At least one jetboat ride during a visit to NZ is a must for all visitors.
This one is even great for funloving kiwis.
You jetboat the full length of the Dart River, you will see snowcapped mountains and casading waterfalls.
Then take the backroad via Paradise by minibus, and enjoy an easy walk in Mt Aspiring National Park amidst ancient forests with crystal clear pools and birdsong.
Door to door transfers are available from all Queenstown accommodation properties.
They have a package deal for 2 adults and 2 kids - where the 2nd kid is half-price.
The Dart River is navigable by jet boat far upstream. This takes visitors deep into the Mt.Aspiring National Park. You can penetrate one of the country’s most beautiful wilderness areas without taking a step on land.
Paradise is a dot on the map and this is what part of it looks like. The lake is called Diamond Lake and just to the right of frame is a rather grand looking house that dominates the valley. Paradise isn't a town, but rather a 'locality', consisting of a few farmers homes and lots of paddocks.
The Glenorchy walkway is on the north side of the township and passes through wetlands and round the Glenorchy "Lagoon". Part of the walkway is a plank boardwalk. If you time your walk right, you can take great photos of Mt Earnslaw over the "lagoon". I was a bit late in the day, so the haze has washed out my picture a bit, but you get the idea. There are also fine views of Mt Alaska (the big mountain behind Glenorchy).
Lake Sylvan is in the Dart Valley and is reached via a walk through beautiful beech forest where you will see a lot of native birds. The South Island Robins are very friendly and will virtually hop onto you if you sit still and don't get too excited. Lake Sylvan is at the end of the walk, which is actually part of the Routeburn Track I believe.
Situated on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy lies in the midst of some spectacular scenery. The scenery is very popular with movie makers as well as visitors.