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[[Image:Northern_Arm_Wakatipu_jpeg.jpg|thumb|270px|The Northern Arm of Lake Wakatipu looking toward Glenorchy ]]
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'''Glenorchy''' is a sleepy little town in [[New Zealand]] near [[Queenstown_(New_Zealand)|Queenstown]] and just down the street from Paradise on Lake Wakatipu.
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[[Image:Northern_Arm_Wakatipu_jpeg.jpg|right| Glenorchy and 'Mitre Peak' at Milford]]
  
'''Glenorchy''' is a sleepy little town in [[New Zealand]] near [[Queenstown_(New_Zealand)|Queenstown]] and just down the street from Paradise on Lake Wakatipu.
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==Photo==
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The Northern Arm of Lake Wakatipu looking toward Glenorchy
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
* There is no public transport.
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* There is no public transport, however the town can easily be traversed by foot.  The locals are friendly enough to hitch a ride with as well.
Glenorchynz Information Centre & Store provides free maps of the local area, and you can talk to a local about activities.
 
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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==Do==
 
==Do==
* '''[[skydiving|Skydive]]'''.  Tandem jump with Skydive Paradise, 12,000ft or 15,000ft, photos & videos available. [http://www.skydiveparadise.co.nz]
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* '''Kayak Kinloch''', ''03'' 442 4900, [http://www.kayakkinloch.co.nz].  Available from 26 November - 2 hour guided trips around the head of the lake.
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* '''[[skydiving|Skydive]]'''.  Tandom jump with Vertical Descent.
  
 
* '''Horse Riding'''.  Dart Stables [http://www.dartstables.com/] and High Country Horses [http://www.high-country-horses.co.nz/] offer guided tours along the Rees and Dart rivers.
 
* '''Horse Riding'''.  Dart Stables [http://www.dartstables.com/] and High Country Horses [http://www.high-country-horses.co.nz/] offer guided tours along the Rees and Dart rivers.
  
* '''Safari'''.  Dart River Safaris [http://www.dartriver.co.nz/default.asp] offer various combinations of trips including jet-boating on the Dart River and guided walks.
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* '''Safari'''.  Dart River Safaris [http://www.dartriver.co.nz/default.asp] offer various combinations of trips including jetboating on the Dart River and guided walks.
  
 
* '''Ski'''.  Head out to the privately owned ''Invincible Snowfields'' via helicopter and enjoy the small groups as you stay in an alpine hut.  ''03'' 442 9933.
 
* '''Ski'''.  Head out to the privately owned ''Invincible Snowfields'' via helicopter and enjoy the small groups as you stay in an alpine hut.  ''03'' 442 9933.
  
 
* '''Glenorchy Air''', ''03'' 442 2207, [http://www.glenorchy.net.nz].  Fly from Glenorchy to Milford Sound and the glaciers.
 
* '''Glenorchy Air''', ''03'' 442 2207, [http://www.glenorchy.net.nz].  Fly from Glenorchy to Milford Sound and the glaciers.
 
* '''Guided Routeburn Hike''', Wildlight Safaris. ''03'' 442 5200, [http://www.wlnz.co.nz].  Hike through the stunning scenery of the Routeburn Valley as knowledgeable guides explain everything about the flora, fauna, history, and geography of the region.
 
  
 
===Tramping===
 
===Tramping===
  
Glenorchy is the jumping off point for a number of tracks.  Purchase hut tickets from the Department of Conservation (DOC) office in town.  On the Great Walks, prices range from NZ$10-45, and the other tracks' huts range from NZ$5-35.  Camping is only allowed in designated areas and often campers are '''not''' permitted to use the hut facilities.
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Glenorchy is the jumping off point for a number of tracks.  Purchase hut tickets from the Department of Conveservation (DOC) office in town.  On the Great Walks, prices range from NZ$10-45, and the other tracks' huts range from NZ$5-35.  Camping is only allowed in designated areas and often campers are '''not''' permitted to use the hut facilities.
 
Be sure to register with the DOC before leaving on any tramp as this will be your best method of someone noticing that you haven't returned and starting a search.
 
Be sure to register with the DOC before leaving on any tramp as this will be your best method of someone noticing that you haven't returned and starting a search.
  
* '''Backpackers Express /Buckleys''',Phone Glenorchynz Info centre 03 4092049 [http://www.glenorchyinfocentre.co.nz]. [email protected] to arrange for transport to any of the below tracks from either Queenstown or Glenorchy.
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* '''Backpackers Express''',''03'' 442 9939, ''03'' 442 7171, [http://www.glenorchyinfocentre.co.nz]. to arrange for transport to any of the below tracks from either Queenstown or Glenorchy.
  
 
:* '''[[Routeburn Track]]'''.  One of the DOC's ''Great Walks''.  32km through Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks.  Not a circuit track, so take this into consideration.  However hiking from the Glenorchy end of the track you could link it with the Caples or Greenstone tracks to keep a base out of Glenorchy.  The Routeburn takes an average of 3 days, 2 nights to complete.  Peak season is late October to late April and bookings are '''required'''.  During peak season the huts are supplied with gas cookers, cold running water and some heating.  During the off peak season, especially during winter, the track may be impassable.
 
:* '''[[Routeburn Track]]'''.  One of the DOC's ''Great Walks''.  32km through Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks.  Not a circuit track, so take this into consideration.  However hiking from the Glenorchy end of the track you could link it with the Caples or Greenstone tracks to keep a base out of Glenorchy.  The Routeburn takes an average of 3 days, 2 nights to complete.  Peak season is late October to late April and bookings are '''required'''.  During peak season the huts are supplied with gas cookers, cold running water and some heating.  During the off peak season, especially during winter, the track may be impassable.
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
* '''Glenorchy Hotel'''.  Fully licensed restaurant with a stone fireplace and terrace deck. NewZealand cuisine and NZ wines, happy hour, takeaway menu, new beer garden with great views of the surrounding mountains. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Groups welcome. Sky TV and news channels.
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* '''Glenorchy Hotel'''.  Fully licensed restaurant with a stone fireplace and terrace deck. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  
 
* '''Kinloch Lodge'''.  Overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Kinloch lodge has a cosy Heritage restaurant and deck ideal for a meal during the day, or as a special treat in the evening.  Specialty local foods, platters, hearty specials and an unbeaten ambience.
 
* '''Kinloch Lodge'''.  Overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Kinloch lodge has a cosy Heritage restaurant and deck ideal for a meal during the day, or as a special treat in the evening.  Specialty local foods, platters, hearty specials and an unbeaten ambience.
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
* '''Glenorchy Hotel'''.  Enjoy a beer and a game of pool with the locals. Happy Hour, wireless Internet, bottle shop, free car parking and luggage storage. Home of Glenorchynz Info Centre & Store. Home of The Back Packers Retreat, self contained cottage with full cooking facilities, TV lounge, full laundry, fire and more.
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* '''Glenorchy Hotel'''.  Enjoy a beer and a game of pool with the locals.
  
* '''Kinloch Lodge'''.  Excellent New Zealand wine list. Enjoy this overlooking Lake Watatipu while watching the changing colours of the mountains as the sun sets.
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* '''Kinloch Lodge'''.  Excellent New Zealand wine list. Enjoy this overlooking Lake Watatipu watching the changing colours of the mountains as the sun sets.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
* '''Glenorchy Hotel''' 64 3 442 9902, Free phone 0800-453-667 [http://www.glenorchynz.com/]. " the local bar and restaurant".  Backpackers from NZ$18 ''(Sleeping bag required)''; Shared facility rooms from NZ$90; Ensuite rooms from NZ$120.00. Track transport departs from hotel.
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* '''Glenorchy Hotel''', ''64 3'' 442 9902, [http://www.glenorchynz.com/]. Also doubles as the local bar and restaurant.  Backpackers from NZ$18 ''(Sleeping bag required)''; Shared facility rooms from NZ$90; Ensuite rooms from NZ$110.
 
 
* Glenorchy Information Centre, Glenorchynz info Centre & Store, the place for track, weather and activity information. Bottle store & grocery supplies. Track transport bookings. Mountain bike and fishing rod hire, fishing supplies; [email protected].nz
 
  
* '''Blanket Bay''', ''64 3'' 441 0115.  An alpine mountain lodge with world class features.
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* '''Blanket Bay''', ''64 3'' 442 9442.  An alphine mountain lodge with world class features.
  
 
* '''Breitenbergers Guest House''', ''64 3'' 441 2126, ''64'' 27 650 3322, ''64'' 21 142 122.  5km north of Glenorchy.
 
* '''Breitenbergers Guest House''', ''64 3'' 441 2126, ''64'' 27 650 3322, ''64'' 21 142 122.  5km north of Glenorchy.
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* '''Glenroydon Lodge''', ''64 3'' 442 9968, NZ Freephone 0800 453 6769, [http://www.glenroydon.com/].  Ensuite rooms and easy activity bookings.
 
* '''Glenroydon Lodge''', ''64 3'' 442 9968, NZ Freephone 0800 453 6769, [http://www.glenroydon.com/].  Ensuite rooms and easy activity bookings.
  
* '''Kinloch Lodge''', ''64 3'' 442 4900, [http://www.kinlochlodge.co.nz/].  5 minutes from Glenorchy by boat or 26km drive.  Accommodations range from home-stay bed and breakfast to backpackers lodging. Offers BBH discount.
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* '''Kinloch Lodge''', ''64 3'' 442 4900, [http://www.kinlochlodge.co.nz/].  5 minutes from Glenorchy by boat or 26km drive.  Accomendation range from home-stay bed and breakfast to backpackers lodging. Offers BBH discount.
  
 
* '''Little Paradise Lodge''', ''64 3'' 442 6196.
 
* '''Little Paradise Lodge''', ''64 3'' 442 6196.
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