Scenic drive & Animal Encounter

A unique experience like no other

Welcome to

Deer Park Heights

Where you can leave everything behind


Deer Park Heights is a scenic drive and animal encounter situated in the heart of Queenstown. The 5 kilometre road takes you 550 metres above Queenstown, through a working deer farm of some 800 hectares. See and feed the tame animals, stroll walkways, picnic at scenic lookouts and check out the locations of many significant movies filmed here, of particular ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Originally opened in 1966, Deer Park Heights has been host to thousands of visitors over the years. One of Queenstown’s pioneering tourist attractions. 


You are free to explore Deer Park Heights at your own pace, spend an hour or a whole day to enjoy this spectacular location. The combination of the animals and scenery makes this the perfect attraction for families and visitors alike.

When you book online, you will receive an access code to enter at the toll gate once you arrive and upon exiting. The cost of entry is $55 per car and valid for single use during daylight hours. Maximum of 7 passengers per vehicle. 


Opening Hours

7 am – 7 pm

7 days a week

Park Map

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Book Online

$55 per car
Max of 7 people per vehicle

Explore our farm


Donkeys are the friendliest of our mammals at Deer Park, they love sheep nuts and a scratch on the head. You may see a family of Donkeys as well as some larger horses which are Mules. The Mules are a mixture of a Miniature horse and Donkey, the perfect mix! Donkeys are known for their intelligence. A donkey will stop and assess a new situation and think about its choices before making a decision on what action to take. These Donkeys are very friendly and will let you feed them by hand.