Known for its spectacular scenery, Queenstown offers the best of both worlds for incentive trips: award-winning wines, historical tours and spas for a relaxing visit; adventure sports, bungy jumping and white water rafting for the adventurous.
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Among the vines
There’s no better introduction to the Queenstown area than a day amongst the nearby boutique vineyards and spectacular scenery. Join a wine tour to explore some of Central Otago’s best wineries, enjoy a delightful platter style lunch and embark on a stunning drive through the Kawarau Gorge to discover the early pioneering and gold mining history of this rugged region. Stop off along the way to see the historic Kawarau Bridge, the site of the world’s first commercial bungy jump, AJ Hackett Bungy. Watch people take the leap or experience it yourself.
Dinner with a view
Finish the day with a mouthwatering dinner at one of the many wineries nestled among the rolling hills. Good options for incentive groups are the picturesque Mount Soho Winery with its stunning 360-degree mountain views, or Stoneridge Estate with its 12 hectares of vineyard and water gardens and panoramic lake and alpine mountain views.
Take to the sky
Begin the day taking in the awe-inspiring views over Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown on a scenic helicopter flight, before landing on top of mile-high Cecil Peak. The magical scenery will make it clear why the area was used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
High country highlight
Spend the rest of the morning exploring Queenstown's boutique shopping scene and the resort town's beautiful lakeside location before boarding the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. The beautiful garden setting at the Colonel's Homestead, at the heart of the high country farm, is the perfect setting for a barbecue lunch. Join a walking tour to explore the property's extensive lakeside gardens and meet some of the station's many farm animals or take a catamaran to St Nicholas Station, a full operational high country station.
Travel back to Queenstown in the evening for dinner at an exclusive lakeside restaurant alongside Lake Wakatipu. There are a wide range of world-class restaurants on the waterfront serving some of the region’s best fresh produce and wines.
Making a splash
Embrace Queenstown's adventure sport spirit with white water rafting or jet boating on the Shotover or Kawarau rivers. Let a jet boat pilot take you on an exhilirating high-speed ride or pick up your own paddle for a white water adventure. The Shotover River offers thrilling rapids with fitting names like Pinball and Jaws, while the gentler Kawarau River is ideal for people seeking a more relaxed rafting trip.
Relax in Arrowtown
After an active morning, linger over lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants along the main street of historic Arrowtown before heading to nearby Millbrook Resort. Be pampered at Millbrook's luxury day spa or enjoy a round of golf on the championship golf course.
Finish your trip in style
Enjoy dinner at Skyline's Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar. Situated on top of Bob's Peak and accessed by gondola, the restaurant serves a mouth-watering buffet including South Island salmon, seafood, salads, roast meats and delicious desserts.