Queenstown, Southern Alps, Glaciers and Fiordland

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From soaring mountains to a wild and dramatic coastline, golden hill country to crystal alpine lakes, the Southern Lakes is one of the most diverse and beautiful regions in New Zealand. Thos that visit are captivated by the breathtaking scenery, changing seasons and culture of the area. The region runs from the dramatic landscapes of Fiordland in the south to the rugged mountains and established international four-season resort of Queenstown and to Lake Wanaka in the north, an inspiring place of tranquility and beauty at the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park.

Away from the crowds, set amongst breathtaking mountains, Lake Wanaka is a year-round destination where the relaxed kiwi lifestyle combines with a landscape just waiting to be explored.

Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere's premier four-season lake and alpine resort with rugged mountains, majestic lakes and crystal clear air and plenty to do. From bungy jumping to wine trails, jet boating to trekking, dining out to skiing - the hard part is fitting everything in.

Nowhere is the wild beauty of New Zealand displayed with more effect than in the stunning landscapes of Fiordland. Here, untamed waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into virgin forested valleys, lobely fiords greet the sun with enchanted birdsong, and stretches of crystal clear lakes shimmer in the pure air surrounded by a mantle of vivid green rainforest and towering granite peaks.


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Best time to be there

Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.

Fly to

Auckland (Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, daily)

flying time

26 hours, one stop

time difference

GMT +12 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic New Zealand

Nights: 19 | from £7,220pp

Hit the open road in New Zealand, a country of spectacular highways, perfect for self-drives. A three-week trip from Auckland to Queenstown crams in geothermal... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys –Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under 2017

Nights: 19 | from £11,885pp

Journey through a diverse range of landscapes from the outback of Australia to the glaciers of New Zealand Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Follow the Spirit of the Maori

Nights: 15 | from £4,995pp

Adventure into the Maori heart of New Zealand where you'll discover giant forests and intriguing tales while exploring Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Ultimate New Zealand and Fiji

Nights: 14 | from £14,995pp

Combine the kaleidoscope of soaring peaks, mirror-like lakes, craggy glaciers, spouting geysers and majestic fjords of New Zealand, with arguably the... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Glacier, Lakes & Wilderness

Nights: 20 | from £4,960pp

This 21 day journey is ideal for those seeking remote wilderness landscapes and for repeat visitors to the country who want to delve a little deeper. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Azur Resort

Azur Resort in Queenstown gives you a unique experience. Awaken to the mountain sunrise in your private luxury lodge. This nine villa lodge is situated... Find out more

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Blanket Bay

Nestled amid snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is one of New Zealand's finest Lodges - Blanket Bay. Accommodation... Find out more

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Hotel St Moritz

 A member of the MGallery Collection, the St Moritz Hotel is superbly positioned between the spectacular Remarkable mountain range and Lake Wakitapu,... Find out more

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Matakauri Lodge

Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle, taking in the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain... Find out more

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Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

Minaret Station treats those fortunate enough to experience this wilderness landscape to a level of comfort and style never before available in the New... Find out more

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Auckland to Sydney Ft. Azamara Club Cruises

Nights: 19 | from £9,980pp

The scenic magnificence of New Zealand’s natural attractions and enduring appeal of some of its most famous cities, promise to make this cruise from Auckland... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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