The Glenorchy community, population 450, is on the countdown
to its sesquicentennial celebrations, and has raised $350,000
from grants, donations and community contributions for three
The Glenorchy lagoon walkway has been extended by 1.7km and
the historical Glenorchy library has been restored to its
A heritage trail around the town, to identify historical
buildings, is scheduled to open during Labour Weekend.
"Amazing combined efforts from businesses and locals in the
community" meant the three projects were ready to open
simultaneously, lagoon walkway co-ordinator and spokeswoman
Vladka Kennett said.
The celebrations committee had been planning the 150th
celebrations for three years and the entire community was in
the final preparations for the weekend, which included the
beard-growing competition with its judging and shave-off, and
lessons in old-time dancing. The lessons would be held at the
"A cavalcade of gold-miners will ride into town to officially
welcome [Queenstown Lakes Mayor] Vanessa van Uden to
Glenorchy on Labour Weekend [October 22].
"Richard Kennett will be their leader and will read a message
of goodwill to the Mayor from an old-fashioned scroll.
Keith Springer, who initiated the Glenorchy lagoon walkway 15
years ago, would officially open the extended boardwalk, and
well-known 92-year-old local Mary Aitken would open the
library, Mrs Kennett said.
The committee hoped many Wakatipu residents and those from
further afield would join the community in the many events
These included a 1950s-themed dance and heritage dinner, a
historical display, a "picnic in paradise" day, food stalls,
a DVD about the building of the Glenorchy Rd and a "one-off
trip around the head of the lake on TSS Earnslaw".
Visitors were encouraged to dress in period costume and be
transported to "days gone by".
The Head of the Lake 150th celebrations will be marked from
October 19 to 22.