Glenorchy - South New Zealand
A visit to Glenorchy was on the agenda since planning began. The silence was incredible, the only sound I've heard was coming from a waterfall across the lake.
Glenorchy is a small settlement nestled in spectacular scenery at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand's south Island. It is approximately 45 kilometres by road or boat from Queenstown, the nearest large town.
Glenorchy is a popular tourist spot, close to many tramping tracks. It lies near the borders of Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park. The local scenery received worldwide attention when it was used as one of the settings in the first of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. The scene where Boromir was slain and leant near a tree, Lothlórien and Orthanc were a few that were shot in Paradise. Vertical Limit and X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were also filmed in the area.
The lake steamers were a lifeline to the community at the Head of the
Lake for over 100 years, bringing people, essential supplies and goods
and livestock to the market.
Activities which have had the most impact and were most reliant on the lake transport were Farming, Goldmininig, Sawmissling, Scheelite and Tourism.
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