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.
Accommodation

Hotel's versatility likely to quickly make it a Queenstown favourite

Wellness holidays

The crisis that converted me to wellness retreats

Moving back home after a breakup, I decided to turn to a Kiwi guru to help me get my life back on track.

Wellness holidays

Three of the best yoga studios

Limber up with these recommendations of where to find mediation and movement.

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

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Hiking holidays

I feared prejudice at a remote DOC hut because I'm gay. Instead, I found paradise

Road trips

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

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Central Otago/Lakes

Queenstown's spirit shines in darkest times

Eco-elopements, South American charters and a sustained building boom keep Queenstowners optimistic.

21/2/2021
Central Otago/Lakes

Why Alexandra's Clock on the Hill is an iconic monument

While it was made to look up at, no visitor to the Central Otago town should leave without standing just below it to enjoy the opposite view.

20/2/2021
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