Glenorchy and Paradise

Glenorchy and Paradise

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.

Glenorchy and Paradise

Glenorchy and Paradise

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.

Glenorchy and Paradise

Glenorchy and Paradise

Glenorchy and Paradise

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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LocationLOCATION: South Island, New Zealand

  1. Paradise, indeed! I love living through you in these photos! Looks like you’ve had such a great time. The photos are beautiful! XO


  2. My goodness! That really is paradise! You’re so lucky to be in Middle Earth. How warm is it there (I know it’s there winter at the moment)?

    Emily x

    • Towards the end of the trip it definitely got cold, especially when we went black water rafting in freezing waters (wore two layers of thick wetsuits!)…So I will be back to NZ one day, just in their summer!

  3. Oh my goodness, this really does look like Paradise! I’d love to visit there someday, and the photos are STUNNING. (I’d totally think of Middle Earth too, so #noshame in running around wildly for LOtR!)

    May x • THE MAYDEN

    • Thank you Grace! I tried to go back to your blog to congratulate you on your 6 month anniversary, but for some reason the comments wouldnt load…

  4. Wow, just wow! That landscape is stunning! I have been wanting to go to New Zealand for years now (also LOTR fan :)) and these pictures make me want to go NOW! So beautiful :)

    • Hi Jessie! Yes, if you are a LOTR fan, you need to go to NZ! I feel in love with the beauty of NZ and the people are just so kind and wonderful! If you need specific tips on NZ, do not hesitate to ask. I have so many more pictures of places we visited that I am not posting because it would just be months of NZ pictures on the blog otherwise!

    • I loved your Potpourri post! So helpful and informative! When I get home from this trip, I will definitely give your recipe a try!

  5. Seriously though, this IS paradise! The first photo shown in this post looks straight out of an adventure/fantasy film – I’m half expecting to see something magical happen from that whirling mist haha :) Your photography is wonderful and this place seems heavenly.

    ps. so glad we’ve stumbled across each other’s blogs and thank you so much for your kind words on mine – I feel the same way about yours! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


    • I could not agree more Gabrielle! I am looking forward to building a little blog friendship :) Also I love that you love happy faces too!

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