Glenorchy Hikes & Walks New Zealand Queenstown South Island Travel

South Island in Winter Day 8: Glenorchy (aka Middle Earth)

The drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy was absolutely spectacular. It was only an hour drive, 45km of an amazing stretch of coast. Beware that it is wind-y though, so prep your best car sick remedies for it! I promise it’s worth it!

Ice on our windscreen to start the morning.

We had a couple of pies for lunch at the café, and then did the walk around the lake. It was one of the most beautiful walks we’ve E V E R done!



The track was muddy track with streams that had iced over. I had an O M G moment where I tried to grab a branch from the river and it was frozen in place. I had so much fun trying to break the ice, it was like being a kid in a candy store!

Initially we were going to drive back to Queenstown to capture the sunset but we were having wayyyy too much fun to leave early and ended up staying until the sun started to dip.

It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Dinner that night was at the Botswana Butchery – another institution. It’s in a beautiful old building along the lake (near Louis Vuitton) with quirky modern décor that still complemented the old school charm. We were lucky enough to get a private dining room upstairs, and were intrigued as to what it would be like. It was a small room, with two big cushy armchairs and a dining table, just for the two of us. The food was excellent!

That was our last hurrah before we flew home to Tauranga. We’ll be back for you one day South Island.

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