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Kayaking on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown

Outdoor Activities

Enjoy Queenstown's stunning natural playground by experiencing one of the many outdoor activities on offer.

Queenstown is known globally as an adventure playground for a reason—there’s so many outdoor activities to get involved with whether it’s a leisurely walk along the lakefront or a full-on mountaineering adventure.

This town has built its reputation on the sheer number of activities available, and you’ll mingle with locals who’ve sought out this lifestyle as you tackle hiking and biking trails, or climbing and mountaineering amongst the peaks that surround Queenstown.

There are world class golf courses that attract some of the top golfers in the world each year to rolling fairways surrounded by soaring mountains.

Of course in winter a whole new world of outdoor pursuits becomes available, with four ski areas offering terrain for all levels of skier and snowboarder, and surrounding mountains just waiting to be ridden on a heli-skiing adventure. 

On the water there’s lots to be done in the warmer months, from kayaking and paddleboarding, to jet skiing and fishing.

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Autumn Hiking Above Queenstown New Zealand

Queenstown Walks & Hikes

Majestic Middle-earth scenery, pioneer history, and plenty of refreshment stops make walking around Queenstown richly rewarding.

Sunrise panorama over Queenstown

Explore Like a Local in Queenstown

Sometimes you want to experience the hidden gems of a place that only locals know about, here we list some spots that are popular with the locals. 

Chill spot for dinner. Queenstown has not provided us with many summer evenings! Photo credit: @nanikanter

Queenstown at Dusk

Thrifty Ways to Get Beneath Queenstown's Skin

Discover the Real Queenstown with walking tours, markets, mountain biking and more. We list the best free and under $50 adventures in our inspirational setting.

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Horseriding in Glenorchy Queenstown

Queenstown by Horseback

Horse riding is the ideal way to connect with nature while you explore Middle-earth or go deep into the high country as you venture into rural Queenstown.

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