Glenorchy, the gateway to Paradise

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

  • Routeburn
  • Rees/Dart and
  • Greenstone/Caples

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

Guest Reviews

“Greetings from Singapore! We love the warmth and hospitality from Phillipa. The garden is lovely and makes the stay a joyful one! Love the mountain view and the short drive to town. 🙂 Cheers! We hope to see the hosts soon in Singapore too!”

Daniel, Amanda, Lian, William and Vin

“Honoured to be the first guests to write here.
Thanks for having us in this awesome stylish apartment of yours. Too bad we only stayed for 2 nights.
Highly recommended!”


“Simple and Lovely.
Thank you for aloowing us to stay in this lovely apartment in such a stunning space. The views are amazing.”

Nicole, Elly, Ruichard and Howard from the UK