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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.
Prices from $645 to $695 per couple
30 mins from Queenstown and Cromwell. 15 mins from Arrowtown
Mt Rosa Lodge is set on a vineyard with 3 luxurious suites each with a private terrace and outdoor areas to take in the commanding views Large open fireplaces to relax by in the evening and taste our wine. It is situated in the Gibbston Valley near Queenstown and Arrowtown
Address: 55E Gibbston Back Rd, RD1 Queenstown
Prices from $160 to $180 per couple
Address: Queensberry Inn Wanaka Road (State Highway 6) RD 3,
Welcome to Queensberry Inn - Central Otago's Finest Historic Inn Originally, in 1887, Queensberry Inn was a gold miners' and travellers' inn. Now this renovated and modernised stone property is an ideal country retreat for those wanting something special and a little different.
Mobile (and SMS): 0275102228
Address: 2567 Luggate/Cromwell Rd
Prices from $250 to $320 per couple
Te Anau, Fiordland
Luxury studio accommodation separate to the main house, set in a secluded garden in the heart of Te Anau, just 5 minutes stroll to restaurants and shops. Join us for a delicious home made continental plus cooked breakfast.
Phone: 03 2497740
Address: 15 Melland Place, Te Anau
Prices from $250 to $400 per couple
4 minutes from town over looking the Shotover river
Trelawn has become the return destination for many travelers. This unique riverside Bed and Breakfast, provides the ultimate in luxury accommodation, 3 self contained cottages are ideal for families and that ski holiday. This delightful rural setting is only 4 minutes from central Queenstown.
Phone: 03 4429160
Mobile (and SMS): +64 0211015805
Address: 35 Watties track, Arthurs Point
Prices from $200 to $280 per couple
10 minutes from Te Anau
Whitestones B & B is located 10 km out of Te Anau and is surrounded by 70 acres of some of New Zealands finest and most attractive farmland. Once at Whitestones enjoy a look around the expansive gardens or just sit back and relax and enjoy the tranquility.
Phone: 03 249 8279
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