Glenorchy, a true slice of undisturbed New Zealand paradise, sits a spectacular 45-minute drive northwest of Queenstown at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu.

Surrounded by magnificent snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes and rivers, ancient beech forests and at the edge of Mount Aspiring and Fiordland national parks, the frontier town of Glenorchy has provided the backdrop for many films, including The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.  There are numerous activities that will get you out into the great outdoors, great food and beverage options, general store and a friendly community.

The nearby settlements of Kinloch and Paradise are also known for their stunning scenery and tranquil setting.  The area is also the gateway to several world-famous multi-day hikes including the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks.  For walks closer to town, there are well-graded walkways that lead to points of interest including the Glenorchy Walkway, Whakaari Conservation Area and Mt Judah, where the remains of scheelite mines can be found.

Despite the short drive, Glenorchy feels a world away from mainstream New Zealand. Get a taste of a slower, laid-back lifestyle on your Queenstown holiday.

Explore Glenorchy's natural beauty

There are a number of exciting ways you can explore the beauty of this pristine area.  Take the sites in by horseback and ride through braided rivers, native forests and across open fields.  By water you can journey into the heart of glacier country with a jetboat, canoe or kayak.  Take a stunning scenic flight into unexplored wilderness or experience the thrill of a skydive over landscapes that have remained untouched for centuries.  Or grab a backpack and hiking boots and use Glenorchy as a base for one of the many spectacular walking tracks including the Routeburn, Greenstone and Caples Tracks.  Anglers will find salmon in the local rivers, while hunters enjoy seeking out a wide variety of game in the surrounding hills.  There are also farm tours available and off-road four wheel driving and photo safaris. 

The magic of Glenorchy touches everyone that visits, so whether you want to relax and enjoy the natural environment or be challenged in the great outdoors, you won’t leave disappointed.

Closer than you think

All of our properties are only a short drive from Glenorchy, which makes it a perfect day trip option no matter where in Queenstown you’re staying.

  • Seek out your own unique possum fashion accessory 
  • Walk the Routeburn Track, the “finest walk in the world”
  • Discover your own natural high while jumping from a plane at 15,000ft, then free falling at 200kph over Mt Aspiring
  • Do the sandfly dance all day
  • Connect and have a 'yarn' with the locals over New Year, at the infamous Glenorchy Races
  • Hire a helicopter to enjoy an alpine picnic on top of a secluded peak
  • Endure a fast-paced journey into the heart of the Aspiring National Park on a jet boat!
  • Fly by helicopter deep into Middle Earth; the untouched beauty of Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Discover a Wellness Adventure and enjoy vegan cuisine, sub alpine hiking, yoga and daily massages. Connect with your optimal self! 

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