There is nowhere else in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries and gardens.
Nestled between forested hills at the base of the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin was New Zealand’s largest city in the days of the Otago gold rush. Now a thriving artistic community and student city, Dunedin has preserved its natural beauty and cultural heritage.
Encounter some of New Zealand’s rarest birds and majestic native trees in the mystical cloud forest at Orokonui Eco-sanctuary, the largest area of native forest on the South Island mainland. Another great option is a guided tour of the city centre highlighting Dunedin’s unique mix of heritage and modern culture.
The alpine village of Mount Cook, located in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, provides a range of accommodation from international style hotel to motels, backpackers and camping.
The first glimpse of Aoraki Mount Cook across the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki is one that will last you a lifetime. There are 19 peaks in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park over 3,000 metres but at 3,754 metres, Aoraki Mount Cook dwarfs them. If you’re a climber then this is one of the best climbing regions in Australasia however if you’re inclined to less dramatic adventures there’s mountain walks that lead to spectacular glacier views.
Situated on the shores of a glacial lake at the foot of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is the perfect place to find pure inspiration and New Zealand’s adventure capital! Renowned for its scenic beauty, the Queenstown area is also home to some of New Zealand’s finest adventure tourism activities, wineries, bars and restaurants.
Embark on a wine tour through the heart of Central Otago, famous for its Pinot Noir, and also enjoy the fresh and tasty local produce. If adventure is your thing, make sure to visit the Kawarau Bridge – the world’s first commercial bungy jumping site. Take the 43-metre plunge down towards the river below.
Fiordland’s uninhabited inlets are just a short flight or coach journey from Queenstown. Take a day trip to Milford Sound – one of New Zealand’s great natural wonders. Explore the secrets of the wilderness on a relaxing cruise or kayak ride against a backdrop of majestic mountains, tranquil rainforests, and awe inspiring waterfalls.
Doubtful Sound is comparable to Milford Sound in beauty, and is famous for its wildlife. Home to rainforest dwelling Fiordland crested penguins, bottlenose dolphins, and fur seals, a visit to Doubtful Sound is a nature lover’s dream.