From soaring mountains to a wild and dramatic coastline, golden
hill country to crystal alpine lakes, the Southern Lakes region is
one of the most diverse and beautiful regions in New Zealand.
Visitors are captivated by the breathtaking scenery and
changing seasons of the area. The region draws breath from
the dramatic landscapes in every direction, with rugged mountains
and the established four-season resort of Queenstown, the gorgeous
historic village of Arrowtown past Lake Hayes, to Lakes Wanaka and
hawea in the north, an inspiring place of tranquility and beauty at
the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park.
Queenstown, named because it was fit for Queen Victoria, is the
Southern Hemisphere's premier four-season lake and alpine resort.
Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores
of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstowns stunning scenery is
inspiring and revitalising.
No two days will ever be the same in New Zealand's adveture
capital. There's skiing in the Winter and activities such as
bunjy jumping, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and
river rafting all year round. If hardcore adventure isn't
your thing, there are plenty of mellow options available too.
Experience one of the many walking and hiking trails,
sightseeing tours or indulge yourself with spa treatments, boutique
shopping and excellent food and wine.
One hundred and forty years after being established as a gold
mining camp, central Queenstown has transformed in to a
sophisticated cosmopolitan twon. There's a permanent buzz
where you'll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a livey bar
scene and excellent shopping.
Head out of Queenstown and the drama of the Central Otago
landscape unfolds around you. If you're a Lord of the Rings
fan you'll recognise many of the locations of Middle Earth here.
Twenty minutes from Queenstown, arrowtowns gold-mining
history is alive and vibrant. Visit the lakes District
Museum or go gold panning. Forty minutes from Queenstown at
the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu is rural glenorchy and Paradise
Valley. From here it's a short drive in to the mt aspiring
National Park and the start of some of New Zealand's great walks,
and the gateway to Milford and Doubtful Sounds.
Head to the north and you'll come across Lake Wanaka. The
perfect setting for an unhurried weekend getaway, an action packed
outdoor adventure, a leisurely family holiday and a photographer's
In Winter, skiers flock o this region from all over the World
for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble cone,
cross-country skiing at Snow farm and heli-skiing in the Harris
Mountains and beyond. But Wanaka is much more than a Winter
destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking,
canyoning, climbingh and skydiving.
Be the Queenstown thrill seeker - bungy jump (the oldest to jump
off the Kawerau Bridge bungy is 94 years old !), jet boat, or
Take in the wilderness of Lake Wanaka. Visit Mou Waho
Island and take in the serenity, see no manmade creations and just
take in the sweeping 360-degree views of Lake Wanaka, its
surrounding World Heritage Southern Alps and valleys and the two
lakes below. Be joined by the flightless Buff Weka,
reintroduced to this sialnd; this rare flightless bird has been
extinct on Mainland NZ since 1920. This eco-tour points out
these and many other fauna and flora on this magical nature
visit in Winter and ski one of the International level skifields
in the area. Get out on the back country mountains with a
Heli Ski experience.
Dip a goldpan in the river in Arrowtown. Walk the quaint,
tree lined streets, see miners cottages and shops presevred as they
were in the 19th century gold rush era.
Enjoy a tour of the local wineries, stop and take in the views
along the way while enjoying what Central Otago soils make - the
perfect pinot noirs.
Experience true majestic splendour on the Siberia Experience.
Fly up the Siberia Valley, walk up the river and then jet
boat back down - all in a day. For the brave amongst us,
swim amongst ice bergs at the top.
Take in one of the Great Walks. Your guided experience
will take care of your bags so you get to enjoy the views.
Fill your drink bottle with pure glacier water and trek through
With 4 International golf courses on your doorstep, keen golfers
shouldnt miss an opportunity to play a round - or two !