No matter if you are looking for a short day walk in the native beech forest, keen to check off one more of the great walks (the world famous Routeburn Track), or just looking for a quiet little place to relax and while away some time, the Glenorchy/Paradise area has it all.


There are over 19 daywalks in the Glenorchy area. From the flat, gentle boardwalk on the Glenorchy Walkway to the strenuous climb up Mt. Alfred, there is something for everyone. For the more adventurous, many of the South Island’s best multi-day tramps walks start in the area. The world famous Routeburn Track is just 26km away and leads to The Divide and Milford Sound. The Sugarloaf and 5 Passes Routes, Scotts Creek and the Greenstone and Caples Tracks all start in the area as well. The Rees/Dart track is a circular track that starts and finishes near Glenorchy and a walk via Cascade Saddle takes you through to Wanaka.

For a breathtaking, once in a lifetime experience, catch a scenic flight from Glenorchy to Milford Sound or Mount Cook. Flightseeing in the area offers incredible views of Mt. Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks.

Lake Wakatipu offers a wide range water sport activities including kayaking, jetboating, waterskiing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding.

Glenorchy is one of the main locations used in the area for Queenstown films and advertisements. Most recently Wolverine X Men and Lovely Bones, though in recent times the Lord of the Rings trilogy where the Dart River bed was used as the setting for Isengaard and Paradise was the location of Lothlorien. Many of the local operators have been involved with filming and you can still ride some of the horses that were in Lord of the Rings with Dart Stables.

With so many things to see and do, it is important to allow plenty of time to explore the Glenorchy.