Entries by Suze


Glenorchy has a natural X-Factor for visitors to New Zealand. The drive to Glenorchy is noted as ‘One of the worlds best drives’ and is the start of one of the top 10 classic hikes – The Routeburn Track.   Tourism New Zealand has used Glenorchy as a source of some of its key images […]


Location Glenorchy is located on the South Island of New Zealand at the head of Lake Wakatipu, 48 kilometres North-West of Queenstown. Glenorchy is surrounded by mountains, with gorgeous views in every direction, and sits beside the lake: the Humboldt range to the West, and the Richardson range to the East. North of the town […]


The seasons are very distinct in the southern part of New Zealand. In the summer there’s up to 16 hours of daylight and warm dry days, with temperatures between 10°C and 30°C (50 to 86°F). Winters are usually cool and clear, ranging from -6°C to 15°C (21 to 60°F), with snow typically staying on the […]

The History of the Head of the Lake

Maori tradition talks of the Rakaihautu commander of the Uruao canoe digging the Southern Lakes with his magical spade (ko). The mountains were abundant in resources not found on the coast including several species of Moa, bird life, vegetation and stone. There is no definitive date as to when the land was first set foot […]


Paradise is “just that”. There is no cafe, no shop, just an amazing setting on the diamond lake below Mount Earnslaw and Mount Alfred.   No-one can say with certainty how Paradise got its name, though within the area of Paradise you have the ‘Rock of Eden’, Heavens Gate and you have to cross the […]

How to get here

Drive – Bus – Cycle – Fly Glenorchy is a 35-45 minute 44 kilometre scenic drive up the lake from Queenstown. The area is serviced by regular transport during the summer from the last weekend of October through till 29 April and is backed by a service with Dart River Safaris during the winter months. […]

Routeburn Track

The Routeburn track can be sampled as a shorter day hike or an extended 32 kilometre adventure bringing you to the Divide or linked back to Kinloch/Glenorchy via the Greenstone or Caples tracks.   The Routeburn track is one of the Great Walks and all accommodation needs to be pre-booked over the walking season from […]


Kinloch is the true head of Lake Wakatipu. Set between the Routeburn and Greenstone tracks, with the lake’s best fishing, kayaking and a lakeside lodge serving great food and reasonably priced accommodation. Equal to Paradise in beauty, Kinloch is an ideal setting to while away some time. Just 26 kilometres from Glenorchy by road, or […]


Glenorchy is the gateway to Paradise, and the jumping off point to the Routeburn Track and the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Glenorchy is a 45 minute gob-smacking scenic drive from Queenstown, renowned as one of the top 10 scenic drives in the world. The township of Glenorchy sits on the shores of […]