Weekend Adventures: 48 hours in the Southern Lakes District.

New Zealand's Southern Lakes Region is world-famous for its knockout landscape, as well as the most amazing spots for rest and recreation, wine and dining – and shopping. Here are a few of our partners in the region and our favourite spots to visit, given a weekend in this glorious part of the globe.

Millbrook Landscape

A night a Millbrook

You don't need to play golf to enjoy the views of 650 acres of lush fairways, rolling hills and babbling brooks – with a backdrop of the Remarkables Mountain Range. Wake up to this beauty and a good dose of luxury at Millbrook.


Millbrook Landscape


Soak it up at Onsen

Hard day on the hills? Seek relaxation at its finest at Onsen Retreat & Day Spa. Picture this: cedar hot pools perched high on a cliffside overlooking the magnificent Shotover River canyon, providing views over breathtaking alpine scenery - the perfect vantage point to watch the Shotover jet boats on the river below. Pure bliss.


Bistro Gentil

Dine at Bistro Gentil

Enjoy a short roadie over the beautiful Crown Range, and you'll descend into Wānaka. On the shores of beautiful Lake Wānaka you'll find Bistro Gentil and will feel like you just arrived in France. Along with delicious Gallic wines and a charming French menu you can enjoy the finest seasonal ingredients from the region (and their kitchen garden). Bon appetite!


Bistro Gentil



Fancy a spot of shopping?

We thought so. Explore the quaint streets of historic Arrowtown, and be sure to stop at IKON. Or head into Queenstown's centre, making a turn into both Flo & Frankie and Bonz. It's always good to return home with a memento from your travels...


Flo & Frankie

Enjoy what this fantastic district has to offer. Happy travels!