The most attractive Holiday Destination in New Zealand, the Southern Lakes area is the highlight of any trip.
Queenstown seems hidden away in the far corner of the world. It is this isolation, combined with the views of towering mountains and a stunning freshwater lake that have made this destination one of the most sought after by international visitors.
There are limitless activities to do here, catering to suit any taste of adventure or leisure, which would keep even the most demanding visitor happy. That is why the area never fails to delight everyone who visits.
Imagine a round of golf from any of the three 18 hole golf courses, or hitting the road on the wine trail, where you will find a range of New Zealand’s finest vineyards. If fishing, gold panning, walking or horse trekking is more your style then you can relax while you enjoy the unique views.
Now if you’re looking for something that’s going to get the heart going, Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital. Try bungy jumping, the jet boat rides, white water rafting or if you’re not afraid of heights then how about tandem parapenting, hand gliding, or skydiving to name just a few.
Wanaka is a breath of fresh air. The friendly township majestically rests at the edge of Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring national park. A unique combination of adventure and leisure is at your fingertips. Wanaka is only minutes away from 3 major ski resorts.
If you’re keen on fishing, the lakes and rivers around Wanaka are home to Brown and Rainbow Trout. Hikers love the close access to Mt Aspiring national park, where there are short and long walks available. If you are into wine, Wanaka is surrounded by some of New Zealand’s finest vineyards. The town also boasts its own world class maze and is host to Warbirds over Wanaka, an annual aero spectacular. See some of the most famous warbirds in the world join forces with the classic aircraft of yesteryear and the modern jets of today to present a veritable feast of aviation attractions. On the ground, a variety of military vehicles, vintage machinery, Classic Fire Engines and an aviation trade expo. Air New Zealand flys direct to Wanaka from Christchurch.
Hawea is naturally beautiful. For those people lucky enough to own a home here, they awake to a majestic feast of snow capped mountains reflected in a crystal clear lake. If you fancy a spot of fishing, then this is the place for you. If you’re keen to spend some time here then be ready to leave your worries behind. Hawea is the kind of place that has that "time has stopped feeling". You definitely want to turn your cell phone off and sit and relax, enjoy time with good friends, or the love of your life.
Arrowtown was first establised as Foxes in 1862. Today Arrowtown is a popular historic town and a showcase of New Zealands gold mining history.