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Lake Wakatipu Tours

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Lake Wakatipu
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.

The Basics
The variety of tour offerings on Lake Wakatipu reflects Queenstown's reputation as a haven for the adventurous. Extreme jet boats ferry passengers to 4WD vehicles for off-road adventures in the Southern Alps or Paradise Valley; helicopter tours fly travelers over the lake, Fiordland, and Milford Sound to a picnic atop Cecil Peak; and fishing charters promise a good catch from the lake's stock of salmon and trout.

Those seeking serenity will be equally pleased with their options, from cruising aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw en route to dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm to gliding along the river on a catamaran cruise while taking in the view of the Remarkables mountain range. View the lake itself from Saint Omer Park, Queenstown Gardens, the Queenstown Trail, or one of the many restaurants on the southern shoreline in central Queenstown.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tour options are available for families with kids and solo adventurers alike.
  • Be sure to dress in layers, as wind can pick up suddenly.
  • Tours range from short, 90-minute excursions to full-day, 8-hour adventures.

How to Get to Lake Wakatipu
Queenstown is right on the lake, so a trip to this popular city includes easy lake access. Additional access points abound between Kingston on the south end and Glenorchy on the north end. Tours usually include round-trip pickup and drop-off from Queenstown.

When to Get There
The Southern Lakes region is a year-round travel destination, offering phenomenal skiing in winter and hiking in summer. Lake activities are more popular during the warmer months, although the glacier-fed lake remains cold regardless of the season.

Legendary Shores
Atmospheric pressures cause the water level in the lake to rise and fall about five inches (12 centimeters) every five minutes. This gave rise to the Maori legend that the rise and fall of the water is the heartbeat of a giant who lies slumbering under the water. Modern storytellers chose the lake as a filming location for the Lothlorein scenes in The Lord of the Rings.
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Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from QueenstownNature and Wildlife

Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

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Enjoy unobstructed views of the Remarkables and the Southern Alps during a catamaran cruise on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. Head to the western shore, stopping at Bob’s Cove to soak up the views from New Zealand's longest lake. Listen to the captain’s entertaining commentary about the natural landmarks and wildlife as you relax indoors or on the outdoor decks. You have a selection of morning and afternoon cruises to choose from.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from QueenstownDay Cruises

Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

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Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the TSS ‘Earnslaw,’ a vintage steamship. Stroll the lakeside gardens and enjoy a traditional morning or afternoon tea and take a walking tour of the farm. You’ll watch sheepdogs in action and see sheep shearing demonstrations. Treat yourself to home-baked goods and alpine views of the Remarkables mountain range. Savor a delicious afternoon tea and an amble through lakeside gardens before heading back to Queenstown by boat.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Milford Sound Experience Full Day from QueenstownDay Cruises

Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Queenstown

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Arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, Milford Sound offers a sweeping landscape of jagged snow-capped mountains, shimmering fjords and lakes, towering waterfalls and emerald greenery. Travel with a small group by coach from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park to explore this lush wilderness, including a boat cruise on the Milford Sound. You also see The Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu—New Zealand's longest lake, and Lake Te Anau—the South Island’s the largest lake.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Lunch at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from QueenstownDay Cruises

Lunch at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

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Depart Queenstown aboard the TSS ‘Earnslaw’ for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Travel round-trip by vintage steamship and dig into a gourmet barbecue lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead. Enjoy chef-prepared Central Otago specialties accompanied by salads, desserts, and local cheeses. Don’t miss the sheep shearing demonstration or showmanship by the farm’s sheepdogs.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise Day Trips

Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise

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Cruise Milford Sound and explore New Zealand’s Fiordland on a full-day trip from Queenstown by luxury coach. See some of the South Island’s most dramatic scenery through the glass roof of the coach, then cruise past towering waterfalls and seal colonies to the Tasman Sea, choosing between open decks and cabins that are comfortable in any weather. With pickup and drop-off at selected hotels in Queenstown, this Milford Sound trip is a spectacular day of scenery and wildlife in Fiordland National Park.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & WineDay Trips

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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine

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Pair the fine wines of Central Otago with a gourmet lunch platter on this small-group wine-tasting tour from Queenstown. Visit at boutique wineries during your tour and drive through verdant valleys and vine-clad foothills rich in gold mining history. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure an intimate experience with other wine lovers.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from QueenstownDay Cruises

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

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Join a Doubtful Sound cruise from Queenstown and discover this alpine gem nestled in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Traveling by coach, take a ferry across Lake Manapouri and cross over Wilmot Pass for your catamaran cruise. Admire 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. 
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from QueenstownDay Cruises

Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

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The glacial waters, soaring cliffs, and thundering waterfalls of Milford Sound are spectacular from all angles, and this half-day tour takes in all the highlights. Enjoy thrilling aerial views of the Fiordland National Park on a round-trip flight from Queenstown, and marvel at Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, and Mount Pembroke on a scenic Milford Sound cruise. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Million Dollar CruiseDay Cruises

Million Dollar Cruise

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Explore Lake Wakatipu by boat on a 1.5-hour cruise from Queenstown. As you travel to the end of the lake, you can see stunning lakeside homes, a variety of bird life, Kawarau Dam, and the magnificent scenery that surrounds Queenstown. Get unobstructed views from the sundeck or stay warm in the heated cabin, and have the option to purchase drinks from the onboard bar.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Queenstown 60 minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau RiversJet Boating

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Milford Sound Small Group Tour Including Cruise & Lunch from QueenstownDay Cruises

Milford Sound Small Group Tour Including Cruise & Lunch from Queenstown

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Travel from Queenstown to the much-loved UNESCO-listed Milford Sound. Your guide will ensure you make the most of your trip with commentary along the way—pointing out scenic viewpoints and areas where Lord of the Rings was filmed. Once you reach Milford Sound, you won’t have to worry about waiting in visitor lines as entrance tickets are included. Enjoy a Milford Sound Discovery Cruise where you’ll see stunning views of waterfalls and Mitre Peak. You’ll also have free time to explore the waterfalls of Lake Marian on foot.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Queenstown Segway TourSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

Queenstown Segway Tour

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This Segway tour of Queenstown covers a lot of ground in less time. Embark on a 1- or 2-hour tour aboard your personal transporter. Your guide leads you around the shores of Lake Wakatipu, passing natural landmarks along the way. Select from various departure times throughout the day. This small-group tour is limited to eight people to ensure personalized attention.
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  • 1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hours 10 minutes
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Hydro Attack Individual Experience in QueenstownJet Boating

Hydro Attack Individual 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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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Queenstown - Arrowtown Sightseeing and Tasting Half-Day Small-Group TourWine Tasting

Queenstown - Arrowtown Sightseeing and Tasting Half-Day Small-Group Tour

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Get to know Queenstown's highlights, history, culture, and scenery on this half-day tour. With a small group limited to just 11 people or fewer, travel in a minivan to locales such as Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, Lord of the Rings locations, a Honey farm and do cheese tasting. Pickup and drop-off in central Queenstown included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Milford Sound Day Trip from Queenstown by Coach, Cruise and FlightDay Trips

Milford Sound Day Trip from Queenstown by Coach, Cruise and Flight

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Experience the landscape of Milford Sound and Fjordland National Park on mountain roadways, a nature cruise, and a sightseeing flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown. Along the way, you’ll see some of the South Island's most remarkable scenery, such as Eglinton Valley, the Mirror Lakes, Stirling Falls, and Sutherland Falls, and Milford Sound is ideal for spotting wildlife. This combination tour includes transport by glass-roof coach, catamaran boat, and plane, as well as lunch, refreshments, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

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

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from QueenstownHelicopter Tours

Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown

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Board a private helicopter for a flight to Middle-earth Waterfalls, touching down for a picnic at the foot of a hanging glacier. Fly to the Moonlight Saddle and soar across the dramatic Richardson Mountains, with gorgeous aerial views throughout the trip. Once at Middle-earth Waterfalls, a picnic lunch is served in “The Hobbit” film location, followed by free time to explore, and the scenic return flight to Queenstown.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Lake Wakatipu Nature Walking Tour from QueenstownNature and Wildlife

Lake Wakatipu Nature Walking Tour from Queenstown

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Explore Queenstown nature on a half-day walking tour along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy views of the Remarkables mountain range as you take an easy route through native beech forest and learn about South Island flora and birdlife. Soak up the water views and hear Maori legends of the lake. Your morning or afternoon tour includes a snack plus hotel pickup and drop-off. Numbers are limited to 10 people, ensuring a small-group experience with your knowledgeable nature guide.
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  • 1 day 21 hours
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  • 1 day 21 hours

30-Minute Alpine Scenic Flight from QueenstownPrivate and Luxury

30-Minute Alpine Scenic Flight from Queenstown

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See New Zealand's spectacular alpine landscape on a 30-minute scenic helicopter flight from Queenstown. Fly over Skippers Canyon and the Wakatipu Basin, and land on a snow-capped peak.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Kayak Kinloch Lunch TripKayaking

Kayak Kinloch Lunch Trip

Explore the head of Lake Wakatipu and its nearby shoreline with the help of an experienced kayak guide. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown and escape the mundanities of daily life, paddling atop stunning blue glacial waters against a backdrop of the mighty and scenic Southern Alps.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Milford Sound Experience Full Day Tour from Queenstown with Scenic FlightDay Cruises

Milford Sound Experience Full Day Tour from Queenstown with Scenic Flight

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Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, and a must-see for any traveler. Whether seen in sunshine or rain, the incredible views are guaranteed to leave you awe-struck. This is a small group tour for travelers seeking an all-inclusive, uniquely-kiwi, personalized trip to Milford Sound.  Travel in unparalleled style and comfort in a fully air-conditioned luxury Mercedes van fully equipped with WIFI, large panoramic windows and leather reclining seats so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. On the journey to Milford Sound, explore the quaint lakeside town of Te Anau and stop to enjoy the amazing array of scenery and photo opportunities Fiordland has to offer. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on our small uncrowded cruise while taking in the incredible beauty that Fiordland and Milford Sound have to offer! After your cruise, board a once in a lifetime scenic flight back to Queenstown.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Routeburn Track Guided Walk (Half-Day) Day Trips

Routeburn Track Guided Walk (Half-Day)

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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.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from QueenstownDay Cruises

Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown

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See the sheer cliffs of Milford Sound from the air and water on a half-day tour from Queenstown by sightseeing plane and catamaran. Fly over Fjordland National Park, part of a UNESCO-listed landscape, then touch down at Milford Sound for a cruise with drinks and lunch (for the midday departure) served on board. This tour is perfect for photography and wildlife watching, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Queenstown hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Milford Sound Day Trip by Premium Coach, Cruise & Flight, with picnic lunchDay Trips

Milford Sound Day Trip by Premium Coach, Cruise & Flight, with picnic lunch

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The UNESCO-listed landscapes of Milford Sound are impressive from all angles and this full-day tour from Queenstown offers views from land, sea, and air. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Fiordland National Park; sail past glaciers, cliffs, and waterfalls on a Milford Sound cruise; then soar overhead on a thrilling flight back to Queenstown. Tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and all activities.
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  • 10 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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