What is there to see between Glenorchy and Queenstown

What is there to see between Glenorchy and Queenstown? 

The stretch between Glenorchy and Queenstown has breathtaking landscapes and awe-inspiring countryside views. Want to learn more? Fasten your seatbelts and we’ll take you through the best things to see on this trip!


Distance from Glenorchy: 17.3 km

Distance from Queenstown: 63.4 km  

Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/jpcJ5HVYbMQSHhwr8?g_st=ic

No, we’re not talking about the land past the heavenly gates yet. Paradise is an awe-inspiring valley surrounded by jagged peaks and lush forests. 

Anyway, the remote location makes it perfect for an isolated getaway and an ideal place for stargazing. If you want to witness a sunset you will never forget, make your way to Paradise—the name says it all!

Pro Tip

  • Pack camping gear and spend a night under the stars here. It’s worth it!

Bennetts Bluff Lookout 

Distance from Glenorchy: 21.9 km

Distance from Queenstown: 24.2 km

Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Mn5xSxc6ioja5oVF8?g_st=ic

For a panoramic view of the entire region, head to Bennetts Bluff Lookout. From this vantage point, you’re able to see the Glenorchy township, Lake Wakatipu, and the surrounding mountains. 

Pro Tip

  • A sunrise or sunset from the bluff is an unforgettable experience. Remember, timing is everything!

Moke Lake

Distance from Glenorchy: 46.2 km 

Distance from Queenstown: 13.7 km

Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/4hYv79VvfVG6eYmK7?g_st=ic 

Moke Lake is the place to be if you want to witness some natural Kiwi beauty. This peaceful spot offers a stunning view of the mountains, untouched wilderness, and remarkable sunsets. 

Pro Tip

  • We suggest visiting Moke Lake during the weekdays if you want complete solitude. Don’t forget your fishing rod, as it’s the perfect spot for trout fishing!

Bob’s Cove

Distance from Glenorchy: 33.5 km

Distance from Queenstown: 13.7 km

Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/5DH3iso8SqHTWYV46?g_st=ic 

Bob’s Cove is a peaceful haven, a place to escape the bustling crowds. It’s also a great place for a family picnic, swimming or a short walk. 

Pro Tip

  • Bring your kayak or canoe and explore the area or even go fishing.

12 Mile Delta

Distance from Glenorchy: 35.4 km

Distance from Queenstown: 11.8 km 

Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/bjdrrsgp8yQ26k9d6?g_st=ic 

12 Mile Delta is an excellent place to camp, picnic, or take a relaxing walk by the water’s edge. Get your camera ready, as you might spot some native birds like the elusive Tui, New Zealand wood pigeon, or Fantail. 

Pro Tip

  • For those with a sense of adventure, take the unmarked track that leads up to the hill behind the campsite—the view from the top is worth the effort.

Mt. Crichton Loop Track

Distance from Glenorchy: 34.3 km

Distance from Queenstown: 11.8 km 

Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/mXh7XUGia6bsLDwh7?g_st=ic 

The Mt.Crichton Loop Track is a must-do for all keen trekkers. The hike boasts stunning views of flora and fauna, beautiful waterfalls, and historical gold-mining sites.

Pro Tip

  • Bring insect repellant, as this track has a lot of sandflies.

Wilson Bay

Distance from Glenorchy: 36.0 km

Distance from Queenstown: 10.1 km

Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/PpAq2BaeYtGbemFbA?g_st=ic 

Wilson Bay is a local favourite for picnics and swimming. The crystal-clear waters and the gently sloping sand make it the spot for swimming, sunbathing, or simply taking a stroll.

Pro Tip

  • Head over to the nearby Glenorchy Wharf and hop on a boat tour to explore the bay from the water.

Lake Wakatipu

Distance from Glenorchy: 47.7 km

Distance from Queenstown: 1.6 km

Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/WZB21LU8jMEy6uFk8?g_st=ic

Lake Wakatipu is the third-largest lake in New Zealand and one of the most outstanding examples of a glacier-carved landscape. The lake offers picturesque views that will leave you in awe.

Pro Tip

  • Catch the TSS Earnslaw, an iconic steamship that takes passengers on a scenic cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak Station.