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Introducing Queenstown & Wanaka

With a cinematic background of mountains and lakes you actually have seen in the movies, and a ‘what can we think of next?’ array of adventure activities, it’s little wonder Queenstown tops the itineraries of many travellers.

Slow down (slightly) in Wanaka – Queenstown’s junior cousin – which also has good restaurants, bars, and outdoor adventures on tap. Explore nearby Mt Aspiring National Park to reinforce that you’re only a short drive from true New Zealand wilderness.

Slow down even more in Glenorchy, an improbably scenic reminder of what Queenstown and Wanaka were like before the adventure groupies moved in. Negotiate the Greenstone and Routeburn Tracks for extended outdoor thrills, or kayak the upper reaches of Lake Wakatipu.

Across in historic Arrowtown, consider the town’s gold-mining past over a chilled craft beer or dinner in a cosy bistro. The following day there’ll be plenty more opportunities to dive into Queenstown’s cavalcade of action.