Road Trip – Queenstown to Glenorchy Drive

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The Queenstown to Glenorchy drive is an epic one! You pass through the spectacular scenery at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island of Otago, New Zealand.

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It is approximately 45 kilometres by road from Queenstown and makes for an easy day trip. During winter, the sun shines bright and we had a beautiful day to visit. Unlike hiking the Ben Lomond, this was a leisurely experience just like when I visited Milford Sound.

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The scenery is breathtaking around this small little settlement and there is not much development to take away from the landscape. A funny thing contrast was that once you pass the sign above, around the next corner is a run down old farm shack with rusted old cars in the garden.

Glenorchy NZ Tropical Nomad

Glenorchy NZ Tropical Nomad

Things to do in Glenorchy


There is a wide range of climbing in the Richardson Mountain Range to east of the Rees and in the Forbes Mountain Range to the West. There is also rock climbing at Chinaman’s Bluff in the Dart River Valley .There are a few things to entertain people when visiting Glenorchy.  The landscape is a huge factor and even the Queenstown to Glenorchy drive is renowned for being one of the nicest drives in New Zealand.

The Dart River Safaris and 4×4 adventures take adventure enthusiasts off road and into the rugged terrain for some exploring.

The Routeburn track

The Routeburn Track extends between Glenorchy at the Head of Lake Wakatipu and the Divide, Te Anau, Milford Road. A total of 32 Kilometres, traversing Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. You will need to allow three to four days to complete the track. But some crazy people do it in one day!

Duck Shooting

If you are into duck shooting now is the season (May).  We could hear gun shots in the distance as we walked the Glenorchy track.

There are a few cafes and restaurants and we even had a pint of poor quality beer in some Glenorchy Hotel Bar. Yeast floating around in a pint of larger, I think they should clean out the beer lines!

Glenorchy NZ Tropical Nomad

Glenorchy NZ Tropical Nomad


For anglers and fly fisherman Lake Wakatipu has an abundance of land locked salmon, rainbow and brown trout. The Kiwis love to go fishing and Glenorchy offers some great fishing but make sure you have a licence (or you will get a fine).

Plenty of other things to do..

There are many other activities such as mountain biking, jet boating, paragliding, hunting and many walks to do while in Glenorchy. If you are staying in Queenstown you should definitely take a drive to Glenorchy one day!

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