Queenstown and Glenorchy, New Zealand

devils staircase, lake wakatipu in new zealand

Queenstown and Glenorchy, New Zealand

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. Todays post is all about Queenstown and Glenorchy, which includes our drive through the Devils Staircase, Bob’s cove and Paradise.

Lake Wakatipu

From Doubtful Sound (where we stayed in Te Anau) we drove up to Queenstown where the motorway 6 follows lake Wakatipu. Lake Wakatipu is shaped like Harry Potter’s scar and on the drive you will have the most incredible views of the Mountains and lake. An iconic place you can stop to take photos is the Devils Staircase, pictured above.


We then arrived in Queenstown and stayed for a few nights. Queenstown is beautiful and has anything you can imagine doing under the sun. It’s basically a millionaire’s playground. A lot of people will do an extreme sport while there, we had a friend who did a bungee jump! Sam and I didn’t do any extreme sports but explored the area, played frisbee golf in the park. (You can hire frisbees from the local cafe.) Had an infamous Fergburger and also played mini golf, so all the golfs!

Bob’s Cove

We also went to Bob’s cove which is just outside of Queenstown to do a hike. The walk passes through native bush to reach a stunning cove on Lake Wakatipu. it takes roughly 40 mins but there are many different paths to take.

melissa carne standing on jetty at bob's cove in new zealand
meliss carne sitting in front of mountains and lake wakatipu in new zealand
rope bridge in glenorchy in new zealand


We then drove onto Glenorchy which is a 45 min drive but, you will want to stop and admire the views. Glenorchy is famous for ‘Paradise.’ Paradise is big expanse of farm land and mountain ranges. It’s a pretty spectacular drive or walk, you feel completely immersed in nature.

While in the area we went on a walk to Lake Sylvan which was great as it was a bit drizzly and we had the protection of the trees. While in Glenorchy we were also suppose to go on an Isengard – Lord of the Rings horse trek. Unfortunately the weather came in bad so it got cancelled. But we went up to see the owner and the horses the day before and it seemed like a lovely family run business. Therefore, I will leave a link to it here.

Other posts

If you haven’t already please check out my other posts on our adventures around New Zealand which include: Doubtful Sound, Moeraki boulders and Nugget Point, Mount Sunday, Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook, Kaikoura, Wellington, Cape Palliser, Tongarriro, Craters of the Moon, Rotorua, Hobbiton, Piha, Coromandel, Waitomo Caves and Auckland.

Lots of love, Melissa x

Video credit – Sam Gill

sheep in front of mountains in glenorchy in new zealand