Jet boat in a historic canyon or in the middle of Lord of the Rings country.
Find yourself on a jet boating adventure speeding through a historic canyon, visiting relics from the gold mining era, or along a river where history of Maori legends and fantasy of the Lord of The Rings come to life.
Enjoy a late lunch and coffee stop at one of Queenstown’s award winning cafes, where organic and locally sourced food is abundant.
If it’s summertime, Queenstown is the perfect destination to access some of the region’s Great Walks and you can make a day trip to the Routeburn Falls hut if you don’t have the time to do the whole track. It’s easily accessed from Queenstown via the stunning 45 minute drive to Glenorchy and the well signposted Glenorchy-Routeburn Road to the Routeburn Shelter. It's between 4 - 5 hours return (9km each way), so pack your lunch, water and head out with plenty of daylight to make the return trip. Make sure you check with the Department of Conservation about any track or weather alerts before you go. For those who don't have their own transport, there are plenty of local hiking guides and track transport options to choose from.
Reward yourself with a fine dining experience at one of our mouth-watering restaurants owned by a celebrity chef, or having a seven course degustation dinner, the choices (and menus) are endless.
Cycle the wineries
Mix your love of the outdoors with your love of food and wine, and hop on a bike and enjoy a self-guided trip along the winery trail. With an easy pick up from your accommodation, and return transport from your end destination, the trails are well maintained, with numerous cellar doors along the way, and a lunch stop at the end – you’ve earned it! Half and full day options are available, as are guides if you want a little more insider knowledge.
Round of golf
There are seven golf courses within a 45-minute drive of the town centre which offer everything from family friendly nine-hole courses to breath-taking fairways with rugged mountain backdrops and immaculately groomed 18-hole championship courses. If you feel like a drive out toward the southern tip of the lake, the Kingston Golf Club is a 40-minute drive.
Queenstown’s reputation as world class destination for mountain biking destination makes visiting one of the many downhill tracks a must do for your visit. From lift accessed downhill trails, to a legendary jump park in the middle of a residential area maintained by the Queenstown Mountain Biking Club, we’ve got you covered. You could literally spend all day exploring the many tracks and parks, so bring lots of energy for your day!
Saddle up and explore the region on horseback, from the foot of the Remarkables, to the Kawarau River or around Glenorchy, Queenstown has the horse riding experience to suit all levels of ability.
The clear un-polluted skies are the perfect setting for a stargazing experience in Queenstown, and our only stargazing experience is at the top of Bob’s Peak. From the dedicated stargazing location, viewers can see the Southern Cross, Milky Way and other galaxies, pointed out by expert guides.
Taste local produce and explore the markets
Have a lazy day exploring the Queenstown Markets every Saturday 9 – 4pm or The Remarkables Market every Saturday morning to pick up something locally made. Hunt out the restaurants with locally sourced ingredients, in-house bio-dynamic gardens, or fish caught on our doorstep.
Find the locals hot spots
A certain bar in Arrowtown with a distinct front door is known for it's open mic nights (if you’re around on a Wednesday) this hidden gem is a must-do on your itinerary. Any night of the week Queenstown has live music, cocktail bars with outdoor fires, and sophisticated wine and jazz bars.
Power your own 4WD Adventure
Hit the road on a self-drive or quad-biking adventure and take in the incredible views, hoon along on a buggy in the backcountry, or explore a high country farm on electric trail bikes originally designed for farm use!