On the Northern shores of Lake Whakitipu, you’ll find the small settlement of Glenorchy. Right in-between the Humboldt, Richardson, and Barrier Mountain ranges.
It only takes 45 minutes to get to Queenstown from Glenorchy via car, and it is touted to be one of the most scenic drives in the entire world! It is about 45 kilometers (or 28 miles) of pure New Zealand views.
We provide transport on all our tours, or there are guided tours available such as Altitude Tours. Their half day Glenorchy Scenic Tour is a perfect combo with an afternoon Dart River Jet Boat adventure!
If you have a car, and prefer taking your own transport over the provided tour, the drive is a simple one right along Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd. We are approximately 45 minutes along Lake Wakatipu.
Dart River Adventures are Glenorchy jetboat enthusiasts, and maybe a little bit biased! But we say wholeheartedly yes, Glenorchy is absolutely worth the trip.
Only a short drive from Queenstown, Glenorchy is definitely worth visiting! Especially if you appreciate stunning natural landscapes and outdoor adventures.
“I can’t wait to return and appreciate the powerfully dramatic landscape that looks like a Peter Jackson vision in cinemascope and decompresses me naturally, without a care in the world.” – Colin Mathura-Jeffrey
Discover the beauty of Lake Whakatipu with Dart River Adventures as your local guide!
For another adventurous experience, try kayaking on Glenorchy's Dart River with our Funyaks.
After your jet boat adrenaline rush, perhaps immerse yourself in the stunning scenery with a peaceful paddle board excursion, a scenic cruise, or find solitude in some solo fishing. Guided horse treks come highly recommended by our customers. The choices are endless!
Our expert guides and Glenorchy locals can offer personalised recommendations to ensure a truly unforgettable trip.
Make sure to visit Mrs. Wooly's General Store for a bite to eat and to peruse the unique souvenirs on offer.
A trip to Glenorchy is not complete without experiencing all the amazing adventures and sights that this region has to offer! Let us show you the way.
Need something to do in Glenorchy when it's raining? Don't let the weather dampen your spirits while in New Zealand's adventure capital!
Our Dart River Adventure jet boats are capable of running in impressive rain, ensuring a thrilling ride even on a wet day.
If you prefer indoor activities, there are plenty of options available for all weather conditions. Relax in the Onsen Hot Pools in Arthur's Point or experience the thrill of indoor skydiving at iFly in Queenstown. Game Over Queenstown is the perfect indoor activity hub with arcade games, laser tag, and go-karting.
For a more mature afternoon, why not visit one of the many wineries or breweries in the area?
Rainy days won't stop you from having fun in Glenorchy. There are plenty of options to keep you entertained and make your trip unforgettable!