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The Southern Lakes area unquestionably takes in some of the premier sights & experiences of New Zealand. It is hard to imagine anything more picture perfect than the sight of the SS Earnslaw steaming out onto Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown against the backdrop of Cecil Peak and the mountains beyond. Are you up for a Bungy Jump? Queenstown is where it all started. There are brilliant jet boating opportunities too, to say nothing of the winter sports opportunities, back country experiences and jaw dropping scenery.
Wanaka is the more relaxed cousin of Queenstown and the trip between the two over the Crown Range is breath taking.
This region is also home to some of the most stunning vineyards and wineries in New Zealand. The Gibbston Valley Pinot Noirs will amaze you.
Stop over in Te Anau then make a day trip to Milford Sound, but be prepared to run out of superlatives – this is just stunning in the sunshine or the wet. Don’t forget your inset repellent though! Another worthwhile trip from Te Anau is a visit to the Manapouri Hydro scheme. It won’t disappoint.
Prices from $178 to $315 per couple
2km from Cromwell and Lake Dunstan, 35 minutes from Queenstown and Wanaka
Just outside Cromwell in beautiful Central Otago, our cottages are set amongst rolling hills, walnut trees and stunning hosta, tussock and woodland gardens. Our boutique, self contained cottages offer true respite from a busy world. Your cares will melt away as soon as you drive in the gate.
Rascal, Moonlight and Celebration Cottages enjoy superior decor and fittings. King size beds, beautiful linen, en suite bathrooms with fantastic water pressure, fully equipped kitchens with Nespresso machine, microwave, cook top and fridge freezer; TV/DVD, DVD library, books, magazines, cosy gas fire, overhead fans and insect screens. Each cottage has a deck, a full size barbecue and carport and fabulous views.
Generous Continental breakfast an optional extra.
All guests enjoy free WiFi and laundry facilities, free mountain bikes to explore the local area plus a complimentary bowl of walnuts from our own trees.
We are surrounded by excellent wineries, stone fruit orchards, cycle trails, arts, crafts, lake activities and cafes. We are just 35 minutes from Queenstown and Wanaka so a great base from which to enjoy the ski fields before returning to the peace, serenity and warmth of your cottage in beautiful Central Otago. We will even turn your fire on for you before you get home!
Past guests recommend staying two or more nights to fully appreciate our hospitality, tranquil location and the tastes, activities and scenic beauty Central Otago and the Southern Lakes region offers.