With 200 vineyards in the vicinity, wine tours are a great way to explore the Central Otago region and get an insight into its epicurean culture and world renowned wines. Spend an afternoon soaking up the scenery, drinking an award-winning local Pinot Noir and nibbling a gourmet platter of local produce.
To delve more into the area’s rich goldmining history Arrowtown is a must. Born in the goldrush of 1862, the picturesque old goldmining village has quaint tree-lined streets, old miners’ cottages, a restored Chinese Village and the fascinating Lakes District Museum.
A true slice of paradise sits a spectacular 45-minute drive west of Queenstown at the end of Lake Wakatipu. Set amongst snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes and rivers and national parks, the frontier town of Glenorchy has provided the backdrop for many films including Lord of the Rings. It’s also a great place to enjoy wilderness jetboating, horse riding, kayaking, and hiking.
Queenstown also acts as a convenient hub for trips to explore some of New Zealand’s most famous attractions like Milford and Doubtful Sounds.