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.
Mobile-friendly - 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.
Mobile-friendly - 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.
Mobile-friendly - 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 April every year, don't miss out, BOOK NOW!
Mobile-friendly - 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.
Mobile-friendly - 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.
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.
Mobile-friendly - 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.
Glenorchy Motels (formerly Mt Earnslaw Motel) is now UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP and undergoing upgrades to our facilities is now UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP and undergoing upgrades to our facilities. Our 7 studio suites have options of comfortable beds from super king-size to single to ensure a great night's sleep. Each suite has kitchen facilities and tea and coffee is provided.
Mobile-friendly - 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.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Discover remote alpine and high country with Private Discovery Tours. Full-day tour to the Dart River Valley, Paradise, the ultimate photography location. Diamond Lake and LOTR movie sites. Chinaman's Bluff, bush walk through forest to braided Dart River. High Country Station experience, 15,000-acre sheep and cattle organic farm. Exclusive access to Mt Earnslaw. Guaranteed Small Groups.
Mobile-friendly - Small group guided walks to Paradise Valley and Routeburn Valley. Experience the diversity of natural beauty, river valleys, waterfalls, mountains views and birdlife with numerous photography opportunities. Visit LOTR and the Hobbit movie locations in the Dart River valley. Walk through ancient Red Beech forest amidst lush ferns lichens and mosses. Experienced Kiwi Guides. Flexible, adaptable tours. Qualmark Endorsed Activity.
Mobile-friendly - Travel deep into Middle Earth and visit the landscape that inspired Peter Jackson's film locations for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Local Kiwi guides complement this family operated business, making for a true New Zealand experience. Small personalised groups, a picnic to satisfy a Hobbit and a free photo CD. Departs Queenstown 8:00am and 1:45pm.
The only LOTR experience to allow you to actually handle and try on items of weaponry, jewellery and costumes as seen in the trilogy. Several tours to choose from including road and helicopter options. Hobbitish accommodation also available. Southern Lakes Sightseeing - Lord of the Rings Specialists. We see more than just the locations.
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To: 11:30am on Friday 10th February 2017
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