Museum in Wanaka

National Transport & Toy Museum

Small armies of Smurfs, Star Wars figurines and Barbie dolls share billing with dozens of classic cars and a mysteriously acquired MiG jet fighter in this vast collection, which fills four giant hangers near the air…
Cable Car in Queenstown

Skyline Gondola

Hop aboard for fantastic views. At the top there's the inevitable cafe, restaurant, souvenir shop and observation deck, as well as the Queenstown Bike Park, Skyline Luge, Ledge Bungy, Ledge Swing and Ziptrek Ecotour…
Museum in Arrowtown

Lakes District Museum & Gallery

Exhibits cover the gold-rush era and the early days of Chinese settlement around Arrowtown. Younger travellers will enjoy the Museum Fun Pack ($5), which includes activity sheets, museum treasure hunts, greenstone a…
Winery in Queenstown

Gibbston Valley

The area's oldest commercial winery (established in the early 1980s), Gibbston Valley makes excellent pinot noir and has a large visitor complex incorporating a restaurant and a 'cheesery'. Tours of the winery and t…
Winery in Queenstown


Peregrine is one of Gibbston's top wineries, producing excellent sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, riesling and, of course, pinot noir. Also impressive is the winery's architecture – a bunker-like building with a roof re…
Zoo in Queenstown

Kiwi Birdlife Park

These five acres are home to 10,000 native plants, tuatara and scores of birds, including kiwi, kea, moreporks, parakeets and extremely rare black stilts. Stroll around the aviaries, watch the conservation show, and…
Museum in Wanaka

Warbirds & Wheels

Dedicated to NZ combat pilots, the aircraft they flew and the sacrifices they made, this museum features Hawker Hurricanes, a de Havilland Vampire and lots of shiny, beautifully restored classic cars. There's also a…
Winery in Wanaka


Along with just about the best view of any NZ winery, Rippon has great wine, too. To save fights over who's going to be the designated driver, take a 2km stroll along the lakeside and look out for the track up the h…
Amusement Park in Wanaka

Puzzling World

A 3D Great Maze and lots of fascinating brain-bending visual illusions to keep people of all ages bemused, bothered and bewildered. It’s en route to Cromwell, 2km from town.
Winery in Queenstown

Chard Farm

The most picturesque of the Gibbston wineries, Chard Farm is reached by a precipitous 2km road starting almost opposite the Kawarau Bridge.