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    Pocket Guide: Otago

    It’s hard to describe just how beautiful Central Otago is, but scenes from the Lord of the Rings films were shot here, which might give you some idea. Its landscape consists of brown and orange flat plains embedded with crystal blue lakes that sit under jagged snow-topped mountains. As you might imagine, the region is a paradise for skiers, but wine-lovers, outdoorsy types, extreme sports enthusiasts and even the most casual travelers will also fall for this incredible place. Why not stay with us in one of our Central Otago hotels?

    Skiing in Central Otago

    Travelers who plan on skiing in Central Otago will truly be spoilt for choice. You can head for the slopes of the The Remarkables mountain range overlooking Queenstown, where different levels of terrain caters to all skiers from beginners to advanced. A half pipe and tubing park throw in some extra adrenaline pumping snow activities. For those arriving late in the season, Coronet Peak often keeps its snow past mid-October. Perfect for those who want a holiday without the crowds!

    Other amazing ski slopes can be found near Wanaka, north of Queenstown and off the northwest edge of Central Otago. Beginners will still feel right at home but this area is ripe for advanced skiers and snowboarders, with 19 advanced slopes in Treble Cone, heli-skiing available if you feel like splurging for the ultimate ride, and also plenty of off-piste trails to discover.

    Of course, when all that snow melts, the terrain really shows its true colours in more ways than one. The spectacular landscape glows with lush greenery and tones of brown, and the warm temperatures allow you to enjoy outdoor activities like white water rafting, skydiving, mountain biking, paragliding and more. Wot more could you want?

    If you’re looking for more of a laid back holiday, Central Otago’s provides vast golf courses, wineries and fruit picking at local orchards. Whether you’re exploring the limits of your body, or searching for some relaxation, the quiet and charming rural towns of Cromwell and Alexandra will keep you dreaming. Check out our range of Central Otago accommodation and get ready for a holiday to remember.

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    Hotels in Queenstown

    Base Queenstown - Backpacker - Queenstown Hotels

    Base Queenstown - Backpacker

    47-49 Shotover Street, Queenstown - Map
     
     
    "Weekend stay at Base"
    Booked into a private twin share room. The room had good facilities. The heater was amazing. The room could have done with a vacuum. The showers could have been a bit cleaner. But overall it was a great hostel.
    Traveller from Cat
    Located in Queenstown City Centre, this hostel is steps from Toi o Tahuna, Fear Factory Queenstown, and SKYCITY Wharf Casino …More
    Pounamu Apartments Queenstown - Queenstown Hotels

    Pounamu Apartments Queenstown

    110 Frankton Road, Queenstown - Map
     
     
    "1 Bedroom Apartment with Lake Views"
    A well set up and located apartment. Beautiful lake and mountain views and a 15 minute walk down to the town centre. Carparks in the basement were wide and easy to get to and from. Great storage in the basement for skis etc.
    Traveller from Auckland
    This family-friendly Queenstown apartment is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Queenstown Gardens, SKYCITY …More
    Heritage Queenstown - Queenstown Hotels
    $286

    Heritage Queenstown

    91 Fernhill Road, Queenstown - Map
     
     
    "Great lake views. quiet location. 1 min drive town"
    nice room. nice bar. spa gym & sauna is pretty good but not 5 star. restaurant food is v good.
    Traveller from Sydney
    This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of SKYCITY Wharf Casino, Kiwi and …More

    Hotels in Dunedin

    Scenic Hotel Dunedin City - Dunedin Hotels

    Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

    123 Princes Street, Dunedin - Map
     
     
    "Great central location. Carparking was a pain."
    Great location in town to walk to restaurants etc. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The carparking was a pain. The hotel valet service was at full capacity meaning we had to use a council carpark and carry all our gear to and from hotel which was just annoying. Our room (501) unfortunately was right next to the elevators so we didn't sleep well with the noise and guests coming and going on our floor. The room was clean and lovely and spacious otherwise.
    Traveller from NZ
    Located in the heart of Dunedin, this family-friendly hotel is steps from Dunedin Casino, Speight's Brewery, and First Church …More
    The Victoria Hotel Dunedin - Dunedin Hotels

    The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

    137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin - Map
     
     
    "Great inner city hotel."
    Excellent service and child friendly hotel, which was great!!!
    Traveller from NZ
    Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cadbury World, New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, and …More
    Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin - Dunedin Hotels

    Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

    10 Smith Street, Dunedin - Map
     
     
    "Very helpful staff and clean tidy room"
    Excellent stay with good parking and close to central city highly recommend.
    A Traveller
    This family-friendly Dunedin hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral …More

    Hotels in Wanaka

    Base Backpackers Wanaka - Wanaka Hotels

    Base Backpackers Wanaka

    73 Brownston Street, Wanaka - Map
     
     
    "Close to everything in town"
    Great place to have a short stay. So close to the lake and all amenities and the staff were great. Great value for money. Not as clean as a higher priced hotel/motel but great value so this can be overlooked.
    A Traveller
    Located near the slopes, this Wanaka hostel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Gallery Thirty Three, Wanaka …More
    Bella Vista Motel Wanaka - Wanaka Hotels

    Bella Vista Motel Wanaka

    2 Dunmore Street, Wanaka - Map
     
     
    "Great location"
    Good, clean place to stay. Good value for money too! Would stay again
    A Traveller
    Located near the slopes, this Wanaka motel is in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Gallery Thirty Three and Pembroke …More
    Lakeside Apartments - Wanaka Hotels

    Lakeside Apartments

    9 Lakeside Road, Wanaka - Map
     
     
    "Excellent place to stay"
    View n location n comfort was amazing....little expensive tho
    A Traveller
    Located in Wanaka, this beachfront apartment is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Gallery Thirty Three …More