Explore wineries, epic film locations, adventure activities or spoil yourself with a trip to a spa. Check out the top eight experiences in Queenstown.
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 - try your hand at luging or consider paragliding back down to town!
Queenstown isn't all adrenaline all the time. The region offers all of the finer things in life, so you can relax and unwind in between adventure activities. Soak in an Onsen hot pool(opens in new window) with a view or visit Gibbston Valley wineries to savour local wines and food. Or, take a picturesque cruise across the lake.
At the end of each day, you can settle into one of the town's lively bars or outstanding restaurants, to plan the next day's adventure.
Whether you’re looking for easy scenic tracks or backcountry trails you will find the perfect cycling trail in Queenstown.
One of the must-do experiences is the Queenstown Cycle Trail which takes you past the spectacular scenery to the gold rush era Arrowtown, the iconic Kawarau bridge bungy jump(opens in new window) and past a variety of cafes and wineries in the renowned Gibbston wine region, where you can taste award-winning Central Otago Pinot Noir and explore New Zealand's largest Wine Cave.
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, 4WD scenic tours and is the centre for most walking and cycling tracks in the Wakatipu.
Queenstown’s diversity is perhaps best experienced via your tastebuds! With some 150 restaurants, bars and cafes offering up everything from gourmet burgers(opens in new window), locally made ice cream, cuisine from all over the world and a truly cosmopolitan café culture(opens in new window), you can really get amongst Queenstown’s food and wine scene. Paired with an award-winning Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay, is there a better way to get beneath a town’s skin?
Scenic flights are an excellent way to enjoy the natural splendour of Queenstown. A light plane or helicopter is the perfect way to take your New Zealand holiday to the next level as you admire lush grasslands, tussocks, vast lakes and snow-capped mountains from your vantage seat.
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.