Otago Things to Do

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    Shotover River
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Otago Things to Do

  • Skyline Gondola and Restaurant

    Queenstown Things to Do

    For the most spectacular view of Queenstown, visit the Skyline Gondola. This takes you to Bob's Peak, offering a panoramic vista over the entire town and its environs. This is the best thing to see if you have only a very short time in Queenstown, and want to make the most of it. In addition to the view, there is a restaurant (which I didn't...

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  • Yellow-Eyed Penguins

    Oamaru Things to Do

    Bushy beach is a quiet are along Oamaru coast, where you are likely to see yellow eyed penguins. Differently from the little blue penguins, yellow eyed are very shy, they don't like to see or hear humans. The beach is visible from high above, bringing a pair of binoculars and/or camera zooms is a very good idea! We were lucky enough to see one...

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  • Bungy Jumping

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Even if you don't fancy to make a bungy jump, or if you have little time, try to stop here at the new Bungy Centre and have a look around. This is newly rebuilt and nestled into the surrounding rock, a great amount of care has been taken to blend in with the look of the area. There is a very nice café and facilities including an interactive Bungy...

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  • Historic town

    Oamaru Things to Do

    If you have the time, go for a walk around the "Original Commercial area of Oamaru." This area is known as.... New Zealand's most complete Victorian Streetscape. with buildings dating from the 1870's to 1890's as they were in the past. Most of them are built out of the local limestone. This area is being restored, and although when we walked...

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  • Jet Boating

    Queenstown Things to Do

    The jetboats in Queenstown are quite an adventure. There are now 3 options available. The fastest, thrill seeking option is the Shotover Jet. It departs/docks at their pier at Jack's Point. An easy journey via car or the local bus. This is the shortest yet fastest option with donuts and wall-hanging curves. The other two options leave from the...

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  • Blue Penguin Colony

    Oamaru Things to Do

    A big blue penguin colony settled down in Oamaru, giving you a unique opportunity to observe these little lovely animals from very close. Penguins are used to come back from the seaside in the evening, and they come all at the same time, like little rockets flying out of the water! We attended an Evening Viewing at the Blue Penguin Colony camp, and...

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  • Kiwi & Birdlife Park.

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Due to its eons upon eons of isolation from the rest of the world, New Zealand has become home to exotic bird species which exist nowhere else. Many are flightless, since before humans they had no real predators to face. People have driven some to extinction--such as the Moa, a huge flightless bird that was extinct before the arrival of the...

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  • Moeraki Boulders

    Oamaru Things to Do

    The coast and specially the boulders make a very nice day trip (or if you are on the way from/to Dundin a great stopping place) out of Oamaru (SH1, 30 km south of Oamaru). The little fishing village of Moeraki got famous due to the spherical boulders along the coast. 3 km out of the village (just follow the signs) is a campsite and parking spot...

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  • Lake Wakatipu

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Lake Wakatipu is a 'Z' shaped inland lake. It is New Zealand's longest lake at 80km and also one of its deepest. It is fed by the Dart River at Glenorchy in the north and drained by the Kawarau River from the Frankton Arm near Queenstown. Kingston lies at the southern end. The lake is famous for its scenery and is surrounded by many mountains the...

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  • SEAFARER'S MEMORIAL LOOKOUT

    Oamaru Things to Do

    A memorial to all seafarers who sailed from the Port of Oamaru and lost their lives at sea is the lookout. From here, you get fantastic views of Oamaru and the bay, it is well worth coming to, a must see here!

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  • TSS Earnslaw

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Whilst walking around Queenstown, we came across the TSS Earnslaw in dock. What a lovely looking Steamship she was, so on inquiring about the price and where she went, we decided it would be a nice relaxing way to spend some time! The 1 ½ hour cruise on the TSS Earnslaw gave us some different views of Queenstown and the alpine scenery from the...

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  • Milford Sound

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Milford Sound or Piopiotahi is actually a fjord (as is Doubtful Sound and all the others in Fiordland National Park). It is one of the world's top travel destinations and has been called by Rudyard Kipling the eigth Wonder of the World. Here mountains spring directly from the sea. They are covered by temperate rainforest and are the source of many...

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  • The Remarkables

    Queenstown Things to Do

    The Remarkable range runs alongside the southern most arm of Lake Wakatipu. The mountains seem to rise directly from the lake when viewed from Queenstown. The range is dominated by Double Cone with the highest point being Single Cone. The range gained its name (it is told) because it runs almost exactly North to South. Another, more poetic, reason...

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  • Helicopter Flights

    Queenstown Things to Do

    It's one thing to look at glaciers from the ground, it's another thing to stand on them. Climbing on them is for another tip. The good people at Glacier Southern Lakes will take you on scenic flights around Queenstown. They have reasonable pricing and good pilots. They have private and commercial packages for various location+ Hours: 8:00 am –...

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  • Walter Peak

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Walter peak station we reached on the TSS Earnslaw. The Homestead is large and beautiful, with just as nice gardens to match! Upon arrival at the Colonel's Homestead, Morning or Afternoon tea awaits....scones and pikelets topped with jam and cream as well as tea and coffee. Here, for all those city dwellers, is a chance to see the clever Sheep...

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  • Skyline Luge

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Once your helicopter has landed you will alight at the Skyline Complex and get ready for your 5 Luge rides. The Skyline Luge is an 800m, winding track set high above Queenstown, situated behind the Skyline Complex. Two-seater chairlifts take riders and luge carts to the starting point. A walking track also accesses the top of the luge with...

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  • Queenstown Gardens

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Queenstown Botanical Gardens are located next to the CBD on a headland jutting out into Lake Wakatipu. As with gardens world wide they are a popular place to enjoy a picnic lunch, a leisurely stroll or some more energetic forms of exercise. They are open each day and are pedestrian only. There is plenty of car parking available.

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  • Gold Panning

    Queenstown Things to Do

    well...everyone thought this was waste of our time and money; u do see some beatiful scenery and get to have tea and cookies on a hot sunny hill...only for less than 200NZ (i think); the fun comes from the crazy driving that some of the drivers perform..and u get to scream and fear for your life at some of the dangerous roads. Also u get to stop by...

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  • Hiking

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Try to make time to go for a walk around the lakeside in Queenstown. You don't have to walk miles and miles! Go as far as you feel comfortable, enjoy the scenery, sit by the lake at one of the many seats and enjoy! We came across the Statue of the founder of Queenstown near the wharf area. He was William Gilbert Rees [827-1898]who with his wife...

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  • Queenstown Mall

    Queenstown Things to Do

    For a small town the mall is a bustling place at night. Restaurants and pubs are open and the tourist crowd is ready to party. It actually was quite busy - I always wait for 'no people' to take my photos

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  • Coronet Peak Ski Resort

    Queenstown Things to Do

    While Coronet Peak is most well known for its ski fields it makes a lovely drive in other times as well. The aspect over Wharehaunui from the main lodge area is amazing and the drive along the range affords some wonderful views.

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  • Paragliding, Hang gliding, and...

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Tandem paragliding is an exciting and adventurous thing to do in one of the world's Adventure and Party cities, Queenstown, New Zealand. There are at least three tandem paragliding and hang-gliding outfits in Queenstown. All are very professional and have a strong concern for safety. However I chose to go a step further - learn to paraglide SOLO! I...

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  • Lord of the Rings Tours

    Queenstown Things to Do

    The tour guides explain you the composition of the LoR scenes very well. Although they do not wear strange ears as they do on some of the tours in the Wellington region, and do not show film clips, you get a good idea of the differences between the film scenes and reality. The guides have fabulous books of the making of… So you can have a look at...

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  • Deer Park Heights

    Queenstown Things to Do

    2010 - Update : This venue is now closed to the public permanently. The owners have closed the gates, no longer wanting to run a public facility. In this town where many activities can be a bit expensive, there is one thing that you can do for just $20. If the weather is nice, you can spend half a day and even take a picnic. Drive towards Kelvin...

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  • Sunrise Balloons

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Now we're up and away - great views of the valley. We can see the Southern Alps - even as far as Mt Cook it is so clear. The Remarkables look - well - remarkable! Lake ahyes has mist rising from the water! Some of the properties below must be worth millions!

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  • Queenstown Paraflights

    Queenstown Things to Do

    This is a really good activity for families with smaller children who want to do "crazy Queenstown adventures" however don't fit the requirements for bungy jumping/sky-diving. The operators are really good & really calming for those who don't like heights. Once up in the air its really amazing, as its so very quiet. The scenery is amazing and the...

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  • St. Peter’s Church

    Queenstown Things to Do

    If you stand in front of lovely St. Peter’s Church, left of it you see a nice creamy white wooden building. This is the church’s Parish Centre Hall. In 2007, the Parish Hall and Vicarage were refurbished and rededicated, and – the most obvious change - relocated from their original to the area next to the church. They now make a great new...

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  • Kiwi Haka

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Kia Ora! You could experience the Maori culture at Kiwi Haka. The entrance ticket for a gondola ride & Kiwi Haka is at $47 for an adult. During the 30 minutes Kiwi Haka evening performances, about 8 performers will be live on stage to showcase the traditional Maori songs, dances and stories. Kiwi Haka operates everyday except on Christmas...

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  • The Kingston Flyer

    Queenstown Things to Do

    The Kingston Flyer is an old steam train that ran between Kingston and Gore, Invercargill, and less frequently, Dunedin back in the 1980s. The train is no longer used for passengers, but was still operational as a tourist attraction when we saw it by chance while driving from Te Anau to Queenstown. We stopped afer seeing a white steam cloud from...

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  • Wine Tasting

    Queenstown Things to Do

    We undertook a very nostalgic journey to Arrowtown in a doubledecker bus, Bangalore had these red colored two storeyed buses when I was a kid and just seeing it in QT helped us decide that we want to take this ride :D On a ice cloudy day the bus actually drove thru clouds to get us to this quaint town with its own China town( Oh yes, theres one of...

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  • Rafting

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Extreme Green Rafting offers rafting excursions on the Shotover Rivers whcih includes 10 rapids on the 18km trip and rafting in complete darkness through the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel. Transport is provided from Queenstown plus all equipment including 7mm wetsuits, wetsuit jackets, booties, spray jacket, helmet, paddles and life jacket. You will need...

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  • Quad Biking, ATV

    Queenstown Things to Do

    All levels catered for - safe and fun - 360 degree panoramic views, great photo opportunities in comfort and safety, ride your way around exclusive off-road terrain and take in some of the most awesome, panoramic views Queenstown has to offer. On fully automatic, ATV Quad Bikes you don't have to worry about changing gears With full training on the...

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  • Skydive - NZONE Queenstown

    Queenstown Things to Do

    WOW, What a way to spend your birthday, jumping 15000 feet out of a plane! Im glad my friends dragged me into this! Im completely addicted and cant get enough of it! I will fly from australia every 6 months if i have too, just to jump over Queenstown with the amazing views and snow-capped mountains, just breathtaking! The whole experience from...

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  • Penguin Watching

    Although there are other areas where you can see penguins, even in Marlborough, on Banks Peninsula (Flea Bay, you have to book a trip in Akaroa) and the West Coast, the best region to view them is Otago. You can book tours for penguin watching in Dunedin or go to the colony in Oamaru and pay for it, but there are places where you can see them for...

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  • Roll out the Barrels !

    From picking the Central Otago grapes to storing and aging wine in barrels, the Peregrine Winery produces fine wines in a very traditional way. Some of the wines they produce are : Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonney, Pinot Nior, Sauvgnon Blanc and Roses.

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  • Kawarau Bungy Bridge

    Just to view the beautiful aqua blue waters of Kawarua River & the bridge, a stop here worth while. It also would is fun to watch people bungy jump!

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  • Kawarau Bungy Centre

    Kawarau Bungy Centre is worth visiting even if you don't actually do a bungy jump. The centre is built into the mountainside.You enter the building then go down a spiral ramp. There is a shopping, interactive activities, a cafe , large viewing area and of course the bridge from which the bungy jumping is done.

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  • Gibbston Valley Cheesery

    Gibbston Valley Winery & Cheesery are located in Central Otago, a short drive from Queenstown. After wine tasting be sure to check out the shop next door to the Cheesery.

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  • Gibbston Valley Winery

    Gibbston Valley Winery & Cheesery are located in Central Otago, a short drive from Queenstown. The winery has a wine cave tour,gift shop, patio dining and a wine tasting bar. You can taste 4 different wine selections for NZ $5.00 (refunded if you purchase 3 bottles of wine).

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  • Our favorite Winery,Chard Farms

    A short drive from Queenstown in Central Otago, there are several vineyards. One of the best vineyards is Chard Farms.Turn off the main road and drive along a river on a winding dirt road until you see the peach faux painted building. learn about the process of growing grapes and making wine, and best of all get several FREE samples.

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  • Tarras - the Home of Shrek the Sheep

    Updated on 6 June 2011 when Shrek the sheep died. He had to be put down due to age-related ailments. The merino wither was 16 years old - this is about 90 human years. Usually merinos do not get older than seven years because at this age they produce less wool and end up at the meatworks...Shrek was a very special animal that - assisted by his...

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  • Historic mining village

    Everyone come to Arrowtown - or so it can seem on a busy weekend. It's not surprising, it is such a pretty little place with streets of quaint old cottages; a main street that looks like something straight out of the Wild West with enough shops, galleries and restaurants to keep even the most avid spenders happy and an excellent small museum to...

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  • A people apart

    Just a short walk from the shops and the pretty painted cottages and buildings of Arowtown's romantic past, you'll find another face of the history of gold. The Chinese prospectors who came to the diggings arrived well after the first rush and created their own small settlement at the junction of the Arrow River and Bush Creek outside the town that...

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  • A hairy ride

    The journey up through Skippers Canyon is not for the faint-hearted - there's just one very narrow, twisting road with no safety barriers other than the few remaining stretches of the original stone walls that once provided travellers along the road with a modicum of safety, and the ever-present chance of rockfalls along the way - the canyon walls...

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  • The highest road

    The road over the Crown Range Pass between Wanaka and Queenstown is the highest road in the country and was only fully sealed in 2000 - before that, it was barred to hire car drivers. Now its steep gradients and hairpin bends mean that ,although it is half the length of the main highway route, it will take you every bit as long to make the journey....

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