Explore Queenstown and its surrounds
Embark on a wine tour through the heart of Central Otago. Otago is famous for its world-class Pinot Noir and you can sample the best varieties the area has to offer at several different vineyards in Bannockburn, Cromwell, and Gibbston Valley. Tours can be customised to include a nature tour, helicopter transport, or a cycling tour of the Central Otago Rail Trail.
Food lovers will also enjoy the chance to sample the local produce. Enjoy a shared lunch platter or cheese board at a Queenstown bar or savour a mouth watering dinner and evening entertainment at a restaurant on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
If adventure is your thing, make sure to visit the Kawarau Bridge - the world’s first commercial bungy jumping site. Take the 43-metre plunge down towards the river below.
Journey back to nature
Fiordland’s uninhabited inlets are just a short flight or coach journey from Queenstown. One option for a day trip is Milford Sound - one of New Zealand’s great natural wonders. Explore the secrets of the wilderness on a relaxing cruise or kayak ride against a backdrop of majestic mountains, tranquil rainforests, and awe inspiring waterfalls.
Doubtful Sound is comparable to Milford Sound in beauty, and is famous for its wildlife. Home to rainforest dwelling Fiordland crested penguins, bottlenose dolphins, and fur seals, a visit to Doubtful Sound is a nature lover’s dream.
Queenstown is located on the border of two national parks of World Heritage status. Fiordland is one, while another is Mt Aspiring. Join Dart River Jet Safaris for a thrilling jet boat ride up the Dart River. The safari leads through hidden valleys to an ancient native New Zealand beech forest at the foot of awe inspiring mountain peaks.
You can return to civilisation overland by 4WD vehicle or drift back down the river on a specially designed inflatable Funyak canoe. Some of the scenery may be familiar- it has appeared as an epic backdrop for many major motion pictures including The Lord of the Rings.
A touch of class and history
Journey back to another era with a visit to the charming goldrush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy wandering around the boutiques, or stop for a coffee in one of the cafes. Try your luck at gold panning next to the historic Chinese Mining Settlement. After a picnic lunch on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, explore more of the Queenstown area in the afternoon.
There is so much to do that you’ll never be short of options - skyline gondola, world-class golf courses, luging, mountain biking and ‘ziptrekking’ are all in a day’s fun in Queenstown.