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Things to do in Otago

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The top 100 attractions in Otago

Cities in Queenstown
This is the Adventure Capital of New Zealand, as it offers famous outdoor aerial activities like bungee jumping you get to by cable car, tandem free fall, hang gliding or gondola "Skyline" with great views of the bay and a good area to relax from the city of Queentown. This small town was formed during the gold rush in 1860, by Lake Wakatipu glacial in it's old Morrea today are conifer gardens and peonies and rhododendrons, offering a haven of pleasure from the recreational activities. Another option is a walk around the lake in the steamboat "TSS Earnslaw" replica of the mining era which still retains the original steam, with its wood interior and copper DecorAcción "twin engines". For all worth a visit, you will definitely be entertained in whatever you do.......
Lakes in Wanaka
Wanaka Lake
Wanaka is a small town 110 km from Queenstown and the lake of the same name is one of the loveliest and biggest in New Zealand. It is fed by glacial melt off and because of this its color is spectacular. It borders Mount Aspiring, the second highest mountain in New Zealand at 3027 m.
Lakes in Queenstown
Wakatipu Lake
At over 80 kilometers long and covering a surface area of 291 km², Lake Wakatipu is the third largest lake in the area. It's an especially deep lake and reaches over 100 meters below sea level in its deepest parts. Lake Wakatipu is surrounded by amazing mountains and the landscape is one of the most beautiful you'll find in New Zealand. It's perfect for lovers of adventure travel, skydiving, bungee jumping and, of course, hiking.
Islands in Queenstown
Skyline Queenstown - Gondola & Luge
Said to be the steepest cable car in the Southern Hemisphere, the Skyline Gondola is a tourist attraction that can be found in Queenstown, one of the most famous cities of the South Island of New Zealand and one of the world's most popular for its wide range of activities available for sports enthusiasts. Its view over the city of Queenstown is incredible. In addition to this, you can also see Mount Coronet, The Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu and the mountains of Cecil and Walter. The Skyline Gondola can hold up to 700 people at a time and reachest the highest point by surpassing 790 meters in height.
Lakes in Queenstown
TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises
In Queenstown you can take a boat for a cruise on the Lake, it is a bit expensive, $ 48, about 24 euros, I did it to see the view from inside the lake which are spectacular, you will have a good time especially if the weather is good, the boat is old, and symbolically usually whistle when approaching back to port
Hiking in Queenstown
Routeburn Track
It is considered to be one of the nine great walks of New Zealand, 32 miles driven in three days, and that runs through the Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland, part of the area considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Amazing routes through which you will pass through.
Sports-Related in Queenstown
Extreme Sports in New Zealand
New Zealand has a long tradition of extreme sports. In fact much of their tourism is based on the possibility of risk sports in the rivers, seas, skies, mountains or bridges. It is a country that offers many possibilities, combining nature with an extraordinary passion for many sports. You'll be surprised how many different landscapes you will see in this country: from panoramic desert views to glaciers, geysers, forests, lakes, seas or snowy mountains and cities reminiscent of old Europe. Queenstown is the extreme sports capital of New Zealand. In this city of the South Island was where "bungee jumping" or "bungy" was invented and it proclaims to be the "The Adventure Capital of the World." These are some of the activities that will raise your adrenaline if you drop by the land of the kiwis: Bungy (bungee jumping), kayaking, diving, climbing, skydiving, surfing, rafting, sailing (sailing), snow. In addition to Queenstown, the most popular for bungy is the Kawarau River Bridge (just outside Queenstown), Taupo, Hammer Springs, Mangaweka. In the city Auckland you can jump from the Sky Tower which is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere, with 192 m. If you are not so adventurous, we also offer more "normal" sports such as: ski, bike tours, hiking, family tours, ecological tours ...
Hiking in Queenstown
Dart River
The Dart River Track (sometimes called Rees-Dart Track) is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the region of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. It is a route that follows the course of the River Dart, which extends majestically from the Dart glacier. You can continue the path through the Rees Valley or Mount Aspiring National Park, where you can enjoy stunning glacier views.
Parachuting in Queenstown
Skydive Nzone
NZone is the best company to do a tandem jump in Queenstown and Rotorua. The are winners of the supreme prize in tourism and they do jumps of 9000, 12000 and 15000 feet. The staff are very professional and immediately eliminate all the possible fears by throwing someone out of a plane at 4,500 metres.
Sports-Related in Queenstown
Kawarau Bridge
Kawarau River Bridge is about 20 miles northwest of Queenstown (South Island) and one of the cities most taken with extreme sports in New Zealand. What's special about this bridge is one of the first bungee jumps happened there (called bungy), specifically in 1988. It's a forty-three meters high jump and makes all your adrenaline come to the surface! If you like extreme sports, New Zealand is a country where almost everyone can do them. They have experience and safety is the first thing they look at, all so you can have worry free fun.
Bays in Owaka
Curio Bay
Curio Bay has a 200 million year old petrified forest. It is still possible to distinguish the rings of some trees and even the stumps in the ground of this wild beach. This beach also has extensive birdlife.
Beaches in Owaka
The Cathedrals
The Cathedrals, this is what they call a couple of caves made by the sea and which are connected by a small passageway. If you want to visit, consult what time the tides are low (only be visited at low tide). Located very close to the Mclean waterfalls, to reach these caves you have to walk about 10 minutes through the forest and 5 minutes along the beach. Admission costs five dollars,
Of Cultural Interest in Wanaka
Makarora Visitor Centre
Makarora is a small village on the edge of Lake Wanaka. There are several interesting trails. The visitor center offers information but it is also a cafe, with a huge fireplace, a souvenir shop and a gas station.
Nature Reserves in Wanaka
Bays in Owaka
Surat Bay
Surat Bay is located on the Catlins coast, in the south of the South Island of New Zealand, and it is a pretty wild place with a beach that stretches for miles and that has a colony of sea lions which are quite peaceful, because they let you come near enough to take photos and it does not bother them, they just throw sand on their skin to protect it from the strong sun.
Nature Reserves in Wanaka
Arnott Point
This point is at the very edge of the main road between Haast and Wanaka. This rocky point houses a large colony of seals, sea lions and penguins. Unfortunately, when we went the visibility was low and little could be seen
Museums in Arrowtown
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery
The Lake District Museum is a cute little museum focusing on the history of Arrowtown and the pioneers who came in search of gold over 120 years ago, locatedin an area of ​​New Zealand that at the time was virtually uninhabited.In the museum there are exhibits of all kinds of tools used in the search and extraction of gold
Of Touristic Interest in Queenstown
The Lord of the Rings Tour
The Lord of the Rings triology was filmed in many places in New Zealand but Queenstown was undoubtedly the place used most used because of its extraordinary landscapes. This tour covers several of the film locations in 5 hours, first going from Queenstown to Glenorcy and then all of the terrain in which Isengard was filmed and finally finishes where the Battle of the Oliphants was filmed.