Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown is home to many adrenaline inducing activities. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, this alpine town is surrounded by towering mountains. While arguably the brightest gem in New Zealand’s crown, Queenstown offers far more than an action-packed getaway. Spend time on the Gibbston Valley wine trail and end with a meal at one of the many upmarket eateries on offer. See the scenery from a different perspective and catch a ride on the iconic 100 year old steamship the TSS Earnslaw. Wander the lakeshore or venture further afield into Fiordland National Park. Head over the hill to resort town Wanaka, visit historic gold mining settlement Arrowtown, or re-live scenes from Lord of the Rings by four-wheel drive safari. Taking a short drive to Glenorchy to experience horseriding, jet boating and helicopter tours is also not to be missed.
But - if you really do want that rush - head out on the Shotover Jet, dive off the Nevis Bungy, freefall on the Canyon swing or Zip line the Gondola. Just be sure it's done on an empty stomach – don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Go back in time on this return trip to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship. You'll be greeted off the boat and guided through beautiful lakeside gardens to the charming homestead.
Here you'll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which your chef will prepare in front of you. The seasonal menu includes an expansive array of local produce, including succulent meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie and a selection of delicious vegetables and salads. Finish your meal with an irresistible dessert, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea and coffee. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country.
On your cruise home, enjoy the camaraderie of a singalong with the ship's pianist or breathe in the fresh night air as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.
The Wilderness Jet journeys deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park, where myth, heritage and fantasy come to life. Here, you can experience a unique combination of breath-taking scenery and an exhilarating ride as you follow the braided, glacier-fed rivers by jet boat. Hear about flora, fauna and history on a rolling forest walk. On a backroad tour of Paradise immerse yourself in scenes and backdrops from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, learn about the Pounamu (Greenstone) that made the Dart River a key trading route for early Māori and tales of early settlers who carved rich farms from the rugged landscape.
Hop aboard the Skyline Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern hemisphere! From which you can take in the awe-inspiring views of this spectacular landscape. Sit back and relax as you enjoy panoramic views of The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak, Coronet Peak and the magnificent Lake Wakatipu.
Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the Shotover River Canyons. It's a thrilling ride! Skim past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds. And a major highlight - hold tight for the world-famous Shotover Jet full 360-degree spins!
With breathtaking views across Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, the Skyline Complex is a must-do. Catch the fully enclosed gondola to the summit for a remarkable panorama of the city surrounds. Wander the outdoor viewing decks then enjoy a gourmet buffet meal in the Stratosphere Restaurant.
For those keen on Lord Of The Rings - this is the tour for you. Go on a scenic adventure through some of the iconic locations used in the filming. Although none of the sets are left behind, the landscapes will be instantly recognisable. Follow the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the small town of Glenorchy and enjoy the spectacular views of the Remarkables Range as you drive. From Glenorchy you'll head into the beech forests of Paradise - located on the outskirts of Mount Aspiring National Park - before heading up the dart valley and back. Film locations you'll see include Isengard, Lothlorien, Ithilien Camp and the Seat of Seeing.
Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience - a delicious barbeque lunch and farm tour in a stunning lakeside setting. First take a scenic cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw - one of the last remaining fully functional coal-fired passenger ships in the southern hemisphere.
Disembark and take in the picturesque shores of the Station. Relax on the lakeside terrace at the Colonel's Homestead Restaurant and savour the aromas of the best local produce being cooked the grill. The seasonal menu has plenty to choose from - salads, vegetables and succulent meat. If you're vegetarian, you will be well catered for also. Finish your meal with a scrumptious dessert before joining an entertaining farm demonstration or exploring the beautiful lakeside gardens.
Traversing the heart of New Zealand's wild fiord country, the Milford Track has long been described as "the finest walk in the world". Since Quintin Mackinnon pioneered the route in 1888, everyone from hardened trekkers to novices sporting their first pair of boots has taken up the challenge of the Milford Track.
The Fiordland National Park is the cornerstone of the Te Wahipounamu Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. Enjoy close encounters with the native birdlife: the Robin; Kea; Weka; Fantail; Parakeet; Bellbird; even Kiwi have been spotted! Walkers on the track to Milford Sound encounter Fiordland at its most spectacular: deep lakes; silent fiords; luxuriant forest and sheer canyons carved out of imposing granite define this landscape. On fine days there is a postcard shot around every corner, but only when it rains and torrents of water cascade down the mountainsides have you truly experienced the magic of the Milford Track.
The Milford Track Guided Walk is a 5 day / 4 nights Queenstown to Queenstown all-inclusive guided walk through the heart of Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. The package includes all transport, accommodation, meals, snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. Accommodation is in luxury lodges and you will be led by expert Ultimate Hikes guides.
Queenstown is where bungy jumping was pioneered by AJ Hackett and the first commercial jump started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge (on the main road into Queenstown from the east). If a bungy jump is on your 'to do' list them Queenstown is the place and the Kawarau Bridge is a 43 metre jump from an historic bridge with an optional 'dip' in the Kawarau River.
Venture into the heart of Central Otago to taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over 2 contrasting wine sub-regions. Take a guided tour through NZ’s largest underground wine cave, enjoy a cheese and wine tasting and indulge in a divine wine barrel-cooked lunch paired with wines. Take a stunning drive through Kawarau Gorge, learn about the early pioneering history, see the historic Kawarau Bridge and AJ Hackett Bungy, and return via Arrowtown with take-home artisan chocolates.
After meeting your driver, travel the short distance from Queenstown to Cavells Rafting Base where you will be fitted with rafting clothing. After a short briefing, the 40 min journey along the historic Skipper Roads begins. Steeped in history, the dirt road cut during the 1860's gold rush, weaves its way into Skippers Canyon. Upon arrival to Deep Creek, all rafters will receive a full safety briefing before meeting their river guide and paddling companions.
The upper section of the Shotover River gives rafters time to practice their paddle techniques before they hit the whitewater of the lower Canyon. Paddle numerous rapids such as Rock Garden, Jaws, Toilet and Sequel during the 1½ -2 hrs of river time. Rafters are then plunged into darkness as they negotiate the 170m long Oxenbridge Tunnel before bursting into Cascade Rapid to complete their adventure. A short walk brings the rafters back to Cavells Rafting Lodge where a sauna and hot shower is welcomed with complimentary tea and coffee prior to a return transfer to Queenstown.
The best way to see, touch and feel the breathtaking Dart River valley. Jet boat for 1¼ hours to the upper reaches of the Dart River, where visitors disembark and inflate their own canoe. After a full safety and paddling instruction, your Funyak journey begins. Paddle downstream on a glacier-fed river amidst rocky peaks and dense rainforests. Enjoy a wilderness buffet lunch and explore the Rock Burn Chasm and ancient beech forests. Paddle to Paradise then transfer to an awaiting back road coach for the return trip through Paradise. Funyaks is suitable for most ages with average fitness and no previous experience is required.
Experience sunrise over the lakes and mountains from the serenity of a hot air balloon. You'll float gently with the breeze, enjoying incredible panoramic views and your flight is followed by a champagne style breakfast at your landing spot. Flights are at dawn when the air is cool and calm and in the right conditions you can expect to see views of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski areas, Mount Aspiring in the Southern Alps and Mount Tutoko in Fiordland National Park. You can also see Lake Wakatipu, Lake Hayes, the Shotover and Kawarau rivers. Additionally a bonus for many are the views of some Lord of the Rings scenes such as The Ford Of Bruinen, Dimrill Dale, The Gates of Argonath and The Pillars Of The Kings. Also visible is Mount Earnslaw, one of the great mountains seen in Isengard. The flight is for approximately 1 hour and you will be standing for the duration of the flight.
Ziptrek Ecotours is a spectacular and exhilarating flying fox eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, on Skyline Gondola hill. Zipping at speeds of up to 70km/hr, this stunningly beautiful guided journey through ancient native beech forest comprises six breathtaking, tree to tree ziplines with outstanding alpine vistas; returning you to the bottom of the gondola hill on a total high.
In the heart of Queenstown, located 450 metres above town in the Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve is the Skyline Complex. A gondola ride to the summit makes for awe-inspiring views of the city surround. Arrive at the complex and wander the outside viewing decks for a picture perfect outlook. Then onto the Luge! The 800 metre luge track offers an exhilarating journey through banked corners, tunnels and dippers.
Today you'll take a flight with the crew who were exclusively contracted for the filming of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies. Learn intimate knowledge about the area from your pilot and take in some of the most memorable sights of Middle-earth on this spectacular 75 minute flight.
Queenstown is where bungy jumping was pioneered by AJ Hackett and the first commercial jump started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge (on the main road into Queenstown from the east). If a bungy jump is on your 'to do' list them Queenstown is the place. AJ Hackett operates 3 sites in Queenstown. The Nevis Bungy is New Zealand's highest bungy at 134 metres and 8 1/2 seconds of freefall. Located in the Nevis Valley high above the Nevis River this is the ultimate adrenaline experience.
The Nevis Swing is not simply the most famous Queenstown Swing. It is not merely the most famous New Zealand Swing. This is the most famous swing in the whole world!
After being lifted out above the launch deck, suspended 160 metres above the canyon floor, you’re suddenly released and find yourself rushing towards the other side of the valley at 120kph, eyes wide open in disbelief or shut tight in fear.
Nomad Safaris offers a complete 4WD tour into the historic Skippers Canyon. The Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon adventure is a half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. Travel the road that was hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley making this an exciting adventure the whole family will enjoy. As your guide navigates this awe-inspiring canyon you will visit many historic sites such as the Skippers Suspension Bridge and the township of Skippers. Visit the restored school house where you will gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and histories of life in this tough environment. British Automobile Association voted Skippers Canyon Road as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world.
The perfect half day, independent cycling trip experiencing the best that Queenstown has to offer. Enjoy a Spirit of Queenstown cruise to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu on a modern, spacious, purpose-built catamaran. Disembark the vessel and journey between Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak Stations (high country farms) as you cycle along a quiet country road through open farm land at your own pace, over easy terrain alongside the lake. Watch the landscape unfold and take in the panoramic alpine views of the
Southern Alps, Glenorchy and The Remarkables while cycling 14 kilometres (1 hour 30 minutes) to Walter Peak. Enjoy a BBQ Lunch at Walter Peak before boarding the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise to Queenstown. Complimentary tea and coffee is provided on Spirit of Queenstown to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm.
Take this afternoon tour and experience the true flavour of local pinot noir and other wine varietals at three premium vineyards. Enjoy a guided tour through the vines and into New Zealand's largest underground wine cave. This relaxing tour travels just a short distance from Queenstown where you will be given in-depth wine tastings and presentation at each vineyard. You do have free time. Plenty of time to unwind and get yourself a winery lunch or sample a selection of local cheeses. Craft beer tasting is also available, or there is an opportunity to substitute wine tasting for beer.
Chris Dore is a member of the American Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) and the Professional Guides Association. Fishing since childhood his passion is evident as he endeavors to show you the best trout fishing in New Zealand. Being based in Queenstown gives Chris access to a wide range of rivers and lakes and his local knowledge takes out the guess work for you. Fly Fishing in New Zealand is quite different to other countries and on your trip you will participate in "Kiwi style" sight fishing techniques, where you will visually locate each trout before presenting the fly. Chris will educate you in the ways of our 'selective trout', and help you in solving the 'match the hatch' riddle upon the much revered, Mataura River, one of the country's finest and one of Chris's favourites. A typical day involves being picked up from your accommodation at a prearranged time, driving to our destination by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle and sampling some of NZ's finest small stream fly fishing. The average day allows for 8 hours fishing time, although one will never be pulled off the river if Chris thinks an evening hatch is imminent. Travelling times to fishing areas vary though these are generally between 50 and 90 minutes drive time each way. A lunch is provided and rods, reels, fly's etc.
Private Discovery Tours has exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station, the best kept secret in the Glenorchy area. The High Country Discovery Tour takes you on a half day rural discovery of Mount Earnslaw Station, in the heart of New Zealand's high country. Reaching an altitude of 1300 feet you will be captivated by the majestic views and the bush walk through massive schist outcrops leading to an amphitheatre that peers into the valley below. Many scenes for the Lord of the Rings movies where filmed here and you will recognise Isengard, Lothlorien, Amon Hen and Ithilien Camp to name a few. Driving along the Mount Alfred 4WD track provides sweeping views over Diamond Lake and Paradise Valley before emerging through the beech forest to an open high altitude pasture where wild deer still graze and alpine plant species survive extreme seasonal variations. Abundant birdlife frequent Lake Reid and Diamond Lake; a favourite spot for black swans, paradise, mallard and grey ducks and the occasional blue heron. Mount Earnslaw High Country Station is a 130-year-old working farm set in the spectacular alpine environment of Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Its remote location is simply breathtaking. To the north lies the glacier-capped Mount Earnslaw, 2,820m above sea level, to the west stands Mount Alfred at 1,375m and the station is flanked by the Rees and Dart Rivers. As part of a small group guided 4WD tour, you will explore this unique high country station. Mount Earnslaw Station runs around 5,500 perendale sheep, 550 Angus breeding cows on 16,465 acres. Your kiwi guide transports you in a late model Toyota or Land Rover 4WD and offers commentary on the history, geography and the operation of the station. Tours depart at 8.30am or 1.30 pm with a duration of 4 hours.
A true four-wheel drive, off-road adventure exploring the abandoned gold mining settlement of Macetown. Follow the miners’ old wagon trail and explore the historic gold mining town. Long since abandoned after the gold rush, Macetown has now been transformed into a Department of Conservation reserve. Experience the narrow, rugged road and learn about the tumultuous history of the region as you take in the town remnants and spectacular scenery.
Set in a natural, alpine amphitheatre, against the backdrop of the Remarkables Mountain Range, the golf course at Millbrook exploits the dramatic terrain fully, delivering world-class golf. Designed by Sir Bob Charles and recently upgraded by Greg Turner, this 18 hole, par-72 championship course features 4 different tee positions for complete enjoyment at all levels of playing expertise. Take a tour of the course here.
A lot can happen in three hours… and joining a small group on this charter, fishing alongside seasoned fishermen, will prove just that. With local knowledge of target areas, the Queenstown Fishing crew are excellent fishing mentors to any visitor. Relax, laugh, catch, and make the most of your time on Lake Wakatipu.
Overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu from 450 metres up is the Skyline complex. A breathtaking gondola ride makes the steady climb from the town and delivers you to the viewing decks and restaurant. Enjoy dining at the Skyline Restaurant, one of Queenstown's highlights and a perfect place to celebrate with family and friends! The buffet menu offers a wide variety of New Zealand's best cuisine.
From here you are taken to a specially-constructed area high above the Gondola, where there is no trespassing light, allowing for an unbelievably clear view of the night sky, enhanced by Queenstown's naturally clear and unpolluted skies. Perched high above Queenstown, and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, keen stargazers have the opportunity to access a 'hidden world' not seen by the naked eye, and impossible to see in many other locations around the world. Top-of-the line telescopes give stargazers the chance to view an amazing array of stunning sights, from the iconic Southern Cross, to nebulas, planets, the Milky Way and other galaxies.
Queenstown is where bungy jumping was pioneered by AJ Hackett and the first commercial jump started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge (on the main road into Queenstown from the east). Take The Ledge Bungy - located 400 metres above Queenstown the Ledge operates from the Skyline Gondola Complex. A unique location for a unique experience.(47m jump).
Enjoy a tandem paragliding experience with Coronet Peak Tandems. Strap your self in with an experienced pilot and take off from either 3,800 feet or 5,400 feet in winter (using ski field chairlifts) for an exhilarating flight over the magnificent scenery of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Coronet Peak Tandems is the most experienced dual tandem paragliding and hang gliding company in New Zealand and their take off is the highest commercial take off point in Queenstown.
Weight Restrictions apply and can change throughout the season, minimum 20kg, maximum 110kg
With a backdrop of the razorback Remarkables mountain range and an armchair view of an outstanding lake and mountain panorama, Jack's Point Golf Course is not only one of the most spectacular in the world, but as an 18 hole par 72 championship course it offers golfers of any calibre a challenging and unforgettable experience. The course measures 6388 metres (6906 yards) from the championship tees and is built on the most spectacular of Jack's Point terrain, weaving through tussock grasslands, dramatic rock outcrops, steep bluffs and swathes of native bush to the edge of Lake Wakatipu.
The Kawarau river is ideal for first time rafters or those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience. There's plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular New Zealand scenery. It's the Kawarau River that starred as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings. The grandeur of the canyons imparts a feeling of paddling through the heart of Middle Earth. Whether you are a Lord of The Rings fan or not, this rafting trip offers an insight into the beauty of the New Zealand wilderness. Enjoy the unforgettable 400m long Dog Leg rapid. New Zealand's longest commercially rafted rapid. Before returning to Queenstown, enjoy a sauna and hot shower at Cavell's Rafting base.
Enjoy the sight, sounds and textures of the New Zealand birdlife and bush. See real kiwi and up to twenty other native birds and reptiles, including the tuatara, in this breeding sanctuary. The Kiwi Birdlife Park, situated an easy five minute walk from central Queenstown, offers live conservation shows. This New Zealand first features the country's native stars alongside qualified and experienced zoologists. At the live conservation show, meet the birds and creatures who have roamed the country's forests and shorelines for thousands of years, in a close-up environment where their comfort is paramount, and your access is unparalleled. The Kiwi and Birdlife team of experts will bring a wealth of understanding about the past and present of New Zealand's wildlife, and a fascinating insight into the work that's assuring its future.
Begin with a spectacular cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the isolated Mt Nicholas High Country Station. You'll travel on the luxurious and modern Spirit of Queenstown catamaran. Enjoy breath-taking views of Mt. Earnslaw, Bob's Cove, Cecil Peak, Mt. Nicholas and the Remarkables. Along the way you'll have 360 degree views from the open top deck, or keep warm inside while enjoying the views from the large viewing windows. You'll also be treated to entertaining commentary from your local Skipper and there's the chance to join the skipper in the open wheelhouse.
Upon reaching Mt Nicholas High Country Farm, you will hop off for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit to a truly authentic, family-run merino sheep farm. Mt Nicholas Station is home to 29,000 merino sheep set on 100,000 acres of breathtaking terrain - an extraordinary landscape surrounded by mountains, thousands of glaciers, ice-carved fiords, forests, alpine lakes and vast snowfields. The farm is one of a handful of family-owned high country stations on Lake Wakatipu, and supplies wool exclusively to the world-renowned Icebreaker clothing company.|
Your guide will take you on a tour of the farm and you will follow the journey of merino wool in a fun, interactive and hands-on environment, from mustering sheep through to the creation of Icebreaker clothing. Enjoy a Farmers Platter lunch with local breads and cheeses at the woolshed before boarding the vessel for the return cruise to Queenstown.
Experience the thrill of a lifetime with a Tandem Skydive over some of the most breath taking scenery in the world. From 12000 feet up you get to see the world from a unique perspective. NZONE skydive are New Zealand's premier skydiving outfit located in the Adventure Capital of Queenstown.
Ziptrek Ecotours is a spectacular and exhilarating flying fox eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, on Skyline Gondola hill. The perfect starter to your adventure experience in Queenstown. The Moa comprises four flying foxes, starting and finishing at the top of the Skyline gondola. Moa is designed to start low and slow and gradually build your confidence as it gets progressively longer, higher and faster. All ages love the interaction this aerial tour has to offer.
On this scenic helicopter flight from Queenstown, enjoy spectacular alpine scenery including Skippers Canyon and the Queenstown basin as well as the chance to land in the snow on one of the regions stunning peaks. Flight route dependent on snow conditions.
Visit historic Arrowtown, stunning Wanaka, Cromwell and the world famous Cardrona hotel with a knowledgeable guide. Includes photo stops at Lord of the Rings and Bungy Bridge over the Kawarau River, Fruit tasting and a classic Kiwi morning tea in Cromwell. Travel onto Wanaka where you have free time to wander, eat lunch and take photos of the Lake and Wanaka Tree. Head back via the Crown Range road and the world famous Cardrona Hotel to historic Arrowtown. Walk among the tiny restored cottages and wander the main street of this exquisite little town. Includes morning tea and an afternoon beverage at the Cardrona Hotel.
In conjunction with Peregrine Winery, enjoy a scenic flight in the Central Otago wine region before landing at Peregrine winery for a complimentary wine tasting. Includes a scenic landing on The Remarkables where you will land for photo opportunities and time to take in all the grandeur of the Southern Lakes region! Trip duration approximately 1.5 hours.
The Skippers Canyon 4WD tour takes you out towards Coronet Peak, head up the peak towards the entrance to the spectacular canyon and stop at Plane Table, offering stunning panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin. After entering Skippers Canyon travel to Lighthouse Rock. Follow in the footsteps of many adventurers and discoverers as this historical winding road brings you to the historic Skippers Bridge, which provides great photo opportunities.
Carefully travelling over the bridge, the road continues into the historical township of Skippers. Long since abandoned, many original building still remain waiting for you to explore. Immerse yourself in the history of this stunning place as the restored schoolhouse divulges a wealth of information through photos and artefacts from the early days of this settlement.
Returning along the road you will stop at Deep Creek where you can immerse yourself in the heritage of the local area by turning your hand to a spot of gold panning. Your trained guide will teach you techniques to successfully pan for gold on one of the richest gold-bearing rivers in the world. Some may also recognise spots along the Skippers Road as being featured in The Lord of The Rings.
Departing from Queenstown by 4WD you’ll be driven by your experienced guide Jeff Jones to Lake Wakatipu’s famous fly fishing trout streams. Jeff’s extensive knowledge of Queenstown trout fishing waters, the seasons and weather conditions means you’ll have the best opportunity to fish where the fish are. The clarity of the streams you’ll fish provides ‘sighted’ fly fishing on the dry fly for large wild rainbow and brown trout. All equipment is provided, including rods, lures, flies, waders etc as well as coffee, tea and biscuits.
On this Lord of the Rings Glacier Explorers flight you'll fly through the land where many parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed along with the chance to fly with our most experienced pilot, Alfie Speight, who was the principle filming pilot for the series.
Fly along the Shotover River to the scene where Arwen turns to face the Nazgul at the Ford of Bruinen. Fly over the mountain range from the opening scene of The Two Towers on the way to landing on a glacier alongside the Misty Mountains and get a sense of what it might be like to cross The Redhorn Pass. Head across to Glenorchy via the Dart Valley and Mount Earnslaw to see the natural features you may better recognise as Isengard, Amon Hen and Lothlorien. Experience a second landing amongst one of these scenes to truly feel immersed in Middle-earth.
A fantastic scenic flight combining the best of Queenstown and Middle-earth. From Queenstown airport, like a giant eagle you'll fly over the rugged Remarkables to Lake Alta and the crumbly schist slopes used to film Dimrill Dale which the Fellowship fled down towards Lothlorien. As you continue across the Wakatipu basin you can glimpse the Kawarau River before crossing into the historic gold mining valley of Skippers Canyon. Here you land high above the Shotover River which can be recognised as the Ford of Bruinen, the site where Arwen conjured the magical flood to dispel the Nazgul. You then return over Ben Lomond Saddle for magnificent views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu before passing over Deer Park Heights to view the mountain tarn which featured when the Rohirrim Refugees were led on a clear and pristine winter morning and the view Legolas had of the approaching Wargs.
Journey through New Zealand's most dramatic scenery. This captivating flight takes you over alpine lakes, lush rainforest and past rugged peaks. Experience the grandeur of the Southern Alps en-route and land at The Divide. Fly into the heart of Fiordland National Park experiencing unparalleled views of world famous Milford Sound and Mitre Peak before landing. Returning, experience an alpine snow landing before returning to Queenstown. Should weather not be suitable to take this flight you are able to transfer your booking onto a similar tour on any of the Helicopter Line's operations on the West Coast or Mt Cook.
Onsen Hot Pools is located high on a cliffside overlooking the magnificent Shotover River canyon, providing views over the breathtaking alpine scenery and the perfect vantage point to watch the Shotover Jet boats on the river below. The experience is all about unwinding and soaking-up Queenstown's spectacular scenery, enjoying the pure waters and the fresh mountain air as your mind and body surrender to the deep penetrating warmth and gentle massage of the private pools. At the touch of a button, you can have complete privacy. Water temperature is set according to the day - generally between 37.8C on a hot day, to 39.8C during a snow-storm and in the summer one of the pools is kept cold for those who relish the thought of a cold plunge!
Take the time to explore all that the Glenorchy region has to offer including magnificent scenes from the Lord of the Rings films. Begin with a relaxing morning pick up from Queenstown and scenic drive along Lake Wakatipu. You will explore the stunning Dart River Valley and aptly named Paradise Valley, the ultimate photography locations. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch either on Mount Alfred with a backdrop of mountains, or a traditional homestead lunch at Kinloch Lodge. From there you go beyond the locked gate with exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station, the best kept secret in the Glenorchy area. You will discover the rural heritage of this 130 year old high country station, which farms 5,500 perendale sheep and 550 Angus cattle organically. Mt Earnslaw station is set in one of the most spectacular locations, to the north lies the glacier-capped Mount Earnslaw, 2,820m above sea level and to the west stands Mount Alfred at 1,375m and the station is flanked by the Rees and Dart Rivers. As part of a small group guided 4WD tour, you will explore this unique high country station with plenty of opportunities to walk amongst the mountains and take in this pristine environment. There is an optional extra of combining the Dart River jet boat ride with the Middle Earth Discovery Tour, with pick up at Chinamans Bluff.
Tour duration: 9am to 4.30pm
Discover Queenstown, Arrowtown and the surrounding regions amazing scenery with a local knowledgeable guide. Enjoy the region’s best sights and history on a small group guided tour leaving from Queenstown. Includes the following stops: Honey bee farm to taste premium Manuka Honey, Queenstown Hill viewpoint over Lake Wakatipu, Kawarau Bungy bridge & Lord of the Rings site and free time in Arrowtown.
The trip begins with a guided drive into historic Skippers Canyon via the infamous Skippers Canyon Road, carved out of the vertical rock face by miners over 120yrs ago. Journey slowly down the historic and stunning road, with ample opportunity for photos with all the stops along the way as you weave your way through the Southern Alps to the Shotover river at Deep Creek.
Arriving at Deep creek, gear up with life jackets and spray jackets then sit back, hold on, and try to relax as your experienced boat driver navigates the sheer canyon walls along the Shotover River. After the jet boat ride you will be given an exclusive tour of Winky’s Museum set in the scenic surrounds of the Sainsbury Gold Claim. This will give you an insight into the many techniques and types of equipment historically used by the region's miners.
See dramatic views of majestic Southern Alps and Aspiring National Park. Discover the ancient icefalls of glaciers before an alpine snow landing. Stand in snow surrounded by stunning mountain peaks. See lake Wakatipu's mysterious northern shores, covered valleys, unparalleled views of Mount Aspiring and the mighty Rees and Dart River valleys. Flight duration is 50 minutes. Should weather not be suitable to take this flight you are able to transfer your booking onto a similar tour on any of the Helicopter Line's operations on the West Coast or Mt Cook.
This full day adventure lets you really experience the stunning surround of the Wakatipu Basin and it's magnificent scenery. Starting at 9am from your Queenstown accommodation you'll be transferred to the Frankton Track where you follow the shores of Lake Wakatipu, after a morning tea stop you are driven to the Old Shotover Bridge to begin the second leg of your trip biking toward Gibbston Valley, stop at one of the many stunning points along the way and enjoy your packed lunch. This trip can be catered to any level and is well supported along the way, distances can be tailored to your needs with vehicle support points along the way allowing you to hitch a ride. Your cycling finishes at the Historic Kawarau Bridge where you will be taken to the Gibbston Valley Winery for a relaxing cave tour and wine tasting being delivered back to your accommodation.
Marvel at the outstanding and stunning beauty of the Wakatipu Basin from the mouth of the Shotover River to beyond Coronet Peak and see spectacular film locations from Lord of the Rings on this premier 30 minutes scenic flight. The flight includes a landing on the Remarkables, 1538m above Queenstown where you can stand in the snow during winter and admire the stunning view across Lake Wakatipu to the Southern Alps. Should weather not be suitable to take this flight you are able to transfer your booking onto a similar tour on any of the Helicopter Line's operations on the West Coast or Mt Cook.
This 1 day cycle tour has you cycling through one of the most spectacular gorges on the famous Otago Central Rail Trail. Cycling on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient you will cycle through amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, bridges and through tunnels. You will be collected at your accommodation and transported to Clyde. After a stop to get fitted on a bike and a light snack you'll travel to Auripo where you can start the mainly downhill ride back to Clyde. Before you begin you will be provided with a light snack and answer any last minute questions that you may have about the tour. The ride will take you through the Poolburn Gorge featuring two tunnels and two viaducts all set in a secluded rocky gorge. You then cycle the remainder of the morning through to Omakau where you will stop at the Omakau Commercial Hotel for lunch. After lunch back on the bikes to cycle the remainder of the trail through Chatto Creek and then onto Alexandra. In Alexandra you can carry on the Railtrail to the office in Clyde, or take the scenic, peaceful River Track back to Trail Journeys (an additional 8kms).
When you come to iFLY Indoor Skydiving get ready to be blown away - literally. It’s thrilling. It’s amazing. Experience the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you FLYING in the heart of the world's adventure capital. Super fun, super safe and super cool.
Cruise in style in a 1937 convertible soft-top Chevrolet bus, taking in spectacular mountain and lake vistas.
You will visit historic areas in Queenstown and Arrowtown and sample some of the local cuisine, while also getting the chance to view the personal galleries of some amazing local artists.
Travelling with the unique, convertible top down you can enjoy an open-air view of the magnificent surroundings and alluring beauty of the region. Rich and golden, moody and blue or full of sunshine and glory, bright and crisp with snowy peaks, each day and season offers a fresh new scene.
You have the opportunity to view fine art, carefully crafted and created by renowned artists of New Zealand in their personal galleries. Paintings of various styles and beautifully crafted wood sculptures are among the mediums.
The complete circuit takes you from Queenstown to the picturesque gold-mining town of Arrowtown.
Travelling on to the final stop you will taste wines grown from grapes onsite and indulge in mouth-watering cuisine in the cosy gallery or al fresco. Wander around delightful grounds of terraced gardens and ponds over-looking the beautiful Lake Hayes. The journey winds back to Queenstown over the gold filled Shotover River, through pastures and around the mighty sleeping giant, Lake Wakatipu.
The 1937 Chevrolet bus arrived in New Zealand in 1942 and was in service for three decades. This was originally one of six buses operated by Routeburn Valley Motors, transporting passengers from Kinloch, at the head of Lake Wakatipu, to the Routeburn track.
Queenstown Wine Trail's premium food and wine tour allows you to discover the best of Central Otago's wine regions. Choose from an a la carte lunch menu at Mt Difficulty (or similar) and dine with amazing views over Bannockburn's dramatic landscape. You will be taken to five of the finest wineries, in both the Gibbston and Bannockburn wine regions. These wineries may include Amisfield, Peregrine, Mt Difficulty, Domain Road, Akarua, Felton Road, Carrick or Chard Farm. Winery requests prior to travel are welcomed.
Your four hour adventure begins with a transfer from your Queenstown accommodation through the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown to the start of the Arrow River trail. You will cycle along the beautiful Arrow River gorge till it meets the confluence of the Kawarau River, joining the original miners trail that crosses the famous Kawarau suspension bridge and Bungy site. At the end of your bike ride you will be transferred to the Gibbston Valley winery for a relaxing wine tasting before being delivered back to Queenstown.
Want to challenge yourself on exciting terrain in some of the best conditions in the Southern Hemisphere? Then Coronet Peak should be top of your list. This theme park created by mother nature offers gripping trails and the extensive snowmaking facilities, makes for complete snow coverage on multiple trails. Coronet is also home to night skiing for a different take on these roller coaster trails try it under lights. For those just getting to know the snow the dedicated learner and novice areas make finding your snow feet easy and all gear can be hired on the mountain. With 25% beginners, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced, Coronet Peak has the trail for you. For a break from the snow, enjoy live music at the base building, or wet your whistle with a hot chocolate or cold beverage at Heidi's Hut. The pizza and pasta meals are great for warming you up and giving you an energy boost for the afternoon. For the little ones there are supervised kids' programmes for 3 months upwards and snow sport school for kids and big kids alike. There are regular shuttles to and from Queenstown, which is only a 20 minute drive away.
Begin your tour by being collected from your hotel in the comfort of one of Black ZQNs latest model luxury European vehicles with an experienced personable guide. You will then travel out of Queenstown and past the scenic vistas of the Remarkable Mountains and into the Gibbston Valley where you will see the Aj Hackett Bungy Bridge, the worlds first commercial Bungy at a height of 43 metres above the Kawarau river. On exiting the Kawarau gorge you'll see New Zealands premier fruit growing region of Cromwell and travel through the Bannockburn wine making region into the high country. As the road gains in altitude the landscape changes dramatically, this high country area is home to merino sheep, farmed for their world class wool in paddocks, wild thyme and rosehip. The road winds its way up the Carrick Range towards the Nevis Valley before it reaches a high point at Duffers saddle, the highest public road in New Zealand at 1300m above sea level. Enjoy spectacular views of the valley below and on a clear day you can see as far as Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealands highest peak. At Duffers Saddle your experienced mountain bike guide will set you up on your top of the line mountain bike and take you on a spectacular journey back down the valley through huge rocky outcrops and unusual formations with expansive views of Central Otago and beyond. The track to Carricktown will lead you past the Young Australian Water Wheel, built in 1874 and standing at 7.9 Meters tall. This was used to assist in the gold extraction process and was powered by one of the number of the many water races in this area. The track descends down the ridge into a small valley where the gold tailings are still visible and the remains of houses in the historic settlement of Carricktown. The gravel (and sometimes mud) track is mostly down-hill with a few up-hill climbs and is bound to get your adrenaline pumping. Challenging at times this is suitable for intermediate to advanced riders with a good level of fitness. For those less adventurous you can continue on with your driver in the 4WD vehicle, meeting the mountain bikers in Bannockburn.
Raft the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River in Queenstown on a fantastic family friendly adventure. The Family Adventure trip is suitable for children and adults as they raft on gentle grade 1 & 2 rapids only. You'll enjoy a unique sightseeing trip by bus into the famous Skippers Canyon - quite possibly the most spectacular drive in New Zealand! The views are astounding and the area is jam-packed with history. Then get even further into the backcountry as you float by raft on the Upper Shotover River. You may recognise the put-in-point as "The Ford of Bruinen" from the Lord of The Rings movie! This trip caters for everyone especially people looking for a scenic and non-threatening unique river experience. Family Aventures are the only raft company in Queenstown licensed to carry children under 13 years.
To the east of Queenstown, tucked inside the Kawarau Gorge is the Gibbston Valley. Stretching to Lake Hayes in Arrowtown, Gibbston is known for its wineries.
Bordering the road on both sides the land is extensively planted with grapes, and there are many opportunities to taste the pinot noir, a variety the region is famous for. Some of its notable wineries include Peregrine, Chard Farm, Gibbston Valley and Two Paddocks.
An ideal spot for lunch is Amisfield Winery and Bistro - a must for any foodie - located at Lake Hayes, just a 10 minute drive from central Queenstown. The Gibbston Valley isn't just about wine. Opposite Chard Farm is the Kawarau Suspension Bridge built in 1880 to provide access to the goldfields in the region. 108 years later it became the location of the world’s first commercial bungy jumping operation and you can still take the 43 metre leap today.
On this scenic helicopter flight from Queenstown, head west over the Queenstown basin and Paradise Valley and into Mount Aspiring National Park. Enjoy an exhilarating flight past spectacular mountains and blue-green ice falls before landing on one of the many glaciers within the Forbes Mountains. There's time for photos in the snow before heading back towards Queenstown past hidden alpine lakes and the rich gold mining history of Skippers Canyon.
A journey to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn Track walk. As you travel northwest on a road that clings to the very edge of the lake, your guide will introduce you to the history and landscape of the region. Recently glaciated there is a wealth of information imparted by your guide as you travel. From time to time, the road rises to superb vantage points where you will enjoy unparalleled panoramas of jagged, snow-capped mountains, rolling alpine farmland and acre upon acre of glorious lake land tussock meadows.
The mountains surrounding the world-renowned resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka feature thrilling backcountry terrain and dramatic scenery. Enjoy an unforgettable day with 3 runs of heli-ski or heli-board bliss. Runs vary between 1500 to 2500 vertical feet of treeless skiing in sheltered basins, bowls and wide rolling mountain flanks This 3 run experience is a day focused on taking your time to enjoy the alpine playground.
When you come to iFLY Indoor Skydiving get ready to be blown away - literally. It’s thrilling. It’s amazing. Experience the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you FLYING in the heart of the world's adventure capital. Super fun, super safe and super cool.
Take off from Queenstown, and fly above the rugged backcountry of Central Otago, before heading westward to where the glacial fed rivers empty into Lake Wakatipu. Witness what the power of nature has created over the years, as you journey over two remarkable National Parks; Mt Aspiring and the world heritage listed Fiordland National Park. Upon landing at Milford Sound Airport you are welcomed to a view of Mitre Peak, standing tall at the head of the fiord. Surrounded by some of the most magnificent scenery in the world, you will board your Mitre Peak Cruises vessel and begin your voyage cruising the length of the 16km fiord out to Tasman Sea. Listen to the informative commentary, and interact with our hosts while enjoying the refreshments on-board. Complete your journey with a scenic flight over the Southern Alps back to Queenstown, and be captivated by the breathtaking and awe-inspiring views that can only be experienced from the air.
Departing from Queenstown, enjoy an unforgettable flight into the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps with unparalleled views from the window seat of your fixed-wing aircraft. Marvel at the immense scale and spectacular grandeur of this breathtakingly beautiful region. Experience the most awe-inspiring aerial views of the summit ridge of Mt. Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain standing at 3,724 metres tall, before landing in Mt. Cook National Park. Your knowledgeable, highly skilled local pilot will provide interesting and informative commentary during this 60/70-minute flight of a lifetime.
Touching down at Aoraki/Mt. Cook Airport on the outskirts of Mt. Cook Village you will team up with your glacier guiding professional for your Heli Hike on the Tasman Glacier. Once your crampons or snowshoes are fitted you will be flown by helicopter to a drop off point on a remote part of the glacier ready to explore the amazing ice formations. No two trips are the same - the glacier is ever changing so your experienced guides are always finding something new and interesting to explore. Your time on New Zealand largest glacier is finished with another spectacular Heli flight back to the Aoraki/Mt. Cook base where your Glenorchy Air pilot will be waiting for you.
The adventure isn't over yet, boarding your return flight to Queenstown, the breath-taking scenery continues down the spine of the South Island starting with spectacular views of Lake Pukaki, arguably New Zealand's most beautiful lake, the glacial feed into the lake gives it the distinctive blue colour it is most famous for. This is a trip of a lifetime not to be missed!
A trek with a view! Climb high over the Moonlight Valley passing historical Gold Mining sites ( try to spot the old stone cottages among the landscape) Like going back in time to when the main mode of transport was on horseback. Multiple river crossings on the way back down the canyon with ample opportunity to go for a canter. Due to the high mountain pass this trek is only suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. This trek will leave you with a lasting impression.
For the health and wellbeing of our horses we have a strict 95kg weight limit for this trek. Staff reserve the right to weigh riders on the day of their trek, anyone found to be exceeding the weight limit will not be permitted to ride.
The Queenstown Superpass is the most flexible lift pass in the Southern Lakes, giving you access to ski and ride Queenstown’s closest mountains – Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Get more choice, more fun and more snow time with your Queenstown Superpass and make the most of your New Zealand holiday!
The Queenstown 1 Day Superpass is your ticket to fun both on or off the mountains. The Queenstown Superpass can also be used as a Twilight Pass on applicable days at Coronet Peak (visit the Guest Services Desk to swap to a Twilight Pass). If you decide not to ski you can also swap your Queenstown Superpass for credit towards a selection of off-mountain activities, retail stores, bars and restaurants in Queenstown.
This is a one-day product designed for anyone who has skied or snowboarded before, this package can be used at both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. It's a great choice for someone who has completed a Starter Pack and wants to continue with group lessons. Likewise, advanced skiers and snowboarders will find this pack ideal for fine-tuning their technique. This combo features two group lessons, full mountain lift pass, as well as rental equipment (skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots). Under the expertise of your Snowsports instructors, you'll build on your basic skills, grow in confidence on challenging terrain and iron out any bad habits.
Spend the morning on The Old Gold Trail and discover Central Otago’s rich history! Your driver will take you off road along rugged 4WD farm tracks to a traditional high country New Zealand farm. Sit back and relax as you drive through the Central Otago wine region and pass the Kawarau Gorge on your way to Old Cromwell Town and wander the historic streets as the town is bought to life with your themed headsets available in English, Spanish and Mandarin.
The Queenstown Gardens are just a few minutes walk from central Queenstown and offer a beautiful and tranquil setting away from the hustle and bustle. The landscaped gardens include plenty of places to sit down and admire the beauty of the gardens. Pristine lawns, a large water feature, a wide variety of trees and plants, a rose garden and a couple of significant memorials all combine to provide that perfect escape from downtown Queenstown.
The gardens are a popular place to take a picnic, relax with friends and family and enjoy the views of Lake Wakatipu. The most visible tree is the Douglas Fir which provides a protective cover around the gardens and seclusion from the lively downtown area of Queenstown.
The gardens are also a popular place for enthusiasts of disc golf where 18 holes are laid out for you to complete a round of 'golf' with your disc. Metal baskets act as the holes with 'pars' offered for each hole and tees adding to the experience. Frisbees can easily be purchased from most outdoor shops in the town centre.
See 5 of Queenstown's best sights and activities in one fun packed morning. Group sizes are small and vehicles are luxurious, with friendly local driver-guides. First visit the AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge and Discover the Secrets of Bungy with a behind the scenes tour and get a chance to watch intrepid jumpers from the viewing deck. Continue up the road a little to relax at Gibbston Valley Winery and enjoy a selection of wines produced on site as a the gift shop and the region's only cheesery. Experience the Lord of the Rings Film Sites and Pillars of the Kings: be transported to Middle Earth at the Kawarau Gorge, film location for the Pillars of the Kings. Lastly, visit Arrowtown and discover the golden history and colonial architecture.
Savour some of Central Otago’s internationally acclaimed wine and food on this fabulous odyssey. Relax where art meets science in one of the world’s most scenic wine regions. Match premium wines with superb local produce at one of the region’s top winery restaurants. Platters include local produce such as cheese, meats, seafood, bread, dips & more.
This is the ultimate relaxation package - a day to unwind, indulge and discover. Start your day at the Day Spa where you will choose your combination of treatments. Both options are available to be enjoyed in the dual treatment room for couples and friends to share the experience together. After your spa treatment, you will be picked up by the Queenstown Wine Trail for your afternoon wine tour. Experience quality wine and food, with wine barrel cooked tasting dishes including both traditional and wild foods. Your lunch is expertly matched with the best wines on offer. The wine tour then takes you back through the scenic Kawarau Gorge taking in the wonderful views of mighty Kawarau River before arriving at New Zealand's largest underground wine cave where you will hear lots of wine stories whilst savouring premium wine. Your afternoon is complete after a delicious cheese tasting at Gibbston Valley.
Ride the latest in ski or snowboard technology suitable for beginners right through to heli-skiers, expertly fitted by the team at Browns Ski Shop. They also have the biggest range of boots in Queenstown to cater for all foot sizes and shapes and take the time to make sure they are correctly fitted.
Ride the latest in ski or snowboard technology, expertly fitted by the team at Browns Ski Shop. They also have the biggest range of boots in Queenstown to cater for all foot sizes and shapes and take the time to make sure they are correctly fitted.
Browns use Spyder and Karbon clothing in their rental. Hard-wearing, stylish, with 10,000mm waterproofing, in a range of colours. All clothing is washed after every use in their on-site machines.
Experience the best of what local fishing guides can offer, fishing, rivers and lakes in style. The guided fishing scene near Queenstown has elements of Back Country, Freestone rivers, Match the Hatch, Dry-fly, Nymphing, Down and Cross, Up and Cross, Spin…. the list goes on, fishing for both Brown/Rainbow trouts with various fishing techniques and methods. Whatever your fishing style may be, River Talk Guiding New Zealand would love to share the years of experience and intimate relationship with the southern lakes regions diverse water ways with you. All trips contain the essence of the local guru's word of wisdom “Talk to the River”, and the aim is to let “the river talk to you” on your day out.
Explore Queenstown with the amazing Segway Personal Transporter (PT). A quick training session gets you used to the unique motion of the Segway before you embark on an adventure around Queenstown’s best locations. Your friendly guide will share some information along the way while you take in the scenic lakeside views riding on this fascinating transporter. The tour takes you a little out of town and up a hill or two before taking a cruise through the beautiful Queenstown Gardens and enjoying what’s on offer there. On the way back you have the option to experience a higher speed setting, leaving you in awe of the amazing technology that is the eco-friendly Segway PT. Riding an eco-friendly Segway Personal Transporter is quite a unique experience. Segway Smart Motion technology keeps you balanced and in control. To propel the vehicle forwards, you simply lean forwards. To stop, just put your weight back. This sensation, while a little weird at first, is a thrill that everyone really enjoys. The duration of this tour is 2 hours.
Queenstown is well known for its adventure sports and activities but it also a great network of walking tracks and trails to suit all abilities and time frames. The department of conservation office located on Shotover Street can offer local advise on conditions of walking tracks if you would like to plan ahead or visit the Department of Conservation website at www.doc.govt.nz.
Some of the more popular walks are listed below but for a more comprehensive list click here.
Queenstown Hill - around 3 hours return (4 kilometres). Gravel path and then trail. A 500 metre climb through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapu-nui (mountain of intense sacredness). The climb is well rewarded with 360 degree views of Remarkables Mountain Range, the Kawarau River, Cecil Peak, and of course Lake Wakatipu. The track starts on Belfast Terrace which is just 1 km from the city centre.
Ben Lomond - around 2 hours (4 1/2 kms return). Take the Skyline Gondola ride to the terminal and the track is signposted from here. This is quite a steep climb and not recommended for children. Also take note of weather forecasts as the summit sits at 1748 metres. The effort is rewarded with spectacular views and on clear days you can see Mt Earnslaw and Mt Aspiring.
Bobs Cove - 20 minutes of easy lakeshore walks. Bobs Cove is 14 kilometres from Queenstown along the Glenorchy Road. Take the drive along the road and Bobs Cove is signposted.
An awesome combination of both the Canyon Swing and Canyon Fox. Located 109 metres (360 feet) high above the Shotover River the Canyon Swing is the ultimate in adrenalin adventure. After careful fitting of a purpose designed harness you are free to launch yourself into the abyss. Freefall for around 60 metres to reach around 150kph before the ropes swing you smoothly across the canyon. Then experience New Zealand's highest flying fox with a unique rail launch system. A long time in the making and tested to within an inch of it's existence, the Shotover Canyon Fox is the latest addition to the long list of undie-staining antics on offer at the Shotover Canyon. As with the legendary Canyon swing, the crew have dreamt up and developed a number of drop styles. The rail launch system gives you an awesome drop sensation before zipping across the Shotover Canyon.
Take on the legendary challenges of the Queenstown Bike Park – New Zealand’s first-ever Gondola assisted Bike Park. With over 30 world-class downhill MTB trails totalling over 30 kilometres of riding and 450 metres of vertical descent, the Queenstown Bike Park is easily one of the best places to ride a mountain bike. The crew will attach your mountain bike to your Gondola cabin at the base. Once you are the top, they’ll un-hook your bike and the rest is up to you!
Sit back and relax aboard Spirit of Queenstown. Take an epic voyage of discovery around Lake Wakatipu and go further than any other cruise to explore secluded bays, historic landmarks and mountain views. The purpose-built catamaran ensures unobstructed views out either side of the vessel with large tall viewing windows and spacious outdoor decks for panoramic viewing.
The Milford Track has long been known for its splendour and beauty, and the Routeburn Track has become one of the world's most renowned walking tracks. Now you have the chance to experience the very best of both tracks with The Classic. Set in the stunning surroundings of two national parks and Te Wahipounamu, South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Enjoy close encounters with the native birdlife: the Robin; Kea; Weka; Fantail; Tui; Parakeet; Bellbird; even Kiwi have been spotted on the Milford Track. Experience Fiordland National Park at its most spectacular: deep lakes; silent fiords; luxuriant forest and sheer canyons carved out of imposing granite define this landscape. Then Mount Aspiring National Park with it's mountainous peaks, alpine basins, inquisitive native birdlife, emerald bush, turquoise rivers and million dollar views around every corner. The Classic is an 8 day / 7 night Queenstown to Queenstown all-inclusive guided walk through the heart of Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. The package includes transport, accommodation, meals, snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. Track accommodation is in our comfortable lodges and you will be led by expert guides.
The Hillside Brasserie celebrates the very best of New Zealand’s fresh produce with flavoursome dishes from around the globe that are sure to tantalise any tastebuds.
The Remarkables offers a laid-back atmosphere which is fantastic for families and those new to skiing or snowboarding. Located just 45 minutes from Queenstown, the Remarkables features a fantastic network of trails with wide, gentle slopes for beginners of all ages and big mountain runs for the experts in the family. With 30% beginners, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced, the Remarkables offers challenges for all levels and for those wanting to progress quickly, the friendly team of instructors can be with you every step of the way. While you're up there don't forget to check out the purpose-built snow tubing lanes before you round off with a steaming hot chocolate or drink at Remarkables cafe. With regular shuttles from Queenstown, childcare for 3 months onwards and lessons for 3yrs+ and complete gear hire on the mountain, this is a fun and easy day out for visitors to the South Island.
Relax and enjoy the beauty of Queenstown, as you are flown to a beautiful location on Cecil Peak for a gourmet picnic accompanied by wine or bubbles. The perfect opportunity to indulge!
This two hour fully guided snowmobile adventure departs from Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters hangar at Queenstown Airport, taking you on an exhilarating 13 minute flight (approximately) across the western face of the Remarkables Mountain Range, over the Hector Mountains and across the Nevis River Valley, where you land at the base of the Garvie Mountains.
After landing at the snowmobile base you will gear up (you will be provided with warm overalls, helmets, gloves, and boots) and have a safety briefing with your guide. Your guide will ensure you can operate your snowmobile safely and comfortably. You are then lead through the sparse back country, along the central most inland mountain range in New Zealand, cruising to an altitude of up to 6,000ft above sea level. Stunning scenery and views will astound throughout the whole experience. With stops along the way for some amazing photo opportunities of the spectacular landscape.
The snowmobile tour will move at a pace comfortable for everyone. The snowmobiles are modern Polaris machines, they are easy to operate and your guide is right there if you need any assistance. Upon arriving back to Snowmobiles base, finish your tour with a return helicopter ride back to Queenstown.
Nature will keep you company on this walk through the varied vegetation bands of Mt Alfred. Passing mountain steams and waterfalls, open glades reveal spectacular mountain scenes and hint at the grand views from the summit. Once at the top, nestle between snow tussocks with a hot cup of tea and a hearty sandwich. With the warm sun on your face, take a break, rejuvenate, and settle in for a mountain siesta or simply absorb the grandeur of the mighty Southern Alps on this classic New Zealand adventure.
Hop on and off at Queenstown wineries and enjoy the best nine wineries of the Gibbston wine region at your own pace. Your professional on-bus guide will help you plan your day visiting winery restaurants, tasting rooms, craft beer stops, walks along the Kawarau River, bike hire for the trails, or just relax at the local tavern with a Central Otago pinot noir. There is so much to do out in the valley and the scenery is simply breathtaking with tours being totally flexible.