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Road Trip Through South Island, New Zealand

Matakauri Lodge, outside Queenstown, which overlooks Lake Wakatipu.

Photo: Courtesy of Matakauri Lodge

A drive on New Zealand’s South Island—with its Lord of the Rings landscapes, superb local wines, and glass-and-timber lodges—is like a visit to another, more perfect world. Read the article

Destinations: Queenstown · Te Anau · Otago Peninsula · Dunedin

Inspired by: Driving New Zealand's South Island — by Anthony Dennis, Published Oct. 2010

Hotels (5)

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    Dairy Private Luxury Hotel

    An unpretentious boutique property("dairy" is Kiwi for "convenience store," by the way). More
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    Kaimata Retreat

    A remote, timber-clad lodge, via a series of gravel roads. Toast the long drive with a bottle of outstanding Central Otago Pinot Noir and chill out... More
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    Fiordland Lodge

    The rustic-modern hotel is owned by a veteran park ranger and designed to take advantage of the views. A three-course dinner is included in the rat... More
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    Matakauri Lodge

    Queenstown runs on adrenaline: the birthplace of bungee jumping also offers skydiving, jet boating, and killer downhill slopes. Matakauri Lodge & S

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    Eichardt's Private Hotel

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    Botswana Butchery

    One of Queenstown’s hottest tables, is an easy walk for dinner. Dishes include a range of superior steaks, venison, and lamb, as well as seafood di... More
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    Mash Café

Activities (2)

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    Westpac Royal Albatross Centre

    The tip of the Otago Peninsula is home to the Westpac Royal Albatross Centre, the world's only mainland breeding colony for the formidable birds, w... More
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    Real Journeys

    Plan a lake cruise on the Earnslaw, a 98-year-old steamer, or a half day of white-water rafting on the Shotover River. More

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