Glenorchy, New Zealand

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Glenorchy is located in New Zealand
Location of Glenorchy within New Zealand
Coordinates: 44°51′S 168°23′E / 44.850°S 168.383°E / -44.850; 168.383Coordinates: 44°51′S 168°23′E / 44.850°S 168.383°E / -44.850; 168.383
CountryNew Zealand
Territorial authorityQueenstown Lakes District
 • Total363[1]
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code03
Local iwiNgāi Tahu
The head of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy
Boatshed near wharf

Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. It is approximately 45 km (28 mi) by road or boat from Queenstown, the nearest large town. There are two pubs, a café and a range of small shops in the town catering mainly to tourists but also to the small resident population. There is also a small airstrip which caters to small planes.

The locality of Paradise is nearby.

The Dart River and Rees River flow into the head of Lake Wakatipu next to Glenorchy.


Glenorchy was named after Glen Orchy, a valley in Argyll, Scotland.[3]


Glenorchy is a popular tourist spot, close to many tramping tracks. It lies near the borders of Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park. The Routeburn Track, one of the New Zealand Great Walks can be accessed by passing through Glenorchy. Lesser known tracks such as the Greenstone and Caples Tracks and the Rees and Dart Tracks can also be accessed.

Some of the activities that can be experienced in or near Glenorchy include: canyoning, fly fishing, jet boating, horse riding, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, skydiving and boating. Just past the Glenorchy Golf Club is a circular public boardwalk which passes through the Glenorchy Lagoon and is a popular short walk for tourists and locals.

Film location[edit]



  • The 2013 BBC television miniseries Top of the Lake was also filmed in the area and was set in and around Paradise. While Queenstown is referred to during the series, Glenorchy doubles as the fictitious town of Laketop.[4]


Glenorchy School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 students,[5] with a roll of 31 as of November 2020.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2013 Census QuickStats about a place  : Glenorchy, New Zealand
  2. ^ "Address & Postcode Finder". New Zealand Post. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  3. ^ Jardine, D.G. (1978). Shadows on the Hill. A.H. & A.W. Reed Ltd. p. 185. ISBN 0589010093.
  4. ^ "Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake interview". Vulture. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Glenorchy School Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.
  6. ^ "Glenorchy School Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.
  • Reed, A. W. (2002). The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand Place Names. Auckland: Reed Books. ISBN 0-7900-0761-4.

External links[edit]

Glenorchy travel guide from Wikivoyage