Queenstown to Glenorchy

The road to Glenorchy is short but perhaps one of the most scenic routes on the South Island of New Zealand. The drive will take you to Middle-Earth, the filming location for many scenes from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film franchise. Along the way, this picturesque road will take you north of Queenstown, following Lake Wakatipu and eventually, the Glenorchy region.


Getting from Queenstown...

Queenstown to Glenorchy
46kms – About 45min (from Queenstown) / 217 km - 2h50 (from Te Anau). From Queenstown, head west on Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd for 45kms - plenty of scenic stops and picnic areas along the way.

Suggested trip Duration: 2 Days

The drive takes only 45 minutes’, but it's worth taking your time to stop every so often and enjoy the many scenic stops along the route. The main features of the trip are Pig Island, Pigeon Island, Tooth Peaks and obviously, Lake Wakatipu.

Once you’ve arrived in Glenorchy, the journey won't be over. You'll quickly understand why this place is such a sought-after location for film crews and nature lovers. Glenorchy is a welcoming town, famous for its southern kiwi hospitality and with its close proximity to Mount Aspiring National Park, the town acts as a launching point for walking expeditions, jet boat adventures, and skydiving tours.

The only thing better than the drive to Glenorchy is the road to Paradise. North of Glenorchy is a settlement aptly named ‘Paradise’- a beautiful place, truly deserving of its name. This area is worth your time, especially if you are a Lord of the Rings fan - it was the filming locations for Lothlorien, Isengard, Amon Hen and Orthanc.

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  • Bob's Cove
  • Lake Dispute Track
  • Horse Treks
  • Kayak Safari Tour

Did You Know?

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Other Information:

Getting There:
From Queenstown, head west on Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd for 45 km - plenty of scenic stops and picnic areas along the way.

Around Kinloch, 27 km of Glenorchy, there's a Conservation Campsite suitable for campervans named Kinloch Campsite. Another Conservation Campsite in the Glenorchy area is located near Paradise and named Sylvan Campsite. If you want to stay directly in Glenorchy, Mrs. Woolly's Campground offer a nightly rate of $30 per night for campervans.


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