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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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.
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.
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!
Beautiful lagoon walk/ bike ride which traverses the Glenorchy lagoon. Take in the areas magical views. Takes about one hour on foot.
There is a small store in the hotel for essentials, and toilets and meals are available in the pub (recommend the fish and chips). Power is available on request. Room only for 4 campers right next to hotel. This was full by evening so get there early! All van types were there and we were self-contained. Recommended highly.
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