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TOP & BACK 

 

No trip to Queenstown - New Zealand, would be complete without a drive along the road to Glenorchy. As the road winds along the edge of Lake Wakatipu the views are exceptional during the entire journey.

Our tours are private, meaning you won’t be sharing your trip with anyone other than us. We don’t drive fast and when we stop, we won’t rush you. Stopping often along the way, as well as in the township of Glenorchy, then out to Paradise you’ll see many iconic Queenstown places of interest. We’re here to provide a unique experience for you when you visit the Queenstown Lakes, one which allows you to slow down and soak up the peace and tranquility.

We drive Land Rovers, you could even say that they are even in our blood. Emma and her family are from Solihull where they were made, many of her uncles worked the manufacturing lines. Their style and quality is next to none, and we know you’re going to love travelling in our 2015 Defender TD 110 or 2012 Discovery 4 TD6HSE with us. They both have full leather interiors, air conditioning and 7 seats ensuring luxurious comfort is the order if the day.

Did we mention we are professional photographers? We’ll be taking photographs of your trip, so you don’t even need to bring your camera. As part of the price, we will provide you with digital images from your tour, a small selection the same day or the next morning. If sharing images on social media really is your thing, as we stop for something to eat, we’ll even be able to process an image or two for you to share there and then. How good is that?

 
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Itinerary

We pick you up from your accomodation anywhere in the Queenstown CBD at a time that suits you.

Stop 1 - One Mile - 15 minutes

We stop fairly soon after leaving Queenstown CBD. Here we share stories of the lake and mountains with you , it’s a great way to introduce you to the lake and us. As with every stop, we’ll be photograph you and the landscape. We’ll help to pose you for some, and others will be captured naturally as you take in everything around you. This stop will either be lakeside or roadside, both have stunning views of Queenstown Bay, The Remarkables and Cecil Peak.

Stop 2 - Bobs Cove - 40 minutes

Bob's Cove, a beautiful horseshoe bay on the shores Lake Wakatipu and is accessed via a short walk through some native bush. This reserve is managed by DOC and being a DOC concession holder we have permission to guide you through this beautiful place.

You'll get to see fine examples of New Zealand bush as we walk along the path, taking beautiful photographs of you along the way. This is a great opportunity to start to slow down, breath in fresh air and really appreciate what the Southern Lakes has to offer.

Once we reach the shoreline you'll love skimming stones and tasting local honey. The water is crystal clear with majestic mountains on the horizon. A truly iconic kiwi place to visit.

 
Bobs Cove - Managed by DOC this is a great taste of Queenstown Native Bush
 

Stop 3 - Bennetts Bluff - 10 minutes

Bennetts Bluff is world famous lookout on a world famous road. One of the high points along the road it offers views towards the head of the Lake. The views are stunning, regardless of the weather. We'll stop for a few photos here briefly, but it's a little busier than we like, so we won't spend too long in the crowds.

Stop 4 - Meiklejohns Bay or 25 Mile Stream - 20 minutes

To avoid the crowds, depending upon what you're looking for, we'll stop at either Meiklejohns Bay or 25 Mile Stream so you can experience the lake solitude of the lake.

Where we stop depends upon your group and what you're looking for. We can either check out the old wharf, or explore huts made from driftwood. You might even want to stop at both, this is your tour, run at your pace, we’re not in the business of rishing you.

We love photographing here. The majestic mountains in the background are simply superb, playing host to glaciers and valleys, every day is different and never dull.

 
Meiklejohns Wharf - The Road To Glenorchy
Explore the driftwood huts at 25 mile stream
 

Stop 5 - Glenorchy Township - 30 to 40 minutes

You'll love Glenorchy township. It’s a great way to experience a rural New Zealand town.

We'll stop here for a bite to eat and drink, which we bring with us for you to enjoy. We’ll spend a little time at the world famous wharf, this is a perfect spot to grab those iconic Instagram photos. If social media really is your thing, then this is the perfect time for us to shoot, process and export a couple of high quality photographs for you to share on your social media accounts. Your followers will love this.

Stop 6 - Paradise - 10 minutes

Paradise is exactly as the name would suggest. This is where the 4WD part of our tour really begins. The sealed road ends and we’re on to gravel as we pass by pastures and head towards the bush. We'll stop off at the iconic road sign creating photographs that show you really did go to Paradise on your Queenstown, New Zealand vacation.

 
 

Stop 7 - Stream and Ancient Beech Forest

After crossing a few streams and rivers, the number and depth will obviously depend upon what the weather has been like, we'll stop again next to one of the larger creeks. If it's warm, this is an amazing opportunity to take your shoes and socks off and go for a paddle in this pristine waterway.

Lying next to an ancient beech forest this will make you feel like you're right in the middle of a world only seen in movies. We're not going to rush, now that you've slowed down, you'll want to allow all of your senses to soak up everything that this world has to offer.

It's a fantastic place to capture a few more photographs, we can even grab a few long exposure portraits next to the river, all you have to do is hold your pose for 20 seconds or so.

Stop 8 - Dan’s Paddock

Now that we've turned around to start our return journey back to your hotel in Queenstown, we'll make one final stop at Dan's paddock.

If you've ever wanted one of those jaw dropping photos of you in the middle of a gravel back country road, surround by majestic mountains this is the place. All you have to do is walk.

As you explore the long grasses of the paddock we'll photograph you too, and if you've got younger members of your party, they will love looking for fairy houses in the nearby trees.

This stop really is the perfect final photo stop of your trip.

 
 

The Package

  • From as little as $290 per person our ‘Top & Back’ Tour is fantastic value, especially when you consider the professional photography component of our packages

  • The entire trip last around 6 hours - we go at your pace, not ours

  • Private transport in either of our Land Rovers

  • Professional photographs taken at every stop, allowing you to really relax

  • Digital images are supplied electronically to you - a small selection that day or the morning after

  • Pick up and drop off from any location in the Wakatipu Basin

  • Light local lunch, sparkling local spring water and snacks

 
 
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