Glenorchy and Dart River: gateway to paradise

They’ll tell you when you’re standing at the confluence and delta of the Rees and Dart rivers that you’re only...


Drink in the charm of the Glenorchy boathouse and historic wharf. © Steve Lawton

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Belvedere Apartments Visit website

New self-contained luxury apartment accommodation (opened Dec 2006). 20 x 2-bedroom apartments including 2 x 2-bedroom executive apartments with gas fires. . . . More . . . 

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Glenorchy and Dart River: gateway to paradise

Glenorchy is a picturesque spot, backed by the craggy, snow-capped grandeur that is the interior of the Mount Aspiring National Park. And there’s fun to be had in the area. Lots of it. Read the story . . . 

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Highview Apartments Visit website

Welcome to Highview Apartments. Our architecturally designed one and two-bedroom lake view apartments offer majestic views across the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu to the . . . More . . . 

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Kicking the autumn leaves

Wellington poet Amelia Nurse has written about ‘the lake effect’ — the noticeable calming and smoothing of the ripples in brow and soul that occurs when you find yourself on the shores of a lake with time to spare. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Wanaka Lodge Visit website

Lake Wanaka Lodge offers superb accommodation in a quiet residential location only a 5-minute stroll to shops, cafés and lakefront. 10 superior studio guest rooms, . . . More . . . 

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Night skiing: day time, night time, this mountain, that mountain . . .

Few people find themselves out in the open air in the mountains at night, so quite apart from the skiing, just being on the slopes under a full moon (or crescent moon, or no moon) is an unusual and affecting experience. Read the story . . . 

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Real Journeys Milford Sound Overnight Cruises Visit website

An overnight cruise exploring the magnificent Milford Sound is a unique dinner, bed and breakfast experience With our nature guide and friendly crew, you will . . . More . . . 

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Queenstown: the sky’s the limit

You feel pretty brave, standing there on the edge, your toes dangling in the void, the river moving lazily 100 metres below. Read the story . . . 

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Caples Court Visit website

Caples Court Motel and Apartments Queenstown offers 9 spacious open plan studio rooms and apartments most are equipped with kitchen facilities, dining and lounge areas . . . More . . . 

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The not-so-distant summit: day hikes to mountain tops

Alpinist and climber Paul Hersey chooses five one-day hikes to our mountain tops to celebrate International Mountain Day.  Read the story . . . 

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Absoloot Value Accommodation Visit website

Stay at the best location in town at a budget price! We have the views, facilities and friendly staff to insure a high quality stay . . . More . . . 

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Southern Lakes: a place for all seasons

In the constellation of New Zealand’s star attractions, the Southern Lakes region burns so bright that, if it were up in the sky, it would be visible in full daylight. Read the story . . . 

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Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visit website

Cruise into untouched wilderness on our Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise to discover Lake Wakatipu's hidden gem - Mt Nicholas. Sit back, relax and enjoy . . . More . . . 

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New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Film critic Sarah Watt explores how movies put New Zealand on the map — and how it can be something of a blessing and a curse that, nowadays, most people immediately think of The Lord of the Rings when it comes to local cinema. Read the story . . . 

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Manuka Crescent Motel Visit website

We offer great spacious and affordable accommodation with studio and family units. All of our units have kitchens, 32 inch flat screen TVs and free . . . More . . . 

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The Blue Pools of Haast Pass

Maori knew about the glacial defile between the coastal flats of South Westland and the high tussock-land surrounding the southern lakes from their expeditions in search of pounamu, or the campaigns mounted by northern iwi to kick southern iwi butt, and vice-versa. Read the story . . . 

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