Things to do in Queenstown – New Zealand’s Best Adventure Activities & Tours

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Best Things To Do In Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, nestled amidst the awe-inspiring Southern Alps and shimmering Lake Wakatipu, isn’t just a town – it’s an adrenaline playground and a nature lover’s paradise. Whether you crave heart-pounding adventures or serene escapes, Queenstown promises an unforgettable experience.

So strap yourselves in because we’re diving into the ultimate bucket list of the best things to do in Queenstown:

Thrill Seekers: 

  • Shotover Jet: Spin, carve, and rocket through the Shotover River Canyons on an exhilarating jet boat ride. 
  • Bungy Jump off the Kawarau Bridge: Take the leap of faith from the iconic Kawarau Bridge, feeling the rush of adrenaline plummet with you. 
  • Soar Through the Skies on a Scenic Helicopter Tour: Witness jaw-dropping landscapes from above, with snow-capped peaks, glistening lakes, and dramatic valleys unfolding beneath you.
  • Conquer the Rapids on a White-Water Rafting Adventure: Navigate the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers, tackling exhilarating rapids and soaking in the breathtaking scenery. 
  • Ride the Wild Waves with River Boarding: Take on the ultimate water challenge, lying belly-down on a board and navigating the rapids like a human torpedo.
  • Hydo Attack: Get your adrenaline pumping on a Hydro Attack ride, careening through canyons on a jet-powered boat in a thrilling watery rollercoaster. 
  • Canyoning Adventures: Embark on a challenging and exhilarating journey through hidden canyons, rappelling down waterfalls, swimming through secret pools, and sliding down natural water slides.

Nature Lovers:

  • Milford Sound Cruise: Sail through the magical Milford Sound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marvelling at cascading waterfalls and towering fiords. 
  • Ben Lomond Track: Hike this iconic alpine trail for panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, feeling the crisp mountain air. 
  • TSS Earnslaw Cruise: Step back in time aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamship, enjoying scenic landscapes and a delicious buffet lunch. 
  • Horse Riding Treks at Glenorchy: Embark on a scenic horseback adventure through rolling farmlands and stunning landscapes near Glenorchy, experiencing the region’s beauty at a leisurely pace.
  • Kayaking Tours: Paddle across the serene waters of Lake Wakatipu, discovering hidden coves and soaking in the tranquillity of the surrounding mountains. 
  • Pack Rafting: Combine hiking and white-water rafting on an unforgettable journey through untouched wilderness, navigating rivers and enjoying breathtaking scenery. 
  • 4-Wheel Drive Adventures: Explore the rugged backcountry in a thrilling 4×4 adventure, tackling off-road tracks and uncovering hidden gems off the beaten path.
  • Biking the Trails: Explore Queenstown’s diverse landscape on two wheels, from leisurely lakeside paths like the Frankton Track to the challenging climbs of the Ben Lomond Circuit. Choose your adventure based on your skill level and desired scenery.

Unwind & Discover:

  • Wine & Dine: Indulge in world-class wineries and Michelin-starred restaurants, savouring local delicacies and panoramic views. 
  • Skyline Queenstown Gondola & Luge: Ride the gondola to Bob’s Peak for breathtaking vistas, then zoom down the exhilarating luge track.
  • Arrowtown Day Trip: Explore the charming historic town of Arrowtown, discovering gold rush history and artisanal shops. (

Queenstown offers something for everyone, from adrenaline-pumping activities to breathtaking scenery and cultural delights. So, start planning your adventure and get ready to create unforgettable memories in this awe-inspiring corner of New Zealand!

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A Cruise on Milford Sound

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Horse Riding Treks in Glenorchy

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Cruise on Lake Wakatipu 

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Day Trips & Overnight Trips to Te Anau, Milford & Doubtful Sound from Queenstown


Best Adventure Activities, Tours & Attractions in Queenstown

The mountains that provide visitors with their snowboarding and skiing fix during winter offer endless opportunities for hiking and mountain biking in the warmer months, with such jaw dropping beauty in every direction, it is a prime place to explore in detail. From short strolls to challenging tracks. Queenstown has it all.

Take a cruise on the lake on the steam ship TSS Earnslaw known as ‘The Lady of the Lake’, and the last remaining coal fired passenger vessel operating in the southern hemisphere. Cruises can be combined with stops at Walter Peak High Country Farm, a working sheep station where you can watch shearing demonstrations and dogs at work. Enjoy lunch, morning and afternoon teas whilst you admire the extensive gardens.

Enjoy a game of golf on the championship course at ‘Jacks Point’, ‘Millbrook’ or ‘Kelvin Heights’, take in the wineries of the region as you travel along the Gibbston Valley, check out the art galleries, soak in some hot pools whilst soaking up the views or enjoy a day spa or massage.

Queenstown is the resort that never sleeps, the streets are alive during the evenings with more than 100 places to dine, with live music and street entertainment, and plenty of places to have a drink.



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