The south-west corner of the South Island is a region of diverse and magnificant lansdcapes, surrounded by several beautiful towns and townships, including Wanaka, Queenstown and Te Anau. Together these make up the area known as the Southern Lakes Region, offering stunning views, magnificent golf courses, beautiful wineries, breathtaking helicopter excursions, high country fly fishing, gentle fiord and lake cruises and a myriad of adventures across all four seasons. The Southern Lakes region segues from hot dry summer days to a spectacle of autumn colours. Winter sees the region transformed into a ski and winter holiday destination offering downhill skiing, cross country skiing and a fabulous winter festival. And Milford Sound in the snow is an experience not to be missed.
Lake Wanaka’s spectacular location at the foot of the Southern Alps with the wilderness of the Mt Aspiring National Park nearby makes it a magnet for outdoor lovers the world over, be this boating, hiking, climbing, skiing or mountain biking, just to name just a few. Lake Wanaka has a vibrant arts community of painters, sculptors, photographers, carvers, writers and more. Take an arts trail and visit them in their studios or see their work in the town's galleries. Whare Kea Lodges and Tiritiri Lodge are both loacted in Wanaka.
One hundred and forty years after the establishment as a gold mining camp, central Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath majestic mountains. Adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts, world class golfers, Hollywood stars and US Presidents have all been drawn to this magical region and its intense alpine energy. Three lodges offer you a choice of stay including Blanket Bay located in Glenorchy and Matakauri Lodge and Remarkables Lodge both a few minutes from the centre of Queenstown.
Besides being one of the largest National parks in the world, Fiordland is also part of the Southwest World Heritage Area. The best-known and most accessible part of this area is the Milford Road and Milford Sound. Named by early settlers after their native Milford Haven in Wales, the region’s history encompasses both Maori and European journeys and settlement. You'll be enthralled by the immense landscape as you travel from Te Anau, through glacial carved valleys, to the deep waters of Milford Sound and the well-known image of Mitre Peak. Fiordland Lodge is located a few minutes north of Te Anau on route to Milford Sound.