Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Wanaka

National Transport & Toy Museum

Mixing Smurfs with Studebakers and Skidoos (and an authentic MiG jet fighter flown by the Polish Air Force) is this completely eclectic and absorbing collection of more than 60,000 items. Suitably, it's as jumbled a…
Lake in Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu

Shaped like a cartoon lightning bolt, Lake Wakatipu is NZ's third-largest lake. It reaches a depth of 379m, meaning the lake bed actually sits below sea level. Five rivers flow into it but only one (the Kawarau) flo…
Park in Queenstown

Queenstown Gardens

Set on its own tongue of land framing Queenstown Bay, this pretty park is the perfect city escape right within the city. Laid out in 1876, it features an 18-'hole' frisbee golf course, an ice-skating rink, skate par…
Cable Car in Queenstown

Skyline Gondola

Hop aboard for fantastic views as the gondola squeezes through pine forest to its grandstand location 400m above Queenstown. At the top there's the inevitable cafe, restaurant, souvenir shop and observation deck, as…
Winery in Queenstown

Gibbston Valley

The area's oldest commercial winery (established in the early 1980s) is such a large complex it looks impersonal, but offers the very personal touch of tours of the winery ($35) and NZ's largest wine cave ($17.50). …
Park in Wanaka

Wanaka Station Park

Wanaka Station Park is a piece of Wanaka that existed before Wanaka did. This remnant of the sheep station that once covered the town area and beyond is a beautiful, well-hidden park space with trees far more impres…
Historic Site in Arrowtown

Chinese Settlement

Strung along the creek, near the site of Arrowtown's first gold find, is NZ’s best example of an early Chinese settlement. Interpretive signs explain the lives of Chinese miners during and after the gold rush (the l…
Distillery in Cardrona

Cardrona Distillery & Museum

Matching the ever-so-Scottish setting is this single-malt distillery. Enter past the fence of bras (Bra-drona!) and you'll find the beautiful cellar door inside a building of local schist rock. Have a sip of the ora…
Historic Building in Arrowtown

Arrowtown Gaol

With gold rushes came lawlessness. Arrowtown's prisoners were originally manacled to logs, but in 1876 this schist jail, now surrounded by homes, was constructed. The building was used as a jail as recently as 1987 …
Winery in Wanaka

Archangel

Take a step up the social ladder with a visit not to a cellar door, but to a wine lounge at this stylish, boutique, 23-hectare vineyard 15 minutes' drive from Wanaka. Book ahead for the gourmet wine-tasting experien…