You could spend months exploring the Southern Lakes and still have not walked all the tracks and experienced all the activities on offer. So if you only have a few days, here are some of the best:

Explore: Jet boating

You can’t go past a jet boat experience if you come to Queenstown and one of the best on offer is a trip up the Dart River with Dart River Jet Boat Safaris near Glenorchy, 40 minutes from Queenstown. The drive alone to Glenorchy is spectacular, but wait until you get even further up the valley via an exhilarating Hamilton Jet then you will truly appreciate what a beautiful area we live in. Take lots of photos to remind yourself why you need to come back.




Explore: Milford Sound

Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world, was listed as the Number One destination in the world in 2008 by Trip Advisor. When you are short on time the best way to visit Milford Sound is to fly in by small plane or helicopter (the latter is a ‘Bearsden’ favourite) and the best time to go is first thing in the morning. Make sure you include a cruise with your trip. Refer to www.milfordflights.co.nz or www.helicopter.co.nz.




Explore: TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak High Country Farm

Relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise on Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. Today, the TSS Earnslaw is believed to be the only coal-fired passenger-carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. The TSS Earnslaw makes several trips daily across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western shores.




Explore: Hot Air Ballooning

Sunrise Hot Air Balloons are often spotted floating above Bearsden so you are bound to want to be a part of this unforgettable experience and see what they see, followed by a champagne breakfast in the field (possibly near Bearsden) after landing.







Queenstown and the Southern Lakes is world famous for its natural beauty plus a plethora of more than 200 activities on offer - ranging from action-packed to passive relaxation, you really are spoilt for choice!

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