Top 10 Things to do in Glenorchy, New Zealand

December 25, 2017 Viva Honore

Discover the best top things to do in Glenorchy, New Zealand including Heli Glenorchy, Delta Discovery, Private Discovery Day Tours, Glenorchy Animal Experience, Rippled Earth Kayaking, Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk, High Country Horses, Mrs Woolly's General Store, Glenorchy Journeys - Scenic Tours, Guided Walks & Transport, Wildlight Safaris Aotearoa.
Restaurants in Glenorchy

1. Heli Glenorchy

35 Mull Street, Glenorchy 9350, New Zealand
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5 based on 309 reviews

Heli Glenorchy

Let us show you this beautiful part of our world from a perspective like no other ... Let us show you this beautiful part of our world from a perspective like no other ... Heli Glenorchy is a locally owned and operated helicopter company, offering spectacular scenic and commercial flights from Glenorchy, gateway to Paradise and Middle Earth. Glenorchy is located at the Head of Lake Wakatipu. The spectacular 40 minute drive from downtown Queenstown to Glenorchy is rated as one of New Zealand’s Top 10 scenic drives, and a must-do for visitors to the region. Glenorchy is the gateway to Paradise, and on the doorstep to the Southern Alps, Mt. Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. It is also the location for numerous films scenes, including the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit Trilogy, Wolverine and Mission Impossible 6 movies. We recognise that for many of our customers, visiting New Zealand and flying into the untouched beauty of Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks is a once in a lifetime opportunity. So we keep our fleet small, we keep the experience personal, our operation safe, and we deliver that once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Absolute Top notch team from front desk, to pilots, to maintenance crew! Flew into the Glenorchy backcountry for a film trip and it was an absolute pleasure!

2. Delta Discovery

399 Routeburn Road | Dart Bridge, Glenorchy 9372, New Zealand
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5 based on 164 reviews

Delta Discovery

Exclusive access to a unique environment, impressive 4wd vehicles, plus on board interactive multi lingual computer systems, deliver the chance to really get lost. Interact to guide, inform, and learn about all aspects of nature/geology/maori history over a 10km+ trail in comfort and safety. Ideal for all ages, we provide all you need to get a breathtaking view of this piece of paradise.

Reviewed By Mazoptom - Sydney, Australia

We had a great time exploring the pristine Wilderness of Glenorchy with Delta Discovery. Andy was a wonderful host. The weather was extremely windy however we still enjoyed the journey. We were completely alone out there and it felt quite extraordinary. We highly recommend this activity!

3. Private Discovery Day Tours

Glenorchy Paradise Road, Glenorchy 9348, New Zealand
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5 based on 104 reviews

Private Discovery Day Tours

Discover the Paradise Valley dwarfed by Mount Earnslaw, in the heart of Middle Earth 4WD to 1680 feet above sea level on Mount Alfred and soak in the views over Diamond Lake and the Dart River Valley. Mount Earnslaw Station is an Organic Certified sheep and beef cattle farm set in this unique scenic environment. Small groups experience this unique property with exclusive excess, LOTR movie location sights included.

Reviewed By AJMglobaltraveller - London, United Kingdom

We left Queenstown in bright Sunshine to arrive at the start of the Routeburn trail as it started to rain. We set off with Charles up the trail, with Charles telling us about the flora. We had a few close encounters with friendly robins.
The rain just kept getting heavier and by the time we reached the Flats Hut we were soaked. But hey nothing you can do about the weather. The walk there was not as difficult as I had thought it would be.
The walk back down was much quicker and the sun came out about 2/3rds of the way down.
We made a couple of stops on the drive back - the scenery was stunning.
Thank you Charles for a great day in challenging conditions. Welcome to New Zealand .

4. Glenorchy Animal Experience

Glenorchy-Paradise Rd | Rapid 225, Glenorchy 9350, New Zealand +64 21 252 7753
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5 based on 121 reviews

Glenorchy Animal Experience

Glenorchy Animal Experience is situated on a Terrace overlooking Lake Wakatipu surrounded by Mountains and stunning scenery. Come and pat, feed, photograph and interact with our many friendly farm animals. From alpaca to Pablo the donkey: something for everyone and suitable for all ages. Daily shearing demonstrations at 2pm. Souvenir Shop on site.

Reviewed By quicks1lver - Sydney, Australia

Great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. The animals all had interesting personalities and were so much fun to interact with. The surrounding views on a good weather day were just the icing on the cake. Staff were very friendly and made you feel at home. You could feel their love for the animals, countryside and respect for the environment. We were allowed to re-visit anytime throughout the day and so we returned later to watch the sheep shearing show which was very informative.

5. Rippled Earth Kayaking

21 Mull St Glenorchy, Glenorchy, New Zealand
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5 based on 134 reviews

Rippled Earth Kayaking

Rippled Earth kayaks operates kayaking tours on the conservation reserves Pig and Pigeon Islands, we can meet you in Glenorchy or pick you up from Queenstown. We use Double Sea Kayaks produced and designed in New Zealand, very stable and comfortable. The Islands we go out to have been maintained as bird sanctuaries so we can paddle around the headlands and onto the various beach's with the sound of many NZ Native birds, it is the home of Weka, one of New Zealand's flightless birds along with tui, fantail, bellbird and wood pigeon.With a spectacular backdrop of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area these Islands are a paddlers paradise

Reviewed By KatePITtoSYD - Sydney, Australia

Kayaking with Rippled Earth in the iconic Lake Wakatipu is a Queenstown must-do! Sam, the tour guide (and owner), is so easy going and makes you feel completely comfortable in the double sea-kayak. He is really happy to share some Maori legends and interesting New...MoreWow what a great photo. Thanks guys it was great to have you out on the water with me. Sam

6. Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk

Lake Road | between Oban St & Glenorchy Paradise Rd, Glenorchy, New Zealand +64 3-442 7935
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk

Reviewed By swingtowne - Silver Spring, Maryland

The walk takes about an hour. It’s level and includes boardwalks over marshy landscapes and benches at several overlooks. We enjoyed three things in particular: the peaceful quiet, the lack of bugs and a swampy smell, and the beautiful black swans in the dozens. All of this surrounded by a backdrop of the peaks of the Remarkables and Mt. Earnslaw. Well worth your time.

7. High Country Horses

243 Priory Road | Queenstown, Glenorchy 9372, New Zealand +64 3-442 9915
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4.5 based on 385 reviews

High Country Horses

High Country Horses operates from a farm 15 mins from Glenorchy at the top of Lake Wakatipu - Mid Rivers Farm. We are surround by the Humbolt and Richardson ranges of Mountains and are nested at the base of Mount Alfred. The only company tht can take you to actual locations from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and many other films. Offering local knowledge and exclusive rights to over 120,000 acres of Back-Country. Over 80 horses of all breeds and the best trails in the Country!! We can offer 1.5 hour rides through to 5 days/4nights. Activities for all to enjoy.

Reviewed By Julia L

I had been looking forward to this ride for Months, having previously done an amazing horse ride back in 2005. Unfortunately torrential rain caused the rivers to flood and as a result my birthday full-day horse ride had to be cancelled. Thankfully the staff were very understanding and offered some alternative options.
I chose to go on a shorter private ride in the afternoon (giving the rivers time return to safe levels). This turned out to be a truly amazing experience. As an experienced rider I was given the opportunity to challenge my riding, which made the ride one of the best I have ever had.
My horse Jungle and guide, whose name I can't remember (So wish I could, because I couldn't have asked for a better guide). Were such a pleasure, It felt almost like I was having a ride out with friends.
Jungle my horse was wonderful to ride. I felt very safe, even though he was a forward going horse.
What more can I say. The staff are fantastic, the location and scenery are incredible. The horses are very high quality and well cared for. It is clear that everyone here has a true passion and love for horses. I will definitely ride here again on my next visit

8. Mrs Woolly's General Store

64 Oban Street, Glenorchy 9350, New Zealand +64 3-409 0051
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

Mrs Woolly's General Store

A destination stop for the world-famous Full Monty gelato sundae, fresh house-made takeaway food, organic groceries, outdoor gear, accessories and beautiful NZ-made gifts. Mrs Woolly's has something for everyone!

Reviewed By Kellie Marie D - Shaftesbury, Dorset

My partner and I stay in Glenorchy for one night. We stayed at Mrs Woolly's campsite.
The general store is a little shop but extremely over priced. One pack of TimTams was $8.90! When you can buy them for $1.99 else where. I believe that they over charge like this because Glenorchy is in the middle of nowhere and they can get away with it!

9. Glenorchy Journeys - Scenic Tours, Guided Walks & Transport

129 Oban Street, Glenorchy 9350, New Zealand
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5 based on 51 reviews

Glenorchy Journeys - Scenic Tours, Guided Walks & Transport

Enjoy a guided walk on the magnificent Routeburn Track or take a scenic 4WD tour and experience breathtaking scenery that inspired Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit. Our privately-guided tours showcase the sheer beauty of an untouched paradise. Journey to the Mt Aspiring World Heritage area and experience diverse landscapes of ancient beech Forests, braided rivers and glacier-carved Valleys. Our professional local guide will provide an informative commentary about the district and its history throughout the tour.

Reviewed By Jeff206 - Samut Prakan, Thailand

This company was great and Ingrid was very prompt on getting back to questions and requests prior to me making a booking. I chose the Routeburn Track hike (running from 9-4pm), and was picked up centrally in Queenstown at 8am along with a family of...MoreThank you for your kind words, we really appreciate the feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with Alan and your experience on the Routeburn Track. We hope we can transport you to another stunning location sometime in the future. Many thanks, Ingrid

10. Wildlight Safaris Aotearoa

12 Pigeon Place, Glenorchy 9372, New Zealand
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Wildlight Safaris Aotearoa

Wildlight Safaris Aotearoa is a dynamic travel company operating throughout the Queenstown region. We specialize in private tailored photo tours, guided nature walks, and heli hikes, with over fifteen years of experience, both in New Zealand and internationally. Our love of nature and the great outdoors is the driving force of our work, and as local South Islanders, we know the region intimately. With our local knowledge and passion for the environment, you will find yourself exploring spectacular locations, both the iconic and less-traveled, while learning about the terrain, native flora and fauna, and New Zealand way of life. Wildlight Safaris is committed to protecting the natural environment. Every excursion with us is a direct contribution to conservation, as part of your fee is donated to one of the local initiatives we support. With your help, we can continue to preserve, educate, and keep New Zealand beautiful for future generations to enjoy.

Reviewed By DiK22

You would be hard pressed to find a better photographic tour of the South Island of New Zealand. Having Chris McLennan and Dean Fitzpatrick as our guides with their local experience provided all of on this tour an experience we will never forget. We were taken to off the road parts of the country and stayed in some of the loveliest accommodation where the larger tour buses we not seen. The work that Chris and Dean put in to ensure everyone learns a lot, improves their photography skills and captured the heart and essence of the country was second to none. We were up at sunrise and out at sunset and utilizing our time on this trip as every photographer wants to do. There is rest time and you can opt to sit and edit photos when an opportunity exists, but this trip is all about experiencing it outdoors whilst you are there. The South Island is just amazing and the scenery is spectacular and with the guidance of Chris and Dean we were able to capture that in our photos that we have. They both have a lot of patience and photographic knowledge and are great patient teachers. It is a small group of people on the South Island tour for 15 days and we had the best group of people that made the trip even better. We would be out and about capturing our images in some ideal spot and then back in the van on our way to the next marvel, when we would pull up and Phil, our great cook and all round helpful guy, would be in some amazing place with lunch cooked up on the portable BBQ and the table fully set for us ready to recharge and get us on to our next adventure. As photographers you don't want to be rushed back onto buses and moved from one place to the next and this certainly won't happen on this trip. Yes you have to get to the rooms before they shut up for the night, but you have every opportunity and time given to you to capture the image in the location you are at. The schedule is worked out really well. You can tell this is a great business run by family and friends, all working together to ensure we great a great experience. Patricia is excellent and so helpful with the bookings, so don't hesitate in giving her a ring to assist you with your bookings. I already have my next trip booked with Dean and Chris with great friends that I met on this NZ trip. Don't hesitate to use this company for a great photographic experience. Check out Instagram account @keo68 if you are interested seeing what you can capture on this amazing adventure.

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