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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Amisfield Winery & Bistro

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Step into this expansive winery and bistro and enjoy stunning lake and mountain views. Both the wines and the restaurant have earned...

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

  • Mountain–Sight

Above the grassy Mackenzie Basin towers the South Island's highest peak Mt. Cook, at approximately 12,283 feet. There are 22 peaks over...

Bullock Wagon Trail

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This 268-km (167-mi) heritage highway, which stretches from Timaru to Twizel via Mt. Cook, recognizes the long, arduous journeys early...

Carrick Wines

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Spoil yourself and have lunch at Carrick Wines where the views of the mountains and Lake Dunstan are as satisfying as the cuisine. The...

Chard Farm

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

The Chard Farm vineyard perches on a rare flat spot on the edge of the Kawarau Gorge, not far from Gibbston Valley. Its location and...

Chinese settlement

  • Neighborhood/Street

In a less-visited part of the town is the former Chinese settlement. Chinese miners were common on the goldfields, brought in to raise...

Earth and Sky

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

If you're extremely lucky, you'll see the southern lights! Even if you don't, you're still at one of the best stargazing sites in the...

Eco Wanaka

  • Tour–Sight

Visit the lake that's on top of an island that's on top of the lake! Riddles aside, this is a journey to the Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve...

Fear Factory

  • Local Interest–Sight

A recent addition to the adventure scene in Queenstown, Fear Factory challenges you to walk through their haunted house in the centre...

Gibbston Valley Wines

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

The wine-making industry in Central Otago began with the vines that were first planted here. The best-known vineyard in central Otago,...