Like most other towns in Central Otago, Alexandra began life as a gold mining
settlement. Today it's famous for stone fruit, merino fine wool, Pinot Noir
and excellent weather (it has the lowest rainfall of any town in New Zealand).
There's plenty to do in Alexandra, and activities change with the seasons.
and hunters can enjoy trout fishing and rabbit shooting.
Try your luck with a gold pan in any creek, stream or river.
Queenstown is treasured for its ability to provide year-round outdoor entertainment
- everything from bungy jumping, skiing and parapenting to world-class golf.
In winter, the town is taken over by snow sport enthusiasts, but with two
ski fields close at hand there's plenty of room for everyone.
is the home of bungy jumping - there are several jumps to try. The paddle
steamer TSS Earnslaw cruises the waters of Lake Wakatipu.
Te Anau is a pretty lakeside township serving travellers who come to explore
Fiordland National Park. You can count on shopping facilities seven days
a week, access to rental cars and the services of two major banks. Te Anau
also offers a good choice of cafés and restaurants. Accommodation
ranges from budget backpacker lodges to luxury retreats.
a boat trip to the Te Anau glow-worm caves. These caves are geologically
active. Fiord adventures can be arranged, including a boat trip, hiking
and sea kayaking.
Wanaka attracts visitors who want to find the perfect combination of outdoor
adventure and indoor indulgence. You can absorb the pristine wilderness,
and know that it will be easy to find a great restaurant for dinner.
two years, the town hosts Warbirds Over Wanaka - a spectacular air show
that features classic military aircraft.
In winter, the town is a popular base for skiers heading to the Treble Cone,
Cardrona and Waiorau ski areas.