At the northern head of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy is the launchpad for some of New Zealand’s best multi-day tramps and Great Walks.
The famous 32-kilometre Routeburn Track and the 61-kilometre Greenstone Caples Track both start here. But you don’t have to be an intrepid tramper to enjoy the world-class wilderness of the area. For those short on time or endurance, there is also a plethora of short strolls and day walks to enjoy.
You’ll want to get out and walk here. Towering beech forest is dwarfed by even higher mountain ranges and blue lakes, braided rivers and tumbling waterfalls abound.
Get a taste of the Routeburn Track on the Routeburn Falls Hut day walk, learn about the region’s gold mining history on the Invincible Mine track, take an easy loop around the Glenorchy Lagoon or stroll through native beech forest to the shores of Lake Sylvan. In Glenorchy, you’re spoilt for choice.