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3 Days in Queenstown: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, May 2015

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Are you ready for action? If that's a YES! then Queenstown is the place to be, as New Zealand's adrenaline capital. If you're not hell-bent on throwing yourself off a bridge or hurtling down a river, the surrounding wine country and ludicrously scenic Milford Sound will also give you a thrill.

Day 1: High-Octane Queenstown

If you want to terrify yourself, you can do it here, in every possible way you can imagine. Take the plunge that started it all on the original Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump, or leap over the Queenstown Urban Ledge Bungy Jump - guaranteed to take your breath away!  Dive into the deep end with the Triple challenge: a jet boat ride on the Shotover River, helicopter flight over Skippers Canyon, and white-water rafting down the rapids. If that hasn’t got your heart beating fast enough try skydiving from 15,000 feet, flying downhill on mountain bikes, paragliding from Coronet Peak, canyoning through perilous gorges, and speeding along the river on a purpose-built body board.

Day 2: Queenstown Day Trips

Queenstown is the perfect base for a movie safari - a scenic journey into the heart of alpine New Zealand to explore the spectacular backdrops used in the Lord of the Rings and Wolverine films. Hire a kayak and paddle out onto Lake Wakatipu or to take a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, the coal-powered steamer used to connect remote sheep stations to civilization.

Soar over the majestic scenery on a breathtaking helicopter flight  or take a wilderness cruise on gorgeously unspoilt Doubtful Sound. Dip into the picturesque valleys and rolling vine-clad foothills of Bannockburn to visit New Zealand's premier vineyards in Otago wine country. Or discover another side to NZ on a high country farm tour, to watch sheep dogs in action and see the animals including Highland cows, alpacas and red deer.

Day 3: Milford Sound

Milford Sound is possibly the most scenic destination in New Zealand, featuring magnificent native forests, wild rugged cliffs and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the sound far below. Cruise Milford Sound on a day trip from Queenstown to see the glacier scarred rock walls of Mitre Peak rising vertically from the sea. Take an overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner along this magnificent fiord to the Tasman Sea, anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. Or go for the scenic flight tour, combining a Milford Sound boat cruise, a spectacular flight over glaciers, lakes and rainforest, and a drive through World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park.

Tours & Tickets

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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Feel a rush of adrenaline as you skim the surface of the Shotover River by jet boat! Hold on tight as you do fishtail turns and 360-degree spins at high speeds ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 25 minutes (approx.)

From USD $96.48

Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Enjoy a scenic afternoon boat cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound on a working mail boat that visits Ship Cove and several remote communities. You'll share ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.32

Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

4 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

If you’re a movie fan or lover of beautiful landscapes, take the opportunity to see film locations from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films on this Middle-earth tour ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $107.20
$125.06 Save $17.86

Queenstown Zipline Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Find out why Queenstown is New Zealand’s adrenaline capital with this zipline adventure! Launching from the Ziptrek Treehouse at the Skyline Gondola summit, ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $70.75

Skydive Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

See Queenstown like never before as you take the ultimate leap of faith as you tandem skydive. Feel your adrenaline surge as you reach altitude and prepare to ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $213.68

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

An overnight cruise amidst spectacular Milford Sound, is a once in a lifetime experience. While on board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $216.54

Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Discover the untamed beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mount Aspiring National Park on this full-day Dart River 'funyak' (inflatable canoe) and jet ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $235.12

3-Day Queenstown to Christchurch including West Coast Glaciers and the TranzAlpine Train

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Visit highlights of New Zealand’s South Island on a 3-day tour from Queenstown to Christchurch. Be amazed by the Fox Glacier on a 3-hour guided hike that gives ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $651.22

Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Visit Ship Cove on a morning boat cruise that explores the Marlborough Sounds, a broad network of waterways that makes up 20 percent of New Zealand’s ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.89

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

4.5 star rating: Recommended 139 Reviews

Discover Milford Sound on a full-day trip from Queenstown. You'll travel through beautiful Fiordland in a luxury coach with panoramic windows and take an ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $133.21

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