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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Road trips

11 secret spots around New Zealand you didn't know existed

From untouched forest to freshwater lakes, secret beaches and secluded islands, we guarantee you won't have discovered all 11 of these Kiwi Gems.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Eight free Kiwi Gems to discover on your next South Island road trip

Travel can be expensive. But we've picked eight Kiwi Gems around the South Island that you can discover on your next road trip – for free! Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Zoom down the slopes at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Wānaka’s Cardrona Alpine Resort offers a range of adventurous activities to suit all seasons.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Float above Queenstown in a hot air balloon

With Sunrise Balloons, you can experience hot air ballooning while drinking in bird’s eye views over some of New Zealand’s most dramatic landscapes. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Take an off-road adventure to an abandoned gold-mining town

On a rugged 4WD safari tour you can explore the heritage of Macetown, a unique historical site near Queenstown, rich with gold-mining relics.   Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Loop around Queenstown's Moke Lake

On the outskirts of Queenstown you’ll find Moke Lake – a serene and scenic spot surrounded by mountains.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Visit a lake on an island in a lake in Wānaka

On Wānaka’s Mou Waho Island, you can have the surreal experience of swimming in a lake on an island on a lake.   Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Find serenity at Bob's Cove

Unlike the ubiquitous mountain vistas on many of the walks around Queenstown, Bob’s Cove is a short, family-friendly stroll that explores the lower terrain around Lake Wakatipu.  Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement: multi-cultural heritage

Arrowtown is so rich in multi-cultural history, it has been named Tohu Whenua – a site that is of special significance to New Zealand because of its links to the past and the unique stories that can be discovered here.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five picks for a weekend in Queenstown

In winter it’s all about the snow but this beautiful town, nestled between mountain ranges on the edge of a stunning lake, buzzes with energy all year.  Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Get outdoors: 10 wonderful winter walks

Winter doesn’t have to be a season of total hibernation. With some planning, safety precautions and sensible gear you can still enjoy the outdoors. We’ve picked out 10 short walks around New Zealand to get you inspired.   Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Catapult yourself in Queenstown

The home of adventure sport in New Zealand, Queenstown is also the international birthplace of bungy jumping. Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Dance to the rhythm of the New Year

Whether you prefer to ring in the New Year with music and festivities amongst mountains or vineyards, there is a festival to suit. Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Push your limits at the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon

Challenge your fitness and your endurance running off road at the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon in Queenstown. Read the story . . . 

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Explore the walking trails of Glenorchy

At the northern head of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy is the launchpad for some of New Zealand’s best multi-day tramps and Great Walks. Read the story . . . 

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