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Popular amenities for Glenorchy vacation rentals

Stay near Glenorchy's top sights

Kinloch Wilderness Retreat18 locals recommend
High Country Horses18 locals recommend
Mrs Woolly's General Store11 locals recommend
Dart River Adventures38 locals recommend
Glenorchy Animal Experience4 locals recommend
Paradise6 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Glenorchy

  • Total rentals

    60 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    20 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    20 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    30 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    4K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $30 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Glenorchy

All About Glenorchy

Located 30 miles from Queenstown on the edge of Lake Wakatipu on the South Island of New Zealand, Glenorchy is a small settlement surrounded by snow-capped mountains, ancient beeches, and crystal-clear lakes that draw cinematographers and outdoor lovers alike. You can hike through forests and along creeks, river terraces, and lagoons, or paddle a kayak to nearby islands. In the winter, backcountry and downhill skiers and snowboarders come for the scenic slopes. The mountain scenery around Glenorchy has served as the backdrop for some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.

The village itself is small and consists of just a few streets, many of which are lined with one-story buildings housing eateries, gift shops, and a general store that sells locally crafted mementos and healthy hiking snacks. At the northern edge of town, check out the Glenorchy Lagoon Scenic Walkway, a two-mile hike around the lagoon. You’ll walk through wetlands teeming with birdlife and catch views of Mount Earnslaw, the tallest peak within the jagged mountain range.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Glenorchy

Thanks to the wide array of outdoor activities all year round, there is no bad time to secure your Glenorchy accommodation. The summer (December through March) is a great time to take an epic hike in the surrounding mountains, when you’ll find the warmest weather and longest days. Alternatively, get out on Lake Wakatipu for a boat tour, or kayak on one of the glacial-fed rivers.

In the fall season (March through June), the temperature begins to drop and the forest turns into a sea of red, yellow, and orange. During the winter (June through September), the temperature plummets, and the surrounding ski fields are usually open by July. Spring (September through December) brings warm weather, longer days, and beautiful flowers. Thanks to the melting snow, this is also a great time for whitewater rafting.

Regardless of when you visit, it’s always a smart idea to pack for rain in Glenorchy, as the area is known for its thunderstorms. Don’t forget sunscreen to protect yourself from New Zealand’s strong rays, and insect repellent to ward off the sand flies. The air can get dry in Glenorchy, so carrying a good moisturizer helps prevent chapping.

Top things to do in Glenorchy

Lake Wakatipu

Snaking through a glacier-carved trench surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the cerulean Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s third-biggest lake and is fed by the Dart and Rees rivers. You can explore the lake on a historic steamship, by kayak, or by jet boat, or take a slightly chilly dip from one of the lake’s beaches.

Routeburn Track

This 20-mile hiking trail runs through the Routeburn Gorge, linking Fiordland and Mount Aspiring national parks and passing soaring mountains, rushing waterfalls, and pristine crystal-clear lakes. The start of the hike is located near Glenorchy, making the town a perfect base if you’re interested in doing a section of the trail.


This tiny settlement is just a 20-minute drive from Glenorchy. Along the way, you can stop and take photos at the tranquil Diamond Lake. While one of the biggest draws to Paradise is the town sign, there is also a great hiking trail here. Trek past the ruins of the Paradise Homestead before climbing a small hill for sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to stay in house rentals in Glenorchy?

    Experience the best of Glenorchy with our house rentals, starting at about $40 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there house rentals with a dedicated workspace in Glenorchy?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 10 house rentals in Glenorchy featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Do house rentals in Glenorchy have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with a bbq area in Glenorchy. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Glenorchy have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 20 house rentals with wifi in Glenorchy. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Glenorchy?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Glenorchy. Choose from more than 20 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Do house rentals in Glenorchy have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with air conditioning in Glenorchy. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Glenorchy?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 10 homes with air conditioning, over 20 homes with wifi, over 10 homes with a bbq area, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

  • Are there family-friendly house rentals in Glenorchy?

    Glenorchy has more than 20 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

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