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Things to do in Queenstown

Things to do in  Queenstown

Welcome to Queenstown

Nestled between the Remarkables’ towering peaks and Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown—nicknamed the adventure capital of the world—welcomes visitors year-round for skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rafting, skydiving, and more. It’s an ideal base for exploring nearby South Island destinations such as Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park, historic Arrowtown, and Central Otago’s wineries. Queenstown itself offers loads of activities too: Bungee jump in the Kawarau Gorge, ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak, or sample local wines and cheeses on a tasting tour. If you’re a Bilbo Baggins fan, make a pilgrimage to nearby Glenorchy, a filming location for ""The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Top 10 attractions in Queenstown

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Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu

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Surrounded by mountains and shrouded in legend, Lake Wakatipu and its crystal waters draw visitors as the longest lake on New Zealand's South Island. A day on Lake Wakatipu is arguably the highlight of any trip to Queenstown and the Otago region.More
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Kawarau Suspension Bridge

Kawarau Suspension Bridge

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Rising 141 feet (42 meters) above the turquoise waters of dramatic Kawarau Gorge, no attraction is more iconic to Queenstown than the historic Kawarau Suspension Bridge. Most thrill-seekers know that the bridge is the site of the world's first commercial bungee jump. It’s still possible to leap from a platform suspended from the bridge where it all began.More
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Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak

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Coronet Peak is New Zealand’s oldest ski field and remains a popular choice for people heading to the slopes during the southern hemisphere’s ski season. Snow bunnies can take to one of the ski field’s many trails, while sightseers can enjoy the stunning views of the Wakatipu Basin and the Southern Alps from the summit of the peak.More
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Queenstown Hill

Queenstown Hill

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Arguably one of Queenstown’s best hikes, Queenstown Hill is home to the popular Queenstown Hill Time Walk, where informative placards provides an overview of Queenstown’s fascinating history. To native Maori, this hill was known as Te Tapu Nui, or mountain of intense sacredness, which makes sense considering the epic views you’ll get from the top.Climbing over 1,500 feet in only 1.5 miles, the steep climb is rewarded by views looking out over Lake Wakatipu, as well as The Remarkables and Southern Alps that are often snowcapped in the distance.Aside from hiking, ATV and quad bike tours are a popular way to visit, which crisscross over 15 miles of off-road trails on the hill.More
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The Remarkables

The Remarkables

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Looming over nearby Queenstown, the Remarkables are a formidable mountain range and one of New Zealand’s most popular ski fields. The Remarkables Ski Area has a wide range of exciting slopes and runs for skiers and snowboarders people of all ages and skill levels. Warm weather sees adventure here too, with hiking and biking trails galore.More
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Skyline Queenstown

Skyline Queenstown

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Hang on tight! Skyline Queenstown affords the city’s best views, but the gondola ride isn’t for the faint of heart. Zipping up 1,475 feet (450 meters) to the top of Bob’s Peak takes about 10 minutes aboard the steepest gondola in the southern hemisphere. En route, enjoy 220-degree vistas of Queenstown, the Remarkables, Coronet Peak, and Lake Wakatipu. At the top, dine at the mountaintop Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar amid panoramic views while the Skyline Luge track—with two steepness options, one easy enough for kids—sends adventurous riders screaming on their return trip to the mountain’s base.More
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Kawarau River

Kawarau River

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Not far from Queenstown, Kawarau River offers a variety of thrill-seeking possibilities including jet boating, whitewater rafting, and riverboarding. Alternatively, visitors can go off-road into the surrounding hills during an all-terrain quad bike tour or try bungee jumping from the Kawarau Suspension Bridge. There’s something for history buffs too, who come to check out the gold-miners’ huts and relics from the river’s gold-rush days.More
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Kiwi Birdlife Park

Kiwi Birdlife Park

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There are two different ways to see a kiwi bird when traveling in Queenstown, New Zealand: Drive hours away to remote regions in the exceptionally slim hopes of spotting one, or drive two minutes from downtown Queenstown to Kiwi Birdlife Park. When visiting this 5-acre wildlife compound, visitors can spend time with—and even feed—New Zealand’s iconic birds, and also spot species such as alpine parrots and the rarely seen New Zealand falcon. When finished walking through the darkened hides that house the furry brown kiwis, gawk at the prehistoric tuatara that scientists claim has survived virtually unchanged for over 200 million years. Conservation is another key element of this informative and educational park, and funds from admission are used to rehabilitate and release birds back in the wild. Daily conservation shows discuss the programs in depth, and you’ll also find talks on Maori culture and the pounamu, or greenstone, that led the Maori to originally inhabit these hills.More
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Queenstown Gardens

Queenstown Gardens

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In a town that runs on non-stop adrenaline, sometimes it’s nice to simply slow down, relax, and catch your breath. Set minutes outside of downtown Queenstown, Queenstown Gardens is the perfect spot for a relaxing moment of tranquility, where walking paths hug the shore of the lake, and flowers burst with brilliant color from spring through early fall.Horticulturists will appreciate the wealth of native and indigenous plants, and joggers will love the network of trails that weave across 36 acres. Even if it’s just stopping to play on the rope swings, or feed the ducks at the pond, Queenstown Gardens is a place where families can find some free entertainment. It’s also a popular place to spend an hour riding a bike, or visit as part of a Segway tour of central Queenstown sights. Of all the different flowers in the park, it’s easily the roses that get the most attention when they begin to bloom in the spring, engulfing whole hillsides in blankets of color as fountains splash in the distance. You’ll also find two memorials in the garden, one of which honors Robert Falcon Scott and his team that died in Antarctica, and the other commemorates the city’s first settlers, who arrived in 1860.More
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Hollyford Track

Hollyford Track

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The Hollyford Track might not have the profile of Fiordland’s Great Walks, but it’s no less impressive. This low-altitude walk runs through the Hollyford Valley, part of the Te Wāhipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area, and alongside the roaring Hollyford River, past towering mountains and crystal-clear lakes all the way to Martins Bay.More

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TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown
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Queenstown ATV Tour
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Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise with Lunch
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Recent reviews from experiences in Queenstown

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Excellent trip
Hiueni_N, Feb. 2021
Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Queenstown
excellent service and the beautiful view of rainfalls, snow even summertime, mountains, The driver from Queenstown was excellent providing tour guide and explanation on our 4 hours drive to Milsfordsound.
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A memorable experience
Stewart_G, Oct. 2020
Queenstown Progressive Dinner & Wine Tour - 3 iconic locations
he is a Blackburn Rover supporter ( an English football team ) From there it was on to a lovely restaurant in Arrowtown for our main course and more wine and finally to Eichards hotel in Queenstown for cocktails and dessert.
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We did this tour with our friends as...
Collette P, Oct. 2017
Grand Circle Helicopter Flight from Queenstown
Definitely a must to see Queenstown from the air.
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Martin Kohn was excellent and lovely...
beattie11, Apr. 2018
Private Tour Half Day Queenstown and Beyond Photography Tour
I re-learned a lot about photography that I had forgotten and got to see a beautiful area near Queenstown.
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Our Day with Rob and our new friends...
John C, Jan. 2017
Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Queenstown
I am so glad we did this trip on a smaller bus with more stops to see and experience things.
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The scenery was spectacular...
suellis31, Feb. 2016
Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
The glaciers and waterfalls were amazing.
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This was brilliant. Great food...
Pete DL, Feb. 2016
Wine and Food Sampler Tour from Queenstown
Good to do if you need a step back from the adrenaline activities in Queenstown.
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Beautiful place, fun activities...
Willem K, Aug. 2014
Dart River Combo: 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown
Beautiful place, fun activities, good food, great guides, excellent experience.
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The trip to Milford Sound from...
Albert B, Jan. 2012
Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
The trip to Milford Sound from Queenstown was a long one, but there were several stops along the way to see some beautiful sights.
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8th Wonder of the World - the BEST way to see it!!!
Taylor_R, Mar. 2020
Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
Milford Sound was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen - and I was able to see it from above and up close on the water.
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Just Speechless
Anupam_D, Mar. 2020
30-Minute Alpine Scenic Flight from Queenstown
It was exciting to see the Queenstown lake, the entire city, many peaks with few mountain capped with snow.
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Marvelous Milford
Laura_N, Feb. 2020
Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise
The folks on the boat were equally informative and got you up close to marine animals and many waterfalls.
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A lovely tour
Megan_G, Feb. 2020
Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)
I would highly recommend this excursion as a fun way to see the stunning landscapes around Queenstown.
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Stunning views
ktaylormartin, Jan. 2020
Milford Sound Cruise from Queenstown or Te Anau
Take a jacket, it can be cold even in summer.
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Spectacular and awe-inspiring
Elizabeth T, Jan. 2020
Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise
5 hours cruise takes you around Milford Sound to see Mitre Peak, waterfalls, seals and other wonders.
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Roman M, Mar. 2016
Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Queenstown
If you want to see Milford Sound on a tour from Queenstown, you MUST book this one!
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Great Day Visiting Queenstown's Best Breweries.
Ken S, Dec. 2019
Queenstown Beer Tours
All in all a GREAT day and one that should be included on any list of must-do activities while staying in Queenstown.
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Great tour - Great guide !!!
L150NSjennifer, Oct. 2019
Arrowtown and Wanaka Premium Tour from Queenstown
we got to visit Cromwell, Wanaka, Cardrona ,Crown Hill and Arrowtown with our very experienced tour guide Wayne.
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Queenstown to Queenstown via Cromwell, Wanaka,Cardrona, the Crown Range and Wanaka
Compass52218493938, Jul. 2019
Arrowtown and Wanaka Premium Tour from Queenstown
There had been a slight fall of snow prior to our trip which made it look how Queenstown and surrounds likes to look in winter.
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Worth every dollar
Joe M, Jun. 2019
Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown
The glass roof coach enabling you to see everything the drive into milford sound has to offer coupled with an amazing and knowledgable driver (our driver was greg) makes this milford sound experience a must do in Queenstown.

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