Queenstown is the 'Adventure Capital' of New Zealand and offers a wide range of activities to keep you entertained all year round. Experience thrilling extreme adventures, submerge yourself in the scenic brilliance of the local region, enjoy a night at the theatre or explore some of the local boutiques.
Experience the beauty of Lake Wakatipu. With such a spectacular natural wonderland on the hotel doorstep, it's the perfect excuse to take a walk, go for a run, or sit quietly and soak up the atmosphere. With a grassy park and children's play area, the whole family can enjoy themselves by the Lake.
Adventure tourism at its best! Get the adrenalin flowing jumping from one of four sites around Queenstown. And if you prefer to watch from the sidelines, you can observe from the safety of a viewing deck. 'Bungy', the word that quickens the pulse and stirs the imagination, refers to the challenge and excitement of throwing yourself off a bridge or platform high above the ground with your legs attached by a single rubber band. For jumpers the challenge is to overcome their fears and be able to say, "Yeah, I did it!" Bungy jumping gives a person the opportunity to overcome their inner fears and gives them a massive dose of adrenaline.
Reputed to be the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere, the gondola carries visitors high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex located on Bob's Peak. Situated an easy five minute walk from central Queenstown, the gondola is an all weather tourist attraction in its own right. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold while you journey to the Skyline complex.
Get ready for the world's most exciting Jet Boat ride! Acknowledged as the world's most famous and successful Jet Boat operation, many imitate Shotover Jet – but for sheer excitement, no one comes close. Nothing you have experienced will have you prepared for the excitement and thrill of a Shotover Jet ride; it's an adrenaline rush you'll never forget!
Fishing is an activity to be enjoyed all year round in Queenstown, with fishing charters varying from a few hours to full length day charters. Sail through the most beautiful lakes of the area and try your hand at catching your very own fresh fish for dinner.
Milford Sound is simply stunning. It is a natural wonder of world fame. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze and uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture.
Whatever the fiord's mood - teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water - it will inspire you. Nowhere else in Fiordland do the mountains stand as tall, straight out of the sea. In the foreground of the fiord stands the legendary Mitre Peak, a remarkable presence dominating the skyline.
Extreme Green Rafting runs half day trips on the world renowned Shotover and Kawarau rivers.
The Shotover river is action packed and provides a unique showcase for Extreme Green's rafting adventures including 10 rapids and culminating in rafting through the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel.
In winter, Queenstown is transformed into an Alpine Winter Wonderland. There are four ski fields located within 30 minutes to just over an hours drive from Queenstown: Coronet Peak (20 minutes drive), The Remarkables (45 minutes drive) and Treble Cone and Cardrona (just over an hour).
Located high in the Remarkables mountain range, The Remarkables Ski Area enjoys soft, cold and dry snow for most a season that generally runs from late June to mid October. Since opening in 1985 it has become known for its alpine environment, relaxed atmosphere and sense of fun. Young, hip snowboarders, freeskiers and families flock to the mountain's varied trails, backcountry chutes and vast terrain parks.
Queenstown's Coronet Peak is the South Island's most popular ski area – and with good reason. Diverse terrain, fantastic views, proximity to Queenstown and a cosmopolitan ambience create a superb winter experience for every level of snow sport enthusiast.
Treble Cone lies at the South East end of the Southern Alps of New Zealand - right in the heart of the Southern Lakes District and only 26 kilometres from the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka. Covering 550 hectares, it has more skiable terrain than any other ski or snowboard area in the South Island.
Affectionately known as the “Lady of the Lake”, the TSS Earnslaw has a special place in the hearts of Queenstown people. She has been transporting goods to remote settlements and conveying passengers on beautiful Lake Wakatipu since 1912. View the magnificent scenery of Queenstown by taking a cruise and as you relax on board enjoy delicious cafe style food or a drink from the bar.
Join Queenstown's original wine tour and enjoy wine tasting and sightseeing in New Zealand's premier Queenstown and Central Otago wine regions. Fully escorted Wine tours depart daily and may visit Wineries such as Gibbston Valley Winery, Peregrine Winery, Waitiri Creek Vineyards, Chard Farm Vineyard and Amisfield Cellars at Lake Hayes.