Explore wineries, adventure activities or take a moment to relax with a trip to a hot pool. Check out the top experiences in Queenstown and Wānaka.
Enjoy an iconic Queenstown experience and take the Gondola up Bob's Peak, high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex. From the top enjoy panoramic views of the Southern Alps and across Lake Wakatipu.
There are four world-class ski areas in close proximity to Queenstown and Wanaka. Explore Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardrona and spend a day up the mountain with epic snow and spectacular views.
Whether you’re looking for easy scenic tracks or backcountry trails you will find plenty of hiking trails in Queenstown and Wanaka. With spectacular scenery around every corner, take a moment to embrace Mother Nature and explore!
Situated on the banks of Arrow River is historic Arrowtown, established during the gold rush of the 1860s and still a vibrant town centre today. Only 20 minutes from Queenstown, this picturesque destination is home to the Lakes District Museum(opens in new window) - the best small museum in New Zealand, a preserved gold rush village, an international golf course and an abundance of cafes, restaurants and shops.
Soak in a hot pool(opens in new window) with a spectacular view and relax your tired muscles after a full day up the mountain. Alternatively, indulge in some retail therapy or enjoy a long lunch in Queenstown and Wanaka's town centres.
The Central Otago region is well known for its stunning Pinot Noir and there are plenty of wineries to choose from all within a short drive from Wanaka and Queenstown. Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka, Rippon is home to some of the region's oldest vines and most distinct wines. Wine tastings and sales are available in the Cellar Door at the Rippon Hall.
45 minutes from Queenstown is beautiful Glenorchy. Set against a background of native beech forest and towering mountain ranges, it is home to filming locations from The Lord of the Rings, including Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien Forest, The Misty Mountains and Ithilien.
Queenstown and Wanaka are home to a range of adventure activities. Why not try the world's first and most famous bungy jumps the Kawarau Bridge Bungy(opens in new window), or jet boat through the rugged beauty and unspoilt grandeur of the white-water rapids of the Shotover River(opens in new window), or climb Wanaka's most spectacular waterfall with Wildwire Wanaka.