Otago Youth Adventure Trust
Milton Rotary Tramping Club

Glenorchy Adventure

An exciting new addition to our Trip Calendar! 

If you have any queries about any of our trips, please contact the trip co-ordinator for that trip. Thank you.

Dates are 7th to 11th Feb for trip one

and 21st to 25th February for trip two

Price; $1295.00


Glenorchy lies near the borders of both the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks. Close by is Paradise, made famous by a New Zealand Television programme of the same name, as well as the bridge also known to many from the local series "One Lane Bridge". 

Based at the Glenorchy Backpackers, we will explore the stunning area with day walks, including the Lake Rere Loop Track and the lower Dart River. 

The Glenorchy Hotel will provide us with a comfortable bed each night, along with Breakfast, packed lunch and a delicious evening meal. 


Day 1; After arriving in Glenorchy and getting our accommodation sorted, we will walk the Glenorchy Lagoon Walkway. From the Glenorchy Waterfront, this gentle well-formed track follows the flood bank around the Rees River and Lagoon Creek. The boradwalk offers great views of Mt Earnslaw and the Humboldt Mountain Range. You will also encounter plenty of bird life, including Black Swans, Paradise Ducks and Canada Geese as the boardwalk traverses wetlands near Glenorchy. There will be plenty of time afterwards to explore Glenorchy at your leisure.

Duration 1 hour

Day 2; We will head down to the Greenstone carpark and walk the Lake Rere Loop Track. If you are looking for a full day out, exploring naturem this is the perfect option for you. This Loop Track takes you through various landscapes. It starts with native beech forest, and a bridge crossing over the stunning turquoise waters of the Greenstone River. You will walk beside the river for quite some time and go through forest and tussock before reaching Lake Rere. There are some amazing spots along the track to stop and admire the beautiful colour of the Greenstone River and the rock formations underneath. You may even attempt to jump in the water if you're brave! Part of the track also goes through open paddocks with some amazing views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. 

Duration 6 hours, including lunch stop at the Lake. 

Day 3; We will start the day by walking the Invincible Gold Mine Track. This 3-hour reutrn walk introduces you to the rich mining heritage of the area. Part of the Otago Goldfields Park, the walk gradually works its way up above the snow line so you get some great uninterrupted views of the Rees Valley and Mt Earnslaw. From Rees Road, this well-formed historic walking track is for people with moderate fitness and abilities. You can see remains of the water wheel and a unique set of seven berdans (large, revolving cast iron bowls in which the ore was ground). Miners built the track in the early 1880's, but you can now enjoy it without the sweat and tears they invested. 

Durations 3 hours

For those keen to see more, we will take the scenic 25 mintue drive from Glenorchy towards the Routeburn and explore the pristine nature for a few hours. Lake Sylvan track is well-defined and can be done as a loop. The walk through old moraine river terraces and tall red beech takes you tot he viewing platform of beautiful Lake Sylvan. Enjoy the views of surrounding mountains including Mt Earnslaw. You will have the opportunity to view many native birds such as robins, fantail and riflemen. 

Duration 1 hour 40 mintues (Loop Track)

Day 4; Start by heading back to the Greenstone Carpark and from there we will walk to the Mid Caples Hut, have lunch and return. This walk follows the Caples River up the Valley and has stunning views of open grass areas, bush and mountains all around us. Should be plenty of bird life to see and you may see a few Fallow Deer as well. 

Duration 6 hours (including lunch break at the hut)

Day 5; Across the road to Dart River Adventures. AS one of Queentown's most exhilarating activities, our Wilderness Jet, half day adventure, takes you on a spectacular journey, deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mount Aspiring National Park, where myth, heritage and fantasy come to life. Your guide gives you their authentic touch, talking about the area's rich history, the Greenstone Trail and countless Maori Legends. We'll also take the chance to tie up the boat and let you walk amongst the ancient beech tree forests - an atmosphere you may recognise from The Lord of the Rings films. Arrive back at the hotel for lunch and then we'll make our way back to Dunedin.


Our vans leave from the Leviathan Hotel in Dunedin at 8.30am. We can pick you up enroute. If you choose to meet us in Queenstown there is no discount to the cost of the trip. Prices are all based on travel from Dunedin. 

All food is supplied by the Glenorchy Hotel but you may wish to bring along some snacks such as scroggin. You will also need cash or card for your refreshments each evening. Snacks can also be brought from the hotel shop each day. 


Wendy McLay

Phone; (03) 417 8764 or 027 305 1340

Email; routeburn@ortt.org.nz


Trip Schedule

Dates Trip Name Price (NZ/Overseas)
7th Feb 2023 - 11th Feb 2023 Glenorchy Adventure Glenorchy Adventure FULL
21st Feb 2023 - 25th Feb 2023 Glenorchy Adventure Glenorchy Adventure FULL
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