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Recommended attractions on New Zealand's South Island

Arrowtown (Queenstown)
Arrowtown Golf Club, Arrowtown
Phone:  64.3.442.1719
Fax:  64.3.442.1715
Greens fees for non-members:    40NZD

Allan Scott Wines and Estates, Jacksons Rd.
This attractive winery produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Riesling.
There's an appetizing restaurant where you can dine inside or out.
Phone:  64.3.572.9054
Fax:  64.3.572.9053
Hours:  9:30AM to 4:30PM daily

Cellier Le Brun, Terrace Rd, Renwick
Taste their exceptional sparkling wine and play petanque on the lovely grounds.
Phone:  64.3.572.8859
Fax:  64.3.572 8814
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily

Cloudy Bay, Jacksons Rd
Perhaps New Zealand's best known winery, an astonishing 75% of it's world-renown Sauvignon Blanc is exported. Tastings daily; tours by appointment.
Phone:  64.3.520.9140
Fax:  64.3.520.9040
Hours:  10AM to 4:30PM daily

Deluxe Travel Line, 45 Main Street, PO Box 147
If you want to sample Marlborough's award-winning wines without worrying about driving, take a Deluxe Scenic Wine Trail Tour. Stops vary but usually include Hunter's and Montana.
Phone:  64.3.578.5467
Fax:  64.3.578.2416
Hours:  Tours leave at 11AM and return at 3:30PM
Wine tours from:   40NZD

Gillan Estate, Rapaura Rd, Box 482
One of the most attractive and popular wineries in the area, Gillan specializes in sparkling wines. Their outdoor courtyard and cafe are very pleasant.
Phone:  64.3.572.9979
Fax:  64.3.572.9980
Hours:  10:30AM to 5PM daily in summer

Hunter's Wines Restaurant, Rapaura Road
One of the most attractive vineyard restaurants in the area, Hunter's offers dining outdoors or in the farmhouse. Rack of Lamb, Venision, and Salmon are featured. And you can be assured that food and wine will be perfectly matched.
Phone:  64.3.572.8489
Fax:  64.3.572.8457
Hours:  11:30AM to 2:30PM Monday through Friday; and 6PM to 9:30PM Thursday through Saturday

Montana Marlborough Winery, RD4 Riverlands
The largest winery in the region, their Brancott winery is a new multi-million dollar facility with a large restaurant. Very popular with groups.
Phone:  64.3.578.2099
Fax:  64.3.578.0463
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily; Tours from 10AM to 3PM daily

Stoneleigh Vineyards, Main Road South
The best known brand of Corbans Marlborough Winery, Stoneleigh Sauvigon Blanc is exported to 18 countries around the world.
Phone:  64.9.570.8400
Hours:  10AM to 4:30PM daily

The Cougar Line, The Waterfront , PO Box 238, Picton
Cougar Lines offers short, lunch, and twilight cruises on Queen Charlotte Sound. They also have cruises which combine walking a portion of the Queen Charlotte Track.
Phone:  64.3.573.7925
Fax:  64.3.573.7926
Hours:  Call for current schedule
Cruises from:   58NZD

Wine Tours By Bike, Argrove Lodge, 191 Bells Road
Rent a bike here or take one of their full-day tours which stops for lunch at one of the wineries.
Phone:  64.3.577.6954
Half-day bike rental:   40NZD
Full-day bike rental:  55NZD

Antigua Boat Sheds, 2 Cambridge Terrace
You can hire a punter here to pole you down the River Avon or rent a canoe so you can paddle through the Botanical Gardens. There ís also a nice terrace cafe.
Phone:  03.366.5885
Fax:  03.377.5801
Hours:  9:30AM to 5:30PM daily; closing at 4PM in winter
Canoe rentals per hour:   7NZD

Arts Centre of Christchurch, Worcester and Rolleston
Occupying the stately, 19th-century Gothic Revival buildings of Canterbury College, the Arts Centre is home to theater companies, cafes, galleries, and the studios of more than 40 artists and craftsmen. This is one of the most delightful spots in Christchurch.
Phone:  64.3.366.0989
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; market 10AM to 4PM Saturdays and Sundays

Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Avenue
On the west bank of the River Avon, these beautiful gardens contain many plants and trees unique to New Zealand. Even non-gardeners will enjoy a stroll through the beautiful grounds.
Phone:  64.3.941.6840
Hours:  7AM until dusk daily; Conservatories and Information Centre 10:15AM to 4PM daily
Admission is free  

Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue
This interesting museum next to the Botanic Gardens include exhibits of Maori culture, a recreation of Christchurch during the Victorian era, a display of the birds of New Zealand, and the Hall of Antarctic Discovery.
Phone:  64.3.366.5000
Hours:  Hours: 9AM to 5:30PM daily; closing at 5PM in winter
Admission by donation  

Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square
Begun in 1864, this Gothic Revival church anchors Cathedral Square and is the city's principal landmark. The tower is the South Island's most visited attraction, Climb it for splendid views of the city and the Canterbury countryside. The Boy's Choir performs at Evensong Friday afternoons at 4:30PM.
Phone:  64.03.366.0046
Hours:  Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 7PM; Saturday 9AM to 5PM; Sundays 7:30AM to 7PM; 9AM to 5PM daily in Winter
Tower Admission:   5NZD

Court Theatre, 20 Worcester Boulevard, Arts Centre of Christchurch
Staging everything from Shakespeare to improv, the two theaters at the Court Theatre are New Zealand's best. Unsold tickets are available at a discount the day of performance.
Phone:  64.3.963.0870
Fax:  64.3.963.0890
Hours:  Performances are Monday and Thursdays at 6PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM; Sunday matinee at 2PM; box office is open Monday through Friday 9AM to 8:15PM and Saturdays 10AM to 8:15PM
Tickets from:   33NZD

International Antarctic Center, Orchard Road
One of the country's most popular attractions, the Antarctic Center offers the next best thing to a trip to the white continent. Interactive displays and multi-media presentations vividly capture the experience.
Phone:  64.3.353.7798
Hours:  9AM to 7PM daily; closing at 5:30PM in winter
Admission   25NZD

Mona Vale, 63 Fendalton Road, Riccarton
This beautiful turn-of-the-century home and its superb English style gardens are a delightful place for a stroll, a punt on the river, or afternoon tea.
Phone:  64.03.348.9660
Hours:  9:30AM to 3:30PM daily; garden tours with lunch or tea are available between 11AM AND 1:30PM
Grounds are free  
Tour and tea from:  22.50NZD

Nga Hau E Wha National Marae (Marae of the Four Winds), 250 Pages Road
The largest traditional Maori gathering place in New Zealand, the Marae of the Four Winds provides a fascinating look at Maori culture. The Night of Maori Magic includes dinner from the traditional earth oven and entertainment.
Phone:  03.386.7685 Dinner reservations required
Hours:  Guided tours at 11AM and 2PM; Night of Maori Magic dinners at 6PM daily

The Christchurch Art Gallery, Worcester Boulevard
Opened in 2003 to replace the Robert McDougall Art Gallery and Art Annex, The Christchurch Art Gallery currently owns more than 5,500 works of art from New Zealand and Europe.
Phone:  64.3.941.7300
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; open until 9PM on Wednesdays
Admission is free  

Tranz Scenic Travel, Wellington Station, Bunny Street, Wellington
One of the world's top five train journeys, the TranzAlpine travels from Christchurch across New Zealand's spectacular Southern Alps to Greymouth on the west coast of the South Island.
Phone:  64.4.495.0775
Fax:  64.4.472.8903
Hours:  Train departs Christchurch at 8:15AM and arrive Greymouth at 12:45PM.
One-way fares from:   99NZD

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, 60 Hussey Road
If you want to see kiwis and other New Zealand wildlife in their natural habitat, this is the place.
Phone:  64.3.359.6226
Fax:  64.3.359.6212
Hours:  10AM to 10PM daily; night tours available every hour from 6:30PM
Admission:   20NZD

Greymouth (West Coast)
This recreation of Greymouth during the Gold Rush of the 1880s has more than 30 buildings.
Phone:  64.3.762.6634
Fax:  64.3.762.6649
Hours:  8:30AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   14.50NZD

Dolphin Encounter, 96 Esplanade
The waters off Kaikoura are home to huge pods of Dusky dolphins. You can swim among as many as 800 of them by taking a cruise aboard one of Dolphin Encounter's two small vessels. Book well in advance for this once in a lifetime experience.
Phone:  64.3.319.6777
Fax:  64.3.319.6534
Hours:  Hours: October to May departures at 5:30AM, 8:30AM, and 12:30PM; June through September 8:30AM and 12:30PM
Three-hour swimming trip:    125NZD
Three-hour spectator cruise:  60NZD

Kaikoura Information & Tourism, Kaikoura Visitor Centre, West End
Phone:  64.3.319.5641
Fax:  64.3.319.6819
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily

Whale Watch Kaikoura, Railway Station Road
The waters off Kaikoura are teeming with Sperm whales, drawn by the giant squid here. In fact, your chances of seeing a Sperm Whale on one of Whale Watch's cruises are so good that they'll refund up to 80% of your cruise fare if you don't. In addition to whales, you'll likely see dolphins, fur seals, and a variety of sea birds. Book well in advance for this unforgettable adventure.
Phone:  64.3.319.6767 or 0800.655.121 in new Zealand
Fax:  64.3.319.6545
Hours:  Hours: 7:15AM, 10:00AM and 12:45PM departures year 'round. Additional summer departure (November through February) at 3:30PM
Whale-watching cruises:   125NZD

Wings Over Whales, Kaikoura Airfield
If you don't have time to go out on a cruise, or you prefer an aerial view, take a 30-minute flight from Kaikoura. Wings Over Whales flies over Sperm Whales on 95% of their trips. Contact them in advance for departure information.
Phone:  64.3.319.6580 or 0800.226.629 in New Zealand
Fax:  64.3.319.6668
Flights from:   140NZD

Lake Tekapo
Air Safaris, Main Highway, PO Box 71
Their 50-minute Grand Traverse flight takes you past Mt. Cook and the Tasman Glacier to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. You'll see rainforests, Alpine lakes, and spectacular scenery.
Phone:  64.3.680.6880
Fax:  64.3.680.6740
Scenic flights from:   260NZD

Motueka (Abel Tasman National Park)
Abel Tasman Aqua Taxis, Marahau, RD 2 Motueka
Offers water taxi service from Marahau to Totaranui with stops all along the way. Departs at 8AM, 9AM, 10:30AM, Noon, and 1:30PM.
Phone:  64.3.527.8083
Fax:  64.3.527.8282
Hours:  Call for current schedule
Fares from:   14NZD

Abel Tasman Kayaks, Marahau Beach, RD2 Motueka
Full-day guided sea-kayak tours including lunch depart Marahau at 9AM and return at 4PM.
Phone:  64.3.527.8022
Fax:  64.3.527.8032
Full-day sea-kayak trips from:   135NZD

Abel Tasman National Park Enterprises, 265 High Street
Three hour cruises depart Kaiteriteri Beach at 9AM. The 5-1/2 hour cruise to Totaranui departs at 9:40AM and passes the seal colony on Tonga Island. There are also cruise and walk combinations available.
Phone:  64.3.528.7801
Fax:  64.3.528.6087
Cruises from:   48NZD

Abel Tasman Seal Swim, Kaiteriteri
Don a wet suit and swim with the seals off Tonga Island in Abel Tasman National Park.
Phone:  64.3.527.8383
Fax:  64.3.527.8382
Hours:  Departing Kaiteriteri at 9AM
Seal swim from:   120NZD

Abel Tasman Water Taxi, Marahau Beach Camp, Franklin Street
Offers water taxi service and day trips from Marahau.
Phone:  64.3.527.8176
Fares from:   24NZD

Motueka Golf Club, Harbour Road
Phone:  64.3.528.8998
Fax:  64.3.528.8998
Greens fees for non-members:   25NZD

Motueka Tourist Information Centre, Wallace Street
Phone:  64.3.528.6543
Fax:  64.3.528.6563
Hours:  8AM to 7PM daily

Ocean River Sea Kayaking, Marahau, RD2
This company offers sea-kayaking trips that visit 12 beaches and include a barbecue lunch.
Phone:  64.3.527.8022
Fax:  64.3.527.8032
Hours:  Trips depart Marahau at 8:30AM and return at 3:30PM
Sea-kayak trips from:   99NZD

The Sea Kayak Company, 506 High Street
This company offers a variety of Kayaking options, from guided trips to independent rentals.
Phone:  64.3.528.7251
Fax:  64.3.528.7221
2-day Kayak rental:   100NZD
Full-day guided trip:  99NZD

Mount Cook
Allan's 4WD Safari, Activity Desk, Hermitage Hotel
Allan takes groups of less than six into Mt. Cook National Park in his Toyota troop carrier. Lively commentary, an affable host, and personal attention make this an enjoyable three-hour excursion.
4WD trips from:   85NZD

Alpine Guide Trekking, Mount Cook, 8770
This company offers guided half- and full-day hikes through Mt. Cook National Park. Rain jackets (if needed), lunch, and day packs are included.
Phone:  64.3.435.1809
Fax:  64.3.435.1879
Full day walks from:   95NZD

Alpine Guides (Aoraki) Ltd, PO Box 20, 8770
Using ski planes, Alpine Guides flies skiers to the face of the Tasman glacier for a full day of skiing. The package price includes three flights, lunch, guide services, and two ski runs. Skiers should be at least intermediate level.
Phone:  64.3.435.1834
Fax:  64.3.435.1898
Hours:  Flights daily from July 1 to September 30
Ski/Fly packages:   695NZD

Glacier Explorers, P.O Box 18, 8770
Glacier Explorers offer three-hour boat trips across the terminal lake of the Tasman Glacier. You'll pass icebergs, and enjoy incredible views. They also offer a heli-hiking program in summer that flies hikers up to Mt. Dark and lets them hike down.
Phone:  64.3.435.1077
Fax:  64.03.435.1077
Boat trips:   105NZD

Mount Cook Skiplanes, Mount Cook Airport, PO Box 12
Mount Cook Skiplanes offers several scenic skiplane flights with glacier landings.
Phone:  64.3.430.8034
Fax:  64.3.435.1886
Ski plane flights from:   210NZD

Mt. Cook National Park Visitor's Centre, Next to the Hermitage Hotel
The Visitor's Centre provides information about hiking and other activities in the park.
Phone:  64.3.435.1186
Fax:  64.3.435.1080
Hours:  8AM to 5PM daily

The Helicopter Line, Glentanner Park
The Helicopter Line offers several scenic helicopter flights with snow landings.
Phone:  64.3.435.1801
Fax:  64.3.435.1802
Hours:  8AM to 8PM October through March; 8:30AM to 4:30PM April through September
Helicopter flights from:   190NZD

Glovers Vineyard, Gardener Valley Road, Upper Moutere
Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvingon are the strong suits at this winery established in 1984.
Phone:  64.3.543.2698
Fax:  64.3.543.2698

Moutere Hills Vineyard, Sunrise Valley, RD 1 Upper Moutere,
Enjoy a vineyard luncheon in the pretty garden here while you taste Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.
Phone:  64.3.543.2288
Fax:  64.3.543.2288
Hours:  Open daily from September through Easter

Nelson Golf Club, Bolt Road
Phone:  64.3.548.5029
Fax:  64.3.548.5006
Greens fees for non-members:    30NZD

Nelson Saturday Market, Montgomery Square
You'll find everything from top-quality crafts to local produce at this colorful market.
Hours:  Saturdays from 8AM to 1PM

Nelson Visitor Information Center, Corner of Trafalgar and Halifax Streets
Phone:  64.3.548.2304
Fax:  64.3.546.7393
Hours:  9AM to 5:30PM Monday through Friday

Neudorf Wines, Neudorf Road, Upper Moutere
Taste award-winning Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling at one of the most highly regarded wineries in the region.
Phone:  64.3.543.2643
Fax:  64.3.543.2955
Hours:  Our 10.30AM until 5PM, in Summer; 11AM until 4PM, in winter

Seifrieds Winery, PO Box 7020, Redwood Road
One of the oldest wineries in the region, Seifrieds Chardonnay won two gold medals at the International Wine Challenge 2000. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily in summer.
Phone:  64.3.544.5599
Fax:  64.3.544.5522
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily

South Street Gallery, 10 Nile Street West
Located in Nelson's restored historic district, this cooperative displays the work of 25 of New Zealand's best artists and craftsmen.
Phone:  64.3.548.8117
Hours:  9AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday; 10AM to 4PM, Saturday and Sunday

Spencer Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery, PO Box 3255, Richmond
This winery has won more than its share of medal and awards. Taste any of the whites or the oaky pinot noir.
Phone:  64.3.543.2031
Fax:  64.3.543.2031

Waimea Estates (Nelson) Limited, Appleby Highway, Hope
Taste award-winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling at one of the most highly regarded wineries in the region.
Phone:  64.3.544.6385
Fax:  64.3.544.6385
Hours:  Open daily for tastings.

Punakaiki (West Coast)
Punakaiki-Paparoa National Park Visitor's Centre, Route 6, Punakaiki
Get information about walks and other activities in the National Park at this Visitor's Center across from the Pancake Rocks.
Phone:  64.3.731.1895
Fax:  64.3.731.1896
Hours:  Open daily

Chard Farm, Chard Road, R.D. 1, Gibbston
Best known for their exceptional white wines, Chard Farm enjoys a spectacular location outside Queenstown.
Phone:  64.3.442.6110
Hours:  Tasting rooms is open 10AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday; 11AM to 5PM, Saturday and Sunday

Dart River Jet Boat Safaris, Mull Street, Glenorchy
Operates the Dart River Safari and the Dart River Funyaks on the Dart River into Mount Aspiring National Park. Transfers are available to and from Queenstown or you can drive yourself.
Phone:  64.3.442.9992
Fax:  64.3.442.9075
Hours:  Hours: Dart River Safari departs Queenstown at 8AM, and 12PM (leaving Glenorchy 1 hour later); the Dart River Funyaks departs Queenstown at 8AM (leaving Glenorchy 1 hour later)
Jetboat trips:   179NZD
Transfer from Queenstown:  20NZD

Gibbston Valley Wines, Ltd., Gibbston, RD1
One of the most award-winning wineries in the area, Gibbston Valley is a great place to taste wines - especially their Pinot Noir - and to have lunch.
Phone:  64.3.442.6910
Hours:  Tasting room is open 10AM to 5PM daily
Wine Tasting Tours:   10NZD

Milbrook Resort and Country Club, Malaghan Road
Championship 18 hole, Par 72 course designed by Sir Bob Charles
Phone:  64.3.441.7000
Fax:  64.3.441.7007
Greens fees for non-members from:    75NZD

Queenstown Golf Club, Kelvin Heights
18 hole, par 71
Phone:  64.3.442.9169
Fax:  64.3.442.5439
Greens fees for non-members from:    50NZD

Queenstown Rafting, Shotover Street
This company offers rafting trips down the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers. You can combine your rafting trip with other activities.
Phone:  64.3.442.9792
Fax:  64.3.442.4609
Raft trips from:   145NZD

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Queenstown Wine Trail, 23 Alta Place, Frankton
Taste wines at Gibbston Valley, Chard Farm, Peregrine Winery and Waitiri Creek Vineyards. Optional lunch at Gibbston Valley.
Phone:  64.3.442.3799
Fax:  64.3.442.3796
Hours:  Departs at 12:30PM
Wine tours:   95NZD

Real Journeys, Lakefront Drive
This travel company (previously known as Fiordland Travel) operates coach, fly, and cruise options to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and on Lake Wakatipu. Very reliable, but some excursions are too popular to be truly enjoyable. They also offer overnight cruises on Milford Sound.

Shotover Jet, P.O. Box 189
For sheer thrills, it's hard to beat racing down the narrow canyons of the Shotover River in a jet boat. This is one of the most popular attractions in New Zealand.
Phone:  64.3.442.8570
Fax:  64.3.442.7467
Hours:  Numerous departures daily; call for times
Jet boat trips from:   99NZD

Skyline Gondola, Brecon Street
The gondola whisks you up to the 1,425-ft summit of Bob's Peak where you'll have sensational 360 degree views of the Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu and the Southland. There's a restaurant and a luge ride at the top.
Phone:  64.3.441.0101
Fax:  64.3.441.0088
Hours:  9AM to 10PM daily
Admission   19NZD

Skyline Luge, Brecon Street
At the top of Bob's Peak, this luge ride sends you hurtling downhill at breakneck speed.
Phone:  64.3.441.0101
Fax:  64.3.441.0088
Hours:  9:30AM to dusk daily
Fare including gondola:   26NZD

TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship, Steamer Wharf
Scenic cruise of Lake Wakatipu aboard a heritage steamship. You can take a 90-minute cruise across the lake or combine your cruise with a visit to Walter Peak sheep station. Afternoon tea, or a barbecue can be added too.
Hours:  Cruises depart Steamer Wharf every two hours between 10AM and 8PM.
Cruise only:   38NZD
Cruise and Walter Peak:  58NZD