Five Reasons why Glenorchy is a MUST
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It is a surprise that you could almost miss this small town, given the size of the scenery here and all that is on offer. Situated a stunning 45-minute drive Queenstown, this area pays homage the enchantment of all end-of-the-road destinations.
- This area is explosively scenic – rugged snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes and rivers, ancient beech forests. Glenorchy/Tāhuna acts as a gateway to Fiordland/Te Ata Whenua National Park and Mt Aspiring/Tititea National Park.
- Barefoot or boots and all – Glenorchy has stunning walk options. Walk, climb, full day explore, multi-day hike, or simply take a picnic for the road! Walk options range from flat Gondwana forests to one-day grunts to the Glacier; from the children-friendly Routeburn Loop, to the many multi-day walks, including New Zealand’s Great Walk – The Routeburn Track.
- Glenorchy is both hip and hick – you will find it all, from tiny homes and caravan to million-dollar builds. The Glenorchy Campground is one of the most sustainably advanced ventures in Aotearoa, though it appears as a rustic little village of cabins and camp spots. Mrs Hucks gift store is a must, with exquisite picnic supplies and pies you must try.
- Glenorchy’s quant events will connect you with an iconic southern-kiwi experience. How about the ‘Strut your Mutt,’ walking/running event with your best fur friend? Or the Glenorchy Race Day, attended by thousands who show up for the super-relaxed atmosphere and the fierce competition from local horse trekking.
- The Paradise Trust – an un-marked 300-acre property, with jaw-dropping-majestic views and 9 rustic, off-grid cabins. This is an exceptional place to unplug and experience sheer beauty in any season. The cabins sleep from 2px to 8px, and views are framed by picturesque and rugged New Zealand mountains. Our pick is the Nox and Dolands huts. On your return to the Glenorchy township, try you luck at getting a GYC pizza, famous village-wide and served after 6pm on busy nights.