Hike + Lord of the Rings Filming Locations


  • The forest hike

  • The region's superb landscapes, including those seen in the Lord of the Rings

  • The speed boat cruise on the clear waters of the Dart River

Essential info*

Duration 6hrs

  • English

Departure point/location

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation


Make the most of New Zealand's fabulous landscapes on this day of adventure:

  • Speedboat cruise

Leave Queenstown and head to the Dart River for a speedboat cruise! You will travel along the river's various watercourses while surrounded by snowcapped peaks, valleys and waterfalls!

  • Forest hike

In the company of your guide, you will take a short hike along the "Heritage Trail". You will spend 30 to 40 minutes learning all about the fauna and flora, as well as the history of the forest and the Maoris who live in the region (commentary in English).

  • Discover the Lord of the Rings filming locations

Your tour will end with a car trip along the winding mountain roads. From there you will look out over the superb landscapes and enjoy the exceptional views. You will also be able to see several sites that feature in the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy!

At the end of this exciting day you will be driven back to Queenstown!

Good to know

  • Availability:

- May to October: 8am or 12-noon

- November to April: 8am or 12:30pm

(apart from exceptional dates)

  • Duration: 6 hours approx.
  • Departure time: 8am or 12pm
  • To take part in this activity, simply present your voucher to the local tour operator on the day
  • Please note: for safety reasons, children under the age of 3 may not take part in this excursion
  • Reminder: lunch is not included with this tour. We therefore recommend bringing food for a picnic

Important information before booking: For safety reasons, this half-day excursion is not available to children under the age of 5

The price includes:

  • The speed boat ride on the River Dart (1 hour 30 mins)
  • The 30–40-minute hike through an ancient forest
  • The minibus tour to see the numerous landscapes and sites used in the Lord of the Rings films
  • A professional guide (commentary in English)
  • Return transport from central Queenstown

The price does not include:

  • Lunch and snacks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Any other extras

All of the details, including the departure address, will be sent to you at the time of booking.

Cancellation Terms & Conditions

No charges will be levied for cancellations made more than 7 days before the date of the activity (excluding special dates). After this, the following charges will be levied:
Between 7 and 4 days prior: 50% of the price
After this time and in case of a no-show: 100% of the price
Any reservation made for special dates cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

Cancellation policy terms and conditions

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