Check out the new life on a farm tour
Take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu and visit the working farms at Walter Peak and Mt Nicholas stations, both with farm tours available during the day. You’ll be able to see newborn lambs and calves on the farm, and enjoy a cruise on the lake in the same day.
A short drive to Glenorchy will also delight, with newborn lambs in road side paddocks, especially on the way to Paradise.
See Queenstown from the air
Fixed wing or heli, a scenic flight over the Wakatipu Basin will show you the distinctive shape of Lake Wakatipu, the third largest lake in New Zealand, and if it’s a clear day you’ll be able to see across to Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. Helicopter companies offer landings at the Remarkables, Cecil ledge, and secluded mountain ranges and glaciers. If you’re planning on flying to Milford Sound, most fixed wing operators have a fly-cruise-fly product, linking up with a Milford sound cruise at various times of the day.
Hint: Book your scenic flight early on in your trip and if the weather doesn’t play ball you have a few days up your sleeve to reschedule. The helicopter companies know that weather is out of everyone’s control and you won’t pay again to rebook.
Get jazzy at the Queenstown Jazz Festival
Over Labour weekend (19 - 22 October 2018) Queenstown is filled with jazz, blues, funk and big band swing. From humble beginnings back in 1978 the Festival has now become one of Queenstown's most popular music events, featuring world class musicians from throughout the country and around the globe.