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The Ultimate in Paradise

Indulge yourself in the ultimate adventure...

From private heli access into magical hiking locations to intimate fireside tasting experiences and exquisite dining with some of the best chefs, this best-of-everything getaway showcases some of New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes.

Join us for a breathtaking journey into the most treasured locations that few know about.

Your experience takes you up to the Mt Earnslaw basin where you will hike alongside a glacial-fed river, surrounded by cascading waterfalls, towering cliffs, and hanging glaciers. Another day will take you up to experience the stunning 360-degree panoramic views at the summit of MtAlfred, while enjoying the scenic heli flight back down, and around the mountain and over the river deltas. Our Ultimate in Paradise getaway features the most magical locations that make our Southern Lakes region and the Routeburn Track so famous.  You can enjoy this all with our local expert guides by your side.

At the end of each day, relax in our warm comfy homestead lodge before indulging in a sumptuous dinner with our award-winning chefs, who source the best local seasonal foods and wines in our region.  Your evenings wrap up with entertaining stories from local historians and storytellers before retiring to your private chalet.

Our legendary personal service and special touches throughout promise to provide you with an experience you will cherish forever!

Upcoming trip dates

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per person from
NZD $6,995
6 days
Trip Highlights: 
  • Experience two extraordinary heli hikes that provide lifetime memories!
  • Discover the Earnslaw Burn, Glacier and Waterfalls with your private guide
  • Revel in the 360-degree magical views from up on Mt Alfred
  • Enjoy a beautiful day in the beech forest on the famous Routeburn Track
  • Experience an enchanting dinner at the historic Paradise Trust
  • Taste craft beer with our local brewmaster
  • Hike the Whakaari Trail overlooking the breathtaking river deltas
  • Relax into a 90-minute massage treatment with one of our expert therapists
  • Enjoy optional daily gentle stretch yoga classes
  • Indulge in food prepared daily by our world-renowned chefs
  • Unwind in our peaceful eco chalets with king bed & ensuite

Looking at different dates or can't find trip dates to suit? Please contact us to arrange a bespoke booking of 5 to 25 people—we’ll be happy to craft something special just for you.

Your all-inclusive trip features:

Premium Eco Lodging
Hiking
Yoga
All Meals Included
Tree Planting
Massage
Local Guides
Transport
Heli Flights
Craft Beverages

ITINERARY overview

Our Adventures in Paradise experiences are designed to nurture your spirit.
You'll find yourself relaxing at last: walking a little slower, breathing a little easier and sitting a bit more deeply in your seat.
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Queenstown pick-up with private luxury lodge visit en-route to your Glenorchy experience

En-route from Queenstown to your base for the next five nights, Camp Glenorchy, we’ll stop at a private luxury lodge for a scenic walk and specially prepared lunch by our local gourmet chef. This hidden oasis is guaranteed to touch your heart as it welcomes you into our beautiful Otago region.

After lunch we'll continue our journey to Camp Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu, so you can sit back and enjoy one of the most scenic lakeside drives in the world! Upon arriving, you’ll be welcomed by your Camp Glenorchy hosts and shown to your private room with ensuite, before getting together with your group for a short tour of your new home base. Your expert guides will then provide you with an overview of the next six days and offer a walking tour of Glenorchy. Or if you prefer, stay behind and relax in your private cabin to enjoy the serenity of Camp Glenorchy.

The evening will commence with pre-dinner drinks and canapés before a sumptuous dinner featuring an assortment of the Otago region’s finest foods and best regional wines. We’ll finish the evening with a short programme that is sure to inspire! Upon booking your trip, your Getaway Specialist will speak to you about your preferences for these evening programme topics, so they are tailored to fit your personal interests and passions.

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Day 1

A day on the Routeburn Track

Wake up in paradise and look outside your cabin window to see the sun coming up on the mountains! After an optional yoga and gentle stretching class, followed by a delicious breakfast, we’ll head off to hike one of our favourite walks. Enjoy a day on the breathtaking Routeburn Track within Mount Aspiring National Park. Experience a variety of landscapes framed by soaring mountain peaks, crystal blue rivers, suspension bridges, and roaring waterfalls. This Great Walk is famous for a good reason! (If you’ve already experienced this particular hike, no worries. Blessed with the most stunning backyard, we have excellent alternatives up our sleeves – just chat to your Getaway Specialist upon booking.) 

After a thrilling day walking in the beautiful beech forests, we’ll stop at Mrs. Woolly’s General Store to indulge in some homemade treats. We’ll then return to Camp Glenorchy for some free time before coming back together for a well-deserved classic Kiwi BBQ, followed by a short, entertaining programme.

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Day 2

Earnslaw Burn waterfall heli-hike & Paradise craft beer experience

Today is sure to take your breath away! No mountain view could be more majestic and tantalising than that of the Earnslaw massif. We’ll take a short yet incredibly scenic helicopter flight that will provide you with extraordinary views over the township of Glenorchy and the braided river deltas, before landing in the Mount Earnslaw basin. Hike alongside a glacial-fed river surrounded by cascading waterfalls, towering cliffs, and hanging glaciers. Arriving at a tussock-covered valley with jaw-dropping views of one of the most spectacular settings in the country, a gourmet lunch awaits you. Soak in the natural beauty of the area and surrounding waterfalls while taking photos you’ll cherish forever.

Once back at your home base, you’ll get to choose from a relaxing massage or free time before our off-site evening program. For those wanting more of a challenge, you have the option of a much longer walk down the bush-covered valley through ancient beech forest, to the trail end. After our unforgettable day on the trail, we’ll meet back up for a special evening at the historic Paradise lodge - yes, Paradise is a real place! We’ll enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the rustic setting of the old schoolhouse, including an intimate craft beer tasting experience with our local brewmaster. A high country station themed dinner will follow, featuring the best of the region’s fresh local fare.

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Day 3

Brunch at the founders’ private home & your choice of activities

Today our Camp Glenorchy and Adventures in Paradise founders invite you to join them for brunch at their private mountainside home overlooking Lake Wakatipu. Here we’ll share a delicious brunch in a private setting with uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and lake.

After a lovely meal and optional tour of the founders' art collection or a nearby hike, the rest of the day is yours to decide! Incredible outdoor activities you can choose from include  kayaking to Pigeon Island, horseback riding, fly fishing, jet boat rides, cycling, a photography tour, and many other activities. Or choose to relax at your home base with a luxurious 90-minute massage. The choice is yours and this day is purely to delight YOU!

After an incredible day, re-join your group for pre-dinner drinks and an interactive dining experience that’s fun and easy. Our chefs will prepare the ingredients for this unique opportunity to ‘build your own meal’ and enjoy a relaxing evening sharing your day’s activity highlights with your fellow travellers.

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Day 4

Mt. Alfred summit heli-hike

Today you’ll have the chance of a lifetime – summiting Mount Alfred and revelling in the simply stunning panoramic views from atop this incredible conical mountain! But this isn’t any ordinary hike - inaccessible to the public, we’ve made special arrangements to access this trail with a local expert guide by your side. A local, internationally-known nature photographer will join our guides to lead you on this remarkable journey, sharing the mountain as well as tips and tricks to help you capture the shot of the dramatic landscape spread out before you. To make this experience even more special, we’ll ascend by foot and then descend by helicopter so you can get a bird's eye view of what you’ve just achieved. If you’re a hiking warrior, there is always the option of hiking back down the mountain too.

In the evening, we’ll come together for our last pre-dinner drinks with our new like-minded friends, and a special Farewell Dinner party that may have a few surprises!

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Day 5

Whakaari hike or regenerative native planting

After another optional yoga class and delicious breakfast, you have the option of one last morning hike up the historic Whakaari Conservation Area. Or if you prefer, you'll have the opportunity to leave a piece of you in Glenorchy to come back to one day, by planting your very own native tree or shrub at our chosen restoration area - an incredible way to give back to the community. Following your chosen activity, we’ll have morning tea before your guide takes you on your last journey back down the most picturesque road in New Zealand.  Arriving in Queenstown by noon, we will all bid farewell...until next time!

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Day 6

Book in confidence

We’re not in the business of creating worry or anxiety. In fact, quite the opposite. When booking our getaways you can be assured that:

  • Lifetime deposits are fully transferable across dates and getaways, and will never expire!
  • Bookings are transferable across travellers. Can’t make it? Find a friend to take your spot.
  • Need to make a change? We're always just an email or phone call away. Rest assured we're here to serve.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your sustainability credentials?

We like to think of Adventures in Paradise, and more broadly The Headwaters, as a regenerative operation; meaning our mission is to actively make things better than they currently are.

Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat, part of The Headwaters and where you'll rest your head in blissful sleep each night, is a net positive accommodation provider, meaning we generate more energy than we use onsite each year. We also use 50% less water than similar facilities and are certified by the International Living Futures Institute as meeting the imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, the most stringent environmental guidelines in the world!

We are committed to extending our regeneration principles to our Adventures in Paradise experiences, so you'll enjoy knowing that all your delicious food is healthy, locally sourced and free of additives. Your meals in the field are tasty and free of unnecessary packaging. And on the last day of each of our experiences there's also a unique opportunity to take active part in contributing to a community regeneration project.

What are the rooms like?

Your Adventures in Paradise experience will be based at Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat. You'll be staying in one of our beautifully-appointed eco cabins which each include a private ensuite bathroom with walk-in rain shower, a king-size or split-king single beds, your own covered verandah and lounge chairs to take in the breathtaking views, warm welcoming rustic décor and original artwork by local and NZ artists.

Are there private bathrooms?

Yes! All eco cabins feature a private ensuite bathroom with walk-in rain shower, covered verandah and lounge chairs to take in the breathtaking views of Glenorchy and the surrounding mountains.

What services are available?

Camp Glenorchy's eco cabins redefine 'luxury meets sustainability'! Here you'll relish relaxing into a range of modern comforts including heated floors, triple glazed windows, keycard entry, sound proof walls (they are amazing!), temperature-controlled fresh air exchange and fine natural-fiber linens and towels. Spa, laundry and state of the art drying room facilities are also available onsite. Free high-speed internet access is included, and while we'll be spending time during the day in remote areas that may have spotty or little coverage, mobile coverage at Camp Glenorchy and in the township is very good.

How do I make a booking?

Easy! Book online here or just get in touch and we will arrange your booking.

Can I change my booking?

Yes, once you've paid your deposit you can change your departure date or transfer to to any of our other getaways - provided you make this change before full payment is due (no later than 60 days before the departure date).

What's the cancellation policy?

To help preserve our ability to generate a profit, all of which goes to the Glenorchy Community Trust, our cancellation policy is as follows:

Cancellations more than 30 days before departure date will receive a full refund, less the Lifetime Deposit. While the Lifetime Deposit is non-refundable, it is fully transferable across all getaways and future dates, and does not expire.

Cancellations made less than 30 days before departure date will receive no refund.

A cancellation will only be considered effective once the Adventures in Paradise team has received email confirmation of a guest’s notification of cancellation.

See our full booking terms and conditions here.

Do you cater to a range of dietaries?

Yes! Anything goes - please let us know when you get in touch and we'll make sure your Adventures in Paradise chefs and guides can plan to meet any special needs.

Do you offer private or bespoke trips?

Absolutely! Our getaways are a great option for a family or group of friends - if you'd like to go private, chat to us about our options.

What if I want a meal out or free time from the itinerary?

We’ve designed our getaways with a sense of connection and community in mind, so we’ve included all meals with your like-minded fellow travellers. Because of our values and selection of activities, we tend to attract similar guests with aligned interests so you'll be in excellent company. We also pride ourselves on including absolutely everything during your trip to allow for the best value experience. Because Glenorchy is such a small village, there are limited dining options which is why we’re happy to provide our guests with delicious meals daily. In saying that, this is your trip of a lifetime so if you prefer to eat out one night, you’re certainly welcome to do so.

What are the guides like?

Our guides are beautiful spirits! As you explore together, your guides will share their passion and knowlege about the area, the local flora and fauna, the fascinating history of Glenorchy and the head of the lake, and informative commentary throughout. They're humble, patient and worldly - they know how to tell a good story and they know this place like the back of their hand.

What else is there to do in the area?

You'll soon discover that the people of Glenorchy have created a wonderful lifestyle for themselves here at the head of the lake. We have plenty of additional hiking options to share with you, as well as a raft of other outdoor activities. Consider booking a few extra days to soak in the healthy mountain lifestyle. If you're keen to relax and make this a personal wellness retreat, that's available, and if you want to engage your creative side there are art and photography workshops. Head on over to our Camp Glenorchy experiences page to learn more!

What's the cancellation policy?

To help preserve our ability to generate a profit, all of which goes to the Glenorchy Community Trust, our cancellation policy is as follows:

Cancellations more than 30 days before departure date will receive a full refund, less the Lifetime Deposit. While the Lifetime Deposit is non-refundable, it is fully transferable across all getaways and future dates, and does not expire.

Cancellations made less than 30 days before departure date will receive no refund.

A cancellation will only be considered effective once the Adventures in Paradise team has received email confirmation of a guest’s notification of cancellation.

See our full booking terms and conditions here.

What clothing will I need to bring?

Glenorchy is located at the head of the lake and the heart of the mountains. It's a beautiful and ever-changing alpine environment and as such, the weather can change quickly. We'll provide you with a comprehensive gear list well in advance of your getaway. The main things to keep in mind are to layer breathable, quick-dry active wear for our daily activities, and to bring casual, comfortable clothing for relaxing at the lodge in the evening. A good sun hat, and a pair of well worn-in, lightweight hiking boots will also be essential.

Are children welcome on these Getaways?

Please chat to us if you'd like to organise a getaway with children under the age of 12.

When is the best time to visit Glenorchy?

We offer our experiences all year round, so there’s really no bad time to visit Glenorchy! Generally, the most popular times to visit are the summer and shoulder seasons; however, we love the winter here too: everything's a bit quieter and bright, cool, clear days are common, which makes for stunning photos.

How do we get to Glenorchy?

If you're joining us on an Adventure in Paradise, your transportation will be convenient and hassle-free. We'll pick you up from Queenstown Airport or central Queenstown, and chauffeur you along one of the world's most beautiful drives to your destination as you take in the breathtaking views of your 45-minute journey alongside Lake Wakatipu.

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