If you are planning a trip to NZ, and plan to use someone like Just New Zealand Holidays to put together your accommodation and land activities, you probably plan to do a bit of driving yourself. If this is the case, then you really need to plan. You can easily take the wrong turn and miss just amazing, and I mean amazing things. Also, if you prepare well, you know which points to stop at to see that vista and peak that you might otherwise just drive by.
When I first visited Queenstown, Glenorchy was not on my map of roads to drive on. We did the usual, off to the ski fields, Arrowtown, Wanaka, and of course Te Anau and Milford Sound. All these roads do not lead to Glenorchy. It’s on a one way road to ‘Paradise’, literally that is what the region near Glenorchy and surrounding the stunning Dart River is called! Talk about well named!
I have now learnt my mistake and found just an amazing drive. Glenorchy must be part of your driving holidays New Zealand itinerary. It is the hub of middle earth, and walkers and hikers know all about it. Lake Wakatipu is followed all the way pretty much from Queenstown, and you must take care not to be distracted when driving. If driving with a companion, taking turns up and back seems the fairest way to take it all in, and that is just the drive. Let alone the scenery. You can easily loose yourself for a good 3 to 5 days being based in Glenorchy. Do some walking, wilderness jetboating or for something truly unique, funyak (jump in an inflatable canoe and float down the Dart River absorbing the serenity of the World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring National Park! You can’t do that every day!)
When next you visit Queenstown, or a planning a trip that way, ask your travel provider to point out the turnoff to Glenorchy and make your Driving Holidays New Zealand - Queenstown to Glenorchy a part of your holiday that you just won't forget...