Glenorchy, setting of The Lord of the Rings Movies

Blanket Bay is situated just outside Glenorchy, one of New Zealand’s last frontier towns at the northern head of Lake Wakatipu

Bordered on two sides by National Parks, this tiny village huddles against a backdrop of rugged high country, beautiful mountains, glacier fed rivers and ancient beech forests. It is here that Peter Jackson chose to film the epic movie trilogy, Lord of the Rings.

Glenorchy’s quaint streets and small collection of cafes, shops and a General Store offers a distinctly local New Zealand country flavour. In 2012 the town and district celebrated 150 years of settlement, with key celebrations held in October 2012. Take some time to explore this delightful community.

Just a few kilometres further up the road from Glenorchy lies Paradise Station.

Glenorchy is:

  • 4 kilometres from Blanket Bay
  • 44 kilometres (27.3 miles) from Queenstown
  • Location for much of the Lord of Rings movies
  • Walking track capital of New Zealand
  • Gateway to two spectacular national parks
  • Central to many great trout fishing rivers

Glenorchy is the jumping off point for three of the most famous walking tracks in New Zealand, (The Routeburn, the Greenstone/Caples, and the Rees/Dart walks). The Dart River is famous for its jet boat trips into the remote and spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park.