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Top Day Trips From Queenstown

By Viator, January 2018

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Queenstown has a reputation as New Zealand’s adventure capital, but head a couple of hours out of the city and you’ll be rewarded with some of the South Island’s most photo-worthy landscapes. Here are your options for day trips from Queenstown.

Mount Cook — 158 miles (254 km) northeast of Queenstown
Travel through the historic gold-mining districts of the Kawarau Gorge, enjoy dazzling views over the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu, and explore the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park on a day trip to New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook. For the full experience, add a delicious lunch at the renowned Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook Village.

Doubtful Sound — 170 miles (273 km) southwest of Queenstown
The equally beautiful but less crowded neighbor to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound is reachable only by boat from Manapouri. Set sail on a scenic cruise across Manapouri Lake, stopping to admire the Te Anau Glowworm cave, Dusky Sound, and the Wilmot Pass en route.

Milford Sound — 178 miles (287 km) northwest of Queenstown
The dramatic fjords, glacial valleys, and waterfalls of Milford Sound are among New Zealand’s most spectacular natural wonders, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site makes for an unforgettable day trip. Soak up the scenery on the 3.5-hour drive through Fiordland National Park, soar overhead on a helicopter or small plane, or spot dolphins, seals, and penguins on a Milford Sound cruise.

Christchurch — 300 miles (485 km) northeast of Queenstown
The journey from Queenstown to Christchurch takes you right through the heart of the South Island, so why not make a day of it? Along the way, pass through the mountains and vineyards of Central Otago, cross Lindis Pass to Mount Cook Village, and stop to take in the views at Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, the Mackenzie Basin, and the Canterbury Plains.

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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown, Queenstown, null
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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 68 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 $96.71
Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 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 $261.63
Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ ... 
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Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ Lunch from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 262 Reviews

Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, a must-see for any traveler. This is a small group tour for travelers seeking a ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.92
Milford Sound Tour with Flight, Cruise and Jet Boat Adventure from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Milford Sound Tour with Flight, Cruise and Jet Boat Adventure from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Fly from Queenstown to magnificent Milford Sound, to enjoy a 2-hour cruise traveling the full length of the fiord. Then board your Aircraft for a scenic flight ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $509.76
Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

4.5 star rating: Recommended 204 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 $179.92
Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 Reviews

Experience the beauty of Central Otago, its fine wines, rich gold history and welcoming people. This Central Otago wine tour from Queenstown will take you into ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.18
Milford Sound Day Trip from Queenstown by Coach, Cruise and Flight, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Milford Sound Day Trip from Queenstown by Coach, Cruise and Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

For the most engaging way to experience the riches of Fiordland National Park. This tour includes three modes of transport on land, sea and in the air ...  Read more

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

From USD $446.04
Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau to Queenstown, Fiordland & Milford Sound, Day Trips
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau to Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover Milford Sound on a full-day trip from Te Anau to Queenstown. Travel through the beautiful Fiordland National Park and be mesmerized by the grandeur of ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, concludes Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.18
Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

4.5 star rating: Recommended 80 Reviews

Experience rural New Zealand as you're taken on a walking tour of the farm. Learn about traditional farming practices and the significance of the various ...  Read more

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

From USD $56.22
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 63 Reviews

Be struck by the beautiful silence of Doubtful Sound as you cruise the crystal waters and take in the breathtaking scenery. Journey across Lake Manapouri, ...  Read more

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

From USD $206.15

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