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PARADISE IS ‘JUST THAT’ THERE IS NO CAFÉ, NO SHOP, JUST AN AMAZING SETTING ON DIAMOND LAKE BELOW MOUNT EARNSLAW AND MT ALFRED.

No-one can say with certainty how Paradise got its name, though within the area of Paradise you have the ‘Rock of Eden’, Heavens Gate and you have to cross the River Jordan to get there. Some also say Paradise gets its name from the Paradise duck.

Paradise is 20 kilometres from Glenorchy. 8 km is sealed road and the last 12 km is unsealed. Rolling farmland changes to beech forest as you enter the Mt Aspiring National Park and drive past Diamond Lake. See Arcadia House from the road. Arcadia is Greek for Paradise and this property was originally built by Patrick Fenn in 18 to attract his Fiancee to New Zealand. Further along the road you reach the Paradise Trust from a driveway to the left. Privately owned by the Paradise Trust, guests are welcome to walk the grounds and picnic and enjoy the area for a small fee. Paradise has a rich history and was one of the key excursions for early travelers to New Zealand. If you pass Paradise, the road continues on to the Chinamans Bluff and the start of the Dart track.

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A Note From Christine Kelly   

"You can never “get” to Paradise, it’s a state of being it is the way you feel about things.

Some places make it easier for you to feel that way. Paradise is that place cos it sends shivers down your spine and it seems far too immaculate to be true. When people ask me where Paradise is I laugh and say “it’s just a paddock, you drive and follow the signs, 30 minutes to the road end”. Then I listen to myself explaining where to go, “past Diamond Lake, Earnslaw Burn, Arcadia, Paradise House, stop for a walk at the Parardise Trust property at the base of Mt Alfred, check out the flow of the Dart River and continue on with care into Mt Aspiring National Park and the beginning of the Dart Track”

And I remember what it is like; those mountains formed beautifully, like a coiffered woman looking down on you, the braided river bed, wide energetic, windswept, the combination of snow fields and raw rock, the height of those tops. The intensity of the place and the transitions it exposes you to.

If there is heaven on earth Paradise has to be close."

Christine Kelly - Glenorchy local

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