Lake Wanaka Tree

Queenstown and Wanaka

Today Queenstown and the nearby Fiordland National Park is treasured for its magnificent scenery and adventure opportunities.

The first people to discover Queenstown’s rare beauty were Maori jade hunters. Then came the gold miners, in search of another kind of treasure.

Sightseeing Helicopter in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand

A little more about Queenstown, Wanaka and Fiordland

Queenstown’s compact downtown area is a cosmopolitan hub that’s relaxed during the day and huge fun at night. The nearby picture-perfect towns of Wanaka, Te Anau and Manapouri with lakeside setting offers an excellent base for relaxing or a range of outdoor pursuits.

Not to be missed is a visit to the Fiordlands, home to the iconic scenery of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and the less known Dusky Sound. The power of this scenery never fails to enthral with spectacular fiords lined with towering rainforest covered cliffs peppered with tumbling waterfalls; a landscape little changed in centuries.


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Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand


Embark on a leisurely day trek or a more challenging hike over multiple days such as the Routeburn Track.

Helicopter Flight, Fiordlands, New Zealand

The Ultimate Heli Flight

Fly from Queenstown, over the Southern Alps, glaciers and Milford Sound, with four landings at remote locations; deserted beaches, coastal rainforest and a gourmet picnic included.

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Wilderness of Fiordland National Park, South island, New Zealand

Overnight on Doubtful Sounds

Overnight on a luxury motor boat amidst the awesome scenery of the Doubtful Sounds.

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Sea Kayak, Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford and Doubtful Sounds

Experience cascading waterfalls hundreds of metres high, kayak through idyllic fiords or dive in search of rare black coral.

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Winter sport activity, Remarkables, Queenstown, New Zealand

Winter Sports

Visit in the winter months between June and August for some fabulous skiing and snowboarding.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Brown’s Boutique Hotel £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Boutique

A small intimate place to stay, Brown’s Boutique Hotel is located in a quiet yet central spot, a few minutes from Queenstown. Each of the 10 charming rooms has French doors opening onto a Juliet balcony with views of the mountains, lake and town. The lounge and restaurant are cosy areas for winter evenings are there is a sunny patio area for al fresco breakfasts.

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Blanket Bay £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Wilderness

Set amid stunning alpine scenery on the eastern shores of Lake Wakatipu, Blanket Bay Lodge is an elegant and welcoming retreat. The 12 rooms all make the most of the spectacular mountain and lake views and all have either a private balcony or terrace. Comfortable sofas and open fires create a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. Additional facilities include a heated lap pool, and a small gym and the restaurant creates a five-course evening meal which changes daily with a choice of dining venues.

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Eichardt’s Private Hotel £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Boutique

Eichardt’s Private Hotel occupies a magnificent location on the shores of Lake Whakatipu. A historic building dating back to 1859, this boutique hotel combines original features, open fires and antique furniture with chic interior design and contemporary touches. Each of the five lodge suites have balconies making the most of the lake and mountain views. Alternatively, stay in one of the lakefront apartment suites or the penthouse with large terrace areas and sweeping panoramic views. Take a stroll to the lakeside beach, visit the award-winning bar for evening cocktails or organise a spa treatment in your suite.

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Fiordland Lodge £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Wilderness

Set on the edge of the Fiordland National Park, a three-million-acre wilderness area of mountains, lakes and rainforest, Fiordland Lodge sits above Lake Te Anau. Built using huge timer logs and river stone the interior is flooded with light through floor to ceiling windows which frame the spectacular views. Each of the ten lodge rooms makes the most of the views and have a private balcony or lawn area plus two self-contained log cabins work well for families or groups.

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Whare Kea £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Wilderness

Whare Kea Lodge sits on the edge sits on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park, surrounded by mountains, amidst 60 acres of private farmland on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Two master and four deluxe suites can be taken separately or exclusively as a private villa; all rooms have a private verandah with floor to ceiling windows making the most of the spectacular views. Cosy communal areas include a games room, massage room and a hidden outdoor hot tub.

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Matakauri Lodge £££££

  • New Zealand

Seven minutes from Queenstown and spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge has 11 luxurious suites, each with dramatic lake and alpine views. Bright interiors are stylish and modern, and some incredible artwork adorns the walls. A spa, swimming pool and gourmet cuisine complete this fabulous boutique retreat.

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