Walk beneath New Zealand’s highest mountain, kayak with dolphins, climb to towering waterfalls and take a thrilling jet boat ride. An Alpine Lakes Journey is packed with adventures you won’t find anywhere else.

Alpine Lakes Journey Highlights

Queenstown
Shotover Jet, Queenstown

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Kayaking, Akaroa, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Tasman Glacier, Aoraki Mt Cook, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Mt Cook - Aoraki, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Mt John Observatory, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Wanaka
Classic flights in Siberia Valley, Wanaka

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Wanaka
Wild Wire, Wanaka, Wanaka

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Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, Queenstown

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Recommended experiences in Queenstown

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Queenstown

QUEENSTOWN

Take a jet boat ride through stunning scenery.

Highlights

  • Take an exhilarating jet boat ride
  • Get your thrills with a bungy jump
  • Take in the views from a gondola ride

Recommended experiences in Canterbury

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Christchurch - Canterbury

CANTERBURY

Discover unique water adventures in Akaroa.

Highlights

  • Kayak in Akaroa with the local dolphins
  • Cycle the scenic Little River Trail
  • Explore the French settlement of Akaroa

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Christchurch - Canterbury

CANTERBURY

Explore glaciers alongside turqouise lakes.

Highlights

  • Visit Tasman glacier on foot or by boat
  • See the world's largest Dark Sky Reserve
  • Witness NZ's highest peak up close

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Christchurch - Canterbury

AORAKI / MT COOK

Discover New Zealand's highest peak.

Highlights

  • Witness NZ's highest peak up close
  • See the world's largest Dark Sky Reserve
  • Relax in the Tekapo Springs

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Christchurch - Canterbury

CANTERBURY

The world's largest Dark Sky Reserve at Mt John.

Highlights

  • See the world's largest Dark Sky Reserve
  • Discover turquoise water of Lake Tekapo
  • Explore on the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail

Recommended experiences in Wanaka

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Wanaka

WANAKA

Outdoor adventures by bike, air and on the water.

Highlights

  • Explore Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Scale to new heights with Wildwire
  • Mou Waho Island Eco Tour

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Wanaka

WANAKA

Climb up twin waterfalls on your Wildwire adventure.

Highlights

  • Scale to new heights with Wildwire
  • Epic mountain bike trails for all levels
  • Mou Waho Island Eco Tour

Recommended experiences in Queenstown

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Queenstown

QUEENSTOWN

Experience the energy of a stunning resort town.

Highlights

  • Take an exhilarating jet boat ride
  • Get your thrills with a bungy jump
  • Take in the views from a gondola ride

Start planning your trip to New Zealand

  • Getting around

    Getting around New Zealand is easy with familiar road signs and a great range of transport options available.

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  • Where to stay

    There are plenty of accommodation options for every budget and travel style.

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  • Weather & Seasons

    Visit in Spring or Autumn to enjoy warm weather, spectacular colours, lower prices & short queues.

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