Tag: Makarora

The number nine engraved on the center of a metal-spoked wheel, a relic from the coal mining site of Brunner, New Zealand.

The Best New Zealand South Island Itinerary 7 Days

This 7 Day South Island Itinerary has you flying in to Queenstown and then out of either Picton or Wellington, depending on domestic and international connections, rental car arrangements, and your time frame and schedule. If you only have 5 days, check out our 5 Day Itinerary from Wellington to Dunedin, flying out of Queenstown.

A view of the mountains and river near Haast, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Best New Zealand Itinerary 2 Weeks

We’ve planned the best 14 Day New Zealand Itinerary so you don’t have to! Check out each of the days below to put together your own holiday around the South Island and Wellington, or customize a trip if you’ve only got a few days or a week. (Check out our “Itineraries” in the main menu for other, shorter itineraries from New Zealand and other countries, as well).

A view of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown's waterfront park. Bayonet Peaks and Walter Peak are both visible over the lake. Blue-green, turquoise water sits beneath a vibrant blue sky, as fluffy white clouds float by.

New Zealand Travel Blog and Facts: Top 10 New Zealand Activities

Check out our New Zealand Top 10 list, including all our favorite road trip stops throughout the South Island and Wellington. We’ve hand-picked our favorite spots, activities, and must-see locations to help you plan your own kiwi adventure itinerary.

An aerial view of the dramatic blue pools. Round coves can be seen where the water has carved the cliffs on either side of the tributary, the water flowing down from the mountains into the broad river downstream.

Blue Pools New Zealand

Visiting the Blue Pools, you’ll find a series of unbelievably turquoise pools just below a waterfall that opens up into a wide river below. The banks are littered with smooth, round stones, and the glacial mineral runoff refracts the sun’s light to create the most beautiful blue water imaginable. If it wasn’t for the hordes of sandflies, this would truly be paradise.

A family looks at native New Zealand bush on a trek around Makarora West's nature trails

New Zealand South Island Tour – Makarora West

Once you leave Queenstown, drive up between Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea for spectacular views of both lakes and Mt. Aspiring National Park to the West. We highly recommend the reasonably-priced and comfortable A-Frame accommodations at the Makarora Tourist Centre, just below Mt. Shrimpton and adjacent to Mt. Aspiring National Park.

A view of Lake Wakatipu from the hills outside of Queenstown at sunset. Bayonet Peaks are visible across the lake.

Cities in New Zealand – Queenstown to Arrowtown

If you’re driving from Queenstown toward the West Coast, be sure to check out Arrowtown; there are plenty of accommodations, from camping or renting a cabin at the local holiday park to private rentals, all just a short drive from the busy streets of Queenstown.