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Queenstown has a reputation as New Zealand’s adventure capital, but head a couple of hours out of the city and you’ll be rewarded with some of the South Island’s most photo-worthy landscapes. Here are your options for day trips from Queenstown.

Mount Cook — 158 miles (254 km) northeast of Queenstown
Travel through the historic gold-mining districts of the Kawarau Gorge, enjoy dazzling views over the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu, and explore the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park on a day trip to New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook. For the full experience, add a delicious lunch at the renowned Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook Village.

Doubtful Sound — 170 miles (273 km) southwest of Queenstown
The equally beautiful but less crowded neighbor to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound is reachable only by boat from Manapouri. Set sail on a scenic cruise across Manapouri Lake, stopping to admire the Te Anau Glowworm cave, Dusky Sound, and the Wilmot Pass en route.

Milford Sound — 178 miles (287 km) northwest of Queenstown
The dramatic fjords, glacial valleys, and waterfalls of Milford Sound are among New Zealand’s most spectacular natural wonders, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site makes for an unforgettable day trip. Soak up the scenery on the 3.5-hour drive through Fiordland National Park, soar overhead on a helicopter or small plane, or spot dolphins, seals, and penguins on a Milford Sound cruise.

Christchurch — 300 miles (485 km) northeast of Queenstown
The journey from Queenstown to Christchurch takes you right through the heart of the South Island, so why not make a day of it? Along the way, pass through the mountains and vineyards of Central Otago, cross Lindis Pass to Mount Cook Village, and stop to take in the views at Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, the Mackenzie Basin, and the Canterbury Plains.
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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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Upon reaching Milford Sound, board a luxurious catamaran. Peer through panoramic windows of a luxury coach while you travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park with a guide, before a memorable sightseeing cruise by Mitre Peak and the magnificent cliff-side waterfalls of Milford Sound.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Queenstown

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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
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Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise

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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Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

Arrowtown and Wanaka Tour from Queenstown

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Queenstown

Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic 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
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 Arrowtown and Wanaka Premium Tour from Queenstown

Arrowtown and Wanaka Premium Tour from Queenstown

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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 30 minutes
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Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown

Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown

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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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Mt Cook Small Group Tour from Queenstown

Mt Cook Small Group Tour from Queenstown

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Take a break from the hectic Queenstown streets with this trip into the mighty Southern Alps. Spend the day at Mount Cook Village, nestled in the shadow of Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Enjoy free reign to set your own schedule, whether it’s hiking around the Alps, speeding around in jet boats or learning more about the mountains at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Milford Sound Tour and Scenic Cruise from Queenstown Including Lunch

Milford Sound Tour and Scenic Cruise from Queenstown Including Lunch

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Admire the rugged beauty of Milford Sound from the water on this full-day luxury coach tour with cruise from Queenstown. Travel through the New Zealand countryside by air-conditioned coach as a guide sheds light on the region’s diverse flora and fauna. Pause on route for photo stops, and capture fine views over the peaks and forests. During your Milford Sound cruise, marvel at the mighty waterfalls crashing over the high cliffs, and watch the waves for dolphins, penguins and seals. A simple picnic lunch is provided on board.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Lord of Rings Full-Day Tour around Queenstown Lakes by 4WD

Lord of Rings Full-Day Tour around Queenstown Lakes by 4WD

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

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
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown Including Scenic Flight

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown Including Scenic Flight

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Discover the best of the South Island on a land, sea, and sky tour from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, including Mitre Peak, by coach. Then board a cruise through Milford Sound while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch. A scenic flight over the Southern Alps back to Queenstown completes this full-day tour offering a bird’s-eye view from the air that will take your breath away.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Paradise Valley Full Day Tour

Paradise Valley Full Day Tour

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See firsthand if Paradise Valley lives up to its name by prebooking this tour from Queenstown. Along with visiting movie locations used in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, catch views of the Dart River and Mt. Aspiring National Park. Take a few optional hikes, explore a trail above Diamond Lake, and stop by a sheep-shearing farm. During this guided tour, you’ll also get to ride a 4WD off the beaten path to see the area used as Middle Earth in LOTR.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour Full Day Queenstown and Southern Lakes Photography Tour

Private Tour Full Day Queenstown and Southern Lakes Photography Tour

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New Zealand’s fantasy landscapes have long enchanted photographers and filmmakers, and now’s your chance to capture your very own postcard-worthy shots. Accompanied by a professional photographer, this private full-day tour from Queenstown offers spectacular views of natural wonders like Skippers Canyon, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkables Range, as well as Lord of the Rings filming locations, historic gold mines, and heritage sites.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Milford Sound Day Trip by Land, Sea and Air from Queenstown with Nature Cruise

Milford Sound Day Trip by Land, Sea and Air from Queenstown with Nature Cruise

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See Milford Sound from aboard a coach, a nature cruise, and an aircraft on this full-day tour from Queenstown. Take in the stunning scenery from three different modes of transport and listen to informative commentary from your guide. Buffet lunch and round-trip hotel transportation from Queenstown included.
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  • 8 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Milford Sound Walk and Cruise Including Scenic Flights from Queenstown

Full-Day Milford Sound Walk and Cruise Including Scenic Flights from Queenstown

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Experience the Milford Sound on foot, by air, and by water on this full-day tour from Queenstown. Soak in the sights of New Zealand as you fly to Milford Sound to meet your guide. Ride the ferry to the Milford Sound track, then hike for two hours to reach the Giant Gate Waterfall. Afterwards, relax on board a scenic Milford Sound boat cruise before returning to Queenstown by air. Includes lunch, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Milford Sound Cruise from Queenstown or Te Anau

Milford Sound Cruise from Queenstown or Te Anau

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Travel to the Tasman Sea on a Milford Sound cruise aboard the ‘Milford Mariner’, 'Milford Sinbad', or ‘Milford Wanderer.’ Pass by the world-renowned Mitre Peak and drift alongside rushing waterfalls as you search for wildlife including New Zealand fur seals, dolphins, and Fiordland-crested penguins. An onboard nature specialist provides expert commentary. Hotel pickup and drop-off are available from Milford Sound, Queenstown, and Te Anau by luxury coach.
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  • 2 to 12 hours
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Private Tour Half Day Queenstown and Beyond Photography Tour

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Private Tour Half Day Queenstown and Beyond Photography Tour

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Photograph spectacular locations around Queenstown and the Southern Lakes on a half-day private photography tour. Your guide is a passionate landscape photographer, who provides creative advice and shows you how to get the most from your camera.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Glacier Heli-Hike

Glacier Heli-Hike

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The one-hour fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef or Tasman Glacier is certainly spectacular, but the highlight of this trip is the glacier Heli Hike. The experienced guides will take you into a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. The helicopter passes over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land on the upper Franz Josef icefall or on the Tasman glacier itself. From there you’ll be fitted with crampons for the two hours on the ice, exploring caves and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonder of the glacier in the South Island of New Zealand.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Routeburn Track Guided Walk (Half-Day)

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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US$206.15
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Queenstown Beer Tours

Queenstown Beer Tours

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New Zealand’s craft beer community is growing at an incredible rate, and this half day tour is a unique way to experience part of this community in Queenstown. Visit some of the region’s craft breweries and microbreweries and sample what they’re brewing free of charge. Enjoy a lunch of specially-matched beer and gourmet cuisine in the scenic Gibbston Valley, and get personalized hints and tips about where to explore next from your guide. A great tour for any hop-head.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

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See the dramatic landscape of the Fjordland National Park by air, water, and land on a full-day sightseeing trip from Queenstown to Doubtful Sound. Enjoy panoramic views on two 35-minute scenic flights, explore Lake Manapouri by ferry, cross Wilmot Pass, and cruise Doubtful Sound itself on a 3-hour wilderness boat trip. This 9-hour tour includes all activities, lunch and snacks, as well as round-trip transport from your Queenstown hotel.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine

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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
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown

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Take a window seat for a scenic round-trip flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound, and see the splendor of Fiordland National Park from the air and sea. Board a cruise and pass dramatic waterfalls and Mitre Peak as you travel to the Tasman Sea. Then soar over the Southern Alps on your return.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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