Glenorchy

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Glenorchy which includes mountains, a pebble beach and forests

Hike amid breathtaking mountain scenery, kayak on a glistening lake, try river fishing and go on an exhilarating jet boat ride at this lakeside town.

Positioned on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and in the shadow of a dramatic mountain range, Glenorchy is deserving of its “Gateway to Paradise” moniker. Visit the small town to enjoy year-round outdoor and adventure activities suitable for all ages. Bring your camera to capture shots of some of New Zealand’s most idyllic landscapes, magnificent settings that have been used as filming locations for films such as The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Visit the Glenorchy Information Centre, situated in the heart of town, to pick up information about the town’s activities. Stroll to the Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve and then to the edge of the pier for lovely views over Lake Wakatipu. See imposing mountain peaks, including the Centaur Peaks, Mount Bonpland and Tooth Peaks. Go for a swim in the calm lake water on a warm summer’s day.

Traverse the lake by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Either explore at your own pace with rented equipment or take a guided tour. Travel along the lake and rivers at exhilarating speeds on a jet boat ride or enjoy a slower pace fishing for salmon and trout on the Dart River and Rees River. Ride on horseback through pristine beech forests to spectacular viewpoints.

Discover more of the town’s natural beauty via short and multiday walking tracks. Walk to Glenorchy Lagoon or hike the zigzagging trail to Mount Alfred. Multiday hikes starting from the town include the Routeburn Track, Rees and Dart Track and Greenstone/Caples Track. These tracks cross sections of the Fiordland National Park and Mount Aspiring National Park, both part of the UNESCO-protected Te Wahipounamu heritage area.

Play nine holes while admiring picture-perfect panoramas at Glenorchy Golf Club. Eat and drink at the handful of cafés and restaurants or purchase food for picnics at Glenorchy’s small supermarket.

Glenorchy is a 45-minute drive from Queenstown via a scenic, lakefront road. Get here via bike, rented car or shuttle bus. The town’s tour operators make discovering this paradisiacal destination easy and stress free.

Glenorchy Lake House
Glenorchy Lake House
4.5 out of 5
13 Mull Street, Glenorchy
The price is AU$286 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Situated in the mountains, this luxury bed & breakfast is steps away from Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve and Glenorchy Wharf. Lake Wakatipu and Glenorchy Golf ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)
Comfortable and close to the lake.
"I could put up photos of the amazing view of Glenorchy and the surrounds but chances are that you've already seen them and are now looking for a place to stay. The Lake House is comfortable and situated very close to the lake. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Good because it's close to ..."

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2021

Glenorchy Lake House
Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay
5 out of 5
Glenorchy Road, Glenorchy
The price is AU$1,781 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Situated on a lake, this luxury lodge is within 3 miles (5 km) of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy Golf Club and Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve. Glenorchy Wharf is 2.5 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
"Blanket Bay lodge is absolutely amazing, the staff are very friendly and nothing is a bother for them , the service is outstanding"

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2021

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Unique Modern Log Home - Stunning Mountain Views - Glenorchy Township
Unique Modern Log Home - Stunning Mountain Views - Glenorchy Township
4 Shiel Street, Glenorchy, Glenorchy, Otago
This family-friendly Glenorchy holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Glenorchy Golf Club and Lake Wakatipu. Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve and Glenorchy Wharf ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Beautiful property
"We were all in awe of this beautiful property. Very comfortable for the group we had up would happily stay again. The only thing that would have been nice would have been a microwave on a couple of occasions. But that's a very minor thing and it wouldn't affect my opinion of the property. Thanks ..."

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2021

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Unique Modern Log Home - Stunning Mountain Views - Glenorchy Township
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Unique Modern Log Home - Stunning Mountain Views - Glenorchy Township
Unique Modern Log Home - Stunning Mountain Views - Glenorchy Township
4 Shiel Street, Glenorchy, Glenorchy, Otago
This family-friendly Glenorchy holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Glenorchy Golf Club and Lake Wakatipu. Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve and Glenorchy Wharf ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Beautiful property
"We were all in awe of this beautiful property. Very comfortable for the group we had up would happily stay again. The only thing that would have been nice would have been a microwave on a couple of occasions. But that's a very minor thing and it wouldn't affect my opinion of the property. Thanks ..."

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2021

Unique Modern Log Home - Stunning Mountain Views - Glenorchy Township
1 bedroom in Glenorchy
1 bedroom in Glenorchy
8 Invincible Drive, Glenorchy, Otago
Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy Golf Club and Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve. Glenorchy ...
1 bedroom in Glenorchy
Caberfeidh Retreat .Hunting , Fishing and Tramping
Caberfeidh Retreat .Hunting , Fishing and Tramping
12 Grove Street, Glenorchy, Glenorchy, Otago
Situated in Glenorchy, this golf holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Glenorchy Golf Club, Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve, and Glenorchy Wharf. Lake Wakatipu ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Relaxing scenic getaway
"This house was fantastic to stay in and was one of the few places we were allowed to take our dogs. A holiday isn't the same without them! With more than 25 walks close by we saw lots of the beautiful landscape surrounding Glenorchy and then rested in comfort at the warm well- equipped bach."

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2021

Caberfeidh Retreat .Hunting , Fishing and Tramping
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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