The Southern Alps and Fiordland Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Southern Alps and Fiordland - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Skippers Canyon

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

One of the enduring attractions in the area is the drive up Skippers Canyon. Harking back to the days when the hills were filled with...

Skyline Gondola

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Get the lay of the land by taking the Skyline Gondola up to the heights of Bob's Peak, 1,425 feet above the lake, for a smashing panoramic...

Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

The cartoonlike houses built at funny angles with the Leaning Tower of Wanaka is just the start. Turn off here for a number of puzzling...

T.S.S. Earnslaw

  • Tour–Sight

This lovely old boat is more than 100 years old, and one of the world's only coal-fired steamships still operating. It's in superb condition...

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Boats and walkways take you through a maze of caves containing underground whirlpools, waterfalls, and gushing streams. Then you'll reach...

Te Anau Wildlife Centre

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The lakeshore Te Anau Wildlife Centre gives you the chance to preview some of the wildlife you're likely to encounter when hiking in...

Tekapo Springs

  • Spa–Sight

If you've taken advantage of the walks around Tekapo then you'll really appreciate this hot-pool complex with its beautiful views. There's...

Warbirds & Wheels

  • Museum/Gallery

At Warbirds and Wheels there are around 30 privately owned classic cars on display. Their 1934 Duesenberg is the star of the show, with...

Wine Tastes

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Wine Tastes provides an extensive winery tour with no driving! Purchase a wine card, peruse 84 tasting machines featuring New Zealand...

Wooing Tree

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Wooing Tree is named for a tree on the property beneath which many local ladies have been wooed (and legend has it where several locals...