If you’re keen to get right away from it all and enjoy a slice of paradise then head up to Glenorchy, a tiny frontier town located a spectacular 45-minute lakeside drive from Queenstown. There are plenty of Kodak moments along the way so keep your camera handy and stop at the Bennett’s Bluff lookout for the ‘wow’ moment. From here on, the upper reaches of Lake Wakatipu are considered ‘Lord of the Rings’ country. The stunning snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes, rivers and national parks around Glenorchy featured prominently in the blockbuster movies and seeing them in the flesh will transport you to Middle-earth. Glenorchy is a gorgeous spot to explore and offers several dining options, a visitor centre, garage and general store, not to mention some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.If you’re keen to immerse yourself in the extraordinary landscapes and explore the outdoors, go wilderness jet boating, horse riding, fishing, kayaking or walk one of the renowned Routeburn, Greenstone and Caples tracks.