Looking for an unforgettable getaway in New Zealand’s spectacular South Island? Our superb range of Southern Lakes District hotels in your choice of the major centres will put you in the one of the most diverse and stunning regions you could imagine.
The Southern Lakes Region is both outstandingly beautiful and immensely varied. From the glacial fiords to stunning lakes and mountain scenery, from action-packed adventure resorts to serene and remote hamlets, there will be something that fits the bill for you.
The major town in the lakes district is Queenstown, a lively and exciting tourist destination on the northern banks of Lake Wakatipu and at the foot of towering, snow-capped mountain peaks. If you want an action holiday there’s water sport of every description, heli-skiing, skydiving and bungee jumping. The shopping is great too and when you want to relax, Queenstown has a huge choice of restaurants and bars. How about lying back for some serious pampering at a day spa or playing a leisurely round of golf with magnificent views?
In Wanaka, on the shores of Lake Wanaka, there is also plenty of action. You can go horse riding or take a scenic flight for a bird’s eye view of the mountains and the diverse terrain of Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand’s biggest conservation area.
If you are looking for a quieter kind of getaway, why not stay in Glenorchy, only 45km away? The Queenstown-Glenorchy road is said to be one of the most scenic routes in the world, taking you along the lakeshore with a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery. Lying at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy is the perfect starting point for exploring the area’s many walking tracks, taking one of the 4WD trails in the region or crossing the lake by boat.
Just a 20 minute drive from Queenstown is Arrowtown, a quiet historic village which saw its boom days during the 1860s gold rush in the area. It has picturesque cobbled streets, well-preserved 19th century buildings and plenty of shops, galleries, good cafés and restaurants.
Further west you’ll find Te Anau, on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest lake. This is fiord country and the town is the perfect place to stay if you are planning to visit Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. There’s plenty to do here – water sports galore and nature trails to explore. Don’t miss the Fiordland Wildlife Park.
It’s easy to start your adventure in the South Island. You can fly into Queenstown Airport, only 10 minutes out of town. Shuttle buses run between the airport, Queenstown and most of the other centres. So why wait? Book your flight to Queenstown and your Southern Lakes District accommodation with us now. You know you want to!