Central Otago/Lakes
Central Otago/Lakes
Queenstown might be your first port of call, but there’s so much more to discover in Central Otago and the Lakes district. Whether it’s ticking off bucket list items, soaking up the dramatic scenery on the Otago Central Rail Trail, or sampling the famous local pinot noir, this region has something for every traveller.
Back Your Backyard

Fun runs and fried chicken: 6 events to get stuck into this weekend

Get as active as you like, watch some of New Zealand’s top bands, or do nothing but eat fried chicken.

Road trips

The Kiwi families who've fallen for campervanning during the pandemic

Lisa Boltman used to see touring the country by camper as overpriced and touristy. One eight-day trip around the South Island and she's a convert.

Snow and Ski Holidays

New chairlift unlocks massive new southern ski area at Cardrona

The lift at the South Island skifield provides the first new major lift-accessed terrain to open in New Zealand in nearly 10 years.

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Galapagos of the South: Beauty, wildlife and an intriguing history

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Central Otago/Lakes

The South Island's secret 'Orc Chasm': Here's how to get there

This zipline adventure takes you down whitewater rapids to the hidden "Orc Chasm" — flying just a few metres above a fast-flowing river.

16/2/2021
Accommodation

Central Otago: Luxury and relaxation among the vines

Gibbston Valley Lodge and Spa offers fine dining, spa treatments and, of course, incredible wine.

16/2/2021
Romantic Holidays

Three of the most romantic places to celebrate Valentine's Day

Break open the bubbles, here are three places to get romantic this weekend.

13/2/2021
Cruises

Second cruise for southerners on way

An Invercargill travel agent has chartered a cruise ship for a tour of the Chatham Islands, for southerners only.

10/2/2021
Cycling holidays

Alps 2 Ocean: A stunning seven-day ride from the mountains to the sea

it’s a scenic, predominantly off-road trail of around 300km. Along the way, you’ll find quaint townships, great swimming spots and walking tracks.

8/2/2021
National

The Covid Diaries: How a tourism boss copes with stress

"You feel that responsibility of keeping staff employed and the wheels turning."

8/2/2021
Road trips

A soak and two boats: A three-day South Island adventure

Taking an epic roadie from Queenstown to Milford Sound.

1/2/2021
Central Otago/Lakes

Oxbow Adventures: Queenstown's new thriller ride

It's a thing of childhood dreams: a giant monster truck track in the hills outside Queenstown.

30/1/2021