Last Updated: 24th Nov 2023


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Glenorchy Wetlands

Glenorchy, Otago

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Last Updated: 24th Nov 2023


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Grunt Factor: 6 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Plantation/exotic forest



Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.6%


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A nice tour of Glenorchy and the surrounding wetlands as they head out towards the aptly named Paradise.

Our route starts near the carpark for the Glenorchy Walkway, however you can start anywhere in the village and head for the wharf and historic shed. Take a few minutes to read up on the history, There's heaps to take in inside the shed.

This route can be completed either clockwise or anti-clockwise (note: the GPX file is anti-clockwise). If you are heading clockwise, head north up the side of the Rees River as it arrives into the head of the lake. Take note, swimming here can be exceedingly dangerous, don't be tempted.

For the rest of the run take the Glenorchy Wetland trails on a combination of boardwalks and easy trails as they meander around waterways. Some great vantage points of Mt Earnslaw and the surrounding mountains are on offer. Loop back round the north loop and back to the carpark. 

Beautiful views of the top of the lake and surrounding mountains.

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Plenty of parking nearby.

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Not much to challenge the nav here. The wetland loos have good signage and maps.

Generally good.

Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Water is available in the village

Can be stinking hot in summer or frozen in winter but will usually be somewhere in between.

None to note.

Mrs Wooleys Camp cafe

Glenrochy Pub

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Lovely flat trail with beautiful mountain views. Lots of boardwalks to navigate through the wetlands

Janette Gwilliam

October 21, 2023

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