AJ Hackett Bungy – Bungy jump off the original location at Kawarau Bridge or try Nevis Swings, Catapult or Zip Ride.
Shotover Jet, K-Jet, Go Orange Jet, Skippers Canyon Jet – Jet boat up the Shotover River, Skippers Canyon or race across Lake Wakatipu.
Skyline Gondola – Hop on the gondola at the base in town up for some of the best views around. At the top you can do the Luge and have a quiet lunch or dinner at a choice of Skyline restaurants.
Paragliding – If you’re already at the top of the Skyline Gondola, try jumping off with a tandem paraglide.
Tandem Skydive – For the more adventurous souls do tandem skydive at 15,000ft!
iFly – If you don’t fancy jumping out of a plane then try flying in a wind tunnel. A great family activity for kids too.
TSS Earnslaw – This beautiful old steamship will taks you on a gentle cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. From here you can watch a farm tour or enjoy a BBQ dinner.
Wineries – There are a number of organised tours to the Gibbston Valley wineries, or grab a sober driver and go on your own. Notable wineries with cellar doors are Chard Farm, Amisfiled, Peregrine, Brennan Wines, Wet Jacket Wines (and more). Gibbston Valley also offer wine cave tours, wine tasting and restaurants, biking tours and a cheese factory.
Onsen Hot Pools – relax in a luxurious spa and hot pool high on a cliffside overlooking the Shotover River. Romantic night-time sessions are available to sit back and look at the stars.
Hiking and Walking – The Queenstown Trail is an extensive network of hiking and walking tracks all around Queenstown and Arrowtown. Suitable options for all fitness levels. Explore beautiful areas around Arrowtown, Kawarau Bridge or south around the lake. Well worth it!
Mountain Biking – Hire a bike from a number of locations in town or bring your own. For downhill fans the best option is to hop on the gondola with your bike, then hit the downhill tracks all the way from the top. Queenstown has some of the best mountain biking around.
Arrowtown – This historic goldmining town is a short 10 minutes drive out of Queenstown and well worth a visit. It’s filled with quirky shops, boutiques and cafes and rich in history. Visit the historic Arrowtown Chinese Settlement or hire a gold pan and go panning for gold in the Arrow River.
Wanaka – Another beautiful alpine resort town just a 50 minute drive over the Crown Range north of Queenstown. Make sure you stop at the top of the Crown Range for incredible views back over Queenstown and Arrowtown. On the way stop in at the old and iconic Cardrona Hotel for lunch.
Art and markets – Queenstown boasts some incredible galleries filled with local and international artists. Well worth a look are Art Bay Gallery, Ivan Clarke Gallery (home of The Lonely Dog) and Queenstown Art Centre. Every Saturday all year round the Creative Queenstown Arts and Craft Market is at Steamer Wharf.
Here’s a few of our favourites perfect for a special wedding-night dinner.
True South Dining at The Rees
Botswana Butchery – Private dining rooms available
Where to Stay
As a holiday town Queenstown has a huge choice of accommodation to choose from to suit all styles, budgets and requirements. Holiday homes and serviced apartments offer best value for our clients and are a great choice for travellers staying three or more nights. We can offer unbiased guidance and advice for places to stay and help with referrals if you need. Check out Airbnb or Bookabach (the NZ equivalent).