Often referred to as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown offers an amazing array of adrenalin-rush activities. Try abseiling, bungy jumping, canyoning, gliding, hang gliding, heliskiing, hot air ballooning, jet boating, para sailing, river surfing, white water rafting and paragliding.
A spectacular way to enjoy the amazing scenery is by air – whether this be by hot air balloon, a fixed wing plane or by helicopter. You can join an organised tour or charter your own exclusive air experience.
On the water you can enjoy a cruise on beautiful Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw (a vintage steamship) to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a farmyard tour and horse trekking. And of course there is always a cruise in the Milford Sound (the jewel in the New Zealand tourism crown) or a cruise in spectacular Doubtful Sound.
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Skyline Queenstown | Gondola:
Travel by Skyline Gondola to Bobs Peak and enjoy breathtaking views as you ascend to the peak. Apart from the spectacular scenery, there is a cafe, restaurant, Luge tracks, stargazing, Kiwi Haka show, and mountain biking. Try the Luge tracks for some family fun and a little bit of an adrenaline rush.
Guided walks in the Glenorchy and Mt Aspiring National Park area:
You can choose from forest walks, open mountain landscapes or walks with some historical links. Guided walks can be customized to suit your level of fitness, time and comfort. You can enjoy a challenging full day adventure or a leisurely strolls – you can decide!
Kayaking Eco tour:
A kayaking eco tour is an amazing and rewarding way to explore Lake Wakatipu. Visit the conservation reserves Pigeon and Pig islands and view some of the unique wildlife on offer. Land on a secluded beach surrounded only by forest and bird song.
TSS Earnslaw Steamship Lake Cruises:
Enjoy beautiful Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw (a vintage steamship). As you cruise the crystal clear waters of this fabulous lake, you will be treated to delicious food, historic displays and some inspiring & spectacular scenery.
Walter Peak High Country Farm:
Cruise from Queenstown across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the TSS Earnslaw (a vintage steamship). At Walter Peak High Country Farm you will enjoy a gourmet BBQ lunch in a wonderful lakeside setting. This is followed by a farm demonstration in the woolshed before returning to Queenstown.
Doubtful Sound Coach & Cruise tour:
You can enjoy the remoteness and inspiring beauty of Doubtful Sound with a either a Daytime or an Overnight Cruise. Transport connections are available from Queenstown and Te Anau via coach, private transfer with guide or helicopter or fixed wing tours are available.
Milford Sound Day Tour:
Milford Sound (the jewel in the New Zealand tourism crown) is often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. A full day tour will include a commentary on the history of this famous region as you travel through stunning landscapes, glacier carved valleys and cruise under cascading waterfalls. Both coach and private guided tours can be arranged.
Air Fiordland | Queenstown:
View spectacular Milford Sound by air with a scenic flight from Queenstown. Be inspired and experience the birds eye view of some of the world’s most stunning scenery!
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Ledge Swing – AJ Hackett Bungy:
Located 400m above Queenstown, the Ledge Swing takes swinging to an entirely different level. Attached to the ropes you hang out over the rock face and then pull the cord yourself and then swing out over the lake.
Skyline Queenstown | Mountain Biking:
With Nomad Safaris 4WD Experience, you get behind the wheel of Land Rover Defender while a specially trained instructor teaches you some off road skills and exciting maneuvers.
Recognized as ‘The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat ride’ the award winning Shotover Jet is set in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons, close to Queenstown.
Dart River Jet Wilderness Jet:
Offering a unique combination of action packed river jet boating and some maori culture and heritiage, Dart River Jet Safaris provide a unique experience.
Skyline Luge Queenstown:
Take the gondola up to Bobs Peak then a short chair lift ride to the start of The Skyline Queenstown Luge. This thrilling ride suits all ages and abilities and is one of the top things to do in Queenstown. Marvel at the spectacular 220 degree views before you set off on one of 2 tracks.
The surrounding canyons and gorges are among the best in New Zealand and offer exhilarating canyoning experiences.
Discover Winter adventure . .
Queenstown and nearby Wanaka are a mecca for winter snow thrill seekers. Skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are popular activities. Queenstown-Wanaka boasts four amazing world-class ski resorts: Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardrona.
Nordic ski and night ski experiences are available and this area offers the largest heli ski terrain outside of North America. All four ski resorts are within easy reach of Queenstown and Wanaka and are accessed by road or helicopter.
For those who do not ski or snowboard, there are plenty of off-slope activities, tours and adventures available in both Queenstown and Wanaka.
For some special off-slope adventure, consider a skydive with an instructor or maybe gain a birds eye view of the spectacular panoramic vista with a hang glide or paraglide experience.
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Skyline Stargazing | Queenstown:
The Southern night sky is the darkest in the world. For a unique and memorable stargazing experience, take a tour high above Queenstown and explore this magnificent hidden world.
Arrowtown, a short 20 minute drive from Queenstown, is a quaint township with a rich history of gold mining and famous for it’s rich autumn colours.
You will find local artists and sculptresses work on display and in the surrounding area you will find some of New Zealand’s top wineries (such as Amisfield) where you can have lunch and include some wine tasting.
Discover boat cruising, water thrills and trout fishing . .
For trout fisherman, you are in heaven. The clear, sparkling waters of the freshwater lakes during fishing season wont disappoint. There are a number of different fishing experiences available.
Four wheel drive experiences abound in this alpine region and you can drive with an instructor or book a customized adventure with a driver / guide and visit the back country and some special places not found on a ‘tourist’ map.
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This region’s wineries include outstanding guided wine tours, wine tasting and cellar door deals.
There are more than 120 restaurants and cafes in the Queenstown area ranging from gourmet fare to locally crafted produce on offer.
Consider a dawn hot air balloon flight or just enjoy the ambiance and atmosphere of the roaring fireplace in a boutique bar.
Queenstown also hosts a number of luxury day spas for those requiring some body and soul focus.
Discover world-class golf courses:
There are six golf courses, all within a 25-minute drive of Queenstown. These include friendly 9-hole courses to some simply breathtaking fairways with rugged alpine backdrops and stunning 18-hole championship courses.
Frequently voted the ‘Best Golf Resort’ in New Zealand it co-hosts the BMW New Zealand Open with The Hills. This golf course is a must play for every golfer and includes luxurious accommodation .
This five-star resort is home to one of the finest alpine golf courses in the world. The par-72 championship golf course, designed by British Open winner Sir Bob Charles, has been transformed into 27 interchangeable holes with nine stunning new holes designed by former international golf professional Greg Turner and Scott McPherson.
Other world class golf courses located close to Queenstown include Queenstown Golf Course – Kelvin Heights, Jack’s Point, The Hills, Arrowtown and Frankton Driving Range and Golf Course.
You can also enjoy Altitude Golf by helicopter from Queenstown.
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