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Things to do in  Queenstown

Welcome to Queenstown

Nestled between the Remarkables’ towering peaks and Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown—nicknamed the adventure capital of the world—welcomes visitors year-round for skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rafting, skydiving, and more. It’s an ideal base for exploring nearby South Island destinations such as Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park, historic Arrowtown, and Central Otago’s wineries. Queenstown itself offers loads of activities too: Bungee jump in the Kawarau Gorge, ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak, or sample local wines and cheeses on a tasting tour. If you’re a Bilbo Baggins fan, make a pilgrimage to nearby Glenorchy, a filming location for ""The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Top 10 attractions in Queenstown

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

With its soaring cliffs, dramatic glacial valleys, and thundering waterfalls, it’s easy to see why Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most visited sights. This natural wonder is the star attraction of Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and wildlife haven for dolphins, seals, and penguins.More
Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu

Surrounded by mountains and shrouded in legend, Lake Wakatipu and its crystal waters draw visitors as the longest lake on New Zealand's South Island. As a popular spot for adventure activities—from fishing to catamaran cruises—a day on Lake Wakatipu is arguably the highlight of any trip to Queenstown and the Otago region.More
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

The Te Anau Glowworm Caves are one of New Zealand's most mesmerizing natural wonders, boasting a labyrinth of grottoes, tunnels, dramatic rock formations, and underground waterfalls. Adventure abounds—visitors can cruise across Lake Te Anau, scramble through the caves, and marvel at a glittering canopy of tiny glowworms.More
Skyline Queenstown

Skyline Queenstown

Hang on tight! Skyline Queenstown affords the city’s best views, but the gondola ride isn’t for the faint of heart. Zipping up 1,475 feet (450 meters) to the top of Bob’s Peak takes about 10 minutes aboard the steepest gondola in the southern hemisphere. En route, enjoy 220-degree vistas of Queenstown, the Remarkables, Coronet Peak, and Lake Wakatipu. At the top, dine at the mountaintop Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar amid panoramic views while the Skyline Luge track—with two steepness options, one easy enough for kids—sends adventurous riders screaming on their return trip to the mountain’s base.More
Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak is New Zealand’s oldest ski field and remains a popular choice for people heading to the slopes during the southern hemisphere’s ski season. Snow bunnies can take to one of the ski field’s many trails, while sightseers can enjoy the stunning views of the Wakatipu Basin and the Southern Alps from the summit of the peak.More
The Remarkables

The Remarkables

Looming over nearby Queenstown, the Remarkables are a formidable mountain range and one of New Zealand’s most popular ski fields. The Remarkables Ski Area has a wide range of exciting slopes and runs for skiers and snowboarders people of all ages and skill levels. Warm weather sees adventure here too, with hiking and biking trails galore.More
Kawarau Suspension Bridge

Kawarau Suspension Bridge

Rising 141 feet (42 meters) above the turquoise waters of dramatic Kawarau Gorge, no attraction is more iconic to Queenstown than the historic Kawarau Suspension Bridge. Most thrill-seekers know that the bridge is the site of the world's first commercial bungee jump. It’s still possible to leap from a platform suspended from the bridge where it all began.More
Kawarau River

Kawarau River

Not far from Queenstown, Kawarau River offers a variety of thrill-seeking possibilities including jet boating, whitewater rafting, and riverboarding. Alternatively, visitors can go off-road into the surrounding hills during an all-terrain quad bike tour or try bungee jumping from the Kawarau Suspension Bridge. There’s something for history buffs too, who come to check out the gold-miners’ huts and relics from the river’s gold-rush days.More
Underwater Observatory

Underwater Observatory

Go beneath the surface of Lake Wakatipu and discover a marine ecosystem teeming with life just meters from the lakefront at the Underwater Observatory in Queenstown. Watch trout, ducks, and slippery eels swim and feed from the observatory’s large windows, and learn all about the history of Wakatipu’s underwater world.More
Queenstown Gardens

Queenstown Gardens

In a town that runs on non-stop adrenaline, sometimes it’s nice to simply slow down, relax, and catch your breath. Set minutes outside of downtown Queenstown, Queenstown Gardens is the perfect spot for a relaxing moment of tranquility, where walking paths hug the shore of the lake, and flowers burst with brilliant color from spring through early fall.Horticulturists will appreciate the wealth of native and indigenous plants, and joggers will love the network of trails that weave across 36 acres. Even if it’s just stopping to play on the rope swings, or feed the ducks at the pond, Queenstown Gardens is a place where families can find some free entertainment. It’s also a popular place to spend an hour riding a bike, or visit as part of a Segway tour of central Queenstown sights. Of all the different flowers in the park, it’s easily the roses that get the most attention when they begin to bloom in the spring, engulfing whole hillsides in blankets of color as fountains splash in the distance. You’ll also find two memorials in the garden, one of which honors Robert Falcon Scott and his team that died in Antarctica, and the other commemorates the city’s first settlers, who arrived in 1860.More

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Top activities in Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch

TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch

Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine

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Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Queenstown

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Recent reviews from experiences in Queenstown

Relaxed Cruising
Ian_W, Jan 2022
Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown
The cruise was informative and gave us ideas about activities for our next stay in Queenstown.
The queen on the lake 👸
rodger_h, Dec 2021
TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown
Beautiful day on the lake , best way to see wakatipu, highly reccomend to me a Quintessential Queenstown experience
No Doubts about Doubtful Sounds
Heather_P, Aug 2021
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
I was expecting a quiet little cruise on Doubtful Sounds but due to the weather it was a totally exhilirating adventure with the most magnificent waterfalls everywhere thanks to the amount of rain.
Great Service from Milford Sound Coach Tour & Enjoyed the time
Yiwen_H, Apr 2021
Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
We enjoyed the time in Milford Sound, luckily saw Tasman dolphins, had lots of photo in front of the waterfalls.
Excellent trip
Hiueni_N, Feb 2021
Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown
excellent service and the beautiful view of rainfalls, snow even summertime, mountains, The driver from Queenstown was excellent providing tour guide and explanation on our 4 hours drive to Milsfordsound.
We did this tour with our friends as...
Collette P, Oct 2017
Grand Circle Helicopter Flight from Queenstown
Definitely a must to see Queenstown from the air.
Martin Kohn was excellent and lovely...
Nina_B, Apr 2018
Private Tour Half Day Queenstown and Beyond Photography Tour
I re-learned a lot about photography that I had forgotten and got to see a beautiful area near Queenstown.
Our Day with Rob and our new friends...
John C, Jan 2017
Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown
I am so glad we did this trip on a smaller bus with more stops to see and experience things.
The scenery was spectacular...
suellis31, Feb 2016
Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
The glaciers and waterfalls were amazing.
This was brilliant. Great food...
Pete DL, Feb 2016
Wine and Food Sampler Tour from Queenstown
Good to do if you need a step back from the adrenaline activities in Queenstown.
Beautiful place, fun activities...
Willem K, Aug 2014
Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe plus Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown
Beautiful place, fun activities, good food, great guides, excellent experience.
A memorable experience
Stewart_G, Oct 2020
Queenstown Progressive Dinner & Wine Tour | 3 Courses with Wines at 3 Locations
he is a Blackburn Rover supporter ( an English football team ) From there it was on to a lovely restaurant in Arrowtown for our main course and more wine and finally to Eichards hotel in Queenstown for cocktails and dessert.
8th Wonder of the World - the BEST way to see it!!!
Taylor_R, Mar 2020
Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
Milford Sound was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen - and I was able to see it from above and up close on the water.
Just Speechless
Anupam_D, Mar 2020
35-Minute Alpine Scenic Flight from Queenstown
It was exciting to see the Queenstown lake, the entire city, many peaks with few mountain capped with snow.
Marvelous Milford
Laura_N, Feb 2020
Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise
The folks on the boat were equally informative and got you up close to marine animals and many waterfalls.
A lovely tour
Megan_G, Feb 2020
Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)
I would highly recommend this excursion as a fun way to see the stunning landscapes around Queenstown.
Stunning views
ktaylormartin, Jan 2020
Milford Sound Cruise from Queenstown or Te Anau
Take a jacket, it can be cold even in summer.
Spectacular and awe-inspiring
Te_E, Jan 2020
Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise
5 hours cruise takes you around Milford Sound to see Mitre Peak, waterfalls, seals and other wonders.
Great Day Visiting Queenstown's Best Breweries.
Ken S, Dec 2019
Queenstown Beer Tours
All in all a GREAT day and one that should be included on any list of must-do activities while staying in Queenstown.
Great tour - Great guide !!!
Jennifer_K, Oct 2019
Arrowtown and Wanaka Platinum Tour from Queenstown
we got to visit Cromwell, Wanaka, Cardrona ,Crown Hill and Arrowtown with our very experienced tour guide Wayne.
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