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Queenstown & Wanaka

Queenstown & Wanaka holidays

Introduction

Queenstown is regarded as New Zealand's adventure capital. It is the home of the first commercial bungee jump at Kawarau Bridge and over the years has attracted millions of visitors looking for a quick scare on this and other adventurous activities.

The town is set amid imposing mountains and lush plains, glaciers, cool rivers and lakes - enough to get your pulse racing even without leaping off a bridge while strapped to a large rubber band.

It's a beautiful and action-packed region and it's easy to see why it has featured as the backdrop to a number of Hollywood blockbusters in recent years.

Wanaka meanwhile is much smaller but still magnificently set at the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park.

Top itineraries in Queenstown & Wanaka

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,125 pp incl. flights

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Best of the South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £3,345 pp incl. flights

Discover New Zealand's South Island, bringing all to life with an included glacier heli-hike, an overnight Doubtful Sound cruise and a journey on the iconic TranzAlpine train.

Australia and New Zealand Discoverer

21-day tailor-made journey from £4,690 pp incl. flights

This 21-day tailor-made itinerary combines the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. You'll explore New Zealand's world-famous glaciers and remote fjords with a self-drive before discovering Australia's sacred Ayers Rock, stunning beaches and delightful waterside cities.

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,540 pp incl. flights

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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Top places to stay in Queenstown & Wanaka

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

Small & intimate lodge

Located just seven minutes from the lively centre of Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge sits on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu. With breathtaking views over the jagged peaks of the Remarkables mountain range, this lodge is a world away from the hustle and bustle of New Zealand's adventure capital.

Tin Tub Luxury Lodge

Small & intimate lodge

This exclusive property combines modern luxury with a delightfully rural setting. Take in superlative views from the comfort of your private outdoor tub.

St Moritz Hotel, Queenstown

Traditional hotel

Combine alpine chic with city slicking all overlooking Lake Wakatipu and some of New Zealand’s most impressive mountains.

Lime Tree Lodge, Wanaka

Contemporary lodge

Whether it’s fine dining, adventure activities or ambling garden strolls, you’ll enjoy it all in luxury at Lime Tree Lodge.

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Where to go in Queenstown & Wanaka

Wanaka

The quaint little settlement of Arrowtown owes its existence to the gold that's mixed in with the silt of the Arrow River and to one William Fox, a prospector who is believed to have been the first person to strike gold in the valley, in 1862.

Queenstown

Busy Queenstown bustles with activity and overlooks Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand's longest lake, and the Remarkables Mountains. It has the buzz of a city though it's a relatively small town.

When to go to Queenstown & Wanaka

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