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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Alpine Motel Wanaka & Apartments

Alpine Motel Wanaka and Apartments is located at the entrance to Wanaka town centre, an easy 5 minute walk will see you in the heart . . . More . . . 

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Glenorchy and Dart River: gateway to paradise

Due to its proximity to that fabled utopia, Glenorchy, at the head of the western arm of Lake Wakatipu, has been called the gateway to paradise. And in many ways, it’s true — it’s especially easy to believe if you can imagine that angels are manifested on earth as sandflies. Read the story . . . 

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Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

Powered or un-powered sites, motels, cabins! Guests staying at our park enjoy use of fantastic on-site shared facilities and modern amenities at no extra charge. . . . 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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Cranbury Court Apartments

Spacious, warm, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom self-contained apartments. All apartments have full kitchen and laundry facilities and living/dining area. An easy 5-10min walk to town . . . 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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Highview Apartments

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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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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Garden Court Suites & Apartments

54 quality suites and apartments with courtyards, balconies, and alpine views. Town centre 500m. Breakfast restaurant serving a continental breakfast. Sky TV, spa, DDI and . . . 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 . . . 

Real Journeys TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm Experiences

Cruise on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and view stunning south island alpine scenery. During your cruise across Lake Wakatipu explore the decks, watch . . . 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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YHA Queenstown Central

Free WiFi for YHA members! Centrally located right in the heart of buzzing Queenstown, this hostel is the perfect base for your stay in the . . . 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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Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park

Closest Holiday Park to the centre of town The Most Central Holiday Park in Queenstown!! Just a 4-minute walk to restaurants and shops. . . . 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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