Queenstown New Zealand has been dubbed the Adventure Capital of the World and with this title comes a plethora of adrenaline inducing, heart stopping and hair raising activities all designed to make your stay unforgettable. From bungee jumping, sky diving and jet boating in some of the most scenic locations in the world, to fine dining in some of New Zealand’s most prestigious restaurants. Queenstown has something for everyone and caters to all skill levels. Queenstown sits on the shore of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. The surrounding Central Otago region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, and for adventure sports. In winter, there’s backcountry skiing and the country’s highest vertical drops. Summer brings paragliding, mountain biking and bungee-jumping (Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge is among the sport’s original sites). queenstwon is also the gateway to other amazingly scenic locations such as Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.
Onsen Hot Pools
The Onsen Hot Pools experience is all about unwinding and soaking-up Queenstown’s spectacular scenery. Immerse yourself in the views, the pure waters, and the fresh mountain air, as your mind and body surrenders to the deep penetrating warmth and gentle massage of our private pools. Complete privacy, total cleanliness, spectacular scenery, beautiful surroundings. Complimentary transfers from Queenstown city centre.
From $37 per person
AJ Hackett Bungy Jump
The Kawarau Bridge Bungy is the World Home of Bungy Jumping. It was from this site in 1988 that Bungy pioneers AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch launched both themselves and an international phenomenon, which has become renowned as one of the most exhilarating things to do in Queenstown – the adventure capital of the world. This has been the world’s best known and best loved Bungy Jump for more than 20 years and it continues to set pulses racing amongst the extreme enthusiasts who visit from all corners of the globe, whether young in age or young at heart. If you want to be tied up & thrown off with a friend, then this is the site for you, as it offers Queenstown’s only tandem Bungy Jump. Just remember that sharing the thrill doesn’t mean halving the fear! Once on the edge, poised 47 metres above the stunning Kawarau River, your final choice is clear – how wet do you want to get?
From $170 per person
Hollyford Track Premier One Day Guided Heli-Hike
Located in the spectacular Fiordland National Park, the dramatic Hollyford Track wilderness experience is one of the greatest guided walks in New Zealand. Explore undisturbed and inspiring scenery that has remained largely untouched for thousands of years, from the snow-capped mountains of the majestic Southern Alps, ancient native rainforest, pristine rivers and lakes to the remote sand dunes, reef and surf of the rugged West Coast. Your expert guide will collect you from your Queenstown accommodation and transport you to your helicopter. You’ll fly over some of New Zealand’s most breath taking alpine scenery. Take a rewarding walk through a mystical forest to Lake Alabaster and a scenic wilderness jet boat ride, speeding along the swift clear waters of the Hollyford River and Lake McKerrow. Walk through an ancient forest of impressive giant native trees believed to be up to 1500 years old. Then your helicopter will whisk you away for a lunch before embarking on an amazing scenic flight along the rugged and isolated coast and into the extraordinary Milford Sound including a ‘highlight’ landing on the glacial plateau of Mt Tutoko.
From $3,499 per person
Routeburn 1 Day Walk
This full day walk in the ancient beech forest of the Mount Aspiring National Park starts with a scenic drive to the northern end of Lake Wakatipu and into the Routeburn Valley. The high snow-capped mountains provide a magnificent backdrop for the walk up this beautiful river valley. A journey along the edge of the lake from Queenstown to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn Track. Your walk begins among towering ancient beech forest, climbing gradually through blankets of forest moss and fern and skirting the thundering Routeburn through the gorge it has carved over the millennia. The woodland eventually parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains, some so high they have permafrost and small glaciers. The flats is a pristine sites for us to enjoy a well-earned lunch, as is the next stop, Routeburn Falls, a short stride through more alpine forest. You and your guide will decide which point suits you best.
From $225 per person
Shotover Jet Boat Ride
Prepare yourself for the thrill and excitement of the ultimate Jet Boating experience with world famous Shotover Jet; it’s a unique, breathtaking white water ride and an adrenaline rush you’ll never forget! From the moment the accelerator hits the floor your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimetres of water along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. It’s an amazing white water ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your expert driver puts your ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat through its paces and skilfully whips it past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders, and speeds through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision and the water sprays into myriads of white water crystals with every turn as you speed in your state of the art ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat at up to 85kph over crystal clear water as shallow as 10cm deep. And make sure you’re holding on tight when your driver makes the signal that you are about experience the thrills of our trademark 360° spins, Queenstown’s only exhilarating full 360° spins. You’ll grip the hand rail for comfort and reassurance as your ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat spins fully around within its own boat length and without losing momentum keeps speeding along the river.
Skyline Gondola and Restaurant
Enjoy a return Skyline Gondola ride to the summit of Bob’s Peak where you can enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
From $21 per person
Skippers Canyon Tour
Begin your Nomad Safari Skippers Canyon tour which offers spectacular mountain scenery, rugged canyons, gold panning to gain a taste of NZ’s pioneer gold mining history, and the excitement of the 4WD in a safe environment. Refreshments and home baking are included.
From $149 per person
City Sightseeing Half Day Tour
The panoramic view point of Queenstown Hill is the first of several photo stops and the vista extends to Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range. The tour then follows a route along the Frankton Arm and into the Wakatipu Basin, past stunning Lake Hayes, and into the mouth of the Kawarau Gorge, one of many filming locations for The Lord of the Rings. Next stop, join the “Secrets of Bungy Tour” a 20 minute tour that gives a behind the scenes look at how bungy jumping started, the technology used and it allows access to restricted viewing areas to watch live bungy jumping action (AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge). A short drive up the road visit Gibbston Valley Winery, with an opportunity to taste a selection of 4 wines, browse around the wine shop delicatessen. Continue on to the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, where there is ample time for you to wander around the shops and cafes in the main street or follow the marked trail through the Chinese Settlement. Return transfer back to Queenstown is via the world famous Shotover Canyon.
From $78 per person
TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise
Report to the Real Journeys Visitor Centre and board the TSS Earnslaw coal fired vintage steamship. Cruise from Queenstown Bay, to Walter Peak High Country Farm (without going ashore) and return. View the spectacular views of Cecil and Walter Peaks. The original steam engines can be seen in operation from the open viewing area. During the cruise the ship’s pianist entertains with a variety of old favourites and visitors are encouraged to join in the sing-a-long around the piano. Tea/coffee and cafe style food can be purchased from the Promenade Cafe/Bar.
From $44 per person
Walter Peak High Country Farm
Board the TSS Earnslaw and take the 40 minute voyage to the Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy the chance to wander around the beautiful lakeside gardens, and enjoy a coffee/tea and home baking in the Colonel’s Homestead. The farm demonstrators take you on a walking tour of the farmyard, and take the chance to view the animals, sheep, red deer, and Scottish highland cattle. Watch sheep shearing, and sheep dogs working stock.
From $67 per person