Glenorchy is the true capital of the great outdoors. There are more than 19 different day walks in the area and several famous extended walks, such as the Routeburn Track and Greenstone-CaplesTrack, start nearby.
The scenery in the area is spectacular and if walking is not your thing, 4WD companies can help you experience the area in depth by taking you to some of the out of the way places that you only discover with inside knowledge and access to private land. Trips are available with a focus on the Lord of the Rings sites, gold mining, abandoned township and general scenery tours.
Flight-seeing trips by helicopter and fixed wing aircraft to Milford Sound and Mount Cook depart from Glenorchy airport. Milford Sound is just 36 kilometres in a direct line from Glenorchy. The change in scenery over this area is phenomenal and, if the weather is fine, it is one of the most spectacular excursions you will ever take. No landing fees at Glenorchy Airstrip mean that flight-seeing trips to Milford Sound can be more economical from Glenorchy rather than Queenstown.
The Dart River is magnificent for jet-boating. Travelling 35 kilometres into a World Heritage area to Sandy Bluff, guests experience the change from the wide open areas of a typical South Island river to the canyons at the top as you penetrate deep into Mt Aspiring National Park.
The lake offers great kayaking opportunities with trips to Pigeon island and from Kinloch to Mill Creek historic settlement and into some of the calm tributaries at the head of the lake.
The Dart River Valley is a stunnning location for horse trekking. Choose a trip for beginners where the focus is a scenic amble on a horse through the Paradise area or along the river, or choose a trip for experienced riders that will take you cantering through wide open spaces and spectacular scenery.