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A red shed with glenorchy sign and tree next to Lake

Glenorchy / Tāhuna


Just a short drive from Queenstown, but a world away.


Head of the lake, heart of the mountains.  

A place where time stands still. Merely being here nourishes your soul. The spectacular, awe-inspiring landscape and untouched natural beauty every way you look will have you captivated. No matter how long you planned to stay here it's never enough. Make sure you take the time to stop, look around and take in everything that Glenorchy has to offer.

This quaint picturesque town is an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise, nestled into the shores of Lake Whakatipu. Set against a background of native beech forest, pristine waterways and towering mountain ranges, the scale of Glenorchy’s surrounds are spectacular.

The spectacular landscape has not gone unnoticed on the world stage either. The iconic backdrop of Mt Aspiring National Park was made famous by of The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003) by director, Sir Peter Jackson. Since then, many more film producers have followed suit, bringing to life the perfect untouched alpine wilderness. 

Man balancing on a wharf post while having photograph taken

Visiting Glenorchy

Home to around 500 residents, Glenorchy is a welcoming and quaint township famous for its Southern kiwi hospitality.

Within the village, there is a small selection of accommodation providers, cafes, and restaurants but make sure you also leave enough time to stop, look around you and take in the magnificent scenery. For more information about things to do during your time in Glenorchy,  follow the link below. 


Glenorchy Walking and Hiking Trails

The alpine valleys beyond Glenorchy are home to some of Aotearoa's most renowned hikes. From short day walks to multi-day hikes and mountain biking trails, Glenorchy is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise.


Short Walks 

Glenorchy has a range of short walking tracks, ideal for visitors who are just visiting for the day.  From the Glenorchy walkway loop track across wetland boardwalks, the Lake Sylvan track through native bush to a tranquil glacial lake or opt for something a little more intensive, such as the Mt Judah Track. 

Glenorchy Walking Trails (PDF)

Longer Hikes 

Visitors with a little more time available would also be well advised to check out one of the many longer hikes which begin from just outside Glenorchy.

One of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the Routeburn Track, is nearby and features soaring mountain peaks and jewel-like lakes as part of a 3-4 day hike.  There’s also the 4-5 day Rees-Dart Track and the Greenstone/Caples Track. Accommodation for these walks is in the form of basic huts, which need to be booked in advance.  

To learn more, or to book please visit the Department of Conservation pages linked below. 

 Routeburn Track    Rees & Dart Track     Greenstone/Caples Track

A group of trampers look down the valley of the Routeburn Track