A winding, beautiful 40-minute lakeside drive on one of the most scenic roads in the world will bring you to Mrs. Woolly’s General Store, a surprising collection showcasing good taste and healthful living with an array of distinctive fresh foods, home, handy and personal products and one-of- a-kind gifts.
Located at the entry to the rural township of Glenorchy, the remarkable selection at Mrs. Woolly’s General Store offers a wide range of whatever you might want or need and a handpicked cornucopia of the best of all things New Zealand.
From healthy chef-made takeaway foods for picnics and hikes, to fresh organic groceries, to unique artisan-made gifts, outdoor gear and clothing, practical kitchenware and hardware, our warm, friendly staff is ready to help with a smile and pointers on the best things to see and do while visiting Glenorchy.
And you can feel good about your purchases too: all profits from sales at the General Store go to benefit the local Glenorchy Community Trust, to support initiatives which promote a vibrant and regenerative community at the head of the lake.
Grab and go with an array of delicious sandwich wraps, layered salads, inventive little bowls of grains and goodness, and made-to-order pour-over coffee to nourish the body and fuel your fun.
Good-for-your-body ingredients ignite a foodie’s imagination with a generous medley of New Zealand-sourced basics and indulgences to make any tummy smile.
Something for everyone, from the unique memento of your visit to the South Island to the perfect find for Aunt Doris to that special something you didn’t know you needed.
BPA-free water bottles, hiking poles, binoculars, maps and guides, sunscreen, lip balm, a hat or that extra layer—stop by before or after you head up the valley to be sure you’re ready for the promise of a day you’ll remember, at the head of the lake and the heart of the mountains.
Make your visit to Glenorchy extra special by hiring a bike when you get here! Available for a full day or half day, self-guided with maps or guided by Revolution Bike Tours (0800 274 3348), seeing this beautiful place on two wheels – with a picnic from Mrs Woolly’s pantry! – makes your trip healthy, memorable and fun.
“Glenorchy, Kinloch and Paradise are all jewels of the south island but this is a glittering gem all by itself. If you do anything in the area stop by here. Just stop here, you couldn’t regret it if you tried.” CD, TripAdvisor
“Definitely a must do if you are a foodie. Excellent selection of food to choose from and gifts. But my real reason was to try the gelato recommended by TripAdvisor. It lived up to my expectations.” Janr20, TripAdvisor
“Ever bought a first aid kit, an amazing book for kids, and a fresh beef steak for BBQ at the same place? This store is truly general and really offers the atmosphere of a flashback to the 1920ies with modern flavor! A must see when visiting Glenorchy!” MItweltler, TripAdvisor
“There is a great range of high quality non-food stuff as well: the place is packed and requires serious fossicking. Take a break from Queenstown and whizz on up to the top of Lake Wakatipu and drop in on the Glenorchy General Store. Go there to buy interesting, nutritious food on your way into the Greenstone/ Caples/ Routeburn/ Dart/ Wherever.” Jacqueline405
“This is a little gold mine not to be missed at any cost. The store has the most yummy organic food and the most wonderful gifts and treasures that you really won’t want to miss. The staff are super helpful. Stop off here and get your sandwiches and cookies and drinks and pick up a few ‘one of a kind’ gifts to take home. I’m already having withdrawal effects and can’t wait to go back one day.” Nikki R, TripAdvisor
“A haven with heart.” 66Kiwi, TripAdvisor