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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.