Glenorchy, New Zealand

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Glenorchy is located in New Zealand
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 several 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.


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 highly popular Routeburn Track can be accessed by passing through Glenorchy. Other locations such as the Greenstone Track, Caples Track, Kinloch, Rees-Dart Track, Dart River and Rees River are located nearby.

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 local scenery was used as one of the settings in the first of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. Lothlórien, Orthanc, and the scene where Boromir was slain and leant near a tree were a few that were shot in nearby Paradise. Vertical Limit, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were also filmed in the area. The 2013 television series Top of the Lake was also filmed in the area and was set in and around Paradise. Other films that did location shots in Glenorchy and the surrounding area are The Water Horse and Race to the Yankee Zepher.


Glenorchy was probably named after Glen Orchy in Argyll, Scotland.

See also[edit]


  • Reed, A. W. (2002). The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand Place Names. Auckland: Reed Books. ISBN 0-7900-0761-4. 

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Coordinates: 44°51′S 168°23′E / 44.850°S 168.383°E / -44.850; 168.383