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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.
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Prices from $180 to $220 per couple
A short walk from Wanaka town centre
Wanaka Heights Motel offers comfortable and spacious accommodation near the Lake Wanaka. Our motel is just a short walk to the Wanaka town centre, lake front and many restaurants and bars.
Phone: 03 443 1944
Freephone: 0800 194 452
Address: 57 Hedditch Street, Wanaka
Prices from $45 to $189 per couple
2 kms from Wanaka township overlooking the lake
Self catering Wanaka accommodation to suit all budgets; campervan sites, cabins & motel units in park-like grounds with stunning views of Lake Wanaka & mountains. Free unlimited WiFi, spas & sauna, BBQs, play area.
Phone: 03 443 7766
Freephone: 0800 229 8439
Address: 263 Studholme Road North Wanaka
Te Anau Motel
Prices from $36 to $185 per couple
20 minute walk from the town centre