Drive down the arm on the West Coast Side of Lake Wakitipu, to arrive at Glenorchy. The road is narrow and winding in places, however the 40 minute or so drive from Queenstown, is intercepted with some of the most stunning landscapes you have ever seen.
We enjoyed a fabulously clear late December day for our drive through from Queenstown, resulting in some wonderful photo opportunities. There really is no rush when you have opportunity to view this stunning landscape from many different angles throughout the drive.
By the time we arrived, it was lunchtime. There were a few lunch choices in this small township, from which we chose the Invincible Bar at the Glenorchy Hotel, with rough hewen outdoor seating, adding to the country feel, whilst looking towards the snow capped mountains.
Lunch was ordered and paid for at the counter, with staff delivering food to the table, after a short wait. All the staff were friendly, and we were lucky to have our lunch delivered just prior to a bus load arriving.
I chose the prawn twists with a side of aoli, instead of the usual sweet chilli sauce. The prawns were large, melt in the mouth varieties, making for a delicious light lunch. Hubby’s choice of the big seafood chowder was a hit. Packed with seafood, accompanied by a crusty bread, he really enjoyed this tasty treat.
Once you’ve made the drive into Glenorchy, you most likely will be looking for somewhere to sit and relax for a while. Under the umbrella adorning one of the tables, partaking of a quiet lunch, you may find it difficult to leave.
Be sure to check out the lakefront area, before you leave, you won’t be disappointed!