Rich in hidden gems of history and natural beauty, Makarora is a must do for anyone with a real sense of adventure
A significant stop on your onward South Island journey, Makarora offers a multitude of short walks right off the main highway - including the popular Blue Pools Track.
The many and varied walks and hikes available from Makarora include the famed Siberia Valley and Gillespie Pass Circuit, and – not for the faint-hearted or the afraid-of-heights – Rabbit Pass.
There are plenty of places to stay and eat in Makarora so you can explore this region for a day or a week – the choice is yours.
Discover the best of our region by following the scenic highlights photo tour.
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Driving on the South Island roads of New Zealand is a great way to experience the region, with relatively quiet roads and some of the most amazing scenery right outside the window.
Major car and campervan hire companies are all located at Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports. There are also a number of rental car companies based in Wānaka.
Wānaka is unique and captivating; it inspires you to discover, and gives you the freedom to explore.
Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wānaka region by its outstanding beauty.
Getting to Wānaka is easy - click on your city to see how close you are to Wānaka. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive to Wānaka from the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wānaka throughout the day.