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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TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruises - Real Journeys

Queenstown
Take a scenic cruise of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown on board the iconic steamship TSS Earnslaw.

There is plenty of time to explore the decks and bridge, view the engine...

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JUCY Cruiser Milford Sound Day Trip

Queenstown
JUCY Cruise warmly welcomes you on board a modern coach for a journey of fun and discovery to one of the most amazing places in New Zealand.

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BBQ Bus Milford Sound Day Tour

Queenstown
Join the BBQ Bus for a unique interactive small group experience to Milford Sound that includes a delicious Kiwi-style BBQ lunch, your Milford Sound boat cruise, and our enthusiastic and...

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Walter Peak Electric Trail Bikes

Queenstown
Explore the rugged back country terrain at Walter Peak on our electric trail bikes.
Board the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm....

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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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Queenstown Paraflights

Queenstown
Strap into your harness and get ready for the flight of a lifetime. Gradually rising 600ft into the air above, see for yourself some of the most breath-taking views of...

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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises - Real Journeys

Queenstown
Discover the unspoilt and remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound during this unique overnight cruise.

Bottlenose dolphins are often encountered, fur seals bask on the rocks and, at times, rare penguins...

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Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruises - Real Journeys

Queenstown
Enjoy a leisurely overnight cruise of magnificent Milford Sound on board the Milford Wanderer.

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound accompanied by a specialist nature guide. There is plenty...

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Goldfields Mining Centre

Cromwell
The Goldfields Mining Centre is the original site of a 19th Century gold strike. The site, at which gold was discovered in the 1860s, was mined for over a hundred...

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Green & Gold - Nomad Safaris 4WD & Dart River Jet

Queenstown
Unearth the unique heritage of this land.

If there is one tour that captures the diversity and richness of the mountains and valleys surrounding Queenstown, it is undoubtedly Green & Gold.

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