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Glenorchy
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Horse treks around Glenorchy
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Horse treks, Queenstown

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Horse riding in Glenorchy is a magical experience.
Glenorchy
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Glenorchy

Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, Glenorchy is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu and is the gateway to hiking trails and Middle-earth magic.

This rustic town is a true outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Set against a background of native beech forest and towering mountain ranges, Glenorchy’s surrounds are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Lake Wakatipu and the Dart River offer opportunities for jet boating and kayaking, and some of New Zealand’s best hiking trails can be accessed from here. Horse trekking in the area is also highly recommended.

Glenorchy’s spectacular landscapes have become a prime location for film scouts, depicting many scenes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as featuring in the Narnia movies. Twenty kilometres away from Glenorchy, as bucolic farmland gives way to beech forests, lies Paradise. Some say it was christened for its natural charms, others for the paradise ducks that live in the area. Nobody can say for sure how it got its name, but the one thing people agree on is its breath-taking beauty. "This is the Middle-earth I had always pictured," Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) said of Paradise.

Home to about 500 people, Glenorchy is a welcoming and vibrant place famouss for its southern kiwi hospitality. There’s an assortment of accommodation, cafes, restaurants and bars. It’s a good idea to buy hiking supplies in nearby Queenstown.

A few of the most scenic walking tracks in the world are right on Glenorchy’s doorstep. 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 and Dart Track and the Greenstone/Caples Track. Accommodation is in the form of basic huts, which need to be booked in advance. The Department of Conservation Visitor Centre can help with information, booking and transport.

The area also offers a large choice of day walks with everything from 20-minute strolls to full day hikes available. Mt Alfred, at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, is a popular day hike and just a short drive from Glenorchy. The track zigzags uphill through native forest and emerges through bush line at the top. Continuing on to the upper section requires permission from Earnslaw Station (the working farm there).

Hollywood has fallen in love with the landscapes surrounding Glenorchy. Locations for Isengard, Lothlorien and Amon Hen for The Lord of the Rings trilogy were all filmed nearby, and are easily accessed on foot and by jet boat. Parts of the area also had a starring role in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe as well as Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia and countless adverts.

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Blanket Bay - Accommodation in Glenorchy New Zealand
9.70 125 Reviews
Glenorchy
034410115
Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu, Blanket Bay offers guests a relaxing hot tub and rooms with lovely lake views. Breakfast, dinner and Wi-Fi are included. Start your day with a delicious breakfast including bacon, eggs, muesli, cereals and freshly-made muffins. Changing ... (more)
Glenorchy Holiday Home - Accommodation in Glenorchy New Zealand
10.00 6 Reviews
Glenorchy
Glenorchy village nestles among the mountains at the head of Lake Wakatipu, 45km from Queenstown. Glenorchy is a great place where a short break feels like a long holiday!Every window of our comfortable 3 bedroom home frames a picture perfect view of the mountains. Dine on the deck or wand... (more)
Glenorchy Lake House - Accommodation in Glenorchy New Zealand
9.20 29 Reviews
Glenorchy
034427084
A boutique Bed and Breakfast for customers looking for a luxurious property with excellent service. Guest privacy is of key importance with staff slipping in to cook breakfast, clean and tidy and ensure fresh baking is put out for afternoon tea. Two rooms: one with private bathroom a... (more)
Kinloch Lodge - Accommodation in Kinloch New Zealand
8.80 176 Reviews
Glenorchy, Kinloch
034424900
Located by the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Kinloch Lodge features a guest lounge with more than 100 DVD’s, a fully equipped shared kitchen, and an outdoor hot tub with lake and mountain views.Kinloch Lodge Glenorchy offers the closest accommodation to the Greenstone and Routeburn hiking track... (more)
Precipice Creek Station B&B - Accommodation in Glenorchy New Zealand
9.80 41 Reviews
Glenorchy
034090960
Fantastic elevated mountain views on the doorstep of Mt Aspiring National Park, a unique, private and relaxing retreat in Glenorchy, only 45min scenic drive from Queenstown. High quality one-bedroom unit opened October 2009 Fully separated with its own bathroom Microwave, fridge ... (more)
The Lodge Glenorchy - Accommodation in Glenorchy New Zealand
9.40 7 Reviews
Glenorchy
0800925284
Set amongst spectacular mountains at the top of Lake Wakatipu, 45km from Queenstown. 12 stylish rooms all recently renovated. Restaurant, café & bar. Function venue, holds 100.... (more)
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