Entries by Suze


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 stunning 45 km scenic drive up the lake from Queenstown. The area is serviced by regular transport during the summer, from the last weekend of October to the end of April, with charters available during off season. Private taxi companies offer transfers to Glenorchy throughout […]


Kinloch is the true head of Lake Wakatipu. Set between the Routeburn and Greenstone/Caples tracks, with great 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 just 5 […]


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 […]