Close to Paradise
Glenorchy is located on the South Island of New Zealand at the head of Lake Whakatipu, due north of Queenstown. Glenorchy is surrounded by mountains: The Humbolt range to the west, and the Richardson range to the east, the stunning view up the Dart River to the north, adjacent to solitary Mt. Alfred. Mt. Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park are just up the road.
The Glenorchy/Paradise area has long been a favourite of film crews. Portions of The Lord of the Rings, X-Men Origins:Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia:Prince Caspian were all filmed in the area.
If you are planning on hiking the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, Glenorchy makes an ideal base.
The Glenorchy Lake House is located just 26km from the start of the Routeburn track and Routeburn track transport is readily available. Most trampers walk the Routeburn Track as a circuit – connecting with the Greenstone Track or Caples Track. We can easily arrange track transport for you to the various tracks.
One of the top scenic drives in the world
The 45 minute drive from Queenstown will take you along a winding road that hugs the shores of Lake Whakatipu, along the foot of the Richardson Mountain range, and there are several areas for you to pull over and safely enjoy the spectacular views.
From October-May there are regular buses with Info & Track and Buckley Transport connecting Glenorchy to Queenstown and the tracks. For the rest of the year you can arrange charter transport with them.
In Queenstown, follow Shotover Street as it becomes Beach Street and ultimately The Esplanade.
Continue straight through the roundabout and follow the signs to Glenorchy.
After 45 kilometres of jaw-dropping scenery, you will arrive in Glenorchy. Turn left at the round about and drive to the end of Mull Street.
Glenorchy Lake House is located just behind The Trading Post, the last property on the right hand side, near the lake.
During business hours, The Trading Post acts as reception for our accommodation, so please check-in upon arrival. Glenorchy Lake House guest parking is located around the corner to the right and is well signposted.
If you would like to help capture the carbon from your journey, please click here to donate to the Glenorchy Community Native Plant Nursery – just $2 covers a roundtrip from Queenstown to Glenorchy in an average car. Thank you in advance to those who choose to help our environment and local community!