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Glenorchy is a small settlement on the northern end of Lake Wakatipu about 40km from its well-known neighbour, Queenstown. Founded by Scheelite miners in 1862, this township has a general store, country pub and accommodation. Here visitors can enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand in a location much sought after by the film industry (Narnia trilogy, Wolverine and The Lord of the Rings).

Glenorchy, also called the 'Gateway to Paradise' is extremely popular with hikers. Not only is the world-famous Routeburn Track close by, but there are numerous multi-day hikes and day walks to choose from including: Sugarloaf and 5 Passes Route, Scotts Creek, Greenstones and Caples Track and the Rees Dart (which starts and finishes near Glenorchy). The weather is perfect for hikers (who should be prepared for 'four seasons in one day') with long, light days in the summer and cool, clear winters. more

Aside from hiking, popular Glenorchy activities include jet boating on the Dart River, mountain biking, kayaking (a truly beautiful experience at sunrise) and horse trekking (highly recommended). Scenic flights offer a breath-taking, once-in-a-lifetime experience and the waters around Glenorchy provide some of the best fly fishing opportunities in New Zealand.

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    Book a Wine Tour with Appellation Central now and look forward to a fun day out in wine country with a fascinating commentary, relaxing over a sumptuous lunch, tasting great wines and enjoying spectacular scenery in the company of other travellers and one of our experienced guides. All up a memorable day in wine country.

  • BLANKET BAY LODGE - Queenstown

    Blanket Bay, an elegant yet rustic lodge located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by majestic alpine scenery. Accommodation options include five intimate Lodge Rooms, three generous Lodge Suites, four superb Chalet Suites with sumptuous furnishings and rugs. All rooms located to take advantage of the magnificent lake and mountain vistas. See our ultimate Alpine honeymoon offer. Fine cuisine.

  • BUCKLEY TRANSPORT - Queenstown

    Buckley Transport services all tracks in the Wakatipu area. Pick ups and drop-off by arrangement, ask us for a quote. We pick up and drop-off in the Queenstown CBD or from your accommodation. We service all the major tracks. Our times are designed to suit trampers. Glenorchy, Rees, Dart, Greenstone, Kepler, Middlemarch, Routeburn, Matukituki, Clyde, Milford Sound, Hollyford etc.


    Get ready to jump, abseil, zip line and slide your way through some of the most amazing natural scenery New Zealand has to offer! Options to suit all ages and abilities with 4 great locations to choose from. Operating from October through to March every year, don't miss out, BOOK NOW!


    Dart River Jet experiences are unique combinations of breathtaking 'World Heritage' scenery and exhilarating wilderness Jet Boating. Choose between Wilderness Jet and Funyak tours and discover NZ's heart. Join us and travel the beautiful lakeside drive to Glenorchy and into the pristine Dart River valley, travelling by locations used in the Lord of the Rings movies to illustrate Middle Earth.

  • DART STABLES - Glenorchy, Queenstown

    For over 20 years, Dart Stables has been offering visitors to the area the opportunity of exploring Glenorchy and Paradise. Dart has gained a well-earned reputation for providing memorable horse riding in this stunning part of New Zealand. Riding through Lord of the Rings country is an experience you'll remember for a lifetime.

  • Earnslaw Burn - Off the beaten track

    When you're visiting Queenstown, why not detour off the beaten track for a few hours and follow in the footsteps of dwarves and hobbits and take the track to Earnslaw Burn glacier. One of the most magical locations in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Earnslaw Burn is a glacier that has created a number of cascading waterfalls.


    Situated at the head of Lake Wakatipu, a short scenic drive from Queenstown, lies the peaceful retreat of Glenorchy. We offer a range of comfortable accommodation, including old worldly en suite rooms, shared facility rooms and adjacent 'Backpackers Retreat' cottage accommodation, which is very popular with walkers both young and old. Also an ideal conference facility.

  • GLENORCHY HOUSE - Glenorchy, Queenstown

    Situated in the village of Glenorchy, surrounded by mountain and close to rivers and lakes is our 2010 built wooden post and beam constructed “Glenorchy House”. The house is situated on the edge of a public reserve and is designed to take best advantage of the sun and the massive 360 degrees of alpine views.


    Enjoy a guided walk on the magnificent Routeburn Track or take a scenic 4WD tour and experience breathtaking scenery that inspired Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Our privately-guided tours showcase the sheer beauty of an untouched paradise. Journey to the Mt Aspiring World Heritage area and experience diverse landscapes of ancient beech forests, braided rivers and glacier-carved valleys.


    Glenorchy Journeys offers on-demand daily transport to the Routeburn, the Greenstone/Caples, and the Rees and Dart Tracks. Our first service departs Glenorchy at 7.00am (or earlier by arrangement), ensuring you are first on the track ahead of the crowd. Flexible options also available for Queenstown and airport pickups. Competitive rates offered to fit your timetable - Bookings are essential.

  • GREAT WALKS - New Zealand

    Experience the adventure of a lifetime on New Zealand's premier walking tracks, the Great Walks! Leading you through awe-inspiring landscapes - from strolling along sandy shores to climbing above the clouds - there's something for everyone. Managed by the Department of Conservation, there are nine unforgettable journeys to choose from! Visit our website for a taste of what's on offer.


    'Middle Earth' helicopter tours—Lord of the Rings scenic flights. Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters was contracted exclusively by Peter Jackson for aerial filming and transportation of cast to film locations in Lord of the Rings. Our helicopter pilots have an intimate knowledge of the area and can transport you into Middle Earth.


    Take an unforgettable trip in our glass roofed coach from Queenstown to Milford Sound with Milford Sound Select. Discover New Zealand's most dramatic landscapes and the beautiful World Heritage Fiordland National Park. If Safety and Comfort are your priorities, this is the tour for you! Includes a boat cruise on Milford Sound, we also have a scenic helicopter trip option.


    The Nomad 4WD Experience - learn to drive like a pro. With a maximum of two drivers (passengers can go too), you can take control. Take the wheel with practical tuition that puts you in the driving seat to really find out what these machines can do. Be confident with one of our trained instructors by your side.

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Meet Nadia Lim

Monday 31st August 2015

Join us for great evening with the very talented Nadia Lim of My Food Bag, My Kitchen Rules and MasterChef fame, as she returns to her former school, Avondale College. It's an amazing chance to meet this New Zealand ...

Where: Avondale College, Auckland
Address: 47 Victor Street, Auckland

From: 6:00pm on Monday 31st August 2015
To: 7:30pm on Monday 31st August 2015

Raw Meat Monday

From: Monday 3rd August 2015

The capital's longest running open mic comedy night. Comedy gold and comedy coal, each night is a guaranteed gamble. If you’re trying comedy for the first time, Raw Meat is the best place to start. Interested in ...

Where: The Fringe Bar, Wellington
Address: 26 Allen Street, Wellington

From: 8:00pm on Monday 3rd August 2015
To: 9:30pm on Monday 31st August 2015

Durex presents Queer Quiz night!

From: Monday 31st August 2015

Come and Join us @ The Ballarat Trading Co from 7pm for a fun and social Quiz night sponsored by Durex. Glam host and fabulous prizes are up for grabs. Don’t be late as quiz will start at 7.30pm!

Where: The Ballarat Trading Co, Queenstown
Address: 7-9 The Mall, Queenstown, Queenstown

From: 7:00pm on Monday 31st August 2015
To: 2:00am on Tuesday 1st September 2015

Story telling Guided Tours

From: Saturday 4th April 2015

We recommend visitors attend one of our guided tours which provides a complete experience and is tailored to the weather conditions. Ancient history and astronomy is the central theme of our tours which include tales ...

Where: Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton
Address: 51 Ahiaruhe Rd, Carterton

From: 11:00am on Saturday 4th April 2015
To: 12:30pm on Tuesday 1st September 2015

Learning To Drive

From: Monday 27th July 2015

Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life’s road blocks. Wendy is ...

Where: Hawkins Theatre, Auckland
Address: 13 Ray Small Drive, Auckland

From: 7:30pm on Monday 27th July 2015
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 3rd September 2015

Women He's Undressed

From: Monday 17th August 2015

This is the extraordinary Hollywood story of Orry-Kelly, the designer whose costumes created some of the most magical moments in cinema history. Orry-Kelly was a Hollywood legend, his costume designs adored by ...

Where: Hawkins Theatre, Auckland
Address: 13 Ray Small Drive, Auckland

From: 7:30pm on Monday 17th August 2015
To: 11:59pm on Friday 4th September 2015

Mr Holmes

From: Thursday 6th August 2015

In 1947, Sherlock Holmes (McKellen), long-retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But far from living out a peaceful retirement, he is haunted by an unsolved case ...

Where: Hawkins Theatre, Auckland
Address: 13 Ray Small Drive, Auckland

From: 10:00am on Thursday 6th August 2015
To: 11:59pm on Tuesday 8th September 2015

Raw Comedy - Winter Season

From: Monday 8th June 2015

Exclusive to Eventfinda - Table of Six Presale / only $25 (Save 20%) - otherwise door sales only from 6pm , $5 A brand new Winter season of Raw Comedy - the Open Mic for new comedians at NZ's home of live comedy. ...

Where: The Classic Comedy Club, Auckland
Address: 321 Queen St, Auckland

From: 8:00pm on Monday 8th June 2015
To: 10:00pm on Monday 28th September 2015

Airwheel Group Coaching

From: Sunday 23rd August 2015

Have a go at something completely new and fun! Learn to ride an Airwheel. Appeals to all ages! Anyone can do this.... it is like riding a bike. Once you get get it! Book in for a group training ...

Where: Waitangi Park, Wellington
Address: 107 Cable St, Wellington

From: 11:00am on Sunday 23rd August 2015
To: 12:30am on Monday 28th September 2015

Nappy Lady Workshop

Monday 31st August 2015

Western Bay Of Plenty Nappy Lady Workshops - Open to all Western Bay residents. Come along to one of the Nappy Lady workshops and learn all about your nappy options and how you can save lots of money. The best ...

Where: Katikati Community Resource Centre, Katikati
Address: 45 Beach Road, Katikati

From: 6:30pm on Monday 31st August 2015
To: 9:00pm on Monday 31st August 2015


Mainstay New Zealand Hotels

Mainstay NZ Hotels

Large collection of independent hotels.

Motel Association of New Zealand

Motel Association

Plenty of motel types for a range of budgets.

Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels

Holiday packages for any occasion.