Ep13: Summer Getaways in the South Island


On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters, we are ready to roll with some great summer escapes. Head west to Lake Brunner, dip into the valley of wine in Gibbston as part of a great holiday in Queenstown. Plus we check out some great summer reads to fire up your love of travel.

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand
Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown. Photo: Harmeet Sehgal

Kiwi Tripsters show cases Lake Brunner, the West Coast’s largest lake. Like Lake Matheson, Brunner’s mirror-smooth surface serves up reflective magic of the Southern Alps. With a wealth of hospitality offerings on the lake shore and wrapped in stunning trails through ancient podocarp forest, it’s summer holiday heaven.

Lake Brunner, New Zealand
Lake Brunner. Photo: Kiwi Rail

Arrowtown’s status as a poster child for New Zealand tourism remains unblemished by the ravages of Covid. This is likely to be the last summer you can enjoy the delights of Arrowtown and the wonderful wines of Gibbston Valley, without wrestling with the crowds of international visitors. Seize the chance to enjoy the novelty!

Arrowtown, New Zealand
Arrowtown. Photo: Queenstown NZ

Summer fun in Queenstown. Built in 2007, The Rees Hotel Queenstown is a sophisticated five-star hotel situated right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, showcasing spectacular views across the water to the alpine panorama of the Remarkable Mountain range. Kiwi Tripsters talks to the Director of Operations at The Rees, Roman Lee-Lo.

The Rees Hotel, Queenstown
The Rees Hotel lobby. Photo: The Rees Hotel

Great Summer Travel Reads. If you’re itching for some great escapism in prose, or you’re staking out some last minute travel-related Christmas gift ideas, here’s a round-up of some excellent new releases that will satisfy and stimulate your travel cravings.

Lonely Planet great travel reads for 2022
Great travel reads, Lonely Planet. Photo: The Lonely Planet

Here’s wishing all our listeners a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year. We look forward to your company in 2022 and hope you enjoy Summer. Season’s Greetings!

  • 01:02 Lake Brunner
  • 07:42 Arrowtown
  • 17:00 Chat with Roman Lee-Lo
  • 30:25 Great summer travel reads

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