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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Milford Sound Day & Overnight Cruises Visit website

Real Journeys has an excellent range of daytime and overnight cruises in Milford Sound. Each cruise offers you a relaxing opportunity explore the magnificent scenery . . . More . . . 

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Great walks

The Routeburn Track: the ultimate alpine adventure

It's one of the country’s most famous walks so, let’s get the house- (or hut-) keeping out of the way first: you’ll need to book in the heavy season. Read the story . . . 

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 . . . 

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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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 . . . 

Dart River Fun Yaks Visit website

Pick up a paddle, climb aboard and discover the tranquil Dart River system and its amazing vistas. Combine a Wilderness Jet boat ride with our . . . 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 . . . 

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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Things to do

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 . . . 

Dart River Stables Visit website

At the Head of Lake Wakatipu lies Glenorchy, gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and Te Wahipounamu, one of New Zealand's three World Heritage Areas. . . . 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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Doubtful Sound Daytime & Overnight Cruises Visit website

Doubtful Sound is a massive wilderness area of rugged peaks, rainforest and twisting, hidden fiords - all deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. . . . 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 . . . 

Milford Sound Scenic Flights Visit website

No visit to Queenstown is complete without a trip to Milford Sound, one of the world's most scenic regions. Milford Sound Scenic Flights allows you . . . 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 . . . 

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