Queenstown & Southern Lakes Highlights
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The Lonely Planet has named Queenstown and the Southern Lakes as number 8 in its top 10 regions to visit in 2012 due to the breathtaking scenery and outstanding adventure and leisure activities, so head down to the lower South Island and discover why the area is so deserving of this endorsement. Check out our pick of the best destinations in the region and take your rental car on a road trip to explore at your own pace.
Road Trip Highlights
Renowned the world over as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown is a premier alpine resort located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by majestic mountains. During the ski season, Queenstown is a mecca for skiers and snowboarders but it is a year-round destination offering activities such as bungy jumping, rafting and jet boating, paragliding, walking, biking, and horse treks. There are also lots of opportunities to relax or enjoy some family activities, so ensure Queenstown is on your list of places to visit.
The township of Wanaka looks north across its lake to an incomparable alpine scene. Winter visitors are drawn by the world-class ski fields of Treble Cone and Mt Cardrona but Wanaka is a destination for all seasons, with plenty of adventure and leisure activities available year round.
Home to the largest lake in the South Island, this picturesque town is nestled on the edge of the breathtaking deep waters of Lake Te Anau and is the gateway to the magnificent Fiordlands. Sample some of the local fare including seafood and venison and enjoy shopping for quality handcrafted goods, jewellery, souvenirs and gifts at some of the excellent shops.
Milford Sound is the most famous and accessible of Fiordland’s magnificent glacier carved fiords. Deep blue waters, cascading waterfalls, sheer lush rainforest, towering mountains and fascinating wildlife awaits visitors. Go kayaking, cruise the sounds or head to the Underwater Observatory to view the fascinating sights below the surface of these beautiful waters.
Doubtful Sound is the deepest of the fiords, following a long and winding 40 km route to the open ocean. The area is abundant with native forests and wildlife, including New Zealand Fur Seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins, and there are several spectacular waterfalls providing a stunning backdrop. Take a boat charter to relax and enjoy the scenery or experience the thrill of jet boating. Explore some of the excellent hiking tracks or head to the air for a scenic flight.
Getting Around The Southern Lakes
Explore Queenstown and the Southern Lakes region at your own pace with an affordable hire car from USAVE. Our Dunedin car rentals depot is located a 3.5 hour scenic drive from Queenstown, providing easy access to the region.