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 several places to stay. 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). more
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).
Hiking is a great summer pursuit, however car should be taken in autumn, winter and spring as unexpected snowfall and wintry conditions are possible. Hikers should register their intention to hike with the Department of Conservation.
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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Mobile-friendly - Join Alpine Wine Tours on our daily wine tours which are exclusively for adults only to allow you to relax and unwind. Choose from our Lunch or Afternoon Wine Tour with a small group of up to 11 wine lovers. Be transported in our luxurious Mercedes Sprinters with your qualified wine guide and convenient hotel pick up and drop off.
Mobile-friendly - Daily guided wine & craft beer tours from Queenstown to the best Central Otago wineries in our top-of-the-range fleet of luxury Mercedes vehicles. Altitude is not just about wine, we also run half-day scenic tours to Glenorchy from Queenstown. Private charters for families and small groups wanting a more personalised experience. Popular destinations include Te Anau & Milford Sound.
Mobile-friendly - With over 20 years of experience, join award-winning Appellation Wine Tours and discover wines, history and sights of Central Otago’s premier cool climate wine region. Departing from Queenstown and offering daily, private and combination tours. Let our Expert Wine Guides take you for a memorable day out in Central Otago wine country.
Mobile-friendly - Canyoning Queenstown offers exhilarating canyoning experiences in two unique and gorgeous canyons. Our guided tours will take you on a fun-filled adventure where you can explore our canyons by sliding, abseiling, zip lining and jumping. Canyoning Queenstown is the most experienced canyoning operator in the Queenstown region. 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.
Mobile-friendly - Spectacular scenic helicopter flights to Milford Sound, Fiordland, and the Queenstown region. Based in Glenorchy, NZ - the real "Middle Earth", a 45 minute lakeside drive from Queenstown. For an even more exclusive skiing experience, why not try a day of heli-skiing in untouched alpine terrain. Heli Glenorchy offers boutique heli-skiing in the spectacular mountains surrounding Queenstown, Wanaka and Glenorchy.
Mobile-friendly - Explore one of the most geographically diverse regions of New Zealand on a small group, personal, wildlife and scenic tour. Visit the heart of Middle-earth. LOTR and the Hobbit movie location viewing. Small group. Toyota Landcruiser or Land Rover 4WD transport. Visit Mount Earnslaw Station, a 130-year-old working farm.
Mobile-friendly - Explore the magical side of New Zealand with Nomad Safaris, who offer a variety of excursions in the Queenstown Lakes region. Choose from Lord of the Rings tours, historical gold mining tours, E-bike winery tour and the new luxury Tesla tours. Whatever your interest, join us for a personal small group tour to cherish forever.
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Mobile-friendly - Discover the unique diversity of geography, forest and birdlife in the Wakatipu region, our Paradise Walks let you explore two walks in different unique environments. Lakeshore microclimate of forest & birdlife. Routeburn Valley higher altitude forest trail. Small groups max' 6 people, lunch included.
Mobile-friendly - Discover remote alpine High Country travelling over Private farmland on Mt Alfred, Dart River Valley, Paradise, the ultimate photography locations. Diamond Lake and LOTR movie sites. Short walk options High Country Station experience 15,000-acre sheep and cattle farm, Guaranteed Small Groups.
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 and a picnic to satisfy a Hobbit. Departs Queenstown 8:00am and 1:45pm.
Mobile-friendly - Our Queenstown Expeditions glass-roof 4WD tour vehicle has been made for your comfort on our New Zealand roads. Two great tour options. In the morning discover The Old Gold Trail in Central Otago. In the afternoon visit the paradise of Glenorchy with the best scenery in the world. Locally owned and operated, our staff are all Kiwis with local knowledge.
Mobile-friendly - Experience the diversity of natural beauty, river valleys, waterfalls, mountains views and birdlife with numerous photography opportunities on a day hike to the Routeburn Flats hut. 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.
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Where: SKYCITY Queenstown, Queenstown
Address: 16-24 Beach St, Queenstown
From: 8:00pm on Saturday 14th September 2019
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 14th September 2019
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Where: DOC Visitor Centre, Queenstown
Address: 50 Stanley St, Queenstown
From: 9:00am on Saturday 14th September 2019
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 14th September 2019
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Where: Lake Hayes, Queenstown
Address: Lake Hayes, Queenstown
From: 9:00am on Saturday 14th September 2019
To: 12:00pm on Saturday 14th September 2019
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Address: 9a Earl Street, Queenstown
From: 10:00am on Saturday 31st August 2019
To: 6:00pm on Tuesday 24th September 2019
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Where: Queenstown Airport, Queenstown
Address: Sir Henry Wigley Dr, Queenstown
From: 10:00am on Friday 13th September 2019
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 29th September 2019
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Where: Ziptrek, Queenstown
Address: 45 Camp St, Queenstown
From: 6:00pm on Monday 16th September 2019
To: 7:00pm on Monday 16th September 2019
NLP Practitioner Training
NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is a powerful skill set that assists people in all areas of life - business, professional, personal, relationships and health. This 5-day life-changing training will teach you the ...
Where: Holiday Inn, Queenstown
Address: 594 Frankton Rd, Queenstown
From: 10:00am on Monday 16th September 2019
To: 6:00pm on Friday 20th September 2019
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Where: Sherwood, Queenstown
Address: 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 17th September 2019
To: 9:00pm on Tuesday 17th September 2019
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Where: Sherwood, Queenstown
Address: 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown
From: 9:00am on Wednesday 18th September 2019
To: 12:00pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019
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Where: Smiths - Craft Beer House, Queenstown
Address: 53 Shotover Street, Queenstown
From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019
To: 9:00pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019