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With mountains, lakes, and glaciers right on the city’s doorstep, Queenstown is New Zealand’s reigning capital of adventure sports. Whether you want to go hiking and climbing in the Southern Alps, test your nerves on a daring bungy jump, or venture off-road, here are your options for outdoor adventures in Queenstown.

Water Sports
Tackle the thrilling rapids of the Kawarau River or Shotover River on a white-water rafting, canyoning, or white-water sledging excursion; take a high-speed jet boat ride along the Shotover River; or kayak through Mount Aspiring National Park. Alternatively, head to Lake Wakatipu to enjoy activities including stand-up paddleboarding, flyboarding, catamaran cruises, and fishing. 

Extreme Sports
Check a few items off your bucket list while you’re in Queenstown, starting with a jump from the Nevis Highwire bungy platform, the third-highest in the world at a terrifying 440 feet (134 meters). Adrenaline junkies can also soar over Lake Wakatipu on the Sky Swing at the Ledge, enjoy hang gliding or paragliding from Coronet Peak, go ziplining at Kawarau Bridge, or try skydiving. 
 
Off-Road Adventures
Set off to explore Skippers Canyon or Mt. Nicholas high country by 4WD on a fun off-road safari, or take the wheel yourself with an ATV ride around Queenstown Hill or an exhilarating buggy ride around Lake Wakatipu.

Hiking and Biking
There are endless options for hiking and mountain biking in the mountains and valleys between Queenstown, Wanaka, and Glenorchy. Take a day hike through the Remarkables mountain range, climb to the summit of Ben Lomond for a spectacular view over the Southern Alps, or tackle the famous 3-day Routeburn Track. Cyclists can opt for a leisurely bike ride around the wineries of the Gibbston Valley or challenge themselves on the Otago Central Rail Trail or Arrow River Bridges Trail.
 
Winter Sports
Queenstown offers easy access to some of the best ski resorts on the South Island, including Cardrona, Treble Cone, Coronet Peak, and the Remarkables Ski Field. There are skiing and snowboarding options to suit all abilities, as well as heli-skiing, night skiing, and backcountry skiing. Other popular winter activities include snowshoeing, glacier hiking, and snowmobiling.
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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

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Take a jet boat ride on the Shotover River during an extreme ride, and make use of transport from Queenstown. Experience adrenaline-fueled fun as the jet boat skims the water’s surface at high speed and fishtails into 360-degree spins. Hold on tight as the captain maneuvers the jet boat over rapids and through narrow canyons during one heart-pounding adventure you won’t soon forget.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Zipline Adventure in Queenstown

Small-Group Zipline Adventure in Queenstown

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Soar through the Queenstown forest on the world’s steepest tree-to-tree zipline, plunging 30 stories down from the Skyline Gondola summit on this exciting tour. Test yourself on two ziplines that finish with a 21-meter drop. Tone down the adrenaline a notch on a longer 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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$68.05
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Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour

Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour

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Enjoy two trips in one on this good-value jet boat tour: a guided tour of Skippers Canyon and a thrilling ride on the Shotover River. Zip up some of the narrowest canyons on the Upper Shotover, and learn about the gold mining history of the area from your knowledgeable guide on the journey there. This combined tour is ideal for history buffs and adrenaline seekers.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tandem Paraglide Adventure in Queenstown

Private Tandem Paraglide Adventure in Queenstown

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We are the only company permitted to fly over Queenstown with stunning views of the city and Lake Wakatipu. GFORCE is New Zealand`s largest and most experienced paragliding company. Professionalism and safety are always key – we undertake ongoing training to always be at the top of our game. Our pilots are the best in the business, with well over two hundred years of combined tandem flying time. The flight is tailored to you – thrill seekers and those looking for a more relaxed pace are both catered to. Our philosophy is one of providing our customers with a genuine joy-ride. We pride ourselves on having our clients walk off the landing field with a big smile!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Guided Wilderness Tour from Queenstown

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A jet-boat ride, a guided nature walk and a backcountry off-road tour are the highlights of this Dart River wilderness safari from Glenorchy. During this full-day 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.
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  • 6 hours
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Queenstown Quad Bike Adventure

Queenstown Quad Bike Adventure

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For your next activity in the proclaimed ‘Adventure Capital of the World,’ set out for Queenstown’s off-road terrain aboard a Suzuki sports quad, led by an expert guide. You’ll bump along dirt-bike tracks with creek crossings and hill climbs boasting spectacular views, from the Kawarau River up into the mountains of the Kawarau Gorge. Each tailor-made tour runs with a select small group based on skill level, guaranteeing both beginning and advanced riders an exhilarating 1.5-hour ride.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Challenger Self Drive Guided Buggy Tour from Queenstown

Challenger Self Drive Guided Buggy Tour from Queenstown

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Get access to Queenstown’s most spectacular scenery during an off-road self-drive buggy tour. Follow an expert guide for 60 minutes along backcountry terrain with breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and beyond. Experience the thrill of driving your own 2-seater 4x4 vehicle while you rip up the trails! Helmet, gloves and wet-weather gear are included with a roll cage and seat belts to ensure your safety.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

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Experience heart-racing fun on an exhilarating Queenstown jet-boat ride. The expert captain races across Lake Wakatipu, navigates tricky turns on the Kawarau River and speeds through the milky waters of the Shotover River. Grab hold of your seat as the jet boat makes 360-degree spins and fishtails on a rollercoaster ride over the water.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Dart River Combo: 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

Dart River Combo: 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

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This full-day adventure includes a 'funyak' (inflatable canoe) and jet boat ride on the Dart River, situated amid the untamed beauty of UNESCO-listed Mount Aspiring National Park. Travel by coach from Queenstown to Glenorchy, where you speed upriver on a thrilling jet boat before climbing aboard an easy-to-handle funyak. No previous experience is necessary and you paddle with several passengers in a flotilla behind your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off plus buffet lunch and all equipment are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Queenstown Quad Bike Explorer Tour

Queenstown Quad Bike Explorer Tour

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With soaring peaks, rugged trails, and spectacular countryside scenery, Queenstown is the undisputed home of outdoor adventure on New Zealand’s South Island. On this adrenaline-pumping tour, hit the gas and experience high-octane thrills by quad bike. Zoom through the backcountry wilderness with your guide, and tackle challenging hill climbs and creek crossings between the Kawarau River and the Nevis mountain range—with trails selected to suit your skill level.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Hydro Attack Experience in Queenstown

Private Hydro Attack Experience in Queenstown

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Dive deep into the waters of Lake Wakatipu and explode into the sky as a passenger in the thrilling Seabreacher X watercraft. Brace yourself for stunts and high speeds in this unique ‘shark machine’, one of the only ones operating commercially in the entire world. Experience exciting side-rolls, long dives and 360-degree spins in this private thrillride – each ride is one-on-one with your pilot.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Shotover Canyon Swing

Shotover Canyon Swing

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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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour

Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour

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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.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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Extreme Flyboarding from Queenstown

Extreme Flyboarding from Queenstown

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Satisfy your quest for adrenaline in Queenstown! Fly like a superhero and swim like a dolphin with a 45-minute Flyboard adventure. Strap on your jet-propelled equipment and take instruction from a professional guide during a private lesson, then shoot up 30 feet (9 meters) into the air and dive back underwater. Upgrade for more time to learn additional tricks. Wetsuit, life vest, helmet and towel included.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Queenstown ATV Tour

Queenstown ATV Tour

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Ride a quad bike on Queenstown Hill during this 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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown

50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown

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Take your Queenstown visit to new ‘heights’ of adventure thanks to this 50-minute helicopter flight complete with a glacier landing. Soar above the spectacular scenery of Mt. Aspiring National Park, gliding above turquoise ice formations, hidden alpine lakes and towering mountains before landing on top of a glacier for photos.
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  • 50 minutes
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Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip

Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip

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Enjoy wet and wild adventure in Skippers Canyon on this 4.5-hour Queenstown rafting and sightseeing adventure. Take a scenic drive into Skippers Canyon as a guide sheds light on the region’s rich gold-mining heritage. On arrival at base, strap into your safety kit and paddle onto the Shotover River’s swirling Class I and II rapids. During your descent, tackle the river’s swirling twists and turns with a guide and enjoy sweeping views over New Zealand’s beautiful countryside. Then, finish your adventure with a swim or a rock-jump.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Queenstown 25-minute Jet Boat

Queenstown 25-minute Jet Boat

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Go Orange offers you an electric ride. Filled with speed, thrills and even more of those famous 360 degree spins. Hold on as we race faster than ever before down Lake Wakatipu. We will get you up close and personal with the lakes edge, skimming past trees and any obstacles in our way and be sure to hold on to your hats as we navigate under not one, but two bridges at speed. Great for families, we can take as young as two years old! Our experience is champion in the jet boat game and we can’t wait to give you the ride of your life.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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ChargeAbout Queenstown - Full-Day Electric Mountain Bike Rental

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ChargeAbout Queenstown - Full-Day Electric Mountain Bike Rental

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Queenstown and the surrounding areas are full of spectacular cycle trails. Explore whichever ones you please and still have some energy left afterwards when you book a full-day self-guided cycle tour with electric bikes. The state-of-the-art bicycles make it easy for the whole family to enjoy the trails, and the rental staff will help you identify which paths are best suited to your needs and interests.
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  • 8 hours
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Coronet Peak Tandem Paragliding Higher Take off - Aerobatic flight

Coronet Peak Tandem Paragliding Higher Take off - Aerobatic flight

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Take off from one of the highest commercially available points in Queenstown on this tandem paragliding experience. Fly with an extremely experienced guide for aerial views of Queenstown and the surrounding countryside, including Coronet Peak. Flight time is about 15 minutes; all necessary equipment provided.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown

Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown

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Shoot the rapids on the Shotover River on this half-day tour from Queenstown, a great choice for thrill seekers. Under the supervision of a guide, you'll brave the wild rapids, raft through the Oxenbridge Tunnel, and drop into the Cascade Rapid. Instruction and all necessary equipment (wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket, booties, helmet) are included. Plus, a choice of morning or afternoon departure let's you fit this tour into any schedule.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half Day Bike Tour of Arrow River Trail

Half Day Bike Tour of Arrow River Trail

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Cycle alongside the Arrow and Kawarau rivers during a half-day bike excursion. You’re transferred from Queenstown for an easy off-road mountain bike ride that covers approx. 9 miles (15 km) over flat terrain. Take advantage of a detailed trail map and a support vehicle available while you ride independently. Cross several suspension bridges including the Kawarau Bridge, famous for its bungy jumping, and enjoy wine tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery. Hotel pickup available for morning tours only.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)

Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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