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Cultural Tours

Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Luge

Though not as adrenaline-packed as the Olympic sport, the Queenstown luge winds downhill with stunning 220-degree views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range beyond. Ride the Skyline Gondola up to the top of Bob’s Peak where you’ll experience the Skyline Luge Queenstown on five rides — sure to satisfy any thrill-seeker. Choose the scenic track or descend a steeper gradient on the advanced track, or switch between the two specially designed routes.
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  • Flexible
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Day Trips

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.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Movie & TV Tours

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Lord of the Rings Tours - One Day in Middle Earth (Full Day)

• Take in the diverse landscape of an ancient beech forest, braided rivers and glacier-carved valleys.• Explore the unique flora and fauna and get up close to animals and birdlife.• Explore Gladden Fields, Ford of Bruinen and Argonath, Isengard, Amon Hen, the Misty Mountains and Ithilien in one day• Handle and photograph $15000 worth of weapon and costumes• View "Top Secret" items from the movies• Entertaining and Knowledgeable guides. Your guide will help you relive the action for your camera• Travel in small groups for a personal and interactive experience
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

Visit Arrowtown and Wanaka on a half-day tour from Queenstown that explores local history and one of New Zealand’s most exciting adventure destinations. You’ll have time to stroll Arrowtown’s charming main street, built during the town’s 19th-century gold rush, then enjoy an hour of free time to see Wanaka. Walk the gorgeous lake path with views of the Southern Alps, then return to Queenstown through the Crown Range, winding through towering peaks and high passes.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Full Day Cromwell, Wanaka and Arrowtown tour from Queenstown

With soaring peaks, serene lakes, and rich gold rush history, the Queenstown region is widely considered the most beautiful corner of New Zealand’s South Island—but hitting the remote highlights independently can be a challenge. On this tour, reach sites of interest including Arrowtown, Cromwell, and Wanaka—with pickup and drop-off at your Queenstown hotel included. Gaze across Lake Wanaka, and stop for tea at the famous Cardrona Hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Arrowtown and Wanaka Premium Tour from Queenstown

Tucked in beneath the soaring peaks and serene lakes of New Zealand’s South Island, Arrowtown and Wanaka offer outdoor adventure with a strong sense of history. On this tour, hit both destinations in one day and enjoy a drink in the famous Cardrona Hotel. Spin into the Gibbston Valley with your guide and stroll through the 19th-century gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Pass the fertile vineyards of Kawarau Gorge, admire spectacular views along the Crown Range road, and enjoy free time to explore Wanaka at your leisure.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Off-Road 4X4 Adventure from Queenstown

See New Zealand's legendary landscapes as depicted in the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy during an exhilarating 4WD adventure to Glenorchy. With an expert guide at the wheel, your 4x4 skirts along the edges of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to your destination, then navigates near-forgotten back roads. Hear entertaining commentary about this former gold mining region and stop at multiple LOTR filming sites while you bump along the glacier-carved valleys of this backcountry terrain.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise with Buffet or Picnic Lunch

With waterfalls cascading down mighty cliffs and some of New Zealand’s most impressive natural scenery, Milford Sound is one the South Island’s must-see destinations—but its remote location makes it hard to reach alone. On this tour, spin through the New Zealand countryside in comfort from central Queenstown with your guide. Admire panoramic views from your glass-roof coach, and cruise the calm waters with Kiwi-style buffet lunch included.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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Queenstown Guided Ebike Wine Tour

Cruise through Queenstown on swift and snazzy e-bikes. With an easy trail and lots of iconic sights, this tour is suitable for a range of fitness levels. Comfortable premium bikes offer a smooth experience--anyone can get the hang of an e-bike! Seize the opportunity to travel beyond the roads of Queenstown for unique views.
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  • 240 to 260 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 240 to 260 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Glenorchy & Paradise Half-Day Explorer

Glenorchy sits at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, along a stunningly beautiful stretch of road that runs from Queenstown to the (aptly-named) rural settlement of Paradise further north. Instead of trying to negotiate these unfamiliar (and sometimes dangerous) country roads on your own, get a driver who knows the region on this half-day drive. Spend some time exploring Glenorchy’s shops and cafes, and take advantage of some remarkable alpine photo ops.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Full-day Tours

Lord of the Rings Tours - Into the Vale of Wizards (Full Day)

The dramatic topography and lush countryside of New Zealand’s South Island was famously seen on-screen in the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies. This tour takes you on a journey around Middle Earth, visiting some of the most memorable filming locations, including 12 Mile Delta, Wakatipu, Glenorchy, and Paradise. See sites that doubled up as Isengard, Nan Curunir, and Ithilien; hear all about the filming of the movies in New Zealand, and see some of the original props used in the films.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Queenstown Local Scenic Half-Day Small-Group Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Full Day Lord of Rings 4WD Tour From Queenstown

Get into the environments which inspired the stunning visuals of the Lord of the Rings movies with this tour. Traveling in a 4WD enables access to remote locations in the Queenstown area--get rugged, then return to town for lunch. This tour is ideal for travelers on the lookout for hobbits and elves, or those who just want some serenity in an incredible landscape.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

3 Day Milford Sound, Te Anau, Taieri Gorge and Dunedin Tour from Queenstown

Discover the highlights of the South Island on a 3-day semi-independent tour, round-trip from Queenstown. Travel by glass-roof coach to Te Anau, gateway to the UNESCO-listed Fiordland, where you’ll take a 2-hour boat cruise on Milford Sound — surrounded by rainforest, waterfalls and glacier-carved valleys. Enjoy a full day at your leisure in charming Dunedin, followed by a train journey by Taieri Gorge Railway to Pukerangi. You’ll have your choice of standard or superior accommodation, including breakfast, in Te Anau and Dunedin.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Private Tour Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt Cook & Tekapo (Including Lunch)

Instead of sitting on a crowded bus or plane for several hours, this full-day tour is a great way to get from Queenstown to Christchurch while also experiencing some of the highlights of the South Island first-hand. Take a private minivan from Queenstown to picturesque locations like Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki and Aoraki Mount Cook, with plenty of time to explore these areas with your guide. Enjoy an alpine walk around Mount Cook and visit Lake Tekapo’s isolated Church of the Good Shepherd.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Scenic Sights Tour of Queenstown & Arrowtown Including Morning Tea

Strike gold and take in all the scenic alpine wonders of Queenstown and Arrowtown on this small group sightseeing tour. Spend three-hours enjoying panoramic lake and mountain views, learning along the way about the rugged alpine region’s historic gold-rush and contemporary wine-making industries. A perfect option for those who want to explore this stunning landscape and its rich history in a single day.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Small-Group Historical Macetown 4WD Tour from Queenstown

Travel off-road to the former gold mining town of Macetown along roads only accessible by 4WD. With an expert guide at the wheel, all you have to do is hold on for the rugged ride, which includes nearly two dozen river crossings and a backcountry route high above the Arrow Gorge. Pass Arrowtown en route to this historical ghost town protected by the Department of Conservation. Enjoy light refreshments and the opportunity to pan for gold in the Arrow River.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Queenstown Private Scenic Tour

Explore Queenstown, Glenorchy, and Wanaka at your own pace on this private tour. Your guide will help you identify which sights and attractions around the region are best suited to your interests, so you can go straight there. Don’t waste time traipsing around places that don’t appeal to you, as on a standard group tour. Tailor your tour around wine tasting, adventure activities, local walks, shopping, and much more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Queenstown Private Highlights Half Day Tour

Whether you’ve just arrived in Queenstown and want to get acquainted with the area or you want to see a side of central Otago that you haven’t had the chance to experience, build an itinerary that suits you and your group with this private half-day adventure. Try out all sorts of activities and experiences around the Wakatipu Basin or customise your tour to cover what interests you, whether it’s nature walks, bungy-jumping or locations from the Lord of the Rings.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

Lord of the Rings Tours - Touching Middle Earth (Half Day)

The Queenstown region is full of key filming locations for the Lord of the Rings movies, but many of them are remote and can be difficult to find and get to. Save yourself the hassle of driving around the Otago countryside on this half-day tour to some of the filming locations. Visit the spots where the Gladden Fields, the Pillars of Kings and the Ford of Bruinen were brought to life, and spend some time with exclusive props and costumes from the movies.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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The Highlights of Queenstown - Luxury Half Day Tour

We have created a refined tour of the best Queenstown sightseeing for you. This tour is for those who prefer small groups - We have a maximum of 6 guests per tour. Access locations and venues that are not available to everyone. Benefit from more personalised attention, your guide will tailor the tour to suit the group. See the sights in the comfort of a luxury vehicle with leather seats, lots of legroom, Wi-Fi, bottled artisan water, first class safety and exceptional local guides.• View the breath-taking panorama from mountain lookouts and hear about how this stunning landscape came to be• Watch the brave and crazy souls throwing themselves from the old Kawarau Bridge, the world’s original bungy site• Stop off for a wine tasting at an award-winning winery• Take in the old-world charm of Arrowtown• Coffee/tea break at a local café• Visit Skippers Saddle for views into the famous scenic canyon and Southern Alps• Fossick for gold at one of the world’s richest gold-bearing rivers
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Literary, Art & Music Tours

Tactical Laser Tag and Heroblast

Gather your team and enjoy an adrenaline-pumping session of extreme gaming on this 1-hour ‘Heroblast’ laser tag adventure in Queenstown. Pull on your specialised Hero glove and chest pad, then choose an every-man-for-himself gameplay style or work as a team to defeat the enemy! Transport yourself and your fellow gamers into a variety of different battle scenarios, and enjoy a series of quick-changing game modes. This energetic, non-lethal tactical combat adventure is open to kids and adults of all ages.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Queenstown Discovery

Ventouro design and run the world’s most immersive, inspiring and unforgettable adventures. Our trips combine adventure with unparalleled cultural immersion in New Zealand. We’ve created our very own standard of travel, far exceeding the norm, for one simple reason: when your time is precious, we think you deserve a journey that moves you and surprises you at every turn. Ventouro’s Founder, Tim Gudsell is an ex-pro double Olympic cyclist, which brings a level of guiding and biking expertise like no other. Tim is passionate about delivering experiences so you can be sure all the finer details have been thought of.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours


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