Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. It is approximately 45 km (28 mi) by road or boat from Queenstown, the nearest large town. There are several pubs, a café and a range of small shops in the town catering mainly to tourists but also to the small resident population. There is also a small airstrip which caters to small planes. The Dart River and Rees River flow into the head of Lake Wakatipu next to Glenorchy.
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Queenstown’s Dart River Adventures are unique combinations of breathtaking ‘World Heritage’ scenery, exhilarating wilderness Jet Boating, Maori heritage and inspiring adventure – truly authentic discoveries of everything that makes New Zealand an exceptional destination.
Choose the option that suits you best and join us, the only operator on the Dart River, on a diverse adventure travelling deep into the pristine Dart River Valley and spectacular Mt Aspiring National Park to explore this awe-inspiring area and ‘Discover New Zealand’s Heart’
Have you ever experienced nature’s majesty by jet boat? Queenstown’s most successful operator is here to bring that dream to life with Dart River Wilderness Jet or take it slow as you drift and paddle your way along the Dart River into the serene surroundings that provided the backdrop to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings movies. Then travel a back-country route passing by locations used in the movies to illustrate Middle Earth.
Take a journey to the most beautiful and spectacular areas around Queenstown and Glenorchy. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and bordering a world heritage site Glenorchy is a year-round destination. Enjoy a magical place to explore – where the sights will captivate you and leave a lasting impression.
Whether you are looking for a guided trip or an independent adventure Glenorchy Journeys can provide a package to suit all.
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 a range of accommodation options as well as numerous activities that will get you out into the great outdoors for which this area is famous. There are also food and beverage options, a new camp ground and 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.
These great kayaking and walking tours leave from the head of Lake Wakatipu near Glenorchy, only 30 - 45 minutes from Queenstown, depending on the tour's departure point.
Come for a quiet paddle across Lake Wakatipu with us to the conservation reserves on Pig and Pigeon Islands. With flightless birds, glacier clad mountains, clear blue waters, these islands are an uninhabited wonderland. Our double kayaks quietly glide across the water and your guide will keep you entertained with stories of the past. We will provide you with camera bag, suitably fitting life jacket, spray deck and warm clothing if needed. during the warm months dress for the sun!
Take the world’s most scenic 45-minute drive north from Queenstown to Glenorchy—along the turquoise shores of Lake Wakatipu—and wake up in the morning to the stunning, 360-degree beauty all around you.
Mrs Woolly’s Campground offers 38 unpowered, open-air sites with gas-powered kitchen facilities, refrigerators and microwaves; BBQs; toilets, hot showers and laundry facilities; a children’s playground and bocce ball; and a bounty of fresh, healthy takeaway food, bakery goodies, groceries and supplies just a stone’s throw away at Mrs Woolly’s General Store.
Ask about our all-new "Glamping" tents with a king or two single beds, solar lighting, rugs on the floor, towels/linens, an outlet to recharge your small electronic devices, outdoor chairs and table… and all the comforts of home, including hot coffee and fresh-baked pastries delivered to your tent each morning.
New Campground Opening March 2018. Camp Glenorchy is New Zealand’s first Net Zero Energy certified campground. It’s part of The Headwaters, an inspiring revitalization of classic camping, accommodation and retail services in the Glenorchy community. At the end of a beautiful 40-minute drive up the scenic shores of Lake Wakatipu you’ll find Camp Glenorchy nestled near the base of the towering Richardson and Humbolt mountains. * - Shared kitchen facilities offer cooktops, refrigerators and pots, pans and basic cooking utensils. * - The mountain view dining room looks out over Glenorchy’s iconic peaks. * - Coin operated laundry, showers and lockers are available to all guests. * - Free wifi is available via password site-wide. * - Free bicycle storage helps keep your wheels safe and dry. * - Driving an electric car? An EV charging station is available on site!Visit Camp Glenorchy
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