Outdoor Activities

Spectacular scenery makes this the perfect setting for an array of outdoor activities.

The Great Outdoors

The combination of incredible scenery, pristine wilderness and a temperate climate ensures that outdoor South Island activities of all kinds can be enjoyed to the full. 

Golfing Gems

Clearwater Resort is an 18-hole, par 72, championship course right on the doorstep of Christchurch city.  Designed in consultation with renowned New Zealand golfer Sir Bob Charles, it's home to the HSBC NZ PGA Championship, and features a pro shop, restaurant, bar and resort accommodation.

6,406 metres in length, the 18-hole, par 72, championship course at Terrace Downs in the Rakaia Gorge includes 11 lakes and 70 bunkers set against a spectacular alpine backdrop. Luxurious resort accommodation and a full range of other activities, including heli-skiing in winter, complete the picture.

Designed by Sir Bob Charles, Millbrook Resort and Country Club in Arrowtown (near Queenstown) is one of the world's finest alpine golf courses.  An 18-hole, par 72 championship course, it offers challenging golf against a mountainous landscape.  The luxurious facilities include restaurants, day spa and resort accommodation.

Russley Golf Club, incredibly accessible on the main road between Christchurch International Airport and the city, is an excellent 18-hole course offering pro shop and club hire.  

Walk, Tramp & Ramble 

New Zealand's most famous hiking trail, the Milford Track in Fiordland, follows monumental glacial valleys, passing through lush temperate rainforest and sub-alpine landscapes.

The Routeburn Track is a popular track lining Mt Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park, passing waterfalls and lakes along the way.

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track in Southland is one of the newer Great Walks and it climbs to 890 metres above sea level, offering superb views of the Southern Ocean.

The Queen Charlotte Track in Marlborough is an appealing coastal trail that winds its way through forest, offering glimpses of sparkling inlets.

The Abel Tasman Coastal Track in Nelson is a popular track offering a fantastic mix of forest walking and golden sand beaches - water taxis are able to drop walkers into the par

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