Delta Discovery is a new eco experience in Glenorchy, a 45 minutes drive from central Queenstown. The concept is the brain child of Andy Aitken, owner operator of Delta Discovery.

The 4WD electric vehicles are 100% eco friendly. You take charge of a electric 4WD off road vehicle, each loaded with interactive GPS technology and explore the pristine wilderness around the Delta River at your own pace.

I recently visited Queenstown and had the opportunity to experience this fun new adventure. The drive from Queenstown to the Delta Discovery base is a memorable journey in its self, the road hugs Lake Wakatipu with the most amazing lake and mountain views. Shortly before you reach Delta base you reach the small township of Glenorchy here you will find a cafe and store where if time permits you could stop for a coffee or fresh fruit ice cream. A further 10 minute drive you reach Delta Discovery, you can’t miss them. Andy met us at the door and welcomed us in to explain how our adventure would work, each vehicle has an interactive, multi-lingual GPS guidance system installed, Andy shows us on his computer screen how he can track the 4WD vehicles as they move along the river basin, and also communicate with the drivers as they travel along. In the very unlikely instance anyone wanders of the marked tracks or has a issue with the vehicle Andy can quickly either communicate via message on the onboard screens or if need be head on the track to assist. The vehicles are very easy to drive, Andy showed us quickly the controls, and safety instructions and off we went!

Driving along riverstone beds, across the Delta River, not a soul in sight, mountain back drops and crystal clear waters of the river, birdsong is all you can hear. The on-board monitor shows you where the track is and is easy to follow, there are also occasional orange dots marked on the river stones or bleached logs that also show the way.

There are markers on the screen that highlight areas of interest, if you press on the screen a narrative explains the history, or lets you know the bird life or flora and fauna in the area, as well as Lord of the Rings scenes, with an explanation of whats in front of you in relation to the LOTR film.

The vehicles are yours for as long as you require, take as much time as you want, take a picnic, stop and skim stones in the river. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and solitude. The Delta Discovery vehicles are a fun relaxing way to see areas around Queenstown that you would not ordinarily be able to see, and a great family adventure, or romantic honeymoon trip to spend time totally alone. Thank you to Andy and his wife Ann-Margaret from Delta Discoveries for the opportunity to try this new experience.

If you would like to include this in your itinerary or would like further information please contact the Luxury Adventures team.

Kay Campbell is a luxury travel consultant for Luxury Adventures. Talk to us about planning your next visit to New Zealand, Australia or the South Pacific Islands.

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