Glenorchy - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken from Glenorchy. This picture shows some of the buildings of this small village nestled at the foothills of beautiful mountains. It was taken on a summer afternoon, and the skies had clouded over with an approaching cyclone.
Glenorchy - FURTHER INFORMATION
Glenorchy - Glenorchy visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Glenorchy' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Otago.
Glenorchy is a small village a the northern end of Lake Wakatipu near the Dart River, about 45km from Queenstown. This is a restful town, founded by Scheelite miners of 1862, is used as a base for tramping and walking in the surrounding mountains. Popular local attractions include the Invincible Goldmine, Paradise and Diamond Lake. Glenorchy has 2 restaurants, 2 luxury lodges, a motel, a hotel and camping grounds. There is also a small airstrip which can take visitors sky diving. The town in is near the southwestern border of Otago with Southland on the South Island of New Zealand.
Glenorchy - Tourist AttractionsPretty much all of the attractions and activities around Glenorchy are outdoor activities. Some of the most popular attractions include:
- Paradise - tranquil and beautiful valley on the Dart River surrounded by mountains and popular with hikers, trampers and campers being the trail head for the Dart-Rees track.
- Diamond Lake and Diamond Creek - beautiful lake and creek near to Paradise with good fishing and angling.
- Rees Valley - beautiful glacial valley just north of Glenorchy in which are some abandoned gold mines with walking along the Rees River.
- Lord of the Rings Tours - several scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy were shot around Glenorchy and some companies offer guided tours of the sites.
- Scenic Flights - offering unparalleled, stunning views of the Remarkables, Queenstown Lake District and some of the Lord of the Rings film sites.
- Horse Riding - take a private ride and trek through some of the most stunning scenery in New Zealand on horseback.
- Dart River - with opportunities for kayaking, jet safari by powerboat, fishing and much more.
- Fishing - customized fishing packages in the surrounding rivers and lakes for brown trout and rainbow trout.
- Bennet's Bluff - bluff with stunning views at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu.
- Bob's Cove Bridle Track - 1.5 hour return walk along part of the original bridle track that ran from Glenorchy to Queenstown.
- Earnslaw Burn - full day walk with permits required from Earnslaw Station.
- Glacier Burn - 3 hour return walk from the Kinloch road to Glacier Basin.
- Invincible Gold Mine - 2.5 hour return, steep walk to the ancient Gold Mine with good views of the Rees Valley and Mount Earnslaw.
- Invincible Snowfields - privately owned, winter recreation ground near Glenorchy with excellent back-country skiing.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: Glenorchy is about 45km from Queenstown down the Glenorchy-Queenstown road which runs down the eastern side of Lake Wakatipu.
Flight: Queenstown Airport