Glenorchy is a small peaceful city at the top of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s south Island, a 40 minutes drive from Queenstown. As you drive along the Glenorchy Road you pass amazing scenery such as the Remarkables that you’ll find yourself stopping often to take photos.

The road to Glenorchy
The road to Glenorchy

Behind the town are some extraordinary snow-capped mountains called Mount Chaos and Mount Head which rise steeply above the Rees and Dart river valleys.

Glenorchy has many tramping tracks and is the transit point for trampers entering the valleys, which are part of the Mount Aspiring National Park, Fiordland National Park and also among New Zealand’s Great Walks.
For more experienced trampers there is a 77 km loop track which connects both valleys, via the 1,447-m Rees Saddle. It can take four to five days and involves proper equipment.

View from Routeburn Track
View from Routeburn Track

Flight seeing and horse trekking is also accessible at Glenorchy.

Further north than Glenorchy, the local scenery here was used as one of the location in the first of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films. Tours are available.

Things to do in Glenorchy include Jet Boating, the Glenorchy walkway, visit paradise and several tramping tracks.

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