The south-west corner of the South Island is a region of diverse and magnificant alpine lansdcapes, surrounded by beautiful towns including Wanaka, Arrowtown & Queenstown. Together these make up the area known as the Southern Lakes Region, offering stunning views, magnificent golf courses, beautiful wineries of Central Otago, 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 resort and heli skiing and a fabulous winter festival. A guided hike of the Great Walks in Fiordland with a pre / post stay at one of the luxury lodges and Milford Sound by air is one of the most highly rated itineraries in New Zealand.
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.
Accessible by helicopter only from Queenstown or Wanaka is Minaret Station Alpine Lodge
An hours drive from Queenstown or 25 minutes from Wanaka is The Ridgeline Lodge at Mahu Whenua which opened in early 2017
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. We offer three award winning diverse Lodges each with exceptional hospitality from the urban energy of downtown Queenstown's Eichardts to the classic charm of Blanket Bay and 'vouge-esque' interiors of Matakauri Lodge inbetween. All offer stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains.
Eichardts Private Hotel, downtown Queenstown
Matakauri Lodge, 20 minutes drive from Queenstown
Blanket Bay, 45 minutes drive from 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 from Te Anau on the main highway to Milford Sound.