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Skydive Queenstown

Skydive Queenstown — New Zealand’s outdoor adventure capital — and jump from 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000 feet. After a safety briefing, board a small plane and tandem skydive with an experienced guide. Free-falling for a minute at terminal velocity, you’ll reach speeds of up to 124 mph (200 kph), then relax as you soak up views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. Includes transport from Queenstown to the drop zone, just a 20-minute drive away.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

Join a Doubtful Sound cruise from Queenstown and discover this alpine gem nestled in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Traveling by coach, you’ll take a ferry across Lake Manapouri and cross over Wilmot Pass for your 3-hour catamaran cruise. You’ll be struck by the fiord’s vivid beauty as you search for dolphins, fur seals and penguins amid a dramatic landscape of soaring granite peaks and crystal-clear waters. 
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Queenstown Zipline Tour

Soar through the Queenstown forest on the world’s steepest tree-to-tree zipline, plunging 30 stories down from the Skyline Gondola summit on a 3-hour tour. Tone down the adrenaline a notch on a 2-hour course, perfect for families with kids aged six and up. Expert guides supervise your launch from each aerial platform, so all you have to do is take in the panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the snow-capped Remarkables mountain range.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

Visit ‘The Lord of the Rings’ filming locations in Glenorchy, traveling by 4WD with an informative guide. Departing Queenstown for Middle-earth in the morning or afternoon, this half-day tour includes stunning countryside landscapes chosen by director Peter Jackson. See where famous scenes were filmed, such as the Fortress of Isengard, Lothlorien, Ithilien Camp and Forest of Amon Hen. Enjoy light refreshments and personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to six passengers per vehicle.
  • Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes
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The Original Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump in Queenstown

Go bungy jumping in New Zealand from the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, the original site of the Queenstown bungy jump. You’ll experience the ultimate Queenstown challenge, transforming from nervous to elated as you plunge 141 feet (43 meters) in five seconds. Choose from a variety of options, including a water touch or full immersion in the gorgeous Kawarau River. It may just be the best thing you’ve ever done!
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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New Zealand's Biggest Swing: Nevis Swing Queenstown

Feel your heart pumping as you sway into a wide arc on the Nevis Swing, suspended from a high platform above the Nevis River. The world’s largest swing lets you free-fall before swooping through the air at high speed. Enjoy a 40-minute drive from Queenstown before starting your daredevil experience in New Zealand’s adventure capital. Ride solo or with a friend, but if you’d prefer to watch you can select the Spectator Pass at booking.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

A jet-boat ride, a guided nature walk and a backcountry off-road tour are the highlights of this Dart River wilderness safari from Queenstown. During this 6-hour tour with a naturalist guide, venture into Glenorchy, gateway to the World Heritage–listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and hidden valleys, you’ll twist and turn down the glacier-fed Dart River. Finish with a leisurely walk through an ancient forest to learn about the wildlife and the area’s original Maori inhabitants.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Half-Day Walter Peak Horse Trek from Queenstown

Cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm and venture out on horseback with an expert guide. You'll board the vintage steamship SS ‘Earnslaw’ for a round-trip ride across Lake Wakatipu then have morning or afternoon tea at the Colonel’s Homestead. Numbers are limited for a small-group experience on the horse trek, with views of the Remarkables mountain range.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Shotover Canyon Swing

Thrill-seekers in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’ will love free-falling over the river on the Shotover Canyon Swing. A jump instructor prepares both first-timers and seasoned daredevils to swing solo or tandem along a special rope and cable system suspended between two cliffs. You’ll swing safely in a secure harness and hear encouragement throughout your pendulum ride above the Shotover River.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Queenstown Lord of the Rings Off-Road 4X4 Adventure from Queenstown

Go off-roading near Lake Wakatipu on a thrilling 4WD adventure from Queenstown. With an expert guide at the wheel, your 4x4 navigates long-forgotten trails past former gold rush settlements. Hear entertaining commentary about this scenic region captured by ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. You'll see multiple LOTR filming sites while jolting down Skippers Canyon and splashing across the Arrow River.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Mt Cook Fly Heli-Hike Fly from Queenstown

The mighty Aoraki/Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain and lies at the heart of the Southern Alps. On this tour, soar through the Alps on a helicopter, admire spectacular aerial views of Tasman Glacier Lake, and touchdown at a remote high-altitude location. Accompanied by an experienced guide, set out on a thrilling glacier hike, using crampons and glacier boots to tackle the rugged terrain.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Queenstown Super Saver: Milford Sound Nature Cruise plus Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour

Board a Milford Sound cruise and ride a vintage steamship across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on this Queenstown Super Saver. You’ll take each tour on two separate days, soaking up the breathtaking alpine landscapes of the South Island. First, spot marine life as your experienced skipper navigates the serene waters of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland. The next day, enjoy typical New Zealand hospitality at a rural farm with wool spinning, sheep sheering and either morning or afternoon tea.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Coronet Peak Tandem Hang Gliding

Soar above Queenstown on a hang gliding adventure from the Coronet Peak ski field. Available during summer months (September to April), this tandem hang gliding tour takes off from the area’s highest commercial flight site. Pair up with a qualified guide — a New Zealand paragliding champion — and enjoy a stunning and scenic flight. Round-trip transport is included with your 2-hour experience.
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Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Mt Nicholas High Country 4WD Tour

Take a Queenstown catamaran cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Mt Nicholas High Country Station, then tour the hills in a 4WD vehicle with your guide. You’ll hear interesting narration from the captain en route to the merino sheep farm on Lake Wakatipu’s western shore. Take brief walks for a bird's-eye view of the region, including the Remarkables mountains, and enjoy morning or afternoon tea before returning to Queenstown by boat.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Queenstown Adventurer – Half Day Canyoning Experience

This half-day Queenstown canyoneering adventure is action-packed! You’ll walk through an ancient beech forest to a steep-walled canyon, where you’ll spend 1.5 to 2 hours descending by zipline, abseiling (rappelling) down waterfalls, plunging into natural pools, floating down narrow passageways and cascading down chutes. Expert guides ensure your safety and provide alternate routes depending on skill level. No experience is necessary, but this activity does require a moderate level of fitness. Wetsuits, safety equipment and waterproof footwear are provided.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour from Queenstown

Enjoy an off-road adventure in the wild of New Zealand on this half-day Wakatipu Basin 4-wheel drive tour from Queenstown. Cruise along off-road routes toward the Remarkables mountain range — widely used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Admire panoramic views over Deer Park Heights and the Kawarau Gorge, and then head onward to the historic gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Traverse bumpy river crossings along the Arrow River, and pan for gold on the riverbank. Then gaze over the Wakatipu Basin from Coronet Peak en route back to Queenstown.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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3-Hour Queenstown Fishing Experience

Enjoy an authentic fishing adventure on Lake Wakatipu with this 3-hour Queenstown fishing charter. Head onto the calm waters of Lake Wakatipu and enjoy panoramic views over the spectacular mountain scenery. Pick up helpful tips from your guide and gain insight into the many different fish species thriving in the lake. Master a range of fishing techniques including jigging, spinning and trolling, and watch your line for a nibble from the trout and salmon swimming below. Haul in your catches, then either release them back or keep them for dinner!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Zipline with Wine Tasting Combo Tour from Queenstown

Combine two of Queenstown's top draws—adventure sports and wine country—on this single tour. In the morning, speed down a zipline that starts and finishes at the top of the Skyline gondola. Then spend the afternoon in some Central Otago vineyards, sipping samples and touring one of New Zealand's largest wine caves. Planning these two activities separately could be time-consuming, but this tour arranges all details in advance so you can simply enjoy the experience.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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Queenstown ATV Tour

Ride a quad bike on Queenstown Hill during this 3.5-hour ATV adventure. After a comprehensive training, hop on a fully automatic all-terrain vehicle and follow your guide over off-road trails (safety gear and all-weather clothing provided). Enjoy informative commentary and sweeping views over Queenstown. Hotel pickup and drop-off, along with refreshments, are included in this small-group tour, limited to 11 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Queenstown Nevis Highwire Bungy Jump

Take your Queenstown adventure to new heights with the Nevis Highwire bungy jump — the third highest bungy jumping platform in the world. Not for the faint of heart, this half-day experience is the ultimate bungy jumping challenge, testing your nerve for adrenaline-packed fun with a 440-foot (134-meter) drop. You’ll plunge through the air in about 8.5 seconds and watch the Nevis River rush toward you. Round-trip transport by 4WD vehicle from Queenstown included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Coronet Peak Tandem Paragliding Main Take off

Soar above the mountain scenery of Wakatipu on a tandem paragliding flight that takes off from Coronet Peak, the highest commercial take-off point in Queenstown. With an expert pilot to guide the paraglider, you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the whole region, covering 2.5 miles (4 km.) as you fly from Coronet Peak to the landing site. This small-group paragliding experience is limited to 8 travelers per booking for personal, high-quality service.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Half-Day Kawarau Canyoning Experience from Queenstown

The towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls of Kawarau Canyon offer a dramatic backdrop for a canyoning adventure and this 4-hour tour from Queenstown is suitable for anyone over 10 years. With a small group of no more than 10 people, get your adrenaline pumping as you scramble up rocky cliffs, abseil down waterfalls, and tackle natural water slides.
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Half-Day Routeburn Track Guided Walk from Queenstown

Get introduced to one of New Zealand’s Great Walks with a 2.5-hour hike on the Routeburn Track. This half-day tour departs Queenstown for the awe-inspiring scenery of Mt Aspiring National Park. Walk across a swing bridge and follow your guide at a relaxed pace through a beech forest lush with ferns and mosses. Experience the tranquility of the Routeburn River and its waterfalls while you learn about native birdlife and cultural history.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

Leave bustling Queenstown behind for the scenic beauty of Skippers Canyon on a half-day 4WD tour of the historic gorge. An experienced guide traverses Gorge Road and follows an old mining route toward Coronet Peak and into Skippers Canyon for outstanding views over the Wakatipu Basin and the Shotover River. Enjoy short walks and stop for scrumptious morning or afternoon tea including chilled wine, cookies and homemade cheese.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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