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The Southern Lakes area unquestionably takes in some of the premier sights & experiences of New Zealand. It is hard to imagine anything more picture perfect than the sight of the SS Earnslaw steaming out onto Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown against the backdrop of Cecil Peak and the mountains beyond. Are you up for a Bungy Jump? Queenstown is where it all started. There are brilliant jet boating opportunities too, to say nothing of the winter sports opportunities, back country experiences and jaw dropping scenery.
Wanaka is the more relaxed cousin of Queenstown and the trip between the two over the Crown Range is breath taking.
This region is also home to some of the most stunning vineyards and wineries in New Zealand. The Gibbston Valley Pinot Noirs will amaze you.
Stop over in Te Anau then make a day trip to Milford Sound, but be prepared to run out of superlatives – this is just stunning in the sunshine or the wet. Don’t forget your inset repellent though! Another worthwhile trip from Te Anau is a visit to the Manapouri Hydro scheme. It won’t disappoint.
Other Rural Southern Lakes
Fiordland National Park, beginning at the head of Lake Te An
The Milford Track is often described as the finest walk in the world. This 5 day walk through the Fiordland National Park covers 54 kilometres (34 miles) from the head of Lake Te Anau to beautiful Milford Sound.
The terrain and scenery is stunning, including lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, (including the Sutherland Falls which are world famous), snow-capped mountains, and rich podocarp forests. The comfort of lodge accommodation and the excellent facilities make this track extra special. Access to the beginning of the track is by boat on Lake Te Anau.
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Phone: 03 546 8210
Other Rural Southern Lakes
The Routeburn Track is a 32 kilometre, two to three day, moderate-level tramping track. It which links the National Parks of Mount Aspiring and Fiordland via the Harris Saddle.
Features of the track include waterfalls, forested valleys, open alpine tops, rich birdlife, lakes and spectacular mountain scenery. The track traverses part of Te Wahipounamu – Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area.
Over the summer it is one of New Zealand’s most popular tramping tracks. During winter and spring, it becomes an alpine crossing; impassable without alpine experience. At t
Phone: (03) 546 8210
Are you looking for Southern Lakes accommodation?
Check out the Southern Lakes accommodation page of the New Zealand B&B guide, which includes bed and breakfast’s, farmstays, homestays, vineyard stays and self-catering accommodation. Or perhaps you would prefer luxury accommodation in southern lakes?