Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

Overview

Reflecting the heavens with its vast shimmering pools, New Zealand’s Southern Lakes can make you feel like your standing on the edge of the Earth. It’s weathered and wild land, home to the near-miraculous natural wonder of Milford Sound, as well as Queenstown, the Kiwi adventure capital.

The Southern Lakes were made to explore, from the rippled mountain ridges of Fiordland National Park to the mirror-like lakes that blend seamlessly into the sky horizon-less, it’s a humbling reminder of the power of nature.

In the north of Fiordland is one of New Zealand’s lies Milford Sound, the most impressive of the region’s 15 fjords. A staggering 1200m tall, it carves its way though the mountains for 15km, soaring out of the sea with nearly vertical cliffs, while waterfalls thunder down from the mist, high above. Colonies of penguins and seals lounge beneath the cliffs, and whales and dolphins are a common sight.

Queenstown sits sprawled on the shores of the scenic Lake Wakatipu and it’s hard to imagine another resort town with such a perfect backdrop. The snowy peaks of the Remarkables frame cosmopolitan streets that retain something of a quaint, alpine feel – despite having plenty of busy bars, award-winning restaurants and a burgeoning local wine scene.

Bungee jumping, river boarding, parapenting, zip lining – Queenstown is where the adrenaline junkies of the world come to let their hair down. From distant mountain heights to the deepest glacial lakes, Kiwis have figured out how to have fun in the wild. There are plenty of ways to relax, too like fishing out on the lake, helicopter tours or wine tasting in the local vineyards.

This is easily one of our favourite places in New Zealand, and our regional specialists have plenty of experiences of travelling here. We’ll use our knowledge to help design your perfect tailor-made luxury tour.

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes Itineraries

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes Properties

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Azur Luxury Lodge

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes, New Zealand

Set in three acres of private grounds on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, minutes from the centre of Queenstown, Azur Luxury Lodge exudes modern New Zealand style and offers warm hospitality, im…

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Blanket Bay

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes, New Zealand

Sitting on the edge of Lake Wakatipu amidst rugged, snow-capped mountains, Blanket Bay is a secluded and luxurious lodge that epitomises rustic chic, offering excellent service, superb facil…

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Commonage Villas

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes, New Zealand

This luxury boutique resort sits on Queenstown Hill with spectacular views of the lake and snow-capped mountains. It is located minutes from the centre of Queenstown on New Zealand’s South…

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Fiordland Lodge

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes, New Zealand

Perched on a hill on the edge of Lake Te Anau in the Fiordland World Heritage Park with a spectacular backdrop of Mount Luxmore and the Murchison Mountains, Fiordland Lodge Te Anau is the ul…

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Millbrook

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes, New Zealand

With a 27-hole championship golf course, four exceptional restaurants, a convenient location near Coronet Peak, and an award-winning spa, Millbrook Resort offers 5-star luxury to suit every …

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Minaret Station

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes, New Zealand

Located in a picturesque glacial valley in the heart of the Southern Alps, in the South Island, Minaret Station is New Zealand’s first luxury tented lodge. Accessible only by helicopter an…

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Riverrun Lodge

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes, New Zealand

Situated in 500 acres of private land in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, close to Wanaka and Queenstown this luxury boutique-style lodge offers superb service, warm hospitality a…

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Silverpine Lodge

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes, New Zealand

Wake up to the sights of powder-white mountain tops, the sound of gushing rivers, and the warmth of kindling timber in the fireplace. Isolated between the grand Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka…

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Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes, New Zealand

This award-winning hotel is perched on edge of Lake Wakatipu surrounded by the Remarkable Mountain on New Zealand’s South Island. Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa is superbly located in …

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The Dairy

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes, New Zealand

The Dairy is an exceptional boutique hotel in the centre of Queenstown - private and discreet. There are 13 bedrooms all with wonderful views of Queenstown and the surrounding area, such …

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Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet

Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes, New Zealand

This luxury boutique hotel is located in the Southern Lakes region of New Zealand’s South Island. Set on the shores of Lake Wanaka against a backdrop of the Southern Alps, the views from W…

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