Queenstown is an adventurist’s dream destination. Nestled between gorgeous mountain scenery and the iconic shimmering waters of Lake Wakatipu, the adventure capital of the world guarantees an incredible backdrop when enjoying its dozens of exciting activities.
An aerial tour of the majestic Milford Sound in the morning, followed by a heart stopping bungy jump in the afternoon, finally to catch your breath with dinner and drinks on a peaceful lake cruise, is just one of the many ways you can spend a day here.
With so much to see and do, the type of adventure you have is entirely up to you.
For the sightseers
Whatever your pace is, you can be sure there’s an option just for you when experiencing the natural beauty of New Zealand’s South Island.
By foot, wander the Queenstown Hill Time Walk, a three hour return ascent through pine forests towards the summit of Te Tapu-nui, where you’ll be met with dazzling views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. For a more demanding, all day hike, The Ben Lomond Track rewards you with panoramic alpine and lake-filled landscapes.
Explore on two wheels via the 120km Queenstown Trail, a cyclist’s paradise that links many of the region’s famous attractions and is immersed in sensational scenery. On four wheels, try a 4WD ATV tour, where you’ll drive across ridges surrounded by incredible backcountry.
One of the best ways to take it all in is from the air. Jump on a helicopter tour to soar above the sweeping vistas, and have your pilot make an alpine landing so you can hop out and breathe in that sweet mountain air. You could even take a helicopter glacier tour to explore Queenstown’s icier landscapes.
The remote and iconic Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) in Fiordland National Park, is a must-see, with its cascading waterfalls and lush peaks easily experienced on an unforgettable scenic flight and cruise. You might even spot unique wildlife such as penguins, dolphins and fur seal colonies.
Closer to town, take the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak. Once up there, enjoy a delicious buffet meal with a spectacular view of Queenstown, or try the Luge and enjoy the panoramic sights at a faster pace.
For the thrill seekers
Hold on to your harnesses, these activities are certain to make your Queenstown adventure unforgettable.
There are plenty of options when it comes to hurling yourself from high places here. The most iconic, bungy jumping, is sure to get your adrenaline working overtime. There are plenty of heights to choose from, with the Nevis Bungy being the tallest at 134m and giving jumpers 8.5 seconds of free-fall.
If you’d prefer not to jump straight down, try out the giant canyon swings or ziplines, and feel the thrill of soaring across the mountain tops at incredible speeds.
Remove the ropes all together and take up skydiving to soak in the awe-inspiring sights as you make your way back to the ground, or try tandem paragliding and cruise across the sky in the mountain air currents.
For thrills on the water, hop on a jet boat ride across Lake Wakatipu and the nearby rivers, and feel the rush and spray of water at tremendous speed.
Come winter, this resort town turns into a bustling haven for skiers and snowboarders. The world class ski areas include Coronet Peak, Treble Cone, Cardrona and The Remarkables, and offer unrivalled runs, terrain parks and views.
For those that want to unwind
Whether you’re looking to rejuvenate between the more intense activities, or simply prefer a more calming and relaxing experience, Queenstown has you covered.
Soak in the pleasant hot pools found in and around town, perfect for melting away your troubles any time of the year. Pair this with the many day spas, and detox with massages and other soothing treatments.
Find your zen with the many high altitude yoga classes, or while staying at luxurious and secluded, alpine lodges and retreats.
Jump aboard the TSS Earnslaw and browse the onboard museum while sailing across Lake Wakatipu, before disembarking at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a traditional afternoon tea and guided walking tour.
Taste the offerings of Central Otago’s Wine Region, famous for its full-bodied pinot noirs, on a wine tour. The world’s southernmost wine region is also home to many craft beer experiences for a different pallet.