You can go even further north than Glenorchy and find some of the locations where Lord of the Rings was filmed. Any Tolkien fan would be pleased with the choice of locations, as this area does the story and author very proud.
Fondest memory: Some of the names you may recognise from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, that were located in this area are:
The Misty Mountains.
The Wizard's Vale.
Favorite thing: I have no idea what this place was, whether it was a house or another building, but it was interesting because it had a grass roof. Perhaps it's insulation as it gets very cold at Glenorchy. But the small community out there (approx 200 pop) tends to be either adventure tourism people or people wanting to live away from society. There is certainly very limited employment opportunities out here.
It really is impossible to drive this road without stopping several times to take photos. Here not so far out from Queenstown, you can look back at the Remarkables and see how stunning and imposing they really are.
Fondest memory: I thought the trip to Glenorchy was in vain, on a stormy day. But anyone can have blue sky photos, and I got the most amazing stormcloud and rainy images, so very special that I will never forget.
It's a really small town, Glenorchy. Nestled under the mountains and shrouded in cloud, often raining.
Fondest memory: Often there are more cars than people and more cars than buildings. Mostly vehicles of visitors, not residents.
As I said, Glenorchy has a small community and town. Here you see the gas station, which is often a welcome site way out on this long road.
But as you can read, this place is also the Post Office!!
Small remote towns are pretty similar all over the world. Glenorchy is no exception.
Well down here you cannot help but be impressed by the terrain and skyline. Mountains everywhere, and then there is the lake of course.
The weather has a huge influence also on what you see before you.
Take the time to drive down to the lake's edge, it's very nice there. By the wharf is nice, for a rest, read and or picnic. Take some photos and generally appreciate the location.
Fondest memory: The eerie feeling with the clouds and mountains and knowing this is Lord of the Rings country, how fitting.
Favorite thing: One of my favourite memories of this place was the way the sun caught the leaves of the beech trees in the valleys here. The different shades of green were wonderful. This is on the walkway to Lake Sylvan.