When it comes to New Zealand’s best cycle trails – the Otago Central Rail Trail led the way. Its the original 'Great Ride' and the locals think of it not so much as a trail, but an escape route for people who lead busy lives. The whole trail takes 4 days but can be split into shorter rides. Experienced operators(opens in new window) offer a range of half, full and multi day tours and great gear for hire.
Discover Victorian grandeur and intrigue with a visit to Australasia's only castle, Larnach Castle(opens in new window). Built by William Larnach in 1871 and lovingly restored since, the castle offers a fascinating look into Dunedin's history. Wander the award-winning gardens, enjoy high tea in the ballroom cafe or marvel at the sweeping views of Otago Peninsula from the tower.
Hike through the wilderness
Experience New Zealand nature first-hand on a back-country trek in Queenstown. With panoramic views, native beech forest and views of the Southern Alps, it's the perfect place for a wilderness adventure. The three-hour Queenstown Hill Time Walk offers spectacular views while the slightly more challenging Ben Lomond track is definitely worth the effort.
Skip along the Moeraki Boulders
Weighing several tonnes and measuring up to two metres in height, the Moeraki Boulders can be found scattered across Koekohe Beach on the Otago Coast. Created about 65 million years ago, the unusal rock formations are easy to get to, fun to skip along and well worth a photo.
Learn about the Otago gold rush era and wander the tree-lined streets of Arrowtown, a living historic settlement just outside central Queenstown. Established in 1862, the charming town nestled among the mountains features heritage buildings, boutique shops and The Lakes District Museum - one of New Zealand's best small museums.