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.
Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopter scenic flight
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.
TSS Earnslaw cruise on Lake Wakatipu
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.
Cocktails at No.5 Church Lane
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 pedaling will be required, the scenery is highly distracting, as are stops for a quick snack and cold beer en route.
Cycling the Gibbston River Wine Trail
Wine & dine amongst the vines
Savour world-class pinot noir and luscious aromatic wines amongst the rugged landscapes of the Gibbston. 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.
Wine 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.
Heritage 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.
Nomad Safaris 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon
Stroll 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 to while away a couple of hours.
Queenstown Gardens in autumn
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.
Golf at Millbrook Resort in spring