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Set on the shore of Lake Wakatipu against a stunning alpine backdrop and in the midst of Central Otago, Queenstown enjoys international renown as one of the world’s top holiday destinations.

Surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Central Otago region, Queenstown sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu amidst the beautiful Southern Alps, and is a perfect base from which to explore or relax. Just a short drive away is Mount Aspiring National Park, where any ‘Lord of the Rings’ fans will recognise a number of locations from the films.

From vineyards - Central Otago is known for Pinot poir and chardonnay varieties - to extreme adventure, to the more leisurely pastimes of scenic trails, sightseeing and spa treatments, Queenstown really does have something for everyone.  

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  • Where: South Island, New Zealand

Wildlife trips

This location is featured in the following itineraries:

Kiwis & Whales Galore: South Island Self-drive

This self-drive of New Zealand’s South Island showcases dramatic scenery, from sandy beaches to picturesque snow-capped mountains. Highlights include cetacean-rich Kaikoura, the Otago Peninsula - home to the endangered yellow-eyed penguin - and Stewart Island for southern brown kiwis.

  • When to go: Sep-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 23 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

New Zealand’s Wild West Coast

Discover the wild west coast of the scenic South Island of New Zealand. This journey from Christchurch to Queenstown explores the varied landscapes, birdlife and flora of the West Coast, including searching for kea in Arthur’s Pass National Park and walks in the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,245 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Brown’s Boutique Hotel

Enjoying a quiet position in central Queenstown, yet only a short walk to the centre of this small alpine city, you will find the delightful ten bedroom Brown’s Boutique Hotel offering the feel of a European boutique property combined with the warmth of New Zealand hospitality.