This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Glenorchy.
Visitors come from around the world to experience the unique natural beauty of Glenorchy, New Zealand. Situated at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy’s landscape features majestic mountains, sparkling lakes and rivers, and forests full of ancient beech trees – making this part of the world the perfect setting for films, including Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
The main attraction in this area are the many outdoor activities and recreation opportunities for tourists to take part in – including hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, canyoning, horseback riding, and camping. In the winter, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the snow, with skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and skating. Adventurous tourists can even try skydiving to get a unique bird’s eye view of this incredible destination.
A Glenorchy hostel is the perfect base to explore the region, which features several world-famous multi-day hikes – so pack a sleeping bag! However, if you don’t want to spend the night outside, Glenorchy offers a variety of accommodation options. Hostels and hotels are numerous, and there are many cottage rentals and bed and breakfasts, as well.
While the town is small, visitors here can find a café, several pubs, and a selection of boutique shops in Glenorchy’s quaint downtown. There is also a local golf club, which features a beautiful public boardwalk that takes tourists right thought the Glenorchy Lagoon. The town is also right on the doorstep of both Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park.
While there is a small private airport in Glenorchy, most domestic and international flights will arrive into Queenstown – only about 45 minutes from town by car or by bus. There are taxis and buses available at the airport, but tourists looking to venture further from their local hostel or hotel might consider renting a car to fully experience this stunning area.
Written by local enthusiast for Glenorchy hostelsJakob Lombardi