Nestled in picture postcard fashion on the shores of the Lake Wakatipu, and with a reputation as the adrenalin capital of the Southern Hemisphere, Queenstown is a sophisticated resort destination like no other.
The gateway to the Fiordland National Park, the town is surrounded by mountains, glaciers, fiords, backcountry fly fishing rivers, Lord of the Rings film scenes, deserted gold mining settlements and a host of exciting tour options.
Fancy a scenic helicopter flight through Fiordland, jet boating or white water rafting on remote rivers? Perhaps you are keen to test your skills at one of the region’s world-class golf courses or pamper yourself at one of the many health spas. You can hunt, fish, mountain-bike, paraglide and in the winter months ski, snowboard or heli-ski.
Many popular tramps begin at Glenorchy, at the head of the Lake Wakatipu, a 44km drive through breath-taking scenery. The Rees-Dart, Greenstone and Caples valleys, with their dramatic mountain backdrops, take several days to explore.
Local Lux Selected Experiences
With the expert guidance and under the watching eye of Paul Nicholson, your wilderness guide for a day, immerse yourself into the local beautiful wilderness environment and enjoy truly empowering experiences as you challenge yourself under expert instruction.
Paul will pick you up from your accommodation and provide all necessary equipment and instruction to enable you to safely engage in a choice of exhilarating locally based experiences, accessible by 4WD from Wanaka or Queenstown.
You’ll have the opportunity to choose one (half day) or two (full day) experiences that include:
- Abseiling and rock-climbing
- Jet boating
- Inflatable kayaking
- Mountain biking and e-biking
Full days will include a delicious picnic style lunch and refreshments.
At the end of your day return to your accommodation, invigorated, refreshed and inspired.
Helicopter transfer options also available, allowing you to access some of the country’s most remote and pristine environments for an unforgettable experience. Please contact us today to discuss the possibilities.
Milford Sound – Glaciers – West Coast
There can hardly be a more quintessentially and iconic image of Fiordland than the majestic Mitre Peak rising directly out of waters of Milford Sound. Declared by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ and located in the Te Wāhipounamu Unesco World Heritage Area, Milford Sound has been captivating visitors from all over the world.
Yes, you can visit by road (4 hours each way from Queenstown) and don’t get us wrong, the road journey is incredibly scenic. But….if you want an experience to blow your socks off then invest in a helicopter flight, guaranteed not to disappoint, only to exceed your expectations. And you’ll get to see so much more than Milford Sound also landing in a remote Alpine region and the rugged wild West Coast beaches.
One of the best helicopter experiences is operated by our long-time partner, Glacial Southern Lakes. Departing Queenstown, you’ll fly over the Southern Alps landing in Milford for a scenic walk and photo opportunity. From here you’ll fly the full 16km length of New Zealand’s most famous fiord taking in the sheer cliffs, gushing waterfalls and imposing mountains of Milford Sound all the way to the coastline. Land on an isolated West Coast beach to experience the truly rugged nature of this untamed region before heading back across the mountains for one last alpine landing on the way home.
A most comprehensive Milford flight, showcasing a variety of the most impressive scenery between Queenstown and the West Coast – you’ll be away from Queenstown for about 2.5 hours.
Also available as a private charter or extended day charter to explore more of the remote region.
Doubtful Sound Overnight Encounter
Doubtful Sound was named Patea by the Maori settlers, this translates as “the place of silence”, if you have ever visited you will know why – it’s one of the most peaceful places on earth, undisturbed for millions of years. Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable.
To experience Doubtful Sound at it’s very best, to get a real feeling of this remote wilderness and be inspired by absolute raw wonder, take an overnight cruise on the Fiordland Navigator. Owned and operated by Real Journeys, this is a NZ owned and managed business that excels.
Your itinerary starts in Manapouri, a 2 hour drive from Queenstown or 20 minutes from nearby Te Anau – perhaps combine with a stay at Fiordland Lodge. Begin with a short cruise across the lake from here a coach takes you across Wilmot Pass, travelling on a sub-alpine road through dense rainforest. Arriving at Deep Cove you’ll be met by our crew and the majestic Fiordland Navigator, your floating hotel for the night.
Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with fully licensed bar and an observation lounge. As you cruise through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery, our knowledgeable nature guides will provide commentary ensuring you miss nothing, be it the pod of resident dolphins, fur seals or rare penguins you might encounter. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat – or to simply relax on board. For the adventurous (or very brave), there’s even a chance to go swimming. All activities are weather dependent.
In the evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious three-course buffet dinner prepared by our on-board chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars.
Kick off the next day with a hearty cooked breakfast menu and get ready to enjoy the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. Finally, you’ll return to Deep Cove, the trip back to Manapouri and many, many conversations telling friends just how amazing your trip was.
Cabin options include Double or Twin, both with en-suite and Quad share (mixed gender, not suitable for children under 5 years of age).