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Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown & Wanaka

Beauty & adventure in the New Zealand Alps

New Zealand tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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.

Queenstown

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

Wanaka

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 £2,885 pp incl. flights

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Flight offer – Save up to £105 pp
Book by: 05 December 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.

Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Best of New Zealand's South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £2,990 pp incl. flights

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offer

Flight offer – Save up to £140 pp
Book by: 05 December 2019

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.

Top itineraries in Queenstown & Wanaka

Rotorua, New Zealand

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,350 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.

Lake Road and Mountains, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand Hike and Drive

29-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,265 pp incl. flights

This combination of scenic road trips and day hikes takes visitors deep into New Zealand’s glorious landscapes. From Abel Tasman to Te Urewera National Park, you'll hike and drive New Zealand's outstanding highlights

Port Douglas beach, Queensland, Australia

Australia and New Zealand Discoverer

21-day tailor-made journey from £4,460 pp incl. flights

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 £2,960 pp incl. flights

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.

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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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When to go to Queenstown & Wanaka

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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