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. © Miz Watanabe

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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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Natural attractions

Tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Wanaka Hotel Visit website

The Wanaka Hotel offers great value accommodation in the centre of town only 1-minute walk to the lake and town centre. . . . 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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Clearbrook Motels Visit website

Spacious motel apartments 2 minutes walk to lakefront, shops, resturants, supermarket. Tranquil stream in front of these spacious apartments . Free unlimited fast Wi Fi, . . . More . . . 

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Wānaka: kicking the autumn leaves

Lake Wānaka is an aquatic playground for anglers, water-skiers, jet-boaters, sailors, swimmers and windsurfers... and more. And then there's autumn... Read the story . . . 

Real Journeys Colonel's Homestead Restaurant Visit website

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship to Walter Peak and the Colonel's Homestead Restaurant. Set in beautiful gardens, the Homestead . . . More . . . 

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Night skiing at Coronet Peak

Few people find themselves out in the mountains at night, so quite apart from the skiing, just being on the slopes under the stars is an unusual and affecting experience. 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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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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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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The not-so-distant summit: day hikes to mountain tops

Mountain climbing doesn’t just have to be for the experienced or those inclined to take risks. There are plenty of spectacular summits in New Zealand that can be reached with little more than the right provisions, a propensity for physical exercise and common sense. Read the story . . . 

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Blue Peaks Lodge Visit website

Bright, modern motel accommodation in studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units, most with self catering kitchens. Our 1 & 2 bedroom motel units offer ideal . . . 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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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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Heritage and history

New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Movies have put New Zealand on the map. But there's much more to New Zealand film than The Lord of the Rings... Read the story . . . 

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