• Donna Thomas CTC, 118 South Bellevue Avenue, Langhorne Borough Pa 19047
  • +1 800-367-5494 | +1 215-741-5155 | Fax: 1-888 256 3059

16 Years as Travel and Leisure Magazine Top Travel Expert for New Zealand and Australia

Travel and Leisure says: "Donna Thomas has explored many corners of North and South Islands in search of hidden gems. She can help birdwatchers see the endangered yellow-eyed penguin or send avid trekkers on guided hikes to secret waterfalls in Paparoa National Park."


Otago

The Otago region of New Zealand lies in the southeast of the South Island. The name "Otago" is derived from the Kai Tahu Maori dialect name "Otakou". The main city is Dunedin north of which is Oamaru, and south of which is Balclutha. Central Otago is home to the tourist attractions of Queenstown, Alexandra, and Wanaka. Kaitangata in South Otago provides a prominent coal source.

Alexandra

Alexandra is a town in the Central Otago district of New Zealand's South Island. It is located on the banks of the Clutha River, at the confluence of the Manuherikia River, 188 kilometers by road from Dunedin and 33 kilometers south of Cromwell. The district is one of the farthest from a coastline in New Zealand and one of the few to experience a continental climate with severe winters and hot, dry summers. Alexandra is the service centre for a significant stone-fruit industry, which is celebrated by a blossom festival in the town each spring. Grape production is another major industry in the Central Otago region.

Island: 

Accommodations

Blanket Bay - Glenorchy

This stunning backcountry retreat sits on the lakeshore 45 minutes outside Queenstown in the Southern Alps New Zealand. Lofty beamed ceilings, rock fireplaces and vast picture windows frame the heroic stone and timber lodge housing the Great Room, Den, Game Room, Gym, spa and several indoor/outdoor dining venues.  Twelve rooms offer every conceivable amenity. Activities include an outdoor lap pool, bush walks, fly-fishing, jet boating, horse riding and scenic heli-flights to Milford Sound.

Eichardts Hotel - Queenstown

Eichardt's opulent suites invite guests to soak up a sense of quiet before exploring one of the world's truly remarkable locations, Queenstown, in the South Island of New Zealand. Inhale the invigorating alpine air - then step out into the expectant evening and let the lights of Queenstown and canopy of stars guide you to one of the world class restaurants nearby. When winter's blanket descends over the town, the allure of open log fires, coffee aromas and cheery conversation beckon you in from the cold.

Fletcher Lodge

Fletcher Lodge offers luxury accommodation in an atmosphere of restrained elegance while providing the ultimate in contemporary comfort and modern facilities. Nestled in a secluded, established garden, Fletcher Lodge is conveniently located within minutes of many of Dunedin City's finest and most popular cafes and restaurants.

Matakauri Lodge Queenstown

Nestled in native bush overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge, is one of the world's most private and serene vacation retreats, only a short distance to Queenstown, the alpine wonderland of New Zealand. The Lodge and its adjoining villas are luxuriously appointed and have been designed to be in harmony with the lakefront environment and surrounding bush. Matakauri Lodge is unique ... the first luxury lodge to open in the new Millennium in arguably the world's finest destination resort, Queenstown.

Scroll to Top