Explore Queenstown, Wanaka, Fiordland, the West Coast and Central Otago Must Do's to discover stunning pools of blue, indulge in award-winning wine, the adventure capital and so much more.

Hike through the wilderness

Experience New Zealand nature first-hand, from a scenic walk starting from the town centre, to 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 Wal offers spectacular views while the slightly more challenging Ben Lomond track is definitely worth the effort.

Paddle through Milford Sound

What better way to explore Milford Sound's land-before-time landscapes than by kayak? Paddle through crystal-clear waters, get up close to thundering waterfalls or simply sit back and admire the towering peaks. If you don't fancy kayaking, take a boat cruise or a scenic flight.

Dip your feet in pristine water

Tucked away along a short track off Haast Pass, you'll find crystal clear pools of pure glacial water. The walk to the magnificant Blue Pools is equally beautiful, passing mature beech and podocarp forest before coming to a swing bridge over Makarora River.

 

Indulge in award-winning wine

Central Otago is known for its Pinot Noir and what better way to sample the luscious Burgundy-style wines than by touring the region’s cellar doors or dining in vineyard restaurants.  Hire a bicycle to explore the vineyard or collect the 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail map and enjoy the 8km lakeside loop, visiting four boutique cellar doors.

Marvel at natural wonders

One of the most popular attractions on the West Coast, the Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks and Blowholes were formed more than 30 million years ago. Wander along the well-maintained walkway that weaves through the pancake rocks and watch the waves surge through the rocks below.

Visit the adventure capital

Zip through narrow river canyons at speeds of up to 85kmh on the Queenstown Shotover Jet or try the new Shotover Canyon Swing, the world's highest cliff jump. If that doesn't get your adrenaline pumping, head over to Nevis Bungy for a 8.5 second free-fall from New Zealand’s highest bungy. Known as the adventure capital, Queenstown offers one of the more unique skydiving views above the peaks of the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.  

Cycle through the wilderness

Ride past rivers, lakes, forests and beaches on this journey through historic New Zealand. Divided into sections, the West Coast Wilderness Trail allows you to take in the Coast’s world-famous scenery as well as going back in time to the glittering gold rush era.

Relax and take in the views

Queenstown may be known as the adventure capital of the world but it is also the perfect place to relax and unwind. Enjoy a long lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery, home to New Zealand's largest wine cave, or soak up the sweeping views from a hot pool nestled among the mountains.

Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka

Fom soaring mountains to tranquil river flats, glaciers and turquoise lakes, exploring the Mt Aspiring National Park wilderness is an unforgettable experience. Accessible from Wanaka, it boasts plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts; from walking to jet boating and scenic flights. Choosing where to start is the hardest part!

Visit a glow worm grotto in Fiordland

Picturesque Te Anau is the perfect place to base yourself if visiting Milford Sound or walking the Routeburn or Kepler tracks While there, take a tour of the glow worm caves that starts with a cruise across the lake before a small punt will glide you through darkness into the grotto. Watch as hundreds of tiny glowworms shimmer in front of you.

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