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Editor's Picks: the top 5 things to do in the Lower South Island

Check out our AA Traveller Guides Editor's picks of the top 5 experiences not to be missed in the Lower South Island! 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 full digital Must-Do's guide provides all the details you'll need to find accommodation, activities and attractions on your next road trip. Read it here for free! Read the story . . . 

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The wondrous wildlife of Otago Peninsula

‘The most accessible wildlife in the South Island’ is the catch-cry here. Well, there are wheeling seabirds, honking sea lions and all manner of other natural noises, but you get the point. 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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The Kepler Track: blazing a new trail

The Kepler Track near Te Anau showcases vast tussock-covered ridgelines and spectacular alpine vistas, contrasting peaceful lakeside and valley beech forest in a must-do wilderness adventure. Read the story . . . 

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Wildlife and wild lights on Stewart Island

South of the southernmost tip of the South Island you’ll find Rakiura Stewart Island.  Read the story . . . 

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Te Anau to Milford Sound Piopiotahi Highway: the journey into the heart of Fiordland

If you want to take in Fiordland’s wilderness, vastness and beauty without being drenched in that seemingly perpetual rain, take the Piopiotahi Highway. Read the story . . . 

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Queenstown to Glenorchy Road: a drive to Paradise

Enjoy forty-five minutes of emerald lake water and bush-clad hills, against a backdrop of snow-touched mountains as you drive from bustling Queenstown to picturesque Glenorchy – via Paradise.  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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Go underground with glowworms in Te Anau

Take a scenic cruise on Fiordland’s Lake Te Anau to discover an underground wonderland. Read the story . . . 

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15 intriguing things to discover in Otago's Waitaki District

Stretching inland from the North Otago coastline, the Waitaki District is rich in heritage and internationally significant geology. From Victorian architecture to fresh seafood, hot tubs, cycle trails and cheese, we’ve picked 15 unique things to discover.  Read the story . . . 

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Kiwi Gems

The Lost Gypsy: amazing automata

A caravan serving coffee, art and automata are all part of the curious collection at Southland’s Lost Gypsy.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Bannockburn Sluicings

Located a short drive from Cromwell, the sculpted clay cliffs and pinnacles at Bannockburn Sluicings are the result of a five-decade-long gold mining era that began in the 1860s. Read the story . . . 

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Get lakeside at Manapōuri

At 444 metres, Fiordland’s Lake Manapōuri is the second deepest lake in New Zealand.   Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: TSS Earnslaw

A cruise aboard Queenstown’s historic steamship TSS Earnslaw is hard to beat.  Read the story . . . 

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