Explore Southern Lakes of New ZealandDistinction Hotel Queenstown, Nugget Point Boutique Hotel & Spa is the ideal base from which to explore the scenery of Fiordland, Arrowtown, Wanaka and the majestic Southern Alps, through to the West Coast. You can travel to any one of our Southern beauties by helicopter, departing from Distinction Hotel Queenstown’s own helicopter pad...
Fiordland: Milford and Doubtful Sound
Fiordland with its stunning expanses of mountainous farmland, rugged mountains and crystal clear lakes is serenity at its best. You will feel like you’re the only person in the world.
Take a day trip to Milford Sound, described as the eighth wonder of the world. Here you can view wildlife, dolphins and seals from a boat cruise in the serene and breathtaking natural setting of Fiordland National Park. Milford Sound showcases the dramatic figure of Mitre Peak (made famous in the Lord of the Ring Trilogy films), and is more easily accessible by road than its neighbour, Doubtful Sound.
Doubtful Sound is the more subdued of the two sounds and offers limited road access. Perfect for a laid-back experience, away from other tourists due to its remote location, this sound is quieter during the summer months. Both Milford and Doubtful offer the chance to experience the fiords by water. Take a day cruise for a snap shot of this stunning area or book an overnight cruise for a once in a lifetime experience.
Arrowtown is a must see for any traveller staying with us at Distinction Hotel Queenstown, Nugget Point Boutique Hotel & Spa. Just a 20 minute drive from our boutique Queenstown hotel, Arrowtown is a quaint tourist village, full of historic buildings, boutique shops and steeped with gold mining history.
At the height of the Central Otago gold rush, over 7,000 miners camped on the river banks. Arrowtown was one of the few gold mining towns to establish a community after the rush and now it's home to around 2,400 residents. Make sure to walk to the end of the shops, up Buckingham Street to marvel at the tiny cottages, built many years ago.
On the shores of Lake Wanaka, 120km north-west of Queenstown, lays Wanaka, a popular holiday destination in both summer and winter. Wanaka makes a great day trip, with a range of great activities to keep you and your family busy.
Ride the monster school bus at Cardrona Adventure Park, visit Cinema Paradiso and enjoy a movie from the comfort of a Lazy Boy couch or even a car, or spend a few hours at Puzzling World, with a 3-D maze, giant kaleidoscope and an illusion room. In winter time Wanaka boasts stunning views of the snow capped mountains and offers great skiing or snowboarding at Cardrona or Treble Cone ski fields.
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