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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
Prices from $65 to $85
Between Wanaka and Queenstown on the Crown Range Road
Backcountry Saddle Expeditions Ltd has been operating in the historic Cardrona Valley, under the guidance of Debs Thompson, for the last 23 years.
Debs prefers the Appaloosa horse breed which have proven to be a sensible, well mannered horse that does particularly well in the often harsh terrain and climate of the Cardrona Valley. The horses are outfitted in Western saddles which offer both comfort and added security to all the riders.
Debs has been developing, learning and changing throughout her time at the stables . Equine accupressure, barefoot trimming, natural horsemanship
Phone: 03 443 8151
Mobile (and SMS): 027 544 3815
Address: Cardrona Valley, Rapid 2416, Wanaka
We are located 15km from Central Queenstown
Ben Lomond Horse Treks is located 15km from Queenstown, beside the beautiful Moke Lake, hidden within the mountains of the Ben Lomond Station. Here you will find the many horses of Ben Lomond Horse Treks waiting to take you on a special journey.
We pride ourselves on providing unforgettable horse riding experiences for all ages and levels. Your safety is paramount, whether you are a first-timer or 'born to the saddle', we will carefully match each horse to it's rider, and all gear is provided.
Guided by our friendly and knowledgeable staff, you will experience so
Other Rural Southern Lakes
Prices from $85 to $395
A scenic 45 minutes drive from the centre of Queenstown
At the Head of Lake Wakatipu lies Glenorchy, gateway to Mount
Aspiring National Park and Te Wahipounamu, one of New Zealand’s
three World Heritage Areas. Internationally recognised for its
exceptional beauty and natural, untouched qualities, it has been
showcased in the Oscar winning Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as
other big screen movies, and is home to Dart Stables.
Dart Stables has been offering visitors to the area the opportunity of
exploring Glenorchy and Paradise for over 20 years, and has gained
a well-earned reputa
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?