Discover a region where temperate rainforest meets glaciers and dramatic coastlines, explore the lakeside resort town of Wanaka, home to the Mt Aspiring National Park and experience the energy of Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital.
Spend the first day of your journey exploring the fast-changing and funky city of Christchurch, South Island's largest city.
Old English gardens contrast with pop-up bars and innovative precincts in this enduring centre.
For a truely magical experience try hot air ballooning over the patchwork Canterbury Plains.
Rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures.
Head south down the Great Coast Road(opens in new window), one of the Top 10 Coastal Drives in the world according to Lonely Planet. Travel alongside ancient limestone cliffs, rivers, glowworm caves(opens in new window), mining heritage(opens in new window) and untamed native forest(opens in new window) to glacier(opens in new window) country.
For the ultimate view, take a scenic heli-flight or ski plane to the glacier's top.
Head inland past waterfalls and river scenery as you leave the coast, taking a break to explore the Haast River Valley on a guided safari(opens in new window) before heading to the lakeside resort town of Wanaka.
The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic.
It’s the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including 4WD adventures(opens in new window), bungy(opens in new window), jet boating(opens in new window), rafting(opens in new window) and river surfing(opens in new window).
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Spend your last day exploring the fascinating Queenstown region.
Nearby Arrowtown is rich with gold mining history and one of New Zealand's most picturesque towns. Wander through the remains of the Chinese gold rush village, visit the Lake District Museum(opens in new window) or pan for gold in the Arrow River.
Getting around New Zealand is easy with a great range of transport options available.
There are plenty of accommodation options for every budget and travel style.
No matter the season, the majority of our main attractions are open year-round.
More information on basic costs for accommodation, travel and food.