GLENORCHY'S GUIDED ACTIVITIES


Glenorchy offers an array of ways to get out and see this pristine landscape via a number of high quality activities for either the eco tourist, soft adventurer, or full adrenaline junky.
Book all your activities at the Glenorchy Information Centre.

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Canyoning
Fly Fishing
Flights
Guided Scenic Tours
Guided Walks
Horse Riding
Jetboating
Kayaking
Lake Cruises
Mountain Bike Trails
Packrafting
Skiing and Snowboarding
Sky Diving
Track Transport

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CANYONING
Routeburn Canyoning in Glenorchy New Zealand

Routeburn Canyoning
Travel to the Routeburn Valley and find yourself abseiling, sliding and leaping through our hidden mountain canyon.

Canyoning has become a world wide adrenaline activity which involves travelling down narrow passages created by water erosion over thousands of years.

Routeburn Canyoning is an all weather activity and carried out by fully qualified, professional guides, with safety being paramount on each mission. All safety equipment is supplied, you just need to bring a towel, swim suit, liquid refreshments. No Hangover. You need to be an active person in good health, there are no special skills required and is 100% fun.

Departs: 10 am Queenstown accommodation or 11 am from Glenorchy Café.
Duration: Return trip Queenstown 7 hours, Glenorchy takes 5 hours (2.5 hours wet).
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FISHING

Glenorchy Fishing Tours Glenorchy Fishing Tours
From the beginner needing tuition to the experienced Fly Fisher there is a fishing adventure for you on a wide range of waters.

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Heli Fishing is a great activity in Glenorchy New Zealand Heli Fishing
Bruce Leitch our local fly fishing guide is available for day or overnight trips.
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FLIGHTS

One great way to appreciate Glenorchy’s fabulous alpine high country is from the sky. We can organise either a helicopter or fixed wing tour from Glenorchy’s airstrip into some of New Zealand most remarkable wilderness.


Alpine Choppers in Glenorchy New Zealand Alpine Choppers
Take an unforgettable helicopter flight to Milford Sound or over Mt Aspiring before landing on one of the Southern Alps glaciers. Or let your highly experience pilot tailor make your heli adventure for the day.

Mt Aspiring Scenic Flight with Glacier Landing
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Fly from Glenorchy to Milford Sound with Alpine Choppers Milford Sound and Glacier Landing
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Backcountry Explorer Glenorchy Backcountry Explorer. Exclusive backcountry experience and luxury mountain picnic.
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Glenorchy Air Glenorchy Air
Glenorchy Air has a number of beautiful scenic flight options including a short Glacier Flight over Glenorchy, Cruise on Milford Sound, fly over Mt Cook, Jetboat in Haast, or to see the Albatross and Yellow-eyed penguins in Dunedin. Everyone guaranteed a window seat.
Mt Aspiring Glacier Overhead Flight
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Milford Sound Fly Cruise Fly Milford Sound Fly Cruise Fly
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Mt Cook flights starting from Glenorchy New Zealand Mt Cook
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Glenorchy activities: Westcoast Fly Jetboat Fly West Coast Fly Jetboat Fly
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Taiaroa Heads Wildlife Taiaroa Heads Wildlife
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GUIDED SCENIC TOURS
Get an up close and personal look at the area’s natural flora and fauna, local history and today’s way of life on a 4 Wheel Driver adventure. A photographers haven.


Glenorchy Photo Tours Glenorchy Photos Tours
Macro or telephoto. An opportunity to take the photos you have always wanted.
Duration: Half day or All day options
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Glenorchy New Zealand High Country discovery tours with RD Tours RD Tours
High Country Discovery Tour

This half day exclusive farm tour will demonstrate high country deer, sheep and cattle farming in one of the most pristine alpine locations in New Zealand. Your agri-guide will show you round some of the 15500 acres at Mount Earnslaw Station.

At 1300 feet you will be captivated by the scenic views, enjoy a bush walk, wildlife and farm livestock while visiting the farmyard, woolshed and surrounding paddocks. Light refreshments will be served overlooking the sweeping views of Diamond Lake and Paradise in the Dart Valley.
Departs: 8.30am and 1.30 pm ex Queenstown or 9.15am and 2.15pm Glenorchy.
Duration: 4.5 hours Queenstown 3.5 hours Glenorchy.
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PackRafting

PackRafting

Life Begins Outside....

Whether you want to challenge your boundaries or are solely looking for a relaxing and unique way to see areas of our great wilderness that lay off the beaten track, we can cater for you.
Our fun packed packrafting day trip is created as an overall outdoors experience. Hike, climb, swim, play, raft or simply float and take in the breathtaking scenery, armed with your own paddle, a packraft and walking boots the opportunities are endless.

With these lightweight boats you'll be able to access some of the most remote and undisturbed rivers in the Southern Hemisphere, these hidden gems would usually be unreachable with conventional boats and kayaks alone.

Each morning we decide upon the best rivers and trails to use based on the water levels and the group's ability. Your guides will tailor the trip to the group's strengths and need for adventure, you will find out how to inflate the boats (which is a surprising and revolutionary technique), be given a full safety briefing and taught skills to control them in the ever changing rivers. Then with a guided tour down the river, it's entirely up to you whether you want to sit back and float serenely, frolick on the riverbank or go on the hunt for some rapids to play in. The adventure is all yours!

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GUIDED NATURE DAY WALKS

Routeburn Day Walk Routeburn Day Walk
Your guide can either pick you up from your Queenstown accommodation or you can meet the guide at the Glenorchy Café for morning tea before venturing into the Routeburn Valley and Mt Aspiring National Park.

Along the way, your guide will point out the unique flora and birdlife in this area. On reaching the Routeburn Flats Hut you can enjoy the lunch provided while taking in the splendour of the surrounding mountains.
The more adventurous are welcome to carry on up the 300m (980ft) climb, to Routeburn Falls. The walk to the waterfall is more challenging than the first section of the track, but promises to be the highlight of your day before heading back to the Routeburn Carpark.

For all the latest and most up-to-date information about the track, please go to the DOC website

Departs: 8am Queenstown accommodation or 9am Glenorchy Café.
Duration: 7 hours Queenstown or 5 hours Glenorchy.
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Lake Sylvan Lake Sylvan Guided Walk
From the Routeburn Valley, your walk will start when you cross the swing bridge over the Routeburn River and into the stunning native beech forest.

Your guide will point out relics from the early logging days, which includes an old tram line. The looped track is approximately 2.5 hours of easy walking, and reveals stunning alpine views of Mt. Earnslaw at several points along the way before arriving at the shores of Sylvan Lake. An idyllic backdrop for photos and a snack. and a perfect spot to stop for refreshments.
Departs: 8am & 12 noon ex Queenstown 9am and 1pm ex Glenorchy.
Duration: Allow 5 hours ex Queenstown 3 hours ex Glenorchy.
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Paradise Found Walking In Paradise
Share a unique combination of scenery, heritage, and a gimps of the Lord of the Rings movie locations has made this popular guided day walk a must for everyone looking for the true New Zealand.
Departs: 8am & 12 noon Queenstown 9am and 1pm Ex Glenorchy.
Duration: Allow 5 hours ex Queenstown 3 hours ex Glenorchy.
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HORSE RIDING
Glenorchy is known for its horses and some of the most scenic riding in the world. Two commercial companies operating in the area offer great riding opportunities for everyone from the complete beginner to the experienced. Two hour, all day or multi day treks will take you riding through open flat land, river crossings and untouched beech forests, while taking in the mountain vista.


Dart Stables Ride of the Rings Dart Stables
Ride of the Rings 2 hour exclusive Lord of the Rings Tour
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Dart Stables River Wild Dart Stables
The River Wild 2 hour riding winding across the alluvial Rees River and creeks
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Dart Stables

Dart Stables
A Day In Paradise riding from Glenorchy to Paradise or vise versa. Lunch included.
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Dart Stables Overnight at Paradise Dart Stables
Overnight In Paradise A two days riding in some of the best horse country, camping overnight in rustic backcountry huts.
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High Country Horses River & Willows High Country Horses
River & Willows 2 hour ride from Rees Valley Station winding across the river.
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High Country Horses Paradise loopins High Country Horses
Paradise View 3 hour riding at the Head of Lake Wakatipu overlooking Paradise.
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High Country Horses Mountian High River Deep
High Country Horses
Mountain High River Deep All day ride surrounded by spectacular mountains and crossing the alluvial Rees river. Lunch included.
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JETBOATING
Travel in comfort on board a Dart Valley jet boat safari into some of New Zealand’s most magnificent alpine backcountry and Mt Aspiring National Park and World Heritage Area.

You are invited to explore the ancient beach forest and hidden rock pools while enjoying stories of local ledgends and listen to native birds within this mountainous vista.


Dart River Safaris Dart River Safaris Jetboat into Mt Aspiring National Park retuning through Paradise by coach.
Departs: 8am and 12 noon Queenstown or 8.50 and 12.50 Glenorchy
Duration: Allow 5 hours from Queenstown 3 hours back to Glenorchy.
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Dart Wilderness Adventures Dart Wilderness Adventures The original jetboat tour including 20 minute bush walk into hidden rock pools.
Departs: 8am and 12 noon Queenstown or 8.50 and 12.50 Glenorchy
Duration: Allow 5 hours from Queenstown 2.5 hours on the river.
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KAYAKING
Take this opportunity to paddle some of the most scenic waters in New Zealand while finding out about the area’s important ecological history.


Dart River Fun Yaks Dart River Fun Yaks
Combine a Dart River jetboat safari up the Dart River into Mt Aspiring National Park before paddling slowly back through this mountainious valley. A luxury picnic lunch is supplied on a secluded beach near hidden rock pools.
Departs: 8am Queenstown or 8.50 and 12.50 Glenorchy
Duration: Allow all day.
Exclusive options are also available.
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Kayaking Kayak Kinloch
Explore the upper Lake Wakatipu as you paddle the surrounding area overlooking the Richardson and Humboldt Mountains. Your guide will ensure a full safety briefing before taking you on the water and finding out about this amazing area.
Refreshments are included and guests are welcome to relax in the hot tub following there adventure.
Departs: 8 am Queenstown, 9 am Glenorchy, 9.30 Kinloch
Durations: Allow 3.5 hours (including hot tub) Back in Queenstown 3 pm.
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Kayaking Rippled Earth Kayaking
Glenorchy Islands Safari
Paddle across Lake Wakatipu to the islands. Enjoy the song or a hundred native birds while exploring their forest. These islands are a natural wildlife reserve and a conservation success story.
Departs: 8 am Queenstown, 8.30 am Glenorchy, or 1 pm Queenstown 1.30 pm Glenorchy (WINTER DEPARTURE 10 am 10.30 pm Glenorchy)
Durations: Allow 4.5 hours return to Queenstown

Dinner on Sunset
Kayak from Glenorchy across the head of Lake Wakatipu to the historic lodge at Kinloch. Enjoy your dinner overlooking the lake and mountains, before paddling back on sunset.
Departs: 6 pm Queenstown, 6.50 pm Glenorchy SUMMER ONLY
Durations: Allow 4.5 hours return to Queenstown
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LAKE CRUISES

Glenorchy Ferry & Lake Cruises Glenorchy Ferry & Lake Cruises at the Head of Lake Wakatipu.
From Glenorchy wharf join the friendly crew to enjoy a few hours fishing or take your friends on a charter cruise around the Islands.
Departs: On demand.
Duration: Private and Fishing Charters on demand.
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MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

Glenorchy Ferry & Lake Cruises

Glenorchy Mountain Bike Trails There are a number of trails in Glenorchy, ranging from easy beginner to advanced/expert trails.

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Glenorchy Mountain Bike Hire Glenorchy Information Centre offers hire of Mountain Bikes, per hour or day. Enquire about multi-day rental rates. Complimentary vehicle and luggage storage.
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PACKRAFTING

PackRafting

PackRafting

Life Begins Outside....

Whether you want to challenge your boundaries or are solely looking for a relaxing and unique way to see areas of our great wilderness that lay off the beaten track, we can cater for you.
Our fun packed packrafting day trip is created as an overall outdoors experience. Hike, climb, swim, play, raft or simply float and take in the breathtaking scenery, armed with your own paddle, a packraft and walking boots the opportunities are endless.

With these lightweight boats you'll be able to access some of the most remote and undisturbed rivers in the Southern Hemisphere, these hidden gems would usually be unreachable with conventional boats and kayaks alone.

Each morning we decide upon the best rivers and trails to use based on the water levels and the group's ability. Your guides will tailor the trip to the group's strengths and need for adventure, you will find out how to inflate the boats (which is a surprising and revolutionary technique), be given a full safety briefing and taught skills to control them in the ever changing rivers. Then with a guided tour down the river, it's entirely up to you whether you want to sit back and float serenely, frolick on the riverbank or go on the hunt for some rapids to play in. The adventure is all yours!

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SKIING / SNOW BOARDING

Invincible Snowfield, Photo by Miles Holden Invincible Snowfield
A privately owned mountain recreation area within the Rees Valley offering some of the best backcountry skiing and riding in New Zealand

Designed for small groups of adventurous snow seekers this field is accessed only by helicopter and equipped with a 700m long nutcracker rope tow, giving you 300m of vertical lift every run.

Invincible has a snug alpine hut which sleeps up to ten people on a mezzanine floor in sleeping bags. The hut is heated by a roaring potbelly and has gas cooking. Use of the hut is exclusive to the group that books it and it is available as a venue in its own right for anyone who would like the experience of winter alpine conditions amongst frozen peaks. A brilliant base for ice-climbing trips in early winter and winter survival skills or avalanche courses.

NOTE: Not for the faint hearted or inexperience skier or boarder.
Invincible Heli Ski Day
Invincible Heli Ski Overnight
Ice Climbing
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SKYDIVING

NZ Skydiving over Paradise NZ SkyDive – Vertical Decent
This is one of the most scenic tandem sky dives in the world, with awesome views of Glenorchy, Southern Alps, Mt Aspiring and the Tasman Sea.

After a short but thorough safety briefing and safety kit check you will start your assent on board the aircraft. Once you have reached 12,000 ft your instructor will securely fasten your harness and make the final safety check before freefalling 200 kms, 45 seconds towards Paradise.

The exhilarating freefall combined with the tranquility of the parachute ride makes it an experience you will never forget.

Depart: 8am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm pick ups from Queenstown or meet at Glenorchy Airstrip half an hour later.
Duration: 4 hours from Queenstown. Including 20 min scenic flight, 45 seconds freefall, 7 minutes relaxing under the parachute. Life time: Engraved into memory.
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TRACK TRANSPORT

Get there with the Glenorchy Track Transport Need to get to Glenorchy or onto our famouse Walking Tracks? Transport to or from Queenstown via Glenorchy Information Centre can be booked with Glenorchy Information Centre. After hours transport can be arranged for those that miss the scheduled services.
We make bookings for Info&Track and BackPacker Express. Both depart from Glenorchy Information Centre.
TRACK TRANSPORT (PDF)
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