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Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown & Wanaka

Beauty & adventure in the New Zealand Alps

New Zealand tailor-made holidays


Queenstown bustles year-round with thrill-seekers looking for that ultimate adrenaline rush. And, with everything from jet boating and bungee jumping to hiking and skiing, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Meanwhile, nearby Wanaka offers all the same beauty, but with more of a laid-back vibe. Speak to our specialists to find out how to incorporate these two stunning destinations on your next New Zealand holiday.


Of course, Queenstown’s reputation demands attention; with Lake Wakatipu at its fore and the Remarkables mountain range to its aft, it’s a well-worn trope to refer to it as the country’s ‘adventure capital’. However, look beyond the white-water rafting, skydiving and skiing and you’ll find everything from mountain hikes and relaxed vineyard tastings to laidback lakeside and historic gold rush towns. It’s also a figurative jetty for voyages into Fiordland. 

Paragliding above Queenstown


Just a short drive through the Alps from Queenstown, Wanaka still offers a superb range of activities, but with a more relaxed, small-town atmosphere. In summer, lazy evenings can be spent at quiet cafés and restaurants overlooking the lake, while sunny days offer the chance to chill out on these same picturesque shores. And, if you're looking for some daytime thrills, the neighbouring Mt. Aspiring National Park delivers in spades, with everything from hiking and climbing to scenic flights and jet boating. In winter, the excellent Treble Cone ski a resort is a match for its more famous Queenstown cousins.

Hiking above Lake Wanaka


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Special offers in Queenstown & Wanaka

Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,075 pp incl. flights


Free Singapore stopover

Flight offer – Save up to £175 pp
Book by: 15 September 2019

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.

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Australia and New Zealand Discoverer

21-day tailor-made journey from £4,125 pp incl. flights


Free Singapore stopover

Flight offer – Save up to £440 pp
Book by: 27 August 2019

This tailor-made holiday 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.

Maui Ultima Elite

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £2,720 pp incl. flights


Free Singapore stopover

Flight offer – Save up to £205 pp
Book by: 15 September 2019

From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.

Lake Wakatipi, Queenstown, New Zealand

Ultimate New Zealand

22-day escorted tour from £6,850 pp incl. flights


Free Singapore stopover

Low season touring offer – Save up to £165 pp
Book by: 31 August 2019

A spectacular escorted tour combining luxury coach and railway journeys, lake and fjord cruises, taking in everything from city slicking and quaint township sophistication to New Zealand’s stunning natural world.

Top itineraries in Queenstown & Wanaka

Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Best of the South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £3,125 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

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.

Rotorua, New Zealand

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,345 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

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.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,510 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

Discover the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand's north and south islands on this fly-drive holiday, which includes a journey across the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine Express.

Mountain picnic, Queenstown, New Zealand

Culinary Highlights of New Zealand

25-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,320 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

With a focus on food and wine, this luxury fly-drive covers many of New Zealand's highlights, taking in the everything from the rolling vineyards of Hawke's Bay to the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.

Top places to stay in Queenstown & Wanaka

Main Lodge, Matakauri Lodge

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 Lodge bedroom, New Zealand

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 Queenstown room, New Zealand

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 lounge, New Zealand

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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