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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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TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch
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TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch

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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
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown
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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
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Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Queenstown
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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
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Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown
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Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience 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
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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
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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
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Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown
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Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

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Receive a passport to some of New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery on this full-day excursion to Milford Sound. Part of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, the region features a glacier-carved fjord, soaring mountains, and tumbling waterfalls. Explore via glass-topped bus, go for a cruise along the sound’s waters, stroll the Mirror Lakes Walk, enjoy lunch along the way, and much more.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown
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Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown

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Enjoy uninterrupted views of the mountain scenery on the way to Milford Sound in a glass-roofed coach. Your driver will provide commentary along the way, to keep you informed. At Milford Sound, embark on a cruise on the water, all the way out to the Tasman Sea. Interesting commentary is available in several languages. Relax and take in the views as you enjoy a buffet lunch on board.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers
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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
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Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

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. Cruise accross the lake, 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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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown, New Zealand

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown, New Zealand

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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
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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
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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
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TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown
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TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown

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Cruise Lake Wakatipu on a vintage Edwardian steamship with tickets for a cruise aboard TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown. Watch the stokers feed the TSS Earnslaw’s coal fires and enjoy views of the mountains. This scenic cruise departs from a central location in Queenstown, with multiple sailings throughout the day.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown
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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

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Board the TSS "Earnslaw," a vintage steamship, for an evening cruise on Queenstown’s scenic Lake Wakatipu. Arriving at Walter Peak High Country Farm, you’re treated to a sumptuous barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Sink your teeth into roasted meats and seafood, homemade desserts, and a New Zealand cheeseboard. After dinner, see farm demonstrations or purchase a drink and simply relax in the bar.
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  • 4 hours
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Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown
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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 a picnic lunch included.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

Dart River '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 picnic lunch and all equipment are included.
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
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Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202

Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202

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Located in the heart of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound forms part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Explore the stunning fiord by air and water during a half-day excursion. The exhilarating, round-trip helicopter flight from Queenstown includes a glacier landing on Mt. Tutoko. Perhaps spot dolphins, seals, and penguins during an unforgettable cruise.
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  • 4 hours
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Pilot's Choice Scenic Flight from Queenstown

Pilot's Choice Scenic Flight from Queenstown

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Soar to new heights on a 20-minute helicopter tour and alpine landing in the Remarkables, a mountain range that dominates the eastern skyline of Queenstown. Hover up close to the eponymous peaks and land 5,046 feet (1,538 meters) above Lake Wakatipu with unparalleled views stretching all the way to the Southern Alps. Your six-passenger helicopter flight includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown, New Zealand

Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown, New Zealand

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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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TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea

TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea

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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
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
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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
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Above The Skyline Quads
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Above The Skyline Quads

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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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Glacier Heli-Hike in New Zealand

Glacier Heli-Hike in New Zealand

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When soaring in a fixed-wing plane from Queenstown to Franz Josef or Tasman Glacier, you may think the one-hour scenic flight is the highlight of this tour. But the best is yet to come. Switch to a helicopter and fly up to a landing point high on the glacier, where you’ll embark on a hike on the snow and ice. Wearing crampons, you’ll explore caves and see remarkable landscapes inaccessible any other way.
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Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown

Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown

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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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