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Queenstown Arrowtown New Zealand
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Early settlers and visitors to Queenstown came for the Otago gold rush of the 1860’s and the establishment of farming stations, but today it is the breathtaking beauty of the Queenstown landscape and its recreational facilities that draw people here.

Year round cruises operate on Lake Wakatipu to picturesque Walter Peak Station including evening trips that include a buffet dinner at the station, travelling aboard the historic steamer TSS Earnslaw. The Dart River runs into the lake at Glenorchy and is the venue for half day jet boat tours with Dart River Safaris into the Mount Aspiring National Park, or a full day trip that includes returning down river on inflatable kayaks. The Kawarau River also has jet boating and white water rafting and the world famous bungy jump from the historic Kawarau Bridge.

Day trips to Fiordland National Park to visit Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound operate from Queenstown by coach. To enjoy the full Milford Sound experience including a cruise, but in a shorter time, consider one or both directions by plane with fantastic aerial views of the National Park. Overnight trips to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound can also be taken from your Queenstown base.

From Queenstown you can connect to multi day hiking on the Milford Track, Routeburn Track and Hollyford Track, plus there are lots of shorter walks including a one day experience on the Routeburn Track.

The Otago and Southern Lakes region takes top place for the most picturesque vineyards in New Zealand with Gibbston Valley and Chard Farm located in the spectacularly rugged Kawarau Gorge, other vineyards that may be visited include Peregrine, Waitiri Creek Vineyards, Chard Farm Vineyard, Amisfield Cellars, Mt Difficulty, Felton Road, Carrick, Akarua and Olssens vineyards. Whatever your taste in wine, there is sure to be something to delight your taste buds, and of course deliciously fresh food and produce to accompany. To make the most of your wine experience join an escorted wine tour.

Close to Queenstown is the village of Arrowtown, known for its historic cottages and museum where you can learn about the hardships of life amongst the goldfields. The village also boasts some great restaurants which, when added to those in Queenstown and the nearby countryside, will leave you spoilt for choice.

Golf Courses that boast fantastic scenery are located at; the venue for the Centennial New Zealand Golf Open “The Hills” and at Millbrook Country Club.

The Otago Region is a popular fly fishing destination and local guides can take you to the ‘special places’ hidden amongst the rugged landscape.

In winter Queenstown is a magnet for skiers who delight in the diverse selection of trails offered by the Remarkables Range and Coronet ski fields. Coronet Peak also has a program of night skiing. For wonderful views of the mountains and lake don’t forget a ride on the Queenstown Gondola.

Accommodation

Arrowtown
Arrowtown House
Luxury B&B
Arrowtown House is set perfectly on the edge of the village, hidden from view behind a protected Indian Bean Tree (Catalpa Bignonioides) and an historic seventy year old Holly Hedge, you are surrounded by tranquil gardens of roses and rhododendrons that create a private oasis to enjoy.
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Browns Boutique Hotel
Deluxe B&B
For your stay in Queenstown relax in the friendly and comfortable atmosphere of Browns Boutique Hotel. Designed along traditional European lines, this small intimate Hotel is only three minutes walk to the center of Queenstown and features stunning views of the Remarkables mountain range from every room.
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Blanket Bay Lodge
Luxury Lodge
The setting is picture perfect - an alpine mountain lodge framed by majestic mountains and crystal clear Lake Wakatipu. World class dining, a professionally equipped exercise facility, and a steam room and indoor spa, complement the extraordinary fishing, hiking, riding and water sports activities. Blanket Bay Lodge is located 45 minutes drive from Queenstown along the scenic lake side road.
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Matakauri Lodge
Luxury Lodge
The Lodge and adjoining villas, one of New Zealand's most private and serene vacation retreats was constructed in 2000, a contemporary New Zealand design with extensive use of cedar and local schist stone designed to be in harmony with the outstanding natural alpine environment, lake, mountains, flora and fauna and less than 10 minutes drive from the destination resort of Queenstown.
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Millbrook
Deluxe Hotel
Welcome to Millbrook. Queenstown luxury accommodation that combines a majestic location with outstanding facilities to create a unique and inviting destination. The Millbrook ambience is warm and welcoming - the accommodation full of luxurious charm and quality, reflecting the unique character of the region. Whilst being the venue for one of New Zealand's top golf courses there is more to Millbrook than golf. A vast range of facilities and services makes Millbrook truly a resort within itself.
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Trelawn Place
B&B
Trelawn Place is a country home and Bed and Breakfast only 5 minutes (4km) drive from central Queenstown offering all the peace and privacy of a tranquil retreat. The delightful 2 acre cottage garden is on the edge of the famous Shotover river and surrounded by dramatic mountains including Coronet Peak ski field.
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Peppers Beacon Apartments Queenstown
Apartments
Facing beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Peppers Beacon Queenstown is close to Skyline Gondola and Luge and just a 5-minute walk to the town centre. There is a selection of rooms and self-contained apartments available at Peppers Beacon, with many offering views of the lake and Remarkables Mountains. Some accommodation also includes a gas fire place.
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Copthorne Lakeview Hotel Queenstown
Hotel
The Copthorne Hotel & Apartment Queenstown, Lakeview has 66 studio rooms and 19 two bedroom apartments, every one of them offering views of Queenstown's mountain and lake wilderness.
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Scenic Suites Queenstown
Hotel/Self Catering
Scenic Suites Queenstown has one of the most desirable locations for Queenstown hotels. It’s just five minutes walk to the bustling town centre, yet the hotel’s elevated position gives commanding views over Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. Combined with the convenience and quality of four-star apartment style accommodation.
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Activities

Clyde
Trail Journeys Otago Rail Trail

This cycle/biking adventure explores the historic gold mining remote picturesque landscape of the Central Otago. You will cycle on the rail trail where there are no vehicles and no real hills, making this safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and experience. This adventure is a “true” New Zealand experience. Each day you’ll be riding through heart of the Maniototo, the locals name for the area, past historic sites and quaint old towns.
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Queenstown
Dart River Funyaks Safaris

This trip takes you from the head of Lake Wakatipu at Glenorchy by jetboat up the Dart River into the magnificent scenery of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Navigating the shallow braided river by jetboat to the Funyak® put-in point (1 hr 15 mins). Then you paddle gently downstream, exploring the Rockburn Chasm on the way.
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Queenstown
Dart River Jet Boat Safaris

At Glenorchy board your jet boat and journey down an intricate network of braided river channels all the way from the head of mighty Lake Wakatipu into the pristine Mount Aspiring National Park.
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Shotover Jet Boat Trips

Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. It's a thrilling ride - skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds.
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Family Adventures Queenstown rafting

Looking for a Queenstown rafting or kayaking adventure for the whole family, then this is the family activity for you. Family Adventures are specialists in family/small group trips rafting and kayaking the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River
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Queenstown
Guided Walks New Zealand Ltd Queenstown guided walks

Queenstown Guided Nature Walks will introduce you to the diversity of New Zealand's flora and fauna, outstanding scenery, plus a wine and food tour option to sample the flavours of Queenstown's Central Otago region.
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Queenstown
Appellation Central Wine Tours Queenstown

Travel off the beaten tourist path for wine tasting at vineyards in Queenstown, Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell. All tours include Queenstown accommodation pick up, gourmet platter lunch, wine tasting and the care and attention of specialist guides.
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Queenstown
Queenstown Rafting 1 day Shotover & Kawarau river trips

Queenstown Rafting offer Kawarau River Rafting, Shotover River Rafting and Shotover Heli Rafting the ultimate new Zealand white water rafting experience.Queenstown Rafting are the outdoor adventure activity and adrenaline specialists, offering numerous rafting and adventure packages, for a truly exciting and memorable New Zealand vacation!
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Queenstown
Real Journeys TSS Earnslaw lake cruises

Relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise from Queenstown aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, the only coal fired passenger carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere.
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Guided Walks New Zealand Ltd Routeburn Track 1 day guided walk

If you would like to walk on the famous Routeburn Track as a day trip from Queenstown then this is the guided hiking trip into the Mount Aspiring National Park for you,
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Real Journeys Milford Sound scenic flights

Hanging valleys, hidden alpine lakes and cloud-piercing summits are just some of the reasons why flying over the Southern Alps between Queenstown and Milford is an excursion of a lifetime! Our experienced pilots will point out the stunning scenery throughout the flight and as you fly into Milford Sound…
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Millbrook Golf Course

Millbrook Golf Course is set in a natural, alpine amphitheatre, against the backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range, the golf course at Millbrook exploits the dramatic terrain fully, delivering world-class golf. Millbrook is quite simply a fantastic golf resort. The18-hole, par 72 championship course was designed by renowned professional and master golfer, Sir Bob Charles. It features four different tee positions for complete enjoyment at all levels of playing expertise
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Queenstown and Te Anau
Fiordland Guided Great Walks and Cruise

This 5 day Fiordland Hiking Holiday is designed to give visitors a broader experience in the stunning Fiordland National Park. It has all the highlights whilst staying overnight in B&B or Hotel accommodations with ensuite bathrooms, also included is a car for self sufficiency and the convenience of being able to add this holiday into your extended New Zealand holiday itinerary.
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Queenstown or Te Anau
Real Journeys Milford Sound overnight cruise
National Park
Overnighting in the long southern twilight of spectacular Milford Sound, is a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. Overnight cruises offers visitors the chance to relax and explore the magnificent scenery and wildlife of this world-renowned fiord. Choose from two overnight cruise options at Milford Sound..
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Queenstown or Te Anau
Real Journeys Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
National Park
Immerse yourself in Doubtful Sound’s breathtaking beauty, towering peaks and bush clad islands with an overnight cruise.Following a short cruise across island-studded Lake Manapouri and a coach trip on the remote sub-alpine route over Wilmot Pass you will board the Fiordland Navigator at Deep Cove.
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Queenstown or Te Anau
Real Journeys Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
National Park
Immerse yourself in Doubtful Sound’s breathtaking beauty, towering peaks and bush clad islands with an overnight cruise.Following a short cruise across island-studded Lake Manapouri and a coach trip on the remote sub-alpine route over Wilmot Pass you will board the Fiordland Navigator at Deep Cove.
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Queenstown or Te Anau
Hollyford Track guided 3 day walk

The Hollyford 3 Day Wilderness Journey is an all-inclusive spectacular walk from the mountains to the sea that is suitable for a wide range of fitness levels. Unlike any other walk, the scenery is geologically spectacular and ever changing - snow capped mountains, glaciers, rainforests, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, reefs, sand dunes and surf.
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Queenstown or Te Anau
Real Journeys Te Anau Glow Worm Caves

Have you ever seen limestone passages sculpted by water up close? Have you drifted in silent darkness beneath the luminous blue-green shimmer of thousands of glowworms? A visit to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves with Real Journeys on the isolated western shores of Lake Te Anau is a must-see.
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Queenstown or Te Anau
Real Journeys 1 day Milford Track

Even if you are short on time, you can experience a taste of the world famous Milford Track - described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘finest walk in the world’. Join our guided day walk and experience some of the highlights. Enjoy a leisurely walk through ancient beech forest and grassy flats and take the time to soak up the magnificent surrounds.
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Queenstown, Te Anau and Milford Sound
Real Journeys Milford Sound day cruises

Milford Sound is simply stunning - it is a natural wonder of world fame. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze and uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture.
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Queenstown, Te Anau and Milford Sound
Real Journeys Doubtful Sound day cruise

Doubtful Sound located in a World Heritage Area, is an overwhelming place. You can feel the power of nature here - the remoteness, the wildness and the peace.
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