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 - Alpine Adventures offers luxury tours with a private guide. We offer Sightseeing Tours to explore Queenstown, Glenorchy and Arrowtown, Wine Tours in Central Otago and Day Tours to experience Milford Sound, Mt Cook or Wanaka. Our privately guided Hikes & Heli Hikes will take you to spectacular locations. We love to help you create an unforgettable experience while visiting Queenstown.
Mobile-friendly - Altitude offers 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.
Mobile-friendly - Book a Wine Tour with Appellation Wine Tours 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.
New Zealand’s first Net Zero Energy Retreat & Cabins, part of The Headwaters, an inspiring revitalisation of classic camping, cabins, group gathering and retail services in the Glenorchy community. Whether you visit by yourself, as a couple, a family, or a group, you’ll have your choice of standard or premium energy-efficient cabins, bunk rooms, bunk huts or powered campervan/RV sites.
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.
Mobile-friendly - New Zealand is a land of unequalled beauty, with spectacular landscapes and experiences found nowhere else in the world. My name is Tom Taylor, and as the owner and operator of Opulence Tours I invite you to let me take you, as your personal guide, to experience the very best of New Zealand.
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.
Discover the most dramatic landscape you can skydive over! Located a stunning 45min drive from Queenstown, Skydive Southern Alps has small personalised groups and awesome staff. You'll be skydiving over Lord of the Rings locations, a World Heritage area and Fiordland National Park with views of Mitre Peak in Milford Sound, Mt Aspiring, Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables. Beyond Imagination!
Mobile-friendly - Sightseeing by Luxury Van - Day Trips from Wanaka. Haast: A place of natural beauty, untouched beaches and rugged glacial river valleys. Mt Cook (Aoraki) & MacKenzie Country: Snow capped mountains, turquoise lakes, canals, salmon farms and more. Transfers - Queenstown - Wanaka - Cardrona/Snow Farm. Wine & Food Tours.
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Boy Erased - Exclusive NZ Release
Spark & NZME proudly present Boy Erased movie fundraiser for Rainbow Youth, OUTLine & Diverse Church. Staring Troye Sivan, Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Joel Edgerton, "Boy Erased" tells the story of ...
Where: Reading Cinema, Queenstown
Address: 11-14 The Mall, Queenstown
From: 5:15pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019
To: 8:30pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019
Sajeela Kershi - Fights Like a Girl
Multi-cultural comedy from this Multi-award winning comedian/writer, who is putting up her Dukes & picking her battles! Trump, terrorists and everything in between. It's time to call out the bull****. Are you ready? ...
Where: Sherwood, Queenstown
Address: 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown
From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019
To: 8:00pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019
NZIPP Otago/Southland Wedding Photography with Emily Adamson
Come along to our next event and find out how Emily Adamson, 2017 NZIPP Classic Wedding Photographer of the Year, stays passionate about wedding photography. Hint "its not about me." Emotion, humour and all the other ...
Where: 222 Photographic Studios, Queenstown
Address: 79 Peninsula Road, Hilton Hotel, Kelvin Heights, Queenstown
From: 2:00pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019
To: 5:00pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019
Remarkably Funny presents: Raw Comedy Quest Queenstown Heat
Remarkably Funny is proud to present the first ever Queenstown heat for the nationwide Raw Comedy Quest (a.k.a. Rawquest). Rawquest is a nationwide competition for amateur comedians that has launched the careers of acts ...
Where: Yonder, Queenstown
Address: 14 Church St, Queenstown
From: 8:30pm on Thursday 28th March 2019
To: 10:00pm on Thursday 28th March 2019
Adam McGrath - Ragged Ramble Tour - Queenstown: CANCELLED
Adam McGrath, Lead singer and songwriter from mythical mongrel Christchurch folk/country band The Eastern, returns again to the state highways and byways of these long isles as part of his Autumn ‘Ragged Ramble’ ...
Where: Sherwood, Queenstown
Address: 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown
From: 7:30pm on Saturday 30th March 2019
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 30th March 2019
You'll find family fun and fantastic local food, products, and artisans every Saturday at Remarkables Market. Come for brunch, lunch or a browse and catch up with friends. Live music, great views and a fabulous ...
Where: Remarkables Red Barn, Queenstown
Address: Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown
From: 9:00am on Saturday 27th October 2018
To: 2:00pm on Saturday 13th April 2019
Alkalino Munich-based Lino Rodrigues, aka Alkalino began DJing in the late 80's. Skip 30 years through countless worldwide residencies & releases and we find Alkalino at the top of the underground end of the Nu-Disco ...
Where: Barmuda, Queenstown
Address: Searle Lane, Queenstown, Queenstown
From: 9:00pm on Sunday 31st March 2019
To: 2:00am on Monday 1st April 2019
Dusty - The Original Pop Diva
Wakatipu High School is proud to present... Dusty - The Original Pop Diva! In the 1950s a star-struck, plain and dumpy London schoolgirl imagines she could become a glamorous movie idol. Her parents tell her that her ...
Where: Queenstown Memorial Centre, Queenstown
Address: 1 Memorial Drive, Queenstown
From: 7:15pm on Wednesday 3rd April 2019
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 6th April 2019
The Top 5 Legal Mistakes Made by Startups
Thinking of starting a business, but paralyzed by the legal unknowns? Already running a business, but sometimes worry you're operating in a legal grey zone? In this special one hour workshop, Senior Solicitors, Ania ...
Where: Yonder, Queenstown
Address: 14 Church St, Queenstown
From: 4:45pm on Thursday 4th April 2019
To: 6:00pm on Thursday 4th April 2019
Hypnotic with Xavier Crow
After selling out his Mind Magic & Mystery tour, international superstar Xavier Crow is back, this time with his brand new Hypnotic show. See the power of the mind magically unleashed in this captivating yet comedic ...
Where: SKYCITY Queenstown, Queenstown
Address: 16-24 Beach St, Queenstown
From: 7:00pm on Friday 5th April 2019
To: 11:59pm on Friday 5th April 2019