Glenorchy Travel Guide

  • Lake Wakatipu
    Lake Wakatipu
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    Dart River
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  • Glenorchy
    Glenorchy
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Glenorchy Things to Do

  • Scenic drive to Queenstown

    a nice 45 mins drives alone the lake Wakatipu give you the best views in the world. do it and do it more.

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  • Drive from Queenstown

    There is certainly some fantastic scenery around the township of Glenorchy but there are equally spectacular view to be had on the drive there from Queenstown. The 45km drive follows the eastern shore of Lake Wakatipu to its northern end where the Dart River enters the lake near Glenorchy. Near the head of the lake are Pigeon and Pig Islands. On a...

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  • Scenes of Glenorchy

    Situated on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy lies in the midst of some spectacular scenery. The scenery is very popular with movie makers as well as visitors.

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  • THE DART RIVER

    The Dart river jet boat takes you for a 37km trip up the Dart River. The scenery is fantastic, snow capped mountains, and blue water. This is World Heritage Area.If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, then you will know some of the scenes in the film were in this area. Paradise was actually named after the Paradise Duck – a local feathered inhabitant...

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  • DART RIVER JET BOAT RIDE

    This was the jet boat ride that we chose, we didn't want the adrenlin rush of the Shotover Jet, we wanted to experience a Jet boat ride, but be able to see some beautiful scenery as well. Well, we were not disappointed, it was one of our most memorable experiences in New Zealand.In saying that, the Jet boat ride is not all sedate touring, you do...

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  • GLENORCHY

    Thinking of going to Glenorchy? Well, Glenorchy is SMALL, there isn't much here, and only has a population of approx 200 people. To me, it was the nice location, nice to be away from busy Queenstown, and to be staying in what seemed like paradise! This is an area for hiking, for scenic jet boat rides, horse riding, kyaking, general outdoor...

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  • Very Very Bad Experience with Dart...

    My wife and I went on an afternoon "River Wild" tour on Sunday November 29, 2009 and my wife got a temperament ex-racehorse who threw my wife from the saddle. The result is broken arm in three pieces, ruined vacation, and long recovery ahead.We realize that every time you engage in activity like horse riding you're taking risk. But when you rent...

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  • Routeburn Track

    This is now one of the most popular tracks and while not overcrowded with trampers, you will need to book in the peak season (Nov to April) to get hut accommodation.The track covers 32kms and starts at the Routeburn shelter which is 25kms from Glenorchy. Most walkers do the track over 3 days and 2 nights. The routeburn is not a circular track, you...

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  • Routeburn Trail

    infotrack offer full day guided tours on the world famous Routeburn Trail, which is one of New Zealand's most stunning alpine walks and is located in the pristine Mt Aspiring National Park.The guides will pick you up at 8am from your accommodation in Queenstown and drive you to the start of the walk not far from Glenorchy, which is about an hours...

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  • Dart Stables

    Whether you just like horse riding through some stupendous mountainscenery or if you a a 'Lord of the Rings' fan, this ride takes you through some breathtaking vistas around Glenorchy.You will find yourself in the woods of Lothlórien, passing through Amon Hen, views of the Wizard's Vale and the mighty peak of Methedras are simply stunning.I had...

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  • Dart Valley

    The Dart Valley is the western valley of the two and the present landscape of the area has been shaped by glaciation. The Dart Glacier is now a small valley glacier but at the peak of the last ice age, about 18,000 years ago, it was part of an enormous glacier system that terminated at Kingston, at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu, about 135 km...

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  • Rees Valley

    The Rees is one of two valleys just north of Glenorchy and each has differing features.The Rees follows a dirt track narrow road into the valley across braided river flats and into beech forest before coming out onto alpine like flats.Once the track ends, you need a 4WD to continue or walk a little to get a feel for the rugged and remote nature of...

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  • Kinloch

    Even more remote than the small town of Glenorchy, Kinloch is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu and makes a great base for exploring the valleys or doing day walks on the start points of the Routeburn, Caples or Greenstone tracks.The Kinloch lodge provides an accommodation option with a range of room choices, and some great food and...

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  • Go to Paradise

    The road to Paradise are unsealed. Well, It started with sealed road until it reached several kms and then there comes the unsealed rocks. We immediately have to slow down the car and finally end in a stop where we had to go through a creek. There was no way a starlet can go passing a creek without damage. So... we never go to Paradise. But if you...

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  • Routeburn Track - III

    Along the right shore of McKenzie Lake there is an interesting and at times intriguing short hike to the monumental Split Rock. I imagine that after a rainfall, the path might be quite slippery so don't forget to bring good shoes along.The following day, the trail takes you through dense vegetation. It starts with a short climb and sooner than you...

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  • Routeburn Track - II

    One of the highlights of this tramp is the approach of superb Mackenzie Lake. As you first see it and start descending, you can hardly believe you will be spending the rest of the day at such pleasant location! Despite the water being on the chilly side (yes, plenty of snow around when I visited...), you can take a deep breath and jump into the...

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  • Routeburn Track - I

    The start of the trail is relatively level, taking you through dense vegetation covered with moss. As you start getting higher (and higher!), enjoying some splendid views, you reach Routeburn Falls, by the bush line, where you will spend the rest of your first day. In this area, you can go for short walks and enjoy the waterfalls. Before you jump...

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  • Dart River Safari

    At least one jetboat ride during a visit to NZ is a must for all visitors. This one is even great for funloving kiwis.You jetboat the full length of the Dart River, you will see snowcapped mountains and casading waterfalls. Then take the backroad via Paradise by minibus, and enjoy an easy walk in Mt Aspiring National Park amidst ancient forests...

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Glenorchy Hotels

  • Glenorchy Holiday Park

    2 Oban St, At the Head of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

Glenorchy Restaurants

  • Nice spot for a coffee

    Mum and I had morning tea here when we visited Glenorchy. The coffee was good and there was a nice selection of snacks and a menu for more substantial meals. It is licensed. I loved the fact that I got a cuddle from the owner's cat - I was missing mine! They have great home made savoury scones.

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  • Cafe near Paradise

    Foxy's Cafe provide a good range of meals including take aways. Freshly brewed coffee with muffins and cakes can also be found here.They also supply freshly made bread rolls to infotrack for the Routeburn Trail guided walk.

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  • Don't miss stopping here!!

    This place is a breath of fresh air at what seems like the end of the world. After the long drive up to Glenorchy, and so often it is cold here, so nice to find such a treasure. Only about 4 tables inside, and fine weather dining outside, it is cosy and snug. Really nice decor with old records and an old player, a fire, and art on the walls. They...

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Glenorchy Transportation

  • Quenstown to Glenorchy

    The road from Queenstown to Glenorchy takes about an hour along a windy road which shadows Lake Wakatipu.It's a very scenic drive but if you do happen to suffer from travel sickness I would recommend taking whatever precautions work for you.

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  • Steamer Earnslaw to Glenorchy.

    For something a little different, you can catch the old steamship Earnslaw and sail up the lake to Glenorchy. It leaves from the Steamer Wharf in the centre of Queenstown, by the lake. This is a ship filled with history, and something from the past and our pioneering history.

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  • Backpaker Express

    In order to get to Glenorchy you do not have too many options. You can obviously drive your car through some absolutely astonishing landscape or hop into a bus. To my best knowledge, Backpacker Express, may be the only option. This small company's staff will pick you up at locations nearby your accomodation in Queenstown. They also provides good...

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Glenorchy Shopping

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    by kiwi Updated Jul 21, 2004

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    Just a small furrier, working with a pest. You must understand that possum is a real problem in our bush and needs to be exterminated. They estimate there are over 70 million Australian brush-tailed possums roaming our country! It is an introduced species and is endangering out natural bush as well as native species, insects and plant. They eat birds eggs, including the kiwi eggs.
    No need for animal rights activists to get upset, in this country buying fur skins is considered a duty!!

    What to buy: I bought a real cute neck wrap, which you can buy in varying colours as they die the skins down here. REally novel and lovely to feel.

    BUY A POSSUM PRODUCT AND SAVE OUT NATIVES!!

    What to pay: The neck wrap cost $60 NZD.

    Furrier
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Glenorchy Off The Beaten Path

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    by kiwi Written Jul 17, 2004

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    Even faraway locations such as Glenorchy have their past to remember. Here they remember the men who lost their lives fighting in World War 1.
    For New Zealanders, the men went right to the other side of the world to fight a battle in order to maintain freedom here.
    Many soldiers lost their lives, including Glenorchy residents. Men with health issues or age issues, and the women were left to run the country including these remote farms.
    We remember these fallen heroes, on April 25th each year. This is what we call ANZAC DAy - Australia & New Zealand Army Corps.

    WWI memorial Memorial at sunset March 2007

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Glenorchy Sports & Outdoors

  • Routeburn Track

    The Routeburn Track is a 32km 3 day/2 night walk located between the head of Lake Wakatipu in Glenorchy and the Milford Road. A wide variety of native birds can be seen and heard along the track. The track passes through tussock grasslands, herb fields, beech forest and bog plant communities. Spectacular views of U-shaped and hanging valleys...

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  • Great Walks

    Glenorchy holds the key for travellers who are keen to do New Zealand's Great Walks. The main access to the renowned Routeburn, Rees-Dart and Greenstone-Caples Tracks is through Glenorchy and then up the valley to the track entry points. The drive up Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy is worthwhile even for non-trampers, as ever-changing alpine views...

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  • Horseriding

    A horse ride from the Dart River stables at Glenorchy is a must and many equine extras for Lord of the Rings filming came from there. Bring sandfly repellant, long pants, a warm waterproof jacket, a flask of hot coffee/tea and as many rolls of film for your camera as you can carry!

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Glenorchy Favorites

  • Further up the valley.

    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. Some of the names you may recognise from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, that were located in this area are:The Misty...

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  • Grass Roof.

    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...

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  • Along the Glenorchy Road

    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. 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...

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Nestled under the mountains.
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