If you are ready to escape the hustle and bustle of Queenstown life then get yourself on the road to Glenorchy. Aptly named the road to Paradise you will travel around 45 minutes from the town centre along a beautiful winding road toward the small town of Glenorchy.
This quaint town is an outdoor lovers paradise. Set at the head of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by mountains and a backdrop of native beech forest you have found yourself in real Middle Earth.
Glenorchy is nothing short of awe-inspiring,the landscape really does take your breath away. It is a hub for outdoor activity, whether you want to hike to the summit of Mt Alfred, stroll around the Glenorchy walkway or jump on a horse and trek around there is plenty to get stuck into out here.
Glenorchy is also the gateway for the multi-day hikes such as the Routeburn, so make sure you visit the DOC site to get schooled up on all your walking activities.
The Dart river feeds into Lake Wakatipu which plays home to the Dart River Jet which can be heard charging up and down the river all day, if you fancy something a little calmer but with equally amazing views head out on the Dart River Funyaks, a blow up canoe style boat and cruise leisurely through the natural rock formations surrounded by the towering mountains.
The iconic red boat shed is a must see in Glenorchy and a walk out on the pier will provide you with those beautiful postcard style photographs to make all your friends at home envious of your date with Mother Nature. The surrounds of Glenorchy have been a film makers haven, playing home to scenes in the Narnia movie series and also the ever famous Lord of the Rings trilogy, you can see why Peter Jackson sent his men to scout this area, you get a real taste for the hobbit life and can picture Gandalf and his crew making their way through Middle-Earth.
Make sure you check out Mrs Wooly's general store before leaving for some authentic Manuka honey gifts and a to die for selection of nature books, she also serves a mean cup of coffee and slice of cake.
Take your time on the way home and pull over for some more enviable images of the lake. Wilsons bay, Bob's Cove and the Twelve Mile Delta are all situated along the road to Glenorchy so there is plenty of exploring to be done!