Pinot Noir has become synonymous with the Central Otago region, however there is more... With its stunning lakes, historic townships and more vineyards and wineries that you can count, this is an inspiring and timeless land.
- THE ICONIC EXPERIENCE Ride all or part of the Central Otago Rail Trail – traversing this iconic landscape on a bicycle lets you get up close and personal with the region as you pedal through the breathtaking landscape.
- Stewart Town, Bannockburn – take a self-guided walking tour through a ravaged yet beautiful landscape to see water races, old tunnels and mining shafts, and a gold-mining ghost town where abandoned mining cottages and an old orchard still remain.
- Riverside ramble – walk or bike the 13km Alexandra-Clyde 150th Anniversary Walk, a picturesque, flattish and well-maintained track meandering alongside the Clutha River.
- Cruise the Lakes – sip a wine, beer or fresh local fruit juice or even try your hand at a spot of fishing while enjoying the ambience of beautiful Lake Dunstan, or be amazed by the gold mining heritage along the shores of Lake Roxburgh (www.clutharivercruises.co.nz)
- Carrick Vineyard restaurant, Bannockburn – open for brunches, lunches and some evening functions, this top-end restaurant is set amongst the grapevines of the Carrick Vineyard (www.carrick.co.nz)
- Peregrine Wines, Gibbston – visit the cellar door at the stunning architecturally-designed building to sample premium Central Otago wines in ultra-stylish surroundings (www.peregrinewines.co.nz
Andrenalin rush, and peaceful, breath-taking, scenic beauty co-exist in Queenstown!
Locally residing thrill seekers have developed several unbelievable, adrenalin stirring, sanity-reducing adventures in a wildly exciting environment... Bungy jump, skydive, climb mountains, ski, raft, kayak, fish, horse ride, cycle, walk, take a scenic flight, sail, river surf, jet boat, hang-glide, snowmobile, snowboard, dance, go canyoning, heliski, parapente.
Queenstown attractions also include eco-tourism, hot-air ballooning, wineries, art galleries, arts trails and challenging golf courses.
- Experience a slice of history at Arrowtown – once a bustling Gold Rush town, it’s now a peaceful village featuring heritage buildings and a tree-lined main street, Autumn is the best time to visit as the foliage becomes a blaze of yellow and orange.
- Take a wilderness tour
- Play a round of golf against a backdrop of stunning alpine scenery at the renowned Millbrook Resort.
- Jet boating – get ready for an exciting adventure on the famous Shotover, Dart or Kawarau Rivers.
- Sample the region’s acclaimed wines – the region is renowned for its award-winning Pinot Noir. Lunch at the Winehouse and Kitchen, Waitiri Creek, Gibbston Valley Wines
- Gondola ride up to Skyline for a wonderful dining experience (and hurtle down the Luge track – it's 800 metres of fast-paced freedom!)
- Bungy jumping in the place where it all began – from the original site on Kawarau Bridge to the Ledge Urban Bungy 400 metres above Queenstown.
- Exclusive dining - Gantley’s Historic Restaurant, Queenstown – indulge in excellent food and superlative wines in a beautiful stone building.
When you travel to Fiordland, you will be visiting one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand.
The townships of Te Anau & Manapouri provide lakeside bases to explore New Zealand's largest National Park and World Heritage area. Fiordland National Park is home to natural wonders such as Milford Sound and Mitre Peak.
- Comprehensive list of Activities and things to do
- Great Tracks - Milford track, Routeburn Track, Kepler Track
- Short Walks - another website
- Doubtful Sound - “the Sound of Silence”, powerful solitude
Southland and Stewart Island
In the deep south of New Zealand, the Southland region offers breathtaking scenery, from pristine waterfalls and rugged coastlines to windswept emerald green hills, combined with a famously warm southern welcome.
- THE ICONIC EXPERIENCE Drive the Southern Scenic Route from Dunedin, through Invercargill and Te Anau, to Milford Sound for stunning scenery, wildlife, walks, beaches, waterfalls and native bush along the way.
- Dining experience - wonderful local seafood – Southland offers a range of delectable fresh seafood, from Blue Cod and Stewart Island Salmon to Mussels and Bluff Oysters.
- Stewart Island - getting there by helicopter, fixed-wing plane, ferry
- Stewart Island - conservation, bird-watching and walks and more walks here; hunting, fishing and diving; more hunting. Explore the rugged beauty of the coastline by sea kayak.
- Catlins: Hike to the Purakaunui Falls, Catlins Coast
- Pull on your hiking boots and walk the Hump Ridge Track – this challenging hike through bush, beaches, alpine tors and tarns offers stunning views.
Delight in exploring Marlborough's myriad of pretty waterways, pristine native forest and internationally renowned wineries - a very special corner of New Zealand. Where else are snow-clad mountains, vineyards and ocean waves together in the same vista? List of wineries here.
- 5 DAYS IN MARLBOROUGH: Day 1 begin by exploring the Queen Charlotte, Pelorus, and Kenepuru Sounds on a chartered yacht, see marine mammals and birdlife. Overnight in a lodge and wake to sea views. Day 2, get active! Sea kayak around secluded bays, be guided into fabulous fishing spots, and walk or mountain bike the breathtaking Queen Charlotte or Nydia Tracks. Day 3, head inland to explore nature trails and sample gourmet food. Day 4, tour New Zealand’s foremost wine-growing area. Day 5, visit craft workshops, artists, and discover Marlborough’s modern art scene. Don’t miss the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.
- Dive the Mikhail Lermontov – qualified divers can go inside the sunken cruise ship, while beginners can explore outside.
- Exclusive dining: Herzog Winery & Luxury Restaurant, Blenheim – delicious market fresh cuisine served in a most decadent environment.
- Luxury accommodation:
Heritage Marlborough Vinter's Hotel