Queenstown in 3 days

It would be easy to spend weeks in Queenstown, but if you only have 3 days don’t fret! You can easily pack lots of action into 3 days.

Queenstown is a town packed with adventure. It is New Zealand’s premier winter and summer mountain destination with endless activities on offer.

Here is our suggested itinerary to get the best of Queenstown in 3 days.

Day 1: Introduction to Queenstown

Start your day off exploring town with coffee, shopping and a relaxing lunch by the Lake. The Queenstown gardens are a 5 minute stroll along the beach and well worth exploring for great views of the lake and mountains.

Shotover High Five with Queenstown Combos – The ultimate way to see Queenstown and the mountains!
The tour includes:

  • Shotover Jet - The World's Most Exciting Jet Boat ride through the Shotover River Canyons
  • A Scenic Helicopter Flight to the summit of the Skyline Gondola
  • A Visit to the Skyline complex to take in the amazing views
  • 5 rides on the Luge
  • Scenic Gondola ride

Before you take your Gondola ride back to Queenstown, why not enjoy Skyline by night?
Skyline Queenstown has plenty on offer at night including:

  • A bar and lounge - perfect for a New Zealand beer, wine or cocktail at the end of the day overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
  • A buffet restaurant - with a six course mouth-watering menu sure to satisfy your appetite.
  • The Kiwi Haka show – Queenstown’s leading Maori Cultural Experience.
  • Stargazing tours - to see deep into our galaxy & learn about the stars of the Southern Hemisphere.

Day 2: Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a must do when visiting Queenstown.

Half Day Option: Fly – Cruise – Fly 
Start Time: Varies
Duration: 4.5 Hours

This half day option starts with a stunning 35 minute fixed wing flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound with Air Fiordland. The flight is followed by a 2 hour cruise on Milford Sound exploring the full length of the fiord and it's wildlife.  Mitre Peak Cruises feature small boats for an intimate, personalized experience. Finish off with a fixed wing flight back to Queenstown via a different route. A helicopter flight option is available as well through The Helicopter Line.

Full Day Option: Coach – Cruise – Coach 
Start Time: 6:30am
Finish Time: 7:00pm

This full day option features a Coach Bus journey from Queenstown to Milford Sound through the Fiordland National Park & World Heritage Area. You will then meet up with Mitre Peak Cruises for a 2 hour cruise on Milford Sound, featuring small boats for an up close experience. Relax on the coach journey back to Queenstown or choose to fly back by fixed wing on helicopter for the birds eye view.

For most people Milford Sound is a big day and a relaxing unplanned evening is usually the best option. Enjoy a walk around town and choose from some great casual dining options. Fish and chips are a kiwi favourite, you could choose one of Queenstown's great pubs or try Queenstown's famous Fergburger!

Day 3: Action Day!

Full day: Nevis Bungy & Whitewater Rafting Combo
Start Time: 8:00am
Finish Time: 5:30pm

Rafting the Shotover River is certainly a good way to wake up on your last day in Queenstown! Experience the rugged beauty and breathtaking scenery as you conquer the wild and untamed Shotover River with Challenge Rafting. The rafting trip ends in darkness as you raft through the 170m long Oxenbridge Tunnel before tackling the last rapid!

Last but not least, the Nevis Bungy! Bungy jumping was invented in Queenstown, and the Nevis Bungy is the largest bungy in New Zealand at 134m. If bungy is not your cup of tea, substitute your combo for Skydiving or a Canyon Swing!

It's time to celebrate your trip to Queenstown and experiencing the many night spots is a must! From boutique wine bars to cocktail bars and pubs to clubs, Queenstown has it all.
Enjoy a nice meal at one of the many restaurants and then party the night away!


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