Activities in Glenorchy
Glenorchy is the gateway to Paradise and there is so much you can do in this stunning part of the world!
Sightseeing - If you are looking for stunning mountain landscapes – Glenorchy should be top of your list! Head to the famous 'Red Shed' on the lakefront where the TSS Earnslaw Steamship used to drop off passengers from Queenstown before the road was built. Drive a couple of minutes out of town towards Paradise and you’ll get stunning views of the Glenorchy Lagoon, with the Humbolt Mountains Ranges providing a stunning backdrop.
Head up the valley to Paradise to understand why it is so famous for filming – home to a lot of scenes from Lord of the Rings. The name gives away how beautiful this place is! The gravel road winds through beautiful beach trees, passing Diamond Lake and a beautiful guest house built in the early 1900's, Arcadia, and up to a viewing point of the Dart River and beyond.
Horse-riding - Go completely back country and ride a noble steed up the valley through various river crossings admiring the mountain views, or take it at a slower pace out in Paradise surrounded by impressive mountain ranges and Lord of the Rings scenery.
Animal experience- one for the kids of your inner child! Feed the farm animals from little lambs to beautiful draft horses, and watch a sheep shearing demonstration
Adrenaline tours - You can hop on a jet boat and race up the Dart River, jump out of plane and get a birds eye view of the mountain ranges below, or go canyoning and jump into pristine clear pools and waterfalls.
4x4 Tours - if you fancy taking in the scenery at more of a relaxed pace, there are plenty of options to take a tour off-roading in Glenorchy and Paradise
Heli Tours - being so close to Mt Aspiring National Park, Fiordland National Park and the Milford Sound - it doesn't take long to take in all the spectacular views by air!
Hiking - if you really want to wind it down and put on your old trusty hiking boots, you are absolutely spoiled for choice in Glenorchy! From little walks where gold mining used to be popular, to walking part of bigger tracks, such as one of the Great Walks - The Routeburn Track, you won't be disappointed!
Picnic and lunch - Glenorchy may be small but there a several little cafes and lodges that provide delicious food to dine in for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or a takeaway for a picnic. You're spoiled for choice with picnic spots!
Zipline - take a journey through the stunning wilderness! Enjoy 1000 metres of exhilaration over 8 ziplines as you take a journey through pristine wilderness, following the curves and chasms of an alpine river. An unforgettable adventure and fun for all!