If you’ve ever been to New Zealand or Japan and driven the roads you’ll realise there is one similarity: they don’t do ‘straight’. Well, of course they do but you won’t have to stray far to find a winding, twisting, and challenging road to keep you entertained.
Queenstown on New Zealand’s south island is one of the most popular tourist destinations with surrounding mountains and ski fields, vineyard filled valleys, and any kind of action sport you could think of. Head in any direction out of Queenstown and you’re immediately presented with amazing scenery and magnificent roads. One of those routes out is the road to Glenorchy, a town surrounded by farming, hiking and horse trails, as well as being used for scenes for Lord of The Rings.
It’s easy to get to as well. Starting off on the Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd out of Queenstown and follow the Lake Wakatipu shoreline with Ben Lomond on the right. Already the road will start to get interesting with amazing sweepers and equally amazing scenery.
Sweep up and around and power through. Does it get much better than this?
More sweepers and once past More Lake Rd the road winds into the trees every so briefly.
Take a pause at Wilson Bay or continue on. Let’s continue on!
You’ll pass a section where it really is a lane and a half. Caution is advised! But don’t worry, normal order resumes fair quickly.
Road. Scenery. Road. Scenery. So hard to choose! Especially when you crest a sharp right hander known as Bennett’s Bluff Lookout, giving you magnificent views, as well as views of the twisty road ahead.
Anyone carsick yet? Sorry! More of the same coming up!
The scenery just keeps changing on you in the background and never gets boring.
Eventually though, you’re going to reach Glenorchy. Definitely stop for a break and take in the views because they certainly are amazing. From here the road continues to the start of the Routeburn hiking trail and local farmland access roads, or simply turn around and do it all again!
Taken while driving on the return to Queenstown the views are probably optimised in this direction!