Enjoy the view
Deer Park Heights offers unique, uninterrupted views of the Wakatipu Basin. There are two main lookout points from which to take in the stunning scenery and picnic spots along the drive to enjoy. Explore at your leisure.
Eastern summit lookout
At the eastern summit lookout, you will reach a fenced area where you can look down at the winding kawarau and shotover rivers, out over the basin to Arrowtown, the famous Remarkables mountain range and down to the southern end of Lake Wakatipu towards Kingston. This area was the set location for the River Anduin in the Lord of the Rings movies. Keep an eye out below, you might see wild tahr and goats in the bluffs.
Western summit lookout
From here the ultimate view over Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand’s longest at a length of 80km and a max depth of 380m, with Queenstown below, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak, Mt Nicholas and to the Southern Alps beyond.
There is a 20 minute walk linking the two lookouts which takes you past several tarns, another picnic spot and an iconic LOTR’s film location. (LOTR #1)
There are plenty of spots to have a picnic which offer splendid views of the unique landscape. We hope you enjoy this unique spot!