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OTAGO / SOUTHLAND

SOUTHERN LAKES Mt Aspiring, Lake Wanaka © Small World Productions / Tourism NZ

MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK’S RUGGED TERRAIN INCLUDES ACTIVE GLACIERS, HANGING VALLEYS, CIRQUE BASINS AND U-SHAPED VALLEYS.

Central OTAGO H

ome to some of New Zealand’s most diverse scenery, Central Otago is known for its distinctive goldmining heritage, its wine trails and the Otago Central Rail Trail – an extremely popular 150km (1-5 days) recreational passage of discovery between Middlemarch and Clyde. Highlights of the region include the fruit-bowl of the region, Cromwell, with its Heritage Precinct and the picturesque Lake Dunstan; and historic Clyde, which has colonial architecture to catch

LAKE HAWEA occupies site of ancient glacier • 16km NE of Wanaka

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akarora is the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park. The park encompasses the bottom end of the Southern Alps, and Mt Aspiring/Tititea has been compared to Switzerland’s Matterhorn because of its pyramidal shape. It features many short and long walks, but be warned: the weather can change rapidly, making rivers and creeks impassable. Exposure is a risk on some tracks if you’re inexperienced.

CARDRONA

Professional mountain guides are available. If you’re not keen to explore the park on foot you can jet boat up the majestic Wilkin Valley, or take a scenic flight over the spectacular peaks and glaciers of the main divide.

your eye and the controversial Clyde Dam – the largest concrete gravity dam in New Zealand. At the colourful oasis of Alexandra, the Clutha River provides many opportunities for exploration, while Roxburgh offers the popular Clutha Gold Cycle Trail. Ranfurly is a town celebrated for its art deco style and fascinating Art Deco Gallery, and Naseby is New Zealand’s home of curling and the first snow and ice luge track in the southern hemisphere.

CROMWELL after Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England 220km NW of Dunedin

• Shuttle bus to local restaurants • Great walking – try the spectacular Isthmus Peak track • Lake fishing for salmon/trout, rods available for guests to use

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• Family camp. Adjacent to golf, tennis, bowls, boating/fishing in Lake Dunstan. No pets • Tariff: Campsites $17 per adult, child $8. Cabins $25 per person. Showers $2. Peak times 20 Dec-31 Jan, Easter & Labour Weekend. • E: bookings@clydeholidaypark.co.nz Whitby St, Clyde • P: +64 3 449 2713 • F: +64 3 449 2714 • M: +64 27 534 7989 www.holidayparks.co.nz/central-otago/clyde-holiday-park-sporting-complex

ALEXANDRA after Princess Alexandra of Denmark • 191 NW of Dunedin

Alexandra Holiday Park

44 Manuherikia Rd (PO Box 7), Alexandra • Phone: +64 3 448 8297 Email: info@ahp.nz • www.ahp.nz

ROXBURGH after ancient town in Scotland • 150km NW of Dunedin

24km S of Wanaka

CLUTHA GOLD COTTAGES, www.cluthagoldcottages.co.nz • P: +64 27 203 7061.................$105-$130

RANFURLY after Governor of NZ 1897-1904 • 134km NW of Dunedin on SH 85

• 27km to Wanaka. Explore historic & scenic Cardrona Valley on Appaloosa horses. • We cater for children & adults, new & experienced riders. 2hr treks. • EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard.

2130 Cardrona Valley Rd, Wanaka • P: +64 3 443 8151 www.backcountrysaddles.co.nz • E: nzbse@xtra.co.nz

MAKARORA TOURIST CENTRE LTD

State Highway 6, Lake Hawea • PH +64 (0800) 525 322 • www.haweaholidaypark.co.nz

CLYDE HOLIDAY PARK & SPORTING COMPLEX

Riverside Location

Cardrona thrives in the winter when skiers and snowboarders head to its ski fields. You can also take a back-country horse trek or a quad-bike tour here.

MAKARORA spread-out water • 63km N of Wanaka

Spacious powered sites and tent sites, holiday house, s/c cottages and cabins

CLYDE after a Scottish general • 86km E of Queenstown

• Close to Rail Trail. • Groups welcome. • Ask about the complex (5 brms, sleeps 29 or Matti Lodge, sleeps 16). 300 camp sites, 2 & 4-berth std cabins, s/c units and tourist flats (sleep 2-8). • Winter central heating in main ablution block & complex. • ‘Hour Place’ – 1hr drive to Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, Naseby & Ranfurly. • Summer river swimming. • TV room with Sky. • WIFI, internet kiosk.

BACKCOUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS

• Classic Kiwi fun on the lakefront • Escape the crowds, only 12km to Wanaka • Mountain bike and fat bike hire to explore the nearby cycle tracks

Maniototo Plains, Central Otago © Central Otago District Council

BREATHTAKINGLY DIFFERENT

• Bordered by Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park. • Accom, petrol, store, café, internet in café avail. Standalone ‘A-frame’ chalets. ‘Back-to-nature’ feel, bird life & scenery. • Ideal family retreat. Summer pool. • Tariff: chalets $70-$128 (2p), ensuite dorms $30pp, camping $15-$17pp. PO Box 1, SH 6, Makarora • P: +64 3 443 8372 www.makarora.co.nz • E: info@makarora.co.nz PAGE 11 - SOUTH ISLAND MAP

Cnr Pery & Reade Sts, Ranfurly 0800 726 387 • www.ranfurlyholidaypark.co.nz

Cromwell TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 521 031 1 Alpha Street, Cromwell

In the heart of Central Otago, set on spacious park-like grounds and blessed with a hot summer climate. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites

cromwellholidaypark.co.nz • Jumping Pillow • Adventure Playground • BBQ Area •WiFi • TV Room • Quiet Location • Tour Booking Desk

5 studio motels, 2 accessible 1-brm motel units, 9 cabins, power & tent sites in sheltered surrounds. Central location for Rail Trail, walk to supermarket, cafés and restaurants, fishing, golfing, art deco, curling, 4WD and hunting. Complimentary WiFi in motels. Book on our website. Tariff: tent/power sites $32/$36, cabins $64, motels $125-$145 (2 persons). Peak rates may apply.

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New Zealand is great for enjoying the outdoors, with no dangerous wild animals or insects and with plenty of options for places to set up ca...