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Looking for a great New Zealand getaway? Glenorchy in New Zealand’s stunning South Island will take you away from the everyday. Our charming Glenorchy accommodation, in outstandingly beautiful natural scenery, is perfect for your New Zealand adventure.
Glenorchy lies near the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu in South Island’s Otago, where, as early as the 12th century, the Maori people would come in search of the traditional greenstone, or pounamu, so important in their culture. European settlers first came in 1862 and the original route they took is now the Queenstown/Glenorchy Road, opened to traffic in 1962 and touted as one of New Zealand's most scenic routes.
The town is tranquil and on Mull Street, the main thoroughfare, you will find shops, cafes, a general store with useful tourist information and a country pub. It’s a welcome haven if you want to avoid heavy tourist traffic and appreciate the untouched beauty of the landscape.
If you love the outdoors, Glenorchy and the whole Southern Lakes District will be your dream come true. For enthusiastic walkers, the wilderness tracks will take you through the Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. Or you can explore the Te-Waipounamu World Heritage Area with superb examples of glacial formations – cliffs, fjords and waterfalls – as well as ancient trees and rare native species. If you have a thirst for action and adventure, there are excellent conditions for kayaking, windsurfing, power boating and other watersports, rock climbing at Chinaman's Bluff in the national park and approved tracks for mountain biking. For quieter pursuits, there’s great trout and salmon fishing on the local lakes, rivers and lagoons. The Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk takes you on a five kilometre trail around the lagoon, with superb water views against an unforgettable backdrop of snow-capped mountains. There are safe swimming spots in the Glenorchy Lagoon Creek nearby.
Wherever you look, there are irresistible photo opportunities. The rugged and unspoiled beauty of the area was shared with the world after the makers of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit recreated Tolkien’s Middle-earth in the area known as Paradise. Was it named because of the native Paradise Ducks that live there or because it really is a slice of heaven? Find out for yourself - it’s less than half an hour from Glenorchy on the scenic Queenstown Road! For another great day trip, head out to Milford Sound. This is rugged glacier country and driving the sweeping curved road will take up to three hours. For a complete contrast, you can head in the other direction, travelling more directly to the lively holiday centre of Queenstown, just 45 minutes away and easily reached by car, bus or boat. Either way you are on that unforgettable scenic road, cruising by the lakes and mountains in what is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Can’t wait to go? You can fly into Queenstown and, just a few hours from home, you’ll be surrounded by almost unimaginable natural splendour. Book your flights to Queenstown and your Glenorchy accommodation with us now. You’ll be glad you did!
Need insider tips on must-see attractions in Glenorchy? Check out our Glenorchy travel guide!
Hotels in Glenorchy start at AU$137 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.