Visit Glenorchy, Queenstown, NZ

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  • Glenorchy, at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, is accessible from Queenstown, at its southern end, by boat or road (approx 40 minutes’ drive).

    Noted for its unspoiled alpine scenery, Glenorchy came to recent fame as a location in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. It has also featured in the films Vertical Limit, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

    Glenorchy gives access to several of New Zealand’s premier hiking trails, notably the Routeburn Walk, Dart River and Greenstone River trails.

    Accommodation in Glenorchy (NZ)

    Glenorchy has a hotel, motel and backpackers retreat, all of a very high standard.

    Transport around Glenorchy

    Access to Glenorchy is via road from Queenstown – approximately a 40-minute drive, or by water excursion from Queenstown, by launch, jet boat or water taxi. There is a regular bus service from Queenstown.

    Keen mountain bikers will find appropriate storage and maintenance facilities at Glenorchy.

    Glenorchy has an airfield that hosts charter airplane and helicopter flights.

    Tourist Activities around Glenorchy

    Situated near the Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, Glenorchy is a starting-point for such world-famous multi-day hiking excursions as the Routeburn Track, and tramping routes to the Dart River and Greenstone River wilderness areas.

    Scenic flights from Glenorchy encompass the nearby national parks, taking in stunning alpine scenery, as well as the deep sea inlets of Fiordland.

    Adventure activities based from Glenorchy include kayaking, canyoning, skiing and alpine walks, skydiving, and exciting jet boat rides.

    Horse trekking and mountain biking are alternatives to walking the scenic trails available.

    In winter (June to October), skiing and snowboarding are popular. Heli-skiing operations provide the opportunity to ride natural, non-commercial slopes. Skiing and alpine guides are recommended to lead parties in wilderness areas, which can become hazardous with adverse weather conditions.

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