Stroll or bike around Queenstown Gardens

Draped over a small peninsula, a couple of minutes’ walk from the centre of town, Queenstown Gardens vie for the crown of New Zealand’s finest park with the bonus of epic mountain and Lake Whakatipu views. Graceful trees, lush lawns and well-tended flowerbeds make it an idyllic spot for a leisurely walk or bike ride.

Family with bikes stop to admire views over Lake Whakatipu from Queenstown GardensQueenstown Gardens

Freewheel the cycle trails

Most of the 130km Queenstown Trail network is smooth and flat, including the leisurely Frankton Track and Kelvin Peninsula Trail starting from Queenstown Gardens. While some pedalling will be required, the scenery is highly distracting, as are the stops for a quick snack and cold beer en route.

Biking in Gibbston ValleyCycling the Gibbston River Wine Trail

Take a scenic flight

Sit back, relax, and survey spectacular World Heritage landscapes from the air on the ultimate scenic tour. Fly by helicopter or plane over the Southern Alps to Milford Sound, or sweep around the peak of Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.

Eat, drink, shop

Ease into the day with a scrumptious cafe brunch before ambling around Queenstown’s satisfying shopping streets. Then celebrate your scores – or self-restraint! – in one (or maybe two) of the town’s cosmopolitan restaurants and bars.

Two people dining at Boardwalk RestaurantDining at Boardwalk

Wine & dine amongst the vines

Savour world-class pinot noir and luscious aromatic wines amongst the rugged landscapes of Gibbston Valley. Self-drive, join a guided tour, or cycle around the vineyards to get a taste of the terroir and indulge in delicious food al fresco.

Kinross Wine Tasting shot by @pinotcentralWine tasting at Kinross

Amble around Arrowtown

Discover the region’s glittering past in this irresistibly quaint gold rush town, lined with historic buildings and home to an excellent museum. Take a wander along the pretty Arrow River, then browse the boutique shops and seek refreshments in one of the many cafes and restaurants.

Mother and children walking past the Remarkable Sweet Shop store in ArrowtownHeritage buildings line the streets of Arrowtown

Explore the backcountry by 4WD

Passionate local guides bring the region’s colourful history to life on 4WD tours taking in cinematic middle-earth landscapes, the hidden gold rush settlement of Macetown, and Skippers Canyon – a famously precipitous road hewn by hand.

Queenstown, Skippers Canyon, 4WD, Lighthouse RockNomad Safaris 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon 

Cruise Lake Whakatipu

Wander down to the waterfront, hop aboard a boat, and cruise the waters of New Zealand’s longest lake. Step back in time on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, lap up the luxury of a state-of-the-art catamaran, or blast around the bays on a jetboat.

Play a round of golf

Tee off at one of six spectacular courses on Queenstown’s doorstep, including world-class Jack’s Point, Millbrook and The Hills where the quality of the groomed fairways and immaculate greens are matched by eye-popping scenery and warm hospitality in the clubhouse.

Millbrook Golf Resort in SpringGolf at Millbrook Resort in spring