NZ Trip: Glenorchy

November 15, 2023
Glenorchy New Zealand

I’ve had a bit of a break away from publishing NZ Trip posts but time to get back to it!

DAY 10 (22 May)

Today we took a day trip to Glenorchy, a small town at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, around 45 kms from Queenstown. It’s home for around 200 people. Glenorchy was named after Glen Orchy, a valley in Argyll, Scotland. It’s famous for its sweeping, rugged landscapes that inspired filming for Lord of the Rings. Also, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were also filmed nearby, as was the very dramatic, dark drama, Top of the Lake. It’s no surprise really that this area has been chosen so many times to be the backdrop of such epic productions, when you consider the beauty found here. We only scratched the surface with a couple of easy walks and a look around town.

On the drive to Glenorchy from Queenstown we dropped in at Bennetts Bluff Viewpoint. It was a short but steep climb to the viewpoint and well worth it as you can see from the two photos below, and there’s a short video of the view as well.

New Zealand

New Zealand

Coming up below you’ll see a couple of photos of the Glenorchy Wharf Shed (otherwise known as ‘the Red Shed’) which was originally built by NZ railways dept as a goods shed for freight carried on the steamers between Queenstown and Glenorchy.

You’ll also see photos showcasing how beautiful the landscapes around Glenorchy are. Most were taken from walking tracks (particularly from the Glenorchy Lagoon Walkway) or around town. We were blown away by the gorgeous scenes we saw on our walk and would love to go back another time to explore and see more. As well as the beautiful landscapes and water scenes we saw, we came across some beautiful horses in paddocks and encountered plenty of bird life, including black swans, paradise ducks and Canada Geese.

Glenorchy New Zealand

Glenorchy New Zealand

Glenorchy New Zealand

Glenorchy New Zealand

Glenorchy New Zealand

We had a small lunch at Mrs Glen’s Cafe (I had a bacon and egg muffin which interestingly had some chickpeas on the side!) and coffee later at Mrs Woolleys General Store where we also enjoyed a nice peruse of their Gifts, Homewares, Arts & Crafts while there.  

Bacon and Egg Muffin

For dinner tonight we ate at Pier Restaurant situated at Steamer Wharf in central Queenstown. We sat outside to start with, under a heater, because it was so beautiful out there by the water with all the twinkling lights … BUT … it was freezing!! We were given blankets and tried to manage but the cold became too much (even for me!) and we headed to a table indoors. I had Beef Wellington and The Tennis Player had lamb shanks – both delicious!

This was to be our last night staying in Queenstown and I can say with certainty, I was sad about that! I absolutely LOVED Queenstown. I’d heard it was for young people and for thrill seekers and really thought I’d feel out of place. I know we were there between seasons – not quite winter (ski season) and certainly no longer summer (water sports and thrillseeking activities) but the vibe I felt in Queenstown was welcoming to one and all. There was something for everyone and so many fabulous places to go for day trips, including Glenorchy as featured in this post! It was a happy place that was extremely picturesque and felt magical and uplifting! All up we had 4 nights in Queenstown and I know that I would go back again in a heartbeat and I’d stay longer. There’s so much more to discover, explore and enjoy, and I want more of that Queenstown vibe!

Early start in the morning as we head off next to Te Anau.

Ciao for now,

NOTE FROM MIN: This is my week over with Mum so I won’t be able to read and comment on posts that are linked up to this week’s #WWWhimsy until Thursday evening or Friday. I will do my best to reply to any comments on this post whilst over there though. Thank you for linking up and have a wonderful week!

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  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid November 15, 2023 at 7:29 am

    I really enjoyed that armchair adventure – thank you! As usual your pictures are absolutely stunning and this post might be the closest I ever get to New Zealand! Thanks for hosting x

    • Reply Min November 15, 2023 at 3:42 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Sammie. You still might get there one day – you never know! xo

  • Reply Natalie November 15, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Hi Min, Glenorchy looks stunning. I love all of your photos, especially the ones with water reflections. NZ has been on my list to visit. If it wasn’t for the very long flights to get from where I live to NZ, I would have been there already. Thank you for sharing and hosting. Have a great week!

    • Reply Min November 15, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Natalie, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and the photos. The long flight would be worth it – believe me – particularly if you also visited Australia while in that part of the world! 🙂 xo

  • Reply sherry November 15, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    such glorious photos. what an amazingly gorgeous place is NZ. Must get back there some day.

    • Reply Min November 15, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Sherry – I’ve yet to see the North Island but the South Island is simply stunning! I hope you get there one day to see for yourself!

  • Reply Debbie Harris November 15, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Min, your post took me back to our trip to Glenorchy a few years ago when we rode some rail trails over there! I have similar photos of Glenorchy and loved reliving this lovely part of the world. Thanks so much!

    • Reply Min November 15, 2023 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Deb – it’s so beautiful there isn’t it? Riding (I assume cycling?) rail trails I’m sure you sure some stunning scenery along the way. My mind was constantly blown away by what I saw over there. Just beautiful!

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee November 15, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    Your pics are so lovely! You really sell it to me! I love the wooden walkway!!

    • Reply Min November 15, 2023 at 3:50 pm

      So glad you liked all the pics Lydia. Maybe I should be working for NZ tourism! 😉

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 15, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    Your beautiful photos of Glenorchy bring back memories of when we were there. Ours was a short stay so we didn’t get to explore as much as we would have liked. It’s a beautiful part of the world.

    • Reply Min November 17, 2023 at 7:21 am

      Hi Jennifer, I’m so glad my photos brought back some nice memories for you! I’d like to explore more over there too. It sure is a beautiful part of the world. I loved it!

  • Reply Christie Hawkes November 16, 2023 at 6:58 am

    I can’t get over how blue the sky is in your photos. Just stunning! And the food looks good too. Thanks again for hosting the #WWWhimsey link-up.

    • Reply Min November 17, 2023 at 7:22 am

      Hi Christie, we were very lucky with the weather, apart from a couple of days earlier in the trip. It all seems so long ago now. I’d do it all over again, I enjoyed it that much!

  • Reply Joanne November 16, 2023 at 7:27 am

    That is such beautiful scenery! I can see why you were sad to leave.

    • Reply Min November 17, 2023 at 7:23 am

      Hi Joanne, the scenery was stunningly beautiful everywhere we went over there on the South Island of NZ. It was hard to leave every place and very sad to leave NZ when it was all over.

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