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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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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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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Arrowtown Holiday Park

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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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Bella Vista Queenstown

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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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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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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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Belvedere Apartments

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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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Arrowtown: golden history

For the full effect, explore Arrowtown in winter, try your hand at panning for gold in the bitter waters of the Arrow, then visit the Chinese settlement and imagine what it must have been like trying to get warm in a dirt-floored stone hut with a rag over the unglazed window and only a smoky fire for heat. Read the story . . . 

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