Lake & River Adventures in Queenstown

Surrounded by beautiful lakes, rivers and fiords, Queenstown is an ideal destination for all your favourite water activities.   

From leisurely lake cruises to adrenaline-pumping jetboat rides, Queenstown’s aquatic adventures are seemingly endless.

Browse the options below for the best lake & river adventures in Queenstown, New Zealand!

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Milford Encounter with awesomeNZ.com

Queenstown
Take an unforgettable journey through the magical Milford Sound from Queenstown and experience the true beauty of the South Island

One thousand years ago, Maori travelled overland to Milford in search...

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Heli ThunderJet Combo-Heli Tours Queenstown

Queenstown
Experience two of Queenstown's most popular activities ... Heli Tours will take you for a short scenic helicopter flight over beautiful Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains where you'll experience...

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Hydro Attack Shark Ride

Queenstown
Meet Hydro Attack – The ultimate blend of shark and machine.

Operating from our berth in central Queenstown we’ll take you on an adrenaline-packed tour of stunning Lake Wakatipu.

Hydro Attack is...

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Station 2 Station Cycle Trail

Queenstown
The perfect half day, independent cycling trip experiencing the best that Queenstown has to offer. Journey between Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak Stations (high country farms) located on the western...

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Te Anau Glowworm Caves - Real Journeys

Te Anau
Hidden beneath the mountains on Lake Te Anau’s western shores is an underground network of caves lit by hundreds of glowworms.

Your excursion begins with a scenic cruise across Lake...

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Earnslaw Steamship/Walter Peak High Country Farm - Real Journeys

Queenstown
Cruise across scenic Lake Wakatipu and relive the elegance of a bygone era on board the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship.

At Walter Peak High Country Farm join a farm tour,...

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Family Adventures

Queenstown
Family Adventures are specialists in soft adventure family trips rafting the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River, Queenstown. We are able to take children from 3 years as water...

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Challenge Rafting

Queenstown
Challenge Rafting operates exciting half day whitewater raft and raft combo trips on the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers.

The Shotover River offers the challenge of extra excitement and thrills. Tackle...

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KJet High Flyer Combo

Queenstown
Take an exciting KJet boat ride from the Main Town Pier in the centre of Queenstown. In an unforgettable jet boat experience you’ll be transported from the sophisticated downtown area...

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Extreme Green Rafting

Queenstown
Queenstown's longest established rafting operation offer rafting trips that will take you into the extremes of our environment.
Raft the infamous Shotover River with a journey into the historic skippers canyon...

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