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What to do in Queenstown

Queenstown Helicopter Flight

Great for
  • Adventure

Take to the skies with The Helicopter Line on their 30 minute Grand Circle tour and discover the beauty of the Wakatipu Basin from the air. Fly over the mouth of the Shotover River and beyond Coronet Peak and discover the amazing scenery of this stunning alpine setting. This flight also includes a landing on the Remarkables mountain range for a bird’s eye view of Queenstown below.

From £183 per adult

Please Note: Flights depart daily on demand and are 30 minutes in duration, includes pick up and drop off from Queenstown city hotels. Please reconfirm 24 hours before travel in case of adverse weather conditions.

TSS Earnslaw Lake Cruise

Great for
  • Beaches & boats

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on a coal fired vintage steamship – the only way to truly see just how spectacular Queenstown is! Disembark at Walter Peak country homestead for a hearty BBQ lunch before time to explore and see the working farm, and returning back to Queenstown. 

Cruise from £36 per adult

Cruise including BBQ lunch from £65 per adult

Please Note: Lake cruise is 1.5 hours in duration, including lunch is 3.5 hours in duration. Departs daily with various times - ask your Travel Designer for full details.

Hidden

Picnic on the Peak

Take a helicopter ride to a secluded and remote area for a leisurely champange lunch at a secret high mountain location. The pilot will leave you in peace with your gourmet picnic to enjoy magnificent views across the mountainous landscape. When you're ready for a pick up, radio back to base to be collceted for your exhilarating journey back to civilisation.

 

From £439 per person

Please Note: Two passengers must travel on this tour, which includes gourmet picnic lunch, local champagne and soft drinks. Departs on demand from the Over The Top lounge in Queenstown. Allow 2-4 hours for the tour, however passengers will be given radio or phone to stay in contact with pilot throughout.

Routeburn Track Day Walk

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Visiting friends & family
  • Wildlife & nature

This full-day walk in the ancient beech forest of Mount Aspiring National Park begins with a scenic drive into the Routeburn Valley at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu. Climb gradually through blankets of forest moss and fern, before reaching the Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by snow-capped mountains. With a variety of wildlife to spot along the way, as well as stunning waterfalls and river gorges, it’s easy to see why the Routeburn Track has become one of the most famous walks in the world.

From £142 per person

Please Note: Tour departs Queenstown at approximately 8am (dependant on weather conditions), please bring comfortable walking shoes. Total walking distance is around 16km but track is reasonably level, and an easy pace. Includes picnic lunch.

Milford Track Day Walk

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Visiting friends & family
  • Wildlife & nature

If there is time for just one day walk during your stay in New Zealand, this is it! Transfer from Queenstown to a scenic catamaran cruise across Lake Te Anau for the start point of the famous Milford Track. An experienced nature guide will meet and join you on a five to six hour leisurely walk of the initial section of the Milford Track. There will be a maximum of twelve walkers per guide; and the walk is classified as easy throughout the 11km return trip. Your guide will talk about the natural and human heritage of this area. A picnic lunch will be served at Glade House. Return back to Queenstown by catamaran and coach.

From Te Anau from £92 per person

From Queenstown from £165 per person

Please Note: Includes coach transport from Queenstown, cruise on Lake Te Anau and 5-6 hour leisurely walk to the initial section of the Milford Track. Includes picnic lunch. Departure time 6.55am from Queenstown or 9.30am from Real Journeys Visitor Centre Te Anau. Operates 1 Nov to 18 April.

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Wildlife & nature

Enjoy a relaxing drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and the rolling countryside to Pearl Harbour, Manapouri. Cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm, and then travel by coach over the Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound, where you’ll join the brand new catamaran ‘Patea Explorer’ for a 3-hour cruise. View awe-inspiring waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife such as Bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and at times, rare penguins. 

From Queenstown from £153 per adult

From Te Anau from £134 per adult

Please Note: Day tour departs at 6.45am and returns at 7.30pm between 1 Nov-30 Apr, or departs at 6.55am and returns at 7.30pm between 1 May-31 Oct. Departs Te Anau at 8.45am. Prices and departures are also available from Manapouri, ask your Travel Designer for details. Both departures include picnic lunch.

Shotover Combo - High Five

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Visiting friends & family

Speed through the narrow canyons of Shotover on an adrenaline fuelled Jet Boat ride, with 360 spins. Following this fly high over Queenstown, as you take a helicopter to the summit of the Skyline Gondola, before riding the Luge down the mountain. Complete the day with a ride on the Gondola Cableway back into Queenstown – an action packed day! 

From £175 per adult

Shotover Jet boat ride from £83 per person

Combine Shotover Jet with Nomads 4WD tour from £156 per adult

Please Note: Tour departs at either 8.30am or 2pm from The Station, Corner Shotover and Camp Streets.

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Wildlife & nature

Board a luxury glass-roofed coach and enjoy a relaxing drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and on to Milford Sound. Step aboard a comfortable cruise vessel and explore the natural wonders of Milford Sound. Enjoy spectacular views in this stunning area, including waterfalls, rainforests, towering mountains and an abundance of wildlife. Following the cruise, (weather permitting) enjoy a panoramic sightseeing flight to Queenstown, alternatively you may choose to return by coach or for the ultimate experience take to the skies in a helicopter! Overnight cruises are also available, ask our Travel Designers for more information.

From Queenstown from £129 per adult

From Queenstown plus flight from £278 per adult

From Te Anau from £106 per adult

Please Note: Tour departs Queenstown accommodation at approx 6.55am and returns at approx 8pm. Flight day tour departs at 10am and returns at around 2pm. Prices also available from Milford, ask your Travel Designer for details.

Nomad Safaris - Safari of the Scenes

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Visiting friends & family

This scenic 4WD tour gives a spectacular look at the diversity of the local scenery, including several of the filming locations for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. These are real places, not film sets, and are areas of outstanding natural beauty. With Nomad Safaris it's possible to experience the magical atmosphere captured in the films and see some of the most stunning scenery you'll ever see. Ask our Travel Designers for more information on the range of tours Nomad Safaris offer.

From £80 per adult

Please Note: Tour includes scenic tour by 4WD of Lord of the Rings locations around Queenstown and the Southern Lakes Region Wakatipu. Includes the sites of Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings and The Ford of Bruinen, plus 4WD river crossings and gold panning.

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