Otago, Alpine & Deep South
Otago and the Deep South hosts the most pristine and purest natural landscapes on earth. Explore the lakes of Queenstown & Wanaka, Otago wineries, the mighty snow-capped Southern Alps & Fiordland, visit remote Stewart Island & its vast wildlife.
Here mountains, fiords & forests combine to create vistas so jaw droppingly beautiful that they have to be seen to be believed. From wildlife to wineries, glacial valleys to narrow fiords, the South Island offers pure adventure to all travellers.
Queenstown and nearby Wanaka provide excellent gateways to explore this wonderful region and you don’t have to go far in any direction to get your dose of beautiful scenery.
Take a helicopter trip to discover the spectacular Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds or perhaps hike one of the Great Walks such as the Milford, Kepler or Routeburn tracks which all offer breath-taking scenery: mountains, lakes and enormous valleys, a wonder to behold. For something a little bit different take a private cruise through the sounds and enjoy perfect silence and privacy in this powerful place.
To the west of Wanaka, you will hit the Westcoast, one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. This is an untamed natural wilderness of rivers and rainforests, glaciers, and geological treasures.
If you head east you will arrive to Central Otago where Pinot Noir, that most delicate of grape varieties, thrives in these southernmost vineyards. Here the Otago Central Rail Trail follows the route of the old railway. Cycle from station to station staying at charming, boutique properties, and sipping wine after a nice day’s ride. For something a little different you can head to a high-country station to experience life on some of New Zealand’s largest farms.
Visit Dunedin, known for its Scottish heritage, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, such as the famous railway station. Explore the stunning Otago Peninsula home to fur seals, sea lions, penguins and the only mainland Royal Albatross colony anywhere. Don’t miss Tunnel Beach, a breath-taking spot.
To the South you find the Catlins, a place rugged natural beauty from sea caves to waterfalls, lakes to rare wildlife such as the Yellow-Eyed Penguin, the world’s rarest penguin species.
From Invercargill a short flight or boat ride will bring you to Stewart Island. Almost all of the island is a National Park, and people come here for the hiking and bird watching, fishing and gathering. Blue penguins and the rare yellow-eyed penguins waddle among the rocks and Kiwis wander through the streets at leisure, something you will not see anywhere else in the world.