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Queenstown at dusk. 

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Rob Roy Glacier Track: glaciers, waterfalls and thieving parrots

The drive to the start of the Roby Roy Glacier Track is almost as energy-sapping as the walk to the top of the glacier. But it's worth it to experience one of the region’s most stunning walks. Read the story . . . 

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Waitaki: a river of time

A goblin’s labyrinth of creamy rock, fossils, Victorian architecture and Steampunk. There is nowhere else in New Zealand quite like Waitaki. Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's: Lower South Island Travel Guide

From the Southern Lakes and Fiordland, to Otago, Clutha and Southland, our latest Must-Do's guide provides all the details you'll need to find accommodation, activities and attractions on your next road trip. Read the story . . . 

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Scale the ancient pyramids of Okia Reserve

Did you know that we have our very own pyramids in New Zealand? 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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Tohu Whenua: Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead

If you’re a fan of Kiwi ingenuity, rural inventions and workshops crammed with heritage machinery, then Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead in Otago is the place for you.  Read the story . . . 

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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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Ten awesome outdoor adventures in Otago

The Otago Region is home to diverse landscapes – from the wild coast to the wide open plains. With goldrush heritage, mysterious caves, quirky winter sports and some truly unique geology, it's a remarkable place to explore.  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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Otago Central Rail Trail: the original Great Ride

The Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’ cycle trail.  Read the story . . . 

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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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Larnach Castle: a vision of past and present

Larnach Castle stands proud and bold on the highest point of the entire Otago Peninsula. Read the story . . . 

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