Adventures in Glenorchy

New Zealand's best-kept secret

The Road to Glenorchy

Is another beautiful South Island drive. While the West Coast Drive, the Lindis Pass, and the Road to Milford may take a few hours, the drive to Glenorchy is just 45 minutes of stunning scenery along Lake Wakatipu.

What to do:


Glenorchy is home to some of the best hiking in New Zealand. Whether you want to just spend an afternoon walking around the lake, a full day among the mountains and glaciers, or the world-famous multi-day Routeburn Track, there's something for everyone.

Skydiving Paradise

Skydiving is one of the top things to do in New Zealand, and I'm fortunate enough to have done it twice. Skydiving over Queenstown in 2012 was amazing, but skydiving in Glenorchy blew it out of the water. There's nothing quite like free-falling among one of the world's most beautiful mountain ranges, staring at the stunning Lake Wakatipu below. The company we went with is called Skydiving Paradise. They took the photos and video of the jumps.

Horseback Riding with Dart Stables

Our favorite part of our time in Glenorchy and Paradise was our Dart Stables horseback tour. They have tours for all levels of riders, and they do an amazing job of making you feel comfortable. The views certainly help make the experience memorable!

Where to Stay:

Unfortunately, there aren't many accommodation options in Glenorchy. Courtny and I stayed at an AirBnB called the Funky Bunker, but didn't have a great experience there. Making Glenorchy a daytrip is always an option, as all of their tourism companies can pick you up in Queenstown if you like.

We'll have plenty of stories from New Zealand's North Island, Australia, and Tahiti in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow on Instagram as well: @philnavatsykphoto. Thanks for reading! - Phil Navatsyk #honeymoon #drone #newzealand