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Things To Do In Queenstown

Sitting on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by majestic mountains is Queenstown - the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four-season lake and alpine resort. Recognized as New Zealand's top visitor destination full of attractions, activities and fabulous things to do! The stunning lake and mountain landscape make it suited to... Show More

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Gibbston Valley Half Day Tour

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Our Gibbston Valley tour is an awesome introduction to the sport of canyoning an ......

Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly

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Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly

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The Ultimate Luxury Hop on Hop off Wine Tour

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Arrowtown To Queenstown: A Mountain Biking Adventure Ride

Activity LocationQueenstown

Ride from historic Arrowtown along 35 km of beautiful bike trails back to Queenstown

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Boutique Wine Tour (11am to 4.30pm)

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Relax and be whisked away into the splendid wine country of Central Otago. Your wine guide will immerse you in an after ...

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The Grand Circle

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Discover the beauty of Queenstown from above!

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Queenstown Progressive Dinner Tour | Adults Only - Departs Queenstown Daily (6:30pm to 9:30pm)

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Experience the best of Queenstown by night as we take you on a culinary journey on the region’s first Progressive Dinn ...

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All About Paradise Half Day Expedition

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Mystical morning & afternoon half-day expeditions to Glenorchy and the famous Paradise Valley! Take in the Spectacul ...

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Earnslaw Burn & Glaciers Scenic Flight

Activity LocationQueenstown

A stunning 45-minute flight around the Queenstown area over Skippers Canyon and past Coronet Peak, into Mt. Aspiring Nat ...

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Nomad Safaris Routeburn - Guided Walks

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One of New Zealand’s Great Walks – the Routeburn Track, is waiting for you! Available as a half or full day trip, in ...

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Nomad Safaris - Queenstown

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience New Zealand’s most spectacular quad bike rides, off road 4WD adventures, guided walks for all abilities inc ...

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The High Country Pub Trail Horse Trek

Activity LocationQueenstown

Mount up and begin the big hill climb which soon gives way to spectacular views of the surrounding mountains of the Crow ...

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Milford Sound Luxury Private tour with Boat cruise and Gourmet picnic lunch for up to 4 people

Activity LocationQueenstown

This full day Luxury experience ventures deep into the place Rudyard Kipling called, "the Eighth Wonder of the Worl ...

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Ultimate Lake Dunstan Trail Experience Bike & Dunstan Explorer Return

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience one of NZ's Official Great Rides - 42km of purpose built trail. E-bike from Cromwell to historic Clyde, meet ...

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Arrowtown Wanaka Highlights Small Group Tour

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This is our most popular sightseeing tour from Queenstown, taking in historic Arrowtown, stunning Wānaka, the Crown Ran ...

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Milford Sound Heli-Cruise-Heli

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The ultimate way to experience Milford Sound and Fiordland. Enjoy spectacular aerial views as we fly from Glenorchy to M ...

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Queenstown Tour

Activity LocationQueenstown

Segway on Q’s tours are a great way to see the town and have lots of fun along the way. The Queenstown Tour provides a ...

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Milford Sound, Southern Alps and Fiordland National Park Heli Flight

Activity LocationQueenstown

Discover the enormity of the Southern Alps and Fiordland National Park.

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3 HOUR PRIVATE CHARTER

Activity LocationQueenstown

Excellent for corporate events and team building! Book a private fishing charter for special bonding time or for your ne ...

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Bike The Wineries Half Day

Activity LocationQueenstown

On this self-guided wineries cycling tour you are given exclusive access to an informative winery map. Your guide will c ...

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Hop on Hop off Wine and Beer Afternoon Tour Queenstown

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The most reasonably priced wine tour in the region offering the freedom to visit a variety of great locations, including ...

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The Gold Discovery Trail Horse Trek

Activity LocationWanaka

Let your horse take you across the Cardrona River while keeping a keen eye out for gold along the way! Learn about the g ...

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Alpine Snow Landing

Activity LocationQueenstown

Discover some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery by air before touching down for a snow landing on the Humboldt M ...

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Aoraki / Mt Cook Luxury Private tour for up to 4 people

Activity LocationQueenstown

Beginning your adventure with a scenic drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge, sit back and enjoy the constantly evolvin ...

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Mountain Bike Hire

Activity LocationQueenstown

Hire a Mountain Bike and explore the stunning Queenstown Trail network

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Nomad Safaris Lord of The Rings Tours - Queenstown

Activity LocationQueenstown

Explore the magical side of New Zealand and understand why this beautiful country was chosen to portray Middle-earth. Th ...

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Bay Ride

Activity LocationQueenstown

Learn to ride and go for a glide. The 1hr Bay Ride can fit into any schedule for an experience of how much fun these mac ...

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Remarkables Scenic

Activity LocationQueenstown

Watch the jet boats race up the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers and past the Remarkables Mountains as we lift off from the h ...

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Snowshoeing Experience

Activity LocationQueenstown

This is a real snow adventure in a true alpine environment. The Remarkables Range offers fantastic terrain to explore an ...

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Half day - Behind the Scenes Film Location Tour

Activity LocationQueenstown

Join us on a half day journey with our expert guides deep into Glenorchy, Middle Earth, Paradise Valley & beyond. Y ...

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Arrowtown To Gibbston Valley: A Half-Day Bike Ride

Activity LocationQueenstown

Cycling fans who enjoy spending time in nature—this is the perfect option for you! After a van shuttle from Queenstown ...

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Mt Earnslaw Glacier

Activity LocationQueenstown

Discover Middle Earth on our flagship flight as we soar over a remote high-country station towards towering Mt Earnslaw. ...

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Central Otago Heli Gold Wine Tour

Activity LocationQueenstown

Enjoy an all-day tour of Central Otago’s stunning vineyards by Helicopter and Jeep Wrangler. Life is all about the ...

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Massage & Day Spa Treatments

Activity LocationQueenstown

Unwind in our multi award-winning Urban Escape and let our experts take care of your relaxation needs. Enjoy the best ma ...

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E-Bike Hire

Activity LocationQueenstown

Hire an Electric Mountain Bike and explore the stunning Queenstown Trail network

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West Coast Beaches and the Glaciers

Activity LocationQueenstown

Fly from towering mountains to rugged coast and experience the thrill of glacier flyover as we traverse the full length ...

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PRIVATE - Milford Sound Scenic Overhead Heli trip with Middle Earth Waterfalls Heli Hike and Lunch

Activity LocationQueenstown

Your scenic flight will take you above rainforest-covered valleys, past spectacular alpine lakes and mountain ranges, wi ...

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60 minute Jet boat ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Activity LocationQueenstown

Queenstown’s original Jet boat operator, KJet takes you on a wild 60 minute high speed Jet boat ride across three wate ...

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Queenstown Luxury Private tour (Full day) for up to 4 people

Activity LocationQueenstown

Travelling through glacial valleys, around towering mountains and stopping off at spectacular vineyards and historic tow ...

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Milford Sound Fly Cruise Fly

Activity LocationMilford Sound, Fiordland

Take off from Queenstown, and fly above the rugged backcountry of Lake Wakatipu and Central Otago, before heading westwa ...

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The Mountain Experience Quad Bike Tour

Activity LocationWanaka

The ultimate alpine quad bike experience! Offering challenging and varied terrain with breath taking panoramic views, th ...

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Intro to Rock Climbing

Activity LocationWanaka

It’s no surprise that our ‘Introduction To Rock Climbing’ is our most popular trip. You will experience outdoor r ...

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River Surfing

Activity LocationQueenstown

Conquer grade 3 rapids, standing waves and whirlpools! The high volume Kawarau River bursts with adrenaline, and this ...

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Classic Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown daily (1.30pm to 5.00pm)

Activity LocationQueenstown

Be whisked away to Queenstown’s neighboring wine region, Gibbston, where you will spend the afternoon leisurely explor ...

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Massage

Activity LocationQueenstown

Indulge Mobile Spa delivers the best massage in Queenstown. Winners of Luxury Travel Guide’s Mobile Massage Service of ...

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8 Line Wilderness Zipline Adventure

Activity LocationQueenstown

Paradise Ziplines provides a wilderness adventure like no other. Our 8-line zipline course takes you on a very diverse j ...

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Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Tour

Activity LocationQueenstown

Join Pure Milford for all all inclusive day tour to magical Milford Sound from Queenstown. Enjoy informative commentary ...

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Southern Glacier Experience

Activity LocationQueenstown

Awe-inspiring views of the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring National Park on a premier 50 minute trip.

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Milford Sound: Fly | Cruise | Fly

Activity LocationQueenstown

Join us and our partners Southern Discoveries on this amazing Fly | Cruise | Fly adventure departing Queenstown to Milfo ...

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Paradise Discovery Tour

Activity LocationQueenstown

A unique opportunity that includes access to Private farm land by 4WD and hiking trails on Mt Earnslaw Station in the ...

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Premium Giant™ 2022 E-Bike Hire

Activity LocationQueenstown

Recommended 1/2 day: Frankton Trail OR Full Day - Arrowtown & back to Queenstown

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Nomad Safaris Quad Bike I 4WD - U Drive Experience Queenstown

Activity LocationQueenstown

This is New Zealand’s most spectacular quad biking, where the adventure is in your hands! We give you 2.25 hrs on your ...

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Private Luxury Cloudy Bay Shed,Mt Diffcuilty and Gibbston Valley Wine tour for up to 4 People

Activity LocationQueenstown

Immerse yourself in Central Otago's proud heritage as one of the world's finest winemaking regions.Your private driver w ...

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Coronet Peak Shuttle: Premium Return Ski Trips

Activity LocationQueenstown

At Going Blue Queenstown, we focus exclusively on Coronet Peak return trips, offering two daily shuttles: 8:00 am to 3:0 ...

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Alpine Guided Hike

Activity LocationQueenstown

Who says you need a chopper to experience views from a mile above Queenstown? Half day walks are an authentic adventure ...

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PRIVATE - Middle Earth Waterfalls Heli hike (Exclusive location)

Activity LocationQueenstown

Explore exclusive locations by foot after you arrive in style and luxury.Your once in a lifetime adventure begins as we ...

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Milford Sound Landing

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' by air. Fly over the magnificent fiord, carved by ancient glaciers, famous f ...

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Hydro Attack Semi-submersible Shark Ride

Activity LocationQueenstown

Get ready for a thrilling adventure in the shark machine! Launching from our central Queenstown location, we'll embark o ...

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Milford Sound Flyover

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' by air. Fly over the magnificent fiord, carved by ancient glaciers, famous f ...

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Nomad Safaris combos - Dart River Jet I Shotover Jet I Earnslaw Burn Heli-Hobbit

Activity LocationQueenstown

Nomad Safaris is proud to partner with select operators to bring you a variety of unique experiences. These specially d ...

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Kickstart 2 Flight Indoor Skydiving Package

Activity LocationQueenstown

The cheapest way to fly in Queenstown! Enjoy the sensation of floating on a smooth cushion of air with our entry flight ...

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The Old Gold Trail, Half Day Tour

Activity LocationQueenstown

Old Gold Trail, Arrowtown & Central Tour Travel by luxury vehicle with local guide while you follow in the foo ...

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Stewart Island: Fly | Explore | Fly

Activity LocationQueenstown

Add Stewart Island to your Queenstown Itinerary. Sit back and relax and we fly you down through the vast Southen Farmlan ...

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Milford, Lakes and Sutherland Falls

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience the untouched paradise of Fiordland as we fly deep into the world-renowned national park. Enjoy breathtaking ...

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Sledging

Activity LocationQueenstown

Enjoy rapids, waves and the beautiful Kawarau River on a sturdy, easy to hold, very buoyant manoeuvrable sledge. The sle ...

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Full day Intro to Rock Climbing

Activity LocationWanaka

It’s no surprise that our ‘Introduction To Rock Climbing’ is our most popular trip. You will experience outdoor r ...

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Queenstown Wine, Beer and Gin Tour | Adults Only - Departs Queenstown Daily (3pm to 6:30pm)

Activity LocationQueenstown

Immerse yourself in Central Otago wines, craft beers and gins as you imbibe over 12 tastings at a latitude of 45° south ...

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Bike The Wineries Full Day

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Ride from the historic gold-mining town of Arrowtown out to the Gibbston Valley wine region on this full day, self-guide ...

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Gourmet Food and Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown (9.30am - 4.00pm)

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience an indulgent and diverse full day tour showcasing the very best sights and tastes from the Central Otago regi ...

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Family Adventures Rafting

Activity LocationQueenstown

Family Adventures specialise in soft adventure trips, rafting the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River near Queens ...

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Valley of the Vines Bike Tour - Arrowtown to Gibbston

Activity LocationQueenstown

Valley of the Vines Bike Tour - Arrowtown to Gibbston Return Shuttle from Queenstown Starting at $99. Ride time 2 Hours. ...

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Milford Sound Scenic Flyover

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Enjoy incredible views on this 80 minute scenic flight out to Milford Sound ex Queenstown, flying across the Southern Al ...

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Bike The Lake Dunstan Trail With A Return Luxury Mercedes Shuttle

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience one of NZ's Official Great Rides - 42km of purpose built trail. Bike from Cromwell to historic Clyde, meet th ...

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Pilot's Choice Queenstown Flight

Activity LocationQueenstown

Indulge in a bird's eye view of Queenstown and her surrounding mountains.

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Glenorchy Kiwi Special Tour

Activity LocationQueenstown

Come along with Queenstown Expeditions as we take you on our Glenorchy Kiwi Special tour of fun, entertainment and ultim ...

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3 HOUR SHARED CHARTER

Activity LocationQueenstown

A lot can happen in three hours… and joining a small group on this charter, fishing alongside seasoned fishermen, will ...

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Glacier Landing

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Explore hidden alpine lakes and cascading waterfalls as we head deep into the rugged glacial landscapes of Mount Aspirin ...

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Hop on Hop off Wine and Beer Tour Queenstown

Activity LocationQueenstown

The most reasonably priced wine tour in the region! The freedom to visit a variety of fantastic locations including; wi ...

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Mt Aspiring Full Day Canyon

Activity LocationQueenstown

Get excited! This full day canyon offers the most and biggest jumps and abseils available from Queenstown, no previous ...

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Winter Intro to Rock Climbing

Activity LocationWanaka

Climb outside with snow capped peaks in the background! Our 3/4 day rock trip is perfect for people wanting a fun day ou ...

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Boutique Wine Tour

Activity LocationWanaka

Discover some of Wanaka and Central Otago’s wonderful vineyards and scenery, while meeting some of the numerous charac ...

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Earnslaw Burn Heli-Hike

Activity LocationQueenstown

The Earnslaw Burn with its hanging glacier and cascading waterfalls really is New Zealand’s best-kept secret, and our ...

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Queenstown Wine Tour with Wine Dog | Adults Only - Departs Queenstown Daily (10am to 3pm)

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Tourist Information About Queenstown

Sitting on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by majestic mountains is Queenstown - the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four-season lake and alpine resort. Recognized as New Zealand's top visitor destination full of attractions, activities and fabulous things to do! The stunning lake and mountain landscape make it suited to all kinds of adventure with many attractions from Skiing to water activities with a huge raft of things to do in between. Queenstown has the reputation of being the ‘Adventure Capital of the world’. There’s skiing in the winter and adrenalin activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking, hiking and river rafting all year round. There are plenty of relaxing things to do as well, such as sightseeing or indulging yourself with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine.

Queenstown is known as New Zealand’s top tourist location has some of the best things to do in NZ. Taking the Skyline Gondola for magnificent views of the area is a top attraction. Famous for wineries, and cycle trails with private tours or self-guided tours. The ski fields in winter often double as mountain bike parks in the summer and there are many adrenaline activities such as bungy jumping, river rafting and jet boating. There are also many relaxing boat and bus tours and spas. There are many more activities such as incredible scenic flights with some of the most stunning scenery in the world, horse riding, 4WD Adventure, kayaking, hiking, fishing, photography, rafting and so much more.


What are the best things to do in Queenstown?


Here are the best Attractions and Activities to do in Queenstown



A trip out on Lake Wakatipu

1. A trip out on Lake Wakatipu

There are many lake cruises and activities to choose from with luxury cruises, Lunch cruises, sunset cruises and more. Surrounded by stunning mountains including the Remarkables Mountain Range and the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake and a highlight of Queenstown.

 
World’s most incredible Scenic Flights

2. World’s most incredible Scenic Flights

Discover the beauty of Queenstown from above! There are helicopter flights just around Queenstown area and also flights that take you flying across the Southern Alps, Mt. Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound and other stunning majestic mountain lakes and waterfalls.

 
Bike tours and trails

3. Bike tours and trails

There are excellent guided biking tours including fabulous wine tours, Mountain Bike parks and plenty of stunning scenic cycling trails to explore. Hire a bike or take a tour and explore The Queenstown Trail which offers over 130kms of trails beside Lake Wakatipu and stunning rivers, climbing to Arrowtown and winding through vineyards. Discover historic sites, suspension bridges and hidden gems, ride a small section or discover the whole trail at your leisure.

 
Jet boat ride

4. Jet boat ride!

Queenstown is the original place for amazing jet boat tours running through spectacular rivers and lakes. These activities vary from white-knuckle, white water rides, private wilderness tours, to combos that offer jet boating followed by boutique wine tasting. Experience the thrill of a high-speed jet boat ride in Queenstown. Skim across the water, whizz round corners and shoot through narrow rocky gorges!

 
Sunset Cruise

5. Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a beautiful sunset on various cruise boats, some with cheese and wine, while exploring New Zealand’s picturesque Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. Surrounded by stunning mountains including the Remarkables Mountain Range and the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake and a highlight of Queenstown.

 
Take a Winery tour

6. Take a Winery tour

There are excellent wine tours to choose from. With 75 wineries only a 20-minute drive from Queenstown, and over a hundred more within 40 minutes, you’re in the heart of the world’s southernmost wine region. The best wineries near Queenstown offer wine tasting, delicious dining, and the chance to meet the winemaker with winery tours and events.

 
Paragliding

7. Paragliding!

How about soaring majestically through the skies like an eagle, surrounded by breath-taking mountain views? Tandem paragliding or hang gliding is an amazing activity to do in Queenstown! Parasailing on the lake will lift you 600 feet in the air for a speedy adrenaline rush mixed with serene 360-degree views.

 
River sledging or surfing

8. River sledging or surfing

The ultimate in water adventures in Queenstown try river sledging or surfing. Conquer grade 3 rapids, standing waves and whirlpools! Enjoy rapids, waves and the beautiful Kawarau River on a sturdy, easy to hold on to, very buoyant maneuverable sledge. The sledge keeps you more on the surface of the water than the bodyboards which are used for river surfing. Get action packed fun right in amongst the rapids, as well as a relaxing float. 9km of pristine beautiful water, It’s a trip not to be missed.

 
Day trip to Milford

9. Day trip to Milford

Take the hassle out of driving to Milford Sound and join a guided coach tour from Queenstown. Sit back, relax and enjoy magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Your experienced local coach driver will show you the best views along the Milford Road and connect you seamlessly with a 2-hour lunch cruise.

 
Fly to Stewart Island for the day

10. Fly to Stewart Island for the day!

Add Stewart Island to your Queenstown Itinerary. Sit back and relax and fly to one of New Zealand's bucket list destinations. This 1hr flight makes getting to Stewart Island incredibly easy with up to 6hrs on the ground to make the most of your time there before flying you back to Queenstown in time for dinner!

 

11. Skiing or Snowboarding in Winter

Every year from early June onwards until the end of August, the region transforms into a winter wonderland, attracting snow sports enthusiasts from around the world with its incredible lake and alpine scenery, crisp blue-sky days, easy access to some of New Zealand's finest ski and snowboard terrain and a vibrant après ski scene. The region’s four ski areas, all within a handy 20 to 90-minute drive of Queenstown, offer a range of terrain for all levels whether you’re keen to conquer the basics, enjoy groomed runs, tackle off-piste, throw down some freestyle tricks or experience the thrill of night skiing.

 


What are the best Free things to do in Queenstown?

Here are the best Free Attractions and Things to do in Queenstown


1. Hike Queenstown Hill

Queenstown Hill is easily one of the best hikes in Queenstown with the most rewarding views. The trail starts from pretty much right in the town centre. The hike to the viewpoint is all uphill but only takes around an hour and the views from the top are absolutely breath-taking!

2. Queenstown Gardens

Queenstown Gardens lies at the heart of town, is completely free and is the perfect getaway for those needing a breather from all the action. Queenstown Gardens are one of New Zealand’s finest parks with epic mountain and Lake Wakatipu views. Graceful trees, lush lawns and well-tended flowerbeds, stone bridge and water fetures make it an idyllic spot to relax and enjoy the view.

3. Visit the Saturday Markets

On Saturdays, the Queenstown Markets set up at the marina in town right in front of Earnslaw Park. They run from 9 am to 4:30 pm all year round. You’ll find everything from handmade jewellery and local artwork to soap to food

4. Visit Arrowtown

Arrowtown is a former mining settlement which is totally stunning in autumn and loved for its seasonal hues and its interesting historical relics. Arrowtown is a charming and quirky gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River.

5. Hike Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond is a somewhat difficult hike that will take you all day or about 6-8 hours depending on your fitness level to reach the summit and the shorter the Ben Lomond Saddle loop still takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete. The Summit is an incredible mountain to climb though with 360-degree panoramic views. If you are up for the challenge, the climb will reward you with magnificent views of Mounts Earnslaw and Aspiring.

6. Drive to Glenorchy

Take one of the most scenic drives in all of New Zealand – the drive to Glenorchy. The drive is gorgeous at every turn and only takes around 1 hour each way. The small town of Glenorchy is as picturesque as the drive itself.

7. Mount Chrichton Loop Track

This is one of the easiest short hikes around Queenstown. There are views along the trail and you can pay a visit to Sam Summers Hut! This is actually an old house from the 30’s with a lot of history behind the family who lived here that you can read about it when you visit. There is also a beautiful waterfall next to the hut as well as an old gold mining tunnel to explore too!

8. The Queenstown Trail

If you love cycling, a ride along the Queenstown Trail is an absolute must. This vast track covers 120 kilometres (74.5 miles), traversing Arrowtown, Queenstown and Gibbston to unveil the region’s most incredible natural features. There are rides for all levels: beginner routes cross leisurely points like Lake Wakatipu and the Arrow River, while more challenging journeys comprise everything from river crossings to rustic countryside terrains.

9. Visit Bob’s Cove

Go for a short walk to the lookout, sit by the lake, or take advantage of one of the public BBQs. Bob’s Cove is only accessible by car and about a 15-20 minute drive outside of Queenstown along the road to Glenorchy. This beautiful little bay is worth the drive and Bob’s Cove lookout hike is one of the most popular trails around Queenstown. It is short and easy taking most people only 20-30 minutes each way. From the top, you’ll have spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu!

10. Hiking at Moke Lake

Moke Lake is approximately a 30-minute drive from Queenstown and is simply breath-taking! There is a choice of many trails, or just enjoy the view of Moke Lake and the surrounding mountains. The most popular hiking trail in the area is the Moke Lake Loop Track. This trail takes you around the perimeter of the lake and takes about 2-3 hours to complete.

11. Visit Lake Hayes

Lake Hayes is about a 15-minute drive out of Queenstown and is another stunning lake to visit. There is a walking trail going right around the lake and is a great place for swimming in the summer months.

 



Top attractions in Queenstown



Kickstart 2 Flight Indoor Skydiving: Experience the thrill of skydiving without the need to jump out of a plane with Kickstart 2 Flight Indoor Skydiving. With state-of-the-art technology, this indoor skydiving simulator provides the sensation of free-falling in a safe and controlled environment. It's an exciting and unique activity for everyone.

Milford Sound: Fly | Cruise | Fly: Take a scenic flight over Queenstown, then cruise through the awe-inspiring Milford Sound and return by flight. This breathtaking tour will give you an unforgettable experience of the natural beauty of New Zealand.

Jet boat ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers: Hold on tight and experience the thrill of a jet boat ride on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers. With expert drivers navigating the rapids and shallow water, it's an exhilarating way to explore the stunning scenery of Queenstown.

Milford Sound Nature Cruise: Explore the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound on a nature cruise. Watch as waterfalls cascade down the cliffs, spot seals and dolphins playing in the water and marvel at the towering peaks. It's an unforgettable way to experience one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist destinations.

Paragliding at Coronet Peak: Take in the stunning views of Queenstown from a bird's-eye view with a paragliding flight from Coronet Peak. Soar over the mountains, lakes and valleys with a professional pilot, and enjoy the tranquility and freedom of flying. It's an amazing way to experience the natural beauty of Queenstown.



Top fun activities in Queenstown



Mt Aspiring Full Day Canyon: Explore the rugged wilderness of Queenstown on a full-day canyon adventure in the Mt Aspiring National Park. With expert guides, you will navigate through canyons, swim in crystal-clear pools and jump into waterfalls. It's a thrilling and unforgettable way to experience the natural beauty of New Zealand.

Milford Sound Scenic Flyover: Take a scenic flyover of Milford Sound, one of the most beautiful and iconic tourist destinations in New Zealand. From above, you'll see the stunning peaks, valleys, and waterfalls that make Milford Sound so special. It's a perfect way to get an overview of the area and take in the natural beauty of the region.

Kates Horse Riding Centre: Experience the rugged beauty of Queenstown on horseback with Kate's Horse Riding Centre. With a variety of trails to choose from, you can explore the mountains and valleys with experienced guides and well-trained horses. It's a unique and unforgettable way to experience the natural beauty of New Zealand.

Aoraki / Mt Cook Luxury Private tour: Discover the stunning landscapes of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park on a luxury private tour. With a professional guide, you'll explore the glaciers, valleys, and peaks of the region in comfort and style. It's a perfect way to experience one of the most beautiful and iconic tourist destinations in New Zealand.

Alpine Snow Landing: Take an exhilarating flight over the Southern Alps of New Zealand and land on the snow-covered peaks. With a professional pilot, you'll experience the thrill of landing on a mountain and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. It's an unforgettable way to experience the natural beauty of Queenstown.



Best things to do with kids and children’s activities in Queenstown



Sledging: Take your kids on an exciting sledge ride through the picturesque landscape of Queenstown. Your kids can experience the thrill of speeding down a river while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains. It's a fun and exciting way to spend a day in Queenstown.

The High Country Trail Horse Trek: Take your kids on a horse trek through the beautiful high country of Queenstown. With experienced guides and well-trained horses, your kids will explore the rugged wilderness of the region while learning about the local flora and fauna. It's a great way to experience the natural beauty of New Zealand while bonding with your kids.

Bay Ride: Take your kids on a thrilling ride through the beautiful Queenstown. With a variety of rides and times to choose from, your kids can experience the thrill of speeding through town while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. It's a fun and exciting way to spend a summer day in Queenstown.

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Day Trip: Take your kids on a scenic coach and cruise tour of Milford Sound, one of the most beautiful and iconic tourist destinations in New Zealand. With experienced guides, your kids will learn about the local flora and fauna while taking in the stunning views of the region. It's a perfect way to experience one of the most beautiful and iconic tourist destinations in New Zealand with your kids.

Walter Peak Scenic Flight & Steamship Cruise: Take your kids on a scenic flight and steamship cruise to Walter Peak, one of the most beautiful and iconic tourist destinations in New Zealand. With experienced guides, your kids will be inspired by the area. It's a perfect way to experience one of the most beautiful and iconic tourist destinations in New Zealand with your kids.



Best things to do in Queenstown on a rainy day



Massage: Indulge in some self-care and relaxation on a rainy day in Queenstown with a soothing massage. Treat yourself to a variety of massage options such as Swedish, deep tissue, or hot stone massage and let the expert therapists work out all your tensions and knots.

Milford Sound Discover More Cruise: Take a scenic cruise through the beautiful Milford Sound, one of the most iconic tourist destinations in New Zealand. With experienced guides, you'll learn about the local flora and fauna while taking in the stunning views of the region. Even on a rainy day, the sound will be a breathtaking experience.

Indoor Skydiving: Get an adrenaline rush with indoor skydiving. Experience the sensation of freefalling without the risks of jumping out of a plane. Indoor skydiving is a great way to experience the thrill of skydiving while staying dry.

Gourmet Food and Wine Tour: Spend a rainy day indulging in Queenstown's famous gourmet food and wine. Take a tour of the region's best wineries and sample some of the best local wines, paired with delicious gourmet food. It's a perfect way to experience the best of Queenstown's culinary scene on a rainy day.

Gibbston Valley Half Day Tour: Take a half day tour of Gibbston Valley, one of the most picturesque wine regions in New Zealand. With experienced guides, you'll learn about the local wineries and vineyards while taking in the stunning views of the region. Even on a rainy day, the tour will provide a great opportunity to explore and experience the local culture and traditions of New Zealand.



Best day trips from Queenstown



Middle Earth Waterfalls Heli-hike: Take a helicopter tour to the Middle Earth Waterfalls, one of the most beautiful and remote locations in New Zealand. Once there, take a hike through the stunning natural landscapes, and experience the thrill of standing beneath the powerful waterfalls. It's a once in a lifetime experience that you won't forget.

Gibbston Valley Half Day Tour: Take a half day tour of Gibbston Valley, one of the most picturesque wine regions in New Zealand. With experienced guides, you'll learn about the local wineries and vineyards while taking in the stunning views of the region. It's a great way to explore and experience the local culture and traditions of New Zealand.

Arrowtown to Gibbston Valley Ride: This guided bike tour takes you through the historic gold-mining town of Arrowtown, and into the beautiful Gibbston Valley. Enjoy the scenic views as you ride through the valley, and take a break to sample some of the local wines at one of the wineries.

Arrowtown Wanaka Small Group Tour: Explore two of New Zealand's most picturesque towns, Arrowtown and Wanaka, on this small group tour. With a knowledgeable guide, you'll discover the history and culture of both towns, and take in the stunning natural beauty of the region.

Bike the Wineries Half Day: This half-day bike tour takes you through the beautiful Gibbston Valley, home to some of the best wineries in New Zealand. With experienced guides, you'll learn about the local wineries and vineyards while taking in the stunning views of the region. It's a perfect way to experience the best of Queenstown's culinary scene and the natural beauty of New Zealand.



Best things to do near Queenstown



Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight: Take a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful landscape of Canterbury and enjoy the stunning views of the region from above. You'll get to see the beautiful mountains, lakes, and valleys of the region and see the beautiful colors of the sunrise or sunset.

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flights: This is a spectacular way to see the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain. You'll fly over rugged mountains, glaciers, and alpine meadows and get an unforgettable view of Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Guided Wildlife Kayaking: This is a unique way to explore the stunning coastal region of Canterbury by kayak. You'll have the opportunity to see the local wildlife and explore the beautiful coastal scenery of the region.

Skydiving Kiwis Ōtautahi: Experience the thrill of skydiving over the beautiful landscapes of Canterbury. You'll get an incredible view of the region as you freefall and then enjoy a peaceful parachute ride back to the ground.

Evening Penguin Safari: This is a unique opportunity to see the little penguins coming ashore to their nesting colonies. You will go on a guided tour, watch them waddle up the beach and into their burrows and learn about the conservation efforts to protect them. It's a great way to learn about these adorable birds and see them in their natural habitat.

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