The Southern Alps and Fiordland

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

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  • 1. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park


    Aoraki Mt. Cook is New Zealand's highest peak at approximately 12,218 feet. There are 22 peaks over 10,000 feet in Aoraki/Mount Cook National...Read More

  • 2. Lakes District Museum


    Don't leave Arrowtown without dropping in to this small but very cleverly constructed museum. It gives a great insight into the history of the...Read More

  • 3. T.S.S. Earnslaw


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

  • 4. Amisfield Winery & Bistro


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

  • 5. Bullock Wagon Trail

    Historic District/Site

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

  • 6. Carrick Wines


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

  • 7. Chard Farm


    The Chard Farm vineyard perches on a rare flat spot on the edge of the Kawarau Gorge, not far from Gibbston Valley and opposite AJ Hackett Bungy...Read More

  • 8. Chinese settlement

    Historic District/Site

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

  • 9. Earth and Sky


    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 world...Read More

  • 10. Fear Factory

    Other Attraction

    A scary addition to the adventure scene in Queenstown, Fear Factory challenges you to walk through their haunted house in the center of town...Read More

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  • 11. Gibbston Valley Wines


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

  • 12. Have a Shot

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Pretend you're Tiger Woods or Robin Hood at Have a Shot. At this excellent facility you can have a hand at clay bird or rifle shooting, archery...Read More

  • 13. Lake Tekapo


    The long, narrow expanse of Lake Tekapo anchors the area. Its extraordinary milky-turquoise color comes from rock flour, rock ground by glacial...Read More

  • 14. Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory


    Even in heavy rain and storms Milford Sound is magical. Rainfall is so excessive that a coat of up to 20 feet of fresh water floats on the surface...Read More

  • 15. Milford Road

    Scenic Drive

    If there was nothing to see at the end of this road it would still be worth the journey. It's a spectacular route, on one of the highest highways...Read More

  • 16. Mt. Difficulty


    You could spend a lot of time in the tasting room with the large range of good wines on offer here, or you can keep it simple and grab one of...Read More

  • 17. Peregrine Wines


    An architectural standout in the Gibbston Valley, Peregrine winery has been designed to look like a falcon's wing, and has even had rare native...Read More

  • 18. Punanga Manu o Te Anau/Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The lakeshore Te Anau Bird Sanctuary gives you the chance to preview some of the wildlife you're likely to encounter when hiking in Fiordland...Read More

  • 19. Queenstown Gardens


    The public Queenstown Gardens on the waterfront peninsula are always worth a quiet stroll. It's one of the few places in Queenstown that hasn...Read More

  • 20. Rippon Vineyard


    Lying spectacularly by the shores of Lake Wanaka, Rippon is one of the most photographed vineyards in the country. The vineyard's portfolio...Read More

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