Discover the scenic 45 minute drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy which is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu & is the gateway to Paradise as well as hiking trails and Middle‑earth™ magic.
Glenorchy’s spectacular landscapes have become a prime location for film scouts, depicting many scenes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as featuring in the Narnia movies. Further up the valley lies Paradise. Some say it was christened for its natural charms, others for the paradise ducks that live in the area. Nobody can say for sure how it got its name, but the one thing people agree on is its breathtaking beauty. “This is the Middle‑earth™ I had always pictured,” Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) said of Paradise.
Glenorchy township is rustic and not only is it a true outdoor enthusiasts paradise, many people also see it as the gateway to Paradise. Set against a background of native beech forest and towering mountain ranges, Glenorchy’s surrounds are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Lake Wakatipu and the Dart River offer opportunities for jet boating and kayaking, and some of New Zealand’s best hiking trails can be accessed from here. Horse trekking in the area is also highly recommended.
Glenorchy is an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise! Walkers, photographers, adventures, holiday makers have all found themselves captivated by this amazing wilderness and southern kiwi way of life.
Glenorchy is the last stop before the world famous
- Rees/Dart and
walking trails within Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, Te-Waipounamu World Heritage Area.
See a list of things to do and see in Glenorchy here