Take a momentous drive along the edge of the Southern Alps to delightful Lake Wanaka. Lord of the Rings fans will recognise some areas as the Misty Mountains. Stay here 4 nights, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the laid back town and its fabulous views.
Hike and bike in the surrounding hills, take a canoe or stroll along the lakeside at sunset and look out for the famous ‘Wanaka tree’ protruding from the water.
Heading to Queenstown, the popular but more challenging route is over the Crown Range. This is steep and very twisting but offers extraordinary views – not surprising as it is the highest public road in New Zealand. Be sure to stop for a coffee, and photo opportunity, at the Cardrona Hotel mid-way.
Queenstown is billed as the Adventure Capital of the World, with all manner of bungee jumps, zip wires and jet boats on offer. The Shotover jet boat rides are fantastic.
Take the cable car gondola up to Bob’s Peak for a really enjoyable dinner with amazing views across the lake to the Remarkables mountain range. Stroll in the Queenstown Gardens by the Bowls Club, take a trip on the elegant 1912 steam ship TSS Earnslaw or visit the picturesque old gold mining town of Arrowtown.
Whilst in Queenstown a day trip to Milford Sound is always possible (ask us to arrange this). Set in Fjordland National Park, Milford Sound offers some of New Zealand’s most breath taking scenery, and a chance to see dolphins, penguins and seals up close.