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

Milford Sound Select Visit website

Departing Queenstown at 7.15am by luxury coach for Milford Sound. This breathtaking scenic adventure starts as we head south along Lake Wakatipu, under the looming . . . 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 . . . 

12 Mile Delta Campground Visit website

Enjoy a traditional New Zealand camping experience with spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the mountains beyond. Although only ten kilometers from Queenstown town centre, . . . 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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Cranbury Court Apartments Visit website

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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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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Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview Visit website

Located in the heart of Queenstown, the hotel is surrounded by picturesque mountains and Lake Wakatipu A sophisticated escape inspired by its surrounding nature. . . . 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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Clearbrook Motels Visit website

Spacious motel apartments that are only 2 minutes walk to the lakefront, shops, restaurants and supermarket. There is free unlimited fast Wi Fi, My Sky . . . 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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Asure Brookvale Motel Visit website

ASURE Brookvale offers a tranquil setting in the heart of Wanaka. Balcony rooms have a magnificent view of the surrounding mountain and side views of . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

The Blue Pools of Haast Pass

Māori 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.  Read the story . . . 

TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm Visit website

Experience a taster of New Zealand's farming life at Walter Peak with a return cruise on the TSS Earnslaw vintage steamship. . . . More . . . 

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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