The drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy offers fine scenery, many parts of which were filmed in Lord of the Rings as well as other popular movies and television shows.
The roadside scenery is fantastic, and there are also fine walks to consider along the route:
- Mt Creighton Loop Track || 2-4 hour loop walk. This scenic loop track passes through mountain beech and mānuka, with red beech in the gullies. Evidence of NZ’s gold mining history.
- Glenorchy Walkway || 1-2 hour loop walk. Travel to Glenorchy and follow this easy walkway through the wetlands, passing lakeside willows and viewing stunning mountain scenery above.
- Routeburn Daywalk || The Routeburn is one of New Zealand’s most stunning multiday hikes. But you can make an excellent day walk here, going to Routeburn Flats Hut and back in 4-6 hours. Trail head is about 30 mins past Glenorchy.