As Kiwis born and bred in New Zealand, the natural wonderland of the South Island is our backyard and favourite playground. Thinking about a trip down-under?

Tolkien’s imaginary world, full of sky-piercing pinnacles, mystical fiords and endearing forests, was brought to life amongst New Zealand’s scenery in the movies of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

A pretty town steeped in gold rush history, Arrowtown’s historic streets and restored cottages have many stories to tell. A short drive from Queenstown, this pretty settlement captures the imagination; transporting visitors back to the exciting gold rush days of the mid 1800’s.

Sitting between dramatic mountain ranges and bright-blue Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is one of the prettiest towns in New Zealand – gaining its name because it was deemed ‘fit for a Queen’.