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Glenorchy is a sleepy little town in New Zealand near Queenstown and just down the street from Paradise on Lake Wakatipu.

Get in

  • Regular shuttle service from the Info Center in Queenstown is available.

Get around

  • 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.


  • The sun rise over the lake and mountains.


  • Skydive. Tandom jump with Vertical Descent.
  • Horse Riding. Dart Stables [1] and High Country Horses [2] offer guided tours along the Rees and Dart rivers.
  • Safari. Dart River Safaris [3] 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. 64 3 442 9933.


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.

  • Backpackers Express, 0 3 442 9939, 0 3 442 7171, [4]. to arrange for transport to any of the below tracks from either Queenstown or Glenorchy.
    • Routeburn. 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.
    • Greenstone Caples. A DOC Major Track. Actually two separate tracks, but often taken together as a circuit. As a circuit the track is a moderate four to five day hike. Either of these tracks could be linked with the Routeburn as well or simply walked in one direction.
    • Rees-Dart. A DOC Major Track. A moderately demanding circuit track taking four to five days of six to eight hours of walking. The fifth day is added if an extra day trip to the Dart Glacier is taken. Mt Earnslaw (Pikirakatahi) and Slip Stream (Te Koroka) are Töpuni (sacred) sites of the Ngāi Tāhu Maori tribe. This track can also be linked to the Cascade Saddle track, but is suggested only for very experienced trampers.



  • Glenorchy Hotel. Fully licensed restaurant with a stone fireplace and terrace deck. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


  • 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 watching the changing colours of the mountains as the sun sets.


  • Glenorchy Hotel, 64 3 442 9902, [5]. 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.
  • 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.
  • Glenroydon Lodge, 64 3 442 9968, NZ Freephone 0800 453 6769, [6]. Ensuite rooms and easy activity bookings.
  • Kinloch Lodge, 64 3 442 4900, [7]. 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.
  • Mount Earnslaw Motel, 64 3 442 6993. Seven studio units with full kitchens.

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