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The most awe-inspiring Makarora attractions

Our little corner of the world is renowned for playing host to some of the biggest, most breathtaking adventures you are ever likely to experience. If you are a nature lover, adrenaline junky, hiking aficionado or anything in between, Wonderland Makarora Lodge has you covered with an outstanding list of things to do.

Nestled deep in the Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island, the area is famed for its stunning alpine ranges, natural pools, beech forests and river valleys. Each of these pristine natural locations offers its own exciting activities, perfect for travellers looking to get something worthwhile out of their next adventure.

Spend the morning taking in the natural wonder with a Backcountry Helicopter tour before enjoying a peaceful stroll through the region’s famed natural pools. Adventure is your oyster here in Otago, and we’re thrilled to share this with you.

So, if you’ve found yourself asking what to do in Makarora, check out the following to inspire your sense of wonder.

Blue Pools

Ideally situated between mature beech and podocarp forests, the deep, clear waters of the blue pools provide a beautifully tranquil short walk for travellers looking to relax after a morning of adrenaline-pumping action. A beautifully calming and peaceful experience.

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Backcountry Helicopters

Want to experience the ultimate view of this incredible part of the world? Backcountry Helicopter tours allow guests to catch unforgettable glimpses of Otago’s alpine ranges, valleys, gorges and mature forests. The perfect way to catch unrivalled views of the region, these helicopter tours are a joy to behold.

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Wilkin River Jets

Wilkin River Jets takes you at lightning speed through the heart of Makarora’s “timeless land”. Skim along inches of water on the Makarora and Wilkin rivers, experiencing the stunning natural beauty of the region with an extreme twist.

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Walking, Tramping, Hiking

No visit to Makarora is complete without at least one hike through this awe-inspiring natural landscape. Thankfully, the region is host to walks of all lengths and difficulties. Traverse challenging peaks, stroll through the peaceful silver beech forests and, of course, remember to experience the gorgeous natural blue pools.

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Siberia Experience

Experience all of the beauty that the New Zealand wilderness has on offer with the one-of-a-kind Siberia Experience. Swoop over breathtaking Alpine valleys and crystal blue lakes as you make your way to a remote backcountry valley through incredible glaciers and stunning, snow capped mountains

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Contact Wonderland Makarora Lodge to find out more

Our team is always happy to chat about the unforgettable experiences provided by us and our partner companies. So, if you have any enquiries regarding Otago’s attractions or accommodation at our lodge, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Wonderland staff.

Fill out an enquiry form via our contact page or call us on 0800 800 443 and we will assist you with all your enquiries regarding our stunning list of adventures.