A perfect day trip from Queenstown is to visit Glenorchy and Paradise. Glenorchy, Paradise and its surrounding landscapes are absolutely stunning but, you do not have to take just my word for it because several people in Hollywood also agree. The landscapes are so picturesque that they have provided a home for several blockbuster movies, including Lord of the Rings, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
As a big Lord of the Rings fan, I was a little giddy and my imagination went wild thinking about Middle Earth! Yes, I am a total nerd.
Now onto Paradise, literally. There is no agreed upon reason why Paradise was christened Paradise, but the rolling farmland landscapes, juxtaposed against the beautiful mountain ranges makes it easy to understand why the area is called Paradise. But since I love to know the history behind city folklore, here are two theories as to how Paradise got it’s name:
1. Within the area of Paradise you have the ‘Rock of Eden’, Heavens Gate and you have to cross the River Jordan to get there.
2. The Paradise Duck calls this area home.
I particularly like the romanticism of theory one, just as I loved the myths as to why Valparaíso is so colorful! Eh, call me an romantic.
After exploring Paradise, we made our way back to Glenorchy for lunch. Visiting Glenorchy and Paradise was a perfect low key day trip from Queenstown.
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