Experience Glenorchy, Queenstown's Scenic Alpine Neighbor, All in One Day!

Escape Queenstown for the day and experience the scenic village of Glenorchy, nestled at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu. With its breathtaking landscapes and renowned road leading you there, Glenorchy offers a perfect retreat for anyone visiting Queenstown.

Start your day early to make the most of your trip to Glenorchy. The scenic drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road is an adventure in itself. The 45-minute drive offers stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains at every turn. Be sure to plan for stops along the way to take photos (safely)!

Upon arriving in Glenorchy, take a leisurely stroll along the Glenorchy Lagoon Walkway, where you can fully enjoy the serene beauty of the wetlands and Dart River. For those looking for a more strenuous hike, there are plenty of hiking trails in the area, ranging from easy walks to more challenging treks offering panoramic views of the Southern Alps.

After working up an appetite, head to Mrs Woolly's General Store or The Trading Post for a delicious bite to eat or pick up some goods for a picnic lunch in Paradise.

No visit to Glenorchy is complete without exploring nearby Paradise. Just a short drive away, Paradise is a haven for nature lovers and Lord of The Rings fans alike. With lush forests, crystal-clear rivers, and one-of-a-kind scenery, it truly is paradise. Take a scenic drive through Paradise Valley or explore by horseback with High Country Horses. For the adventurous, opt for a Jetboat ride through the Dart River with Dart River Adventures or zip between Glenorchy and Paradise on a thrilling zipline adventure with Paradise Ziplines.

If you find yourself with an extra day in Queenstown, Glenorchy is the perfect day trip location, and Evolve Rentals can help you get there. Book a rental car today!