June – October
New Zealand’s ultimate winter playground located 58km from Queenstown town centre, Cardrona Alpine Resort is a must do whilst visiting Queenstown. With 400 hectares of terrain; surrounded by Instagram worthy scenery; multiple cafes and restaurants, whether you are a first timer or an Olympic athlete, you will have an experience like no other.
June – October
Discover The Remarkables, experience big mountain terrain with sun-soaked chutes and untouched snow. Test out your skills in one of seven parks or learn to ski/snowboard in the learner’s area. Regardless of your level, there is something for everyone.
June – October
Only 20 minutes from central Queenstown, making it the closest ski resort if you are staying in Queenstown, is New Zealand’s first commercial ski field, celebrating good times since 1947. Be first up the mountain and experience freshly groomed snow with First Tracks from 8am-9am; or stay for the popular Night Skiing evenings on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; check out epic sunsets, enjoy live music by the campfire and a great night with your friends. You will experience the mountain in a whole new way.
Late June – late September
Daily transport is available from Queenstown (during season). Treble Cone, the largest ski area in New Zealand’s South Island, is famous for its long, uncrowded groomed runs, legendary off-piste terrain and breath-taking views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.
Situated on the end of Kelvin Heights Peninsula surrounded by the dramatic Remarkables mountain range and pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu, this sunny 18-hole par 72 course is picture perfect.
This 18-hole international course, designed by John Darby, has sweeping 360-degree vistas of the razorback Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu and winds its way through wetland, tussock grasslands, rocky outcrops, native bush and steep bluffs.
Enjoy the luxury of New Zealand’s golf at its very finest. Located on the outskirts of Arrowtown over 101 spectacular hectares, and primarily a private club, The Hills welcomes 12 visitors per day on selected days. If you’d like to spend a day in this world-class course, you’ll need to take up their Golf and Hospitality package which includes golf, any hire equipment including cart and all food and beverage for the day.
This is a unique first-class course, regarded by many as one of the finest country courses in New Zealand. Set in the stunning and tranquil surroundings of Arrowtown’s rolling hills, the challenging course winds through narrow schist rock features and immaculate undulating greens.
Frankton Golf Centre and Golf Academy offers a 9-hole short course and 10-bay covered driving range. It’s family-friendly and ideal for all abilities, from serious golfers wishing to practice to beginners wanting to learn the game.
Breakfast & Lunch
BREAKFAST – LUNCH – TEA
16 Rees St
Located on Queenstown’s waterfront, Vudu Café + Larder is deliciously beautiful. Perfectly presented food, great service, gorgeous lake views combined with a vintage vibe.
CAFÉ AND BISTRO
9300/847 Frankton Rd
Historically known as New Zealand Railways Shipping Office (1869-78), The Boat Shed Cafe and Bistro, now located on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, is the perfect place to enjoy a great coffee, breakfast or lunch.
BREAKFAST, LUNCH & COFFEE
9 Isle St
Another exquisite menu that proves a healthy meal is anything but boring. Fresh, unprocessed and local where possible you will be craving a little more!
Lunch & Dinner
NEW ZEALAND CUISINE
Te Nuku, 43 Ballarat St
Tucked away in a little pocket of the main town centre on Ballarat St, with a large backlit feature wall of a lush green forest that creates a soothing dining environment is Rata. Try the Rata Fizz cocktail for a refreshing pre-drink followed by the goat’s cheese profiteroles with Rata’s own blossom honey. The harmony pork belly is another highlight on the menu, striking the right balance of good food in a beautiful setting.
16 Church St
Where Asia meets the Pacific; a combination of healthy, fresh and exotic Asian cuisine, mixed with Pacific influence. Dine Polynasia tapa style plates at the bar or in the restaurant and soak up the art, culture and friendliness of the Pacific. The Hula hut style bar is ready to make you the perfect cocktail.
Ground Floor of Steamer Wharf, Beach St
Public Kitchen and Bar offers an alternative to fine dining and pub fare in Queenstown. Experience local cuisine in a relaxed and informal style.
WELLBEING RETREAT AND RESTAURANT
554 Frankton Rd
This hip makeover of one of Queenstown’s much-loved hotels is a must-visit for a considered menu option. Foraged vegetables and fruits from its on-site vegetable garden is a highlight. Take in the sprawling garden overlooking The Remarkables post brunch, or book in a cozy dinner with friends and enjoy the Venison with smoked beetroot, pickled plums, and of course, the twice cooked potatoes.
5 Lower Ballarat St
Open from noon until late, this popular spot is inspired by Malaysian cuisine. The famous Hawker rolls are a must, especially after spending time in the snow. For a large group or a quiet glass of wine, pop upstairs to the cocktail bar and take a seat on the veranda overlooking the hustle and bustle below.
3 Searle Ln
This is the perfect spot to grab the best tacos in town. All tacos are made with fresh, daily-pressed corn masa tortillas, brought in from Mexico to get that wonderfully authentic experience, locally sourced ingredients and a friendly service.
79 Peninsula Rd, Kelvin Heights
Wakatipu Grill is Queenstown’s ultimate lakeside dining destination. Experience fine dining set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with stunning mountain scenery. Try a unique cocktail or a vintage wine, sit back, relax and enjoy the view.
88 Beach St
Steamer Wharf is Queenstown’s premium lakeside eating, drinking and entertainment destination. Located on Queenstown’s waterfront, you will find a vibrant hub of restaurants cafes, bars and shops. Whether you are after a casual family meal or fine dining your significant other, a quiet afternoon drink or a big night out in town, Steamer Wharf has it all.
7-9 The Mall
Pizza is their specialty! Enjoy a delicious gourmet pizza in a relaxed, fun environment; perfect for any occasion. From meaty, to vegetarian, to gluten-free options, the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget to check out their opening roof whilst you’re there!
BAR & GRILL
7 Beach St
One of New Zealand’s top 100 restaurants, Fishbone is a vibrant, quirky joint in the heart of Queenstown. Fresh fish from ports around the South Island, locally grown vegetables (some at Fishbone’s kitchen garden), and chef-owner Darren Lovell’s passion and dedication to serving the best of the best, makes this unique eatery one not to be missed.
36 The Mall
Japanese cuisine at its finest, Kappa provides locals and visitors alike, delicious sushi, daily specials made with locally sourced fresh fish and ingredients.
42 Shotover St
Not just a regular burger joint, but a world-famous Queenstown attraction. Fergburger is a ‘must do’ every family, couple, individual traveler or holiday maker should have in their Queenstown itinerary. From their delicious, mouthwatering burgers; to the crazy, long queues that sometimes stretch to several stores; to the buzzing atmosphere created by the friendly staff, Fergburger is the best!
If queuing is not your thing, don’t worry! You can always call 03 441 1232, order your favourite burger and skip the queue.
TAPAS AND COCKTAILS
2 Marine Parade
With a reputation for being the most-awarded private hotel in the country, the accompanying Eichardt’s Bar reinforces a high standard of service and options for a relaxing drink. Choose from the selection of delectable tapas on offer (the famous seafood chowder or the Seared Otago nectarine & goat’s cheese are highlights) as you overlook Lake Wakatipu (a pre-dinner drink watching the sunset is special).
Open since 1867, its premises are not to be missed, and is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of Mt. Edwards pinot noir and watch the world go by.
16 Church St
European style cuisine that is traditional yet innovative. With menus that change along with the seasons, head chef Ollie Evens and his team of 6 chefs make sure the dishes served are exquisite and top-notch. If you are feeling adventurous, why not ‘Trust the Kitchen’, choose 3 courses and let the kitchen surprise you with dishes crafted just for you that may not even be on the menu!
60 Beach St
Where South America meets the western world. The Empanada Kitchen is all about good, honest food, done simply and well. To keep things exciting, they love changing flavours, and trying different products, so you’ll be wondering what’s next.
5/11 Church St
Devilishly delicious burgers and wraps, with friendly staff and fasted passed service. If you feel like eating in, there are spacious and relaxing sofas you can relax in. Try their Curry Cheese Chips they are to die for!
Archers Cottage, 17 Marine Parade
Located in Queenstown’s historic Archer’s Cottage with beautiful lake views and signature roaring log fires inside and out, Botswana Butchery is one of Queenstown’s most sophisticated restaurants. A place you can relax and unwind in front of the log fires, and experience luxurious dining with an outstanding service from staff that will cater your every need.
9300/1 Earl St
Heavenly food awaits! With plenty of indoor seating and a sunny courtyard for those gorgeous summer days, Halo provides delicious European food, a great ambiance and several dietary options for you to choose from. There is even Vegan Tuesday’s! Could it get any better?
30 Shotover St
Inspired by the Middle East, Habebe’s is a lovely little café that serves freshly made food, made in-house every day. They have a wide selection of salads, pies, wraps, soups and sweet treats. Dietary requirements? They also have a large selection of dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian & vegan options.
14 Cow Ln
A hidden gem nested down a back alley behind a rustic old wooden door, The Bunker has it all! An intimate fine dining restaurant; a cocktail/late-night bar; and a private group dining room.
11 Mall St
Captains Steak and Seafood Restaurant and Bar is in the middle of the Queenstown Mall. With outside seating, you can admire Lake Wakatipu, and the vibrant atmosphere of Queenstown town centre. Try the Captains famous Seafood Chowder for starters, then move on to South Island Whitebait, crisp fried with herbed roasted potato, salad greens, and garlic aioli. If you’re still craving dessert, the Berry & White Chocolate Cheesecake is delightful.
6 Brecon St
When you think of an Italian pizzeria, what is one of the first things that comes to mind? That’s right, a huge wood-fired oven and magnificent herbs and spices. Well, Bella Cucina has all those ingredients that will transport you to Italy. Everything is made from scratch. It’s fresh, delicious and affordable.
QUEENSTOWN’S BEST THAI
Level 3/8 Church St
If you are after delicious Thai cuisine, @Thai is your answer. A relaxing and welcoming dining experience, fun for the whole family, with experienced Thai chefs. Dishes range from the classic Pad Thai to Sizzling Ginger Blue Cod; to lovely salads, rice, noodle and tapas, so there is something for everyone!
40 Shotover St
World famous Fergburger brings you another delight, Fergbaker! For those after a signature pie, freshly made backed bread, or a selection of sweet delicacies, Fergbaker has a wonderful selection for you to choose from. Just like its sister, Fergbaker’s popularity can see queues forming onto the streets
50 Lakefront, Beach St
Discover Queenstown’s original and best chocolate shop. If chocolate is your passion, Patagonia will be heaven on earth for you. Not only do they offer the best artisan chocolates, but also delicious breakfast and a selection of deserts, sundaes, ice creams, and barista style coffee.
EARNSLAW PARK, QUEENSTOWN
Every Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm (Nov-Apr) / 9.30am – 3.30pm (May-Oct)
A great please to visit on Saturdays, artists and crafters from Queenstown and around the South Island come together to display their beautiful work. Enjoy live music, whilst you make your way through Earnslaw Park and treat yourself to something unique and memorable.
LIBRARY GREEN, ARROWTOWN
Every Sunday 10am – 2pm through until Easter.
A seasonal, Sunday market held on the gorgeous Library Green in Historical Arrowtown. Offering a range of high quality, locally produced items, sold by the creators themselves. A must-do whilst visiting this breathtakingly beautiful town.
REMARKABLES RED BARN, HAWTHORNE DRIVE, FRANKTON, QUEENSTOWN
Every Saturday, 9am – 2pm from end of October– Easter April
Local artisans sell crafts and gifts, everything from jewellery to candles, to clothes. Feeling a bit peckish? There’s a tasty selection of local produce to eat at the market or take away. Delicious fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, organic free-range eggs, cheese, baked delights, chutneys and specialist oils are also available. Enjoy live music and awesome 360° mountain views. Perfect way to spend your Saturday morning!
OLD CROMWELL TOWN
Every Sunday from late October until April, from 9am – 1pm
The market offers a wide range of regionally supplied produce and crafts, from seasonal fruit and vegetables, meats, cheeses and fish, to wooden crafts, candles and much more. Every few weeks, they like to spicy things up with a themed market. Themes include a children’s market, a French-inspired market, a Christmas market and a strawberry market.
PEMBROKE PARK, WANAKA
Sunday’s From October to April, 10am – 3pm
New Zealand made arts and crafts – from greenstone carvings, to photography, cards, and books. As well as clothes, jewellery, baby products, soap, lotions and much more! Also joined by the local Wanaka Farmers and Growers Market, therefore delicious food is available too.
PIONEER PARK, ALEXANDRA
Every Saturday, from 10:00am – From December, January and February
If you feel like venturing out a little further whilst you’re in Queenstown, why not visit the Saturday Summer Markets organised by the “Four Marketeers”, four women passionate about markets. A friendly, informal, European-type market open to any stall holder selling everything from plants, food, arts and crafts, imported items and second-hand goods.
Festivals & Concerts
June 18-21, 2020
Real Journeys’ Queenstown Winter Festival is the biggest winter celebration in the Southern Hemisphere. For over 40 years, this four-day, family friendly event, draws in the crowds. Live music, competitions, games and fireworks, Real Journeys has it covered.
GIBBSTON VALLEY WINERY
18 January 2020
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Greenstone Entertainment is bringing 5 massive acts. Promising concert goers a huge day, with five international artists to headline the 2020 Summer Concert Tour.
Next year’s Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert will be bigger and better than ever, starring BILLY IDOL, GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS, ANASTACIA, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED, and SMASH MOUTH. Great vibes, brilliant music, and the amazing Crown Range as a backdrop. What more could you ask for!
Easter show 10 – 12 April 2020
Celebrate Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 30th anniversary, at Wanaka Airport, New Zealand. Watch some of the world’s best pilots as they fly historic aircrafts in a stunning display of daring and air-acrobats. Not one to miss, the airshow will be held during the 2020 Easter weekend in Wanaka.
Saturday 16 November 2019
A course that winds through the beautiful Otago country, with the Crown and Remarkable mountain ranges as a constant background, you’ll see why it is the world’s most beautiful marathon. Going through Millbrook resort, Arrowtown, Lakes Hayes, Shotover River, Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Gardens and finishing in the heart of Queenstown itself, it’ll be a day to remember. With numerous options, from 42km, 21km, 10km and 3km kids run, you can choose how fast and far you run in this international running festival.
14 – 15 March 2020
Experience one of New Zealand’s favourite off-road sporting events. This weekend event welcomes thousands of people both local and visitors alike, to enjoy the beautiful trails of the Motatapu. Set in the stunning Wanaka to Queenstown high country, you’ll race through some of the most stunning high-country terrain in New Zealand, with six different events to choose from over two days, depending on your appetite for scenery or suffering!
7 – 8 February 2020
The Coast to Coast is an iconic multisport event based in the South Island. Held every February, the race starts on the West Coast, at Kumara Beach and traverses the width of the South Island, crossing the main divide and finishing on the East Coast with the finish at the Pier on New Brighton Beach in Christchurch. If you are you feeling up to the challenge, make sure to submit your application early as 2020 entries have sold out already! 2021 entries will open on 9 February, at 12pm.
7 December 2019
The Kepler Challenge has grown to become New Zealand’s iconic mountain run. On the first Saturday in December, Te Anau is transformed into the mountain run capital of New Zealand as runners and their supporters descend on the town. You have two options: the 60km Kepler Challenge or the 27km Luxmore Grunt. With the whole community supporting this event, there’s a real buzz in town.
27 February – 1 March 2020
The New Zealand Golf Open Amateur Player Applications are open now. Each amateur player partners with a Professional for an unmissable two-man event to compete for the NZ Pro-Am Championship. Packages for this world class event are on sale now, and the event itself is held at Millbrook Resort and The Hills, in February 2020. The perfect excuse to visit Queenstown for any fan of Golf.
1 – 6 December 2019
The 6-Day Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race through New Zealand’s Southern Alps is a truly magnificent. On your journey, you will discover stunning scenery, varied terrain with challenging single tracks, epic climbs, and iconic Kiwi hospitality waiting for you in the Race Village at the end of each stage. Local and international riders must tackle the 6-stage race in teams of two, staying no more than 2 minutes apart for the entire race. Sounds like fun? why not give it a go!
A trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without a visit to iconic sites where some scenes of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit were filmed. Experience the natural scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy with a captivating scenic tour.
Discover Arrowtown’s amazing history and scenery by exploring the historic gold mining villages for a peek into early settler life. Visit the Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown, where you can delve into the incredible pioneering background of Southern Lakes. Queenstown also has a rich Maori heritage—in Maori mythology, Lake Wakatipu itself was formed when the indentation left by a sleeping giant was flooded.
The Queenstown Botanical Gardens are on the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu. The Gardens have a variety of trails, and have become a focal point for visitors who value the opportunity to relax in peaceful surroundings and enjoy the stunning lake and mountain views, ponds, and old stone bridge, and a beautiful pergola surrounded by established trees and lush flowerbeds.
One of the more iconic activities in Queenstown, Milford Sound is often called the eighth wonder of the world. Recently ranked as the world’s most beautiful place, Milford Sound is a must-do for those visiting the South Island.
Queenstown and Arrowtown are home to several outstanding art galleries and craft workshops that are open to the public. There are many modern art galleries to explore, and Queenstown offers an exciting array of emerging and established contemporary artists. Paintings, drawings, contemporary sculpture, watercolours and photography are all on display in various public galleries and workshop spaces.
There is plenty of opportunity to purchase a memento of your visit to Queenstown. Here is a guide below and make a day of browsing the region’s excellent galleries!
This luxury New Zealand art gallery tour curated by Black ZQN is an unmissable experience. Some of the biggest names in New Zealand and international art display work at galleries all across the Central Otago region. These tours are personalised to ensure you can take in the popular attractions and the hidden gems, making every experience unique.
Queenstown Arts Centre
Cnr of Ballarat & Stanley St
Established in 1981, the QAC is a vibrant community Arts Centre in the heart of Queenstown. Previously the local high school, the centre includes the Cloakroom Gallery, Artist’s Studios and a large workroom artists can hire. The Cloakroom Gallery hosts monthly exhibitions throughout the year with diverse and interesting themes to give a fresh look to their visitors.
9a Earl St
Milford Galleries Queenstown exhibits painting, and a variety of other fine art media drawn from the studios of many significant New Zealand contemporary artists. If you feel like having a relaxing afternoon, surrounded by beautiful works of art, this is the place to be.
15 Earl St
With over ten years now based in Queenstown, Stephan Romer brings the Worlds Landscape to us in a whole new way. His breathtaking images capture the best of New Zealand wilderness through a gentle and intimate approach. Explore his beautiful work and dive into a New Zealand you’ve never seen before.
Spa and Wellness
For true relaxation, retreat to a calming, serene sanctuary and enjoy a luxury spa where you can experience your choice of facials, body scrubs, manicures, pedicures, foot treatments, or any type of beauty treatment you desire. Lighten those aching muscles after a day of adventure, or just treat yourself to some relaxation with a massage!
Nadi Wellness Centre has expertly qualified therapists, offering a broad range of massage techniques, specializing in Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue and Relaxation massage.
To book your Central day spa treatment or Mobile massage call Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu friendly Reception team to arrange.
1 Hour from Queenstown / 66km
A popular ski and summer resort town that you must explore whilst you’re in Queenstown. Driving to Wanaka is an experience in itself; some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand can be witnessed when driving over the Crown Range.
Surrounded by beautiful mountains and a short distance away from Mt Aspiring National Park, this historic alpine world is a must see and a true marvel of nature. Whether you are looking for a short stroll, a challenging hike or to experience mountain biking, Wanaka has over 750km of breathtaking trails for you to choose from. If you are more of an adventure seeker, there are plenty of thrilling activities you can do, including skydiving, canyoning, off road tours, jetboating, and if you are here during the winter, you can even ski or snowboard down Cardrona or Treble Cone, some of New Zealand’s best ski resorts.
Looking for a more relaxing experience? Enjoy the beauty of the Wanaka Lake, explore the museums and art galleries, go wine tasting in world-class vineyards or try delicious food in one of the restaurants and cafes in the area.
One of Wanaka’s weirdest yet brilliant attractions that you will be happy to get lost in all day (literally) is Puzzling World. No matter what age you are, whether you are on a family day out with the kids, with friends exploring the area or by yourself, you will have an experience you will never forget. With a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze this attraction is designed to baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality. Even if you are passing through, STOP and take a look at New Zealand’s most unusual public toilets and if you have a few minutes to spare, try to solve a few puzzles at the Puzzle Centre.
50 minutes from Queenstown / 58km
Central Otago offers breathtakingly, vast undulating landscapes, rugged snow-capped mountains, clear blue rivers, and deep gorges. There is plenty to discover from friendly local hospitality; a growing arts culture and well-preserved gold heritage.
Enjoy some of the country’s best fresh, seasonal food – with an outing to one of many Central Otago wineries, sensational restaurants and cafes, or taste seasonal fruits from local orchards. Leaving Queenstown, you’ll pass through Gibbston Valley, before reaching the towns of Bannockburn, Cromwell, and a little further out, Ranfurly, Alexandra, Clyde and Roxburgh.
Travel back in time in this historic precinct where buildings from 1860 to 1900 reflect the town’s gold mining and pioneering history. Explore the London House Stables, visit Captain Barry’s cottage, or step inside the Cobb & Co Store, Belfast Store and Jolly’s Seed & Grain Store. During the summer months, enjoy the Farmers Market every Sunday from 9am to 1pm.
Located only 45 minutes away from Queenstown, if speed is your thing, this is the place for you. From the high-speed Single or Dual Go karts, to the insane adrenaline pumping fast laps in a Ferrari or Porsche GT3, your adrenaline needs will be met. Fun for all the family (and all ages), you will have an experience of a lifetime.
Known as the hottest, driest and coldest town in New Zealand, this vibrant commercial centre is Central Otago’s business, cultural and political capital. Founded during the Goldrush, tour old gold diggings and dredge sites like the spectacular Earnscleugh tailings, and the town’s aged stone buildings. Enjoy the many eateries, wineries, parks, artists’ studios and golf courses in the area.
Located between Queenstown and Dunedin on the banks of the Clutha River, you will find Roxburgh, a small town not only famous for its fruit growing, but also for having New Zealand’s oldest operating cinema (opening 11 December 1897). Fish for trout, kayak a 30km lake or hike historic trails through the surrounding hills and mountains.
Beautiful vineyards, heritage sites and fantastic vistas is what you will find when visiting Bannockburn. Another small historic goldmining town, home to a café, three restaurants, a range of cellar doors and tasting rooms.
The Bannockburn Sluicings offer a well-marked one-hour walk, which takes you past old gold diggings, tunnels, races and dams to the old stone buildings and original orchard at Stewart Town.
Drive to the top of New Zealand’s highest public road at Duffers Saddle, do the Carricktown Track and enjoy views of the Kawarau River, Pisa Range, Lake Dunstan, and the Dunstan Mountains wherever you go.
50 minutes from Queenstown / 58km
Glenorchy is a not only a beautiful small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu but the road between Queenstown and Glenorchy is one of the most breathtaking roads New Zealand has (a must do, even on a rainy day!). From Glenorchy you can travel on to the Rees Valley, Paradise and the Dart Valley, Kinloch township, Routeburn Valley and Greenstone/Caples Valleys which boarder both Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks.
With its spectacular landscapes and amazing wilderness, it is a photographer’s and film maker’s paradise, providing the backdrop for many films, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Lake Wakatipu has an abundance of salmon, rainbow and brown trout. The clear waters flowing in the surrounding rivers and tributes, including the Routeburn, Rees, Dart, Greenstone and Caples offer some of the best high-country fishing.
Fishing licenses are always required to be carried and are available from Glenorchy Information Centre. Fishing equipment (for hire or for sale) is also available at the Glenorchy Information Centre.
Glenorchy is known for its horses and some of the most scenic riding in the world. Dart Stables and High-Country Horses are the two companies operating in the area, offering spectacular riding opportunities whether you are a beginner or an expert. Two hours, all day or multi day treks will take you riding through open flat land, river crossings and untouched beech forests, while taking in the mountain vista.
If you want to know a little more about this magnificent area, join a guided nature walk, whether it’s the Routeburn Day walk, the Lake Sylvan walk or if you decide that walking in Paradise is more your thing, listen to your friendly guide as they point out unique spots along the way; you’ll truly be mesmerized.
If you’re a little confused and wondering what this is, it’s a mix of kayaking/rafting and tramping. Paddled like a kayak with the stability of a raft, you’ll be able to access some of the most remote and undisturbed river in the Southern Hemisphere, places an ordinary boat or kayak couldn’t take you.
New Zealand is not only made for hiking; kayaking is another popular attraction you will not want to miss. Kayak Lake Wakatipu, and explore Pig and Pigeon Islands with Rippled Earth, or enter the beauty that is Dart River with Funkays, a Dart River Adventures day tour. Whichever you decide, it will be on experience of a lifetime.
As the only commercial jetboating company in Glenorchy, Wilderness Jet by Dart River Adventures is a thrilling jetboat ride that will get your adrenaline pumping whilst you explore the ancient beach forests and hidden rock pools of Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage Area. Listen to stories of local legends and go on a journey of discovery.
Canyoning Queenstown will take you on a fun-filled adventure, through stunning canyons and crystal-clear pools. Choose between a half day trip in Queenstown or a full day Routeburn Canyon trip; abseil, jump, zipline, navigate through narrow passageways and slide down chutes. What more could you ask for?
25 minutes from Queenstown / 20km
Arrowtown is a beautiful, historic gold mining town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. Located on the banks of the Arrow River, with its beautiful buildings and famed nature trails, Arrowtown is charming and quirky, the heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of small-town heritage buildings that stretch into a tree lined avenue of tiny miners’ cottages. The buildings in this lovely precinct, house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants – many classy, most individual, not one from an international chain. It is a wonderful place to browse and relax, enjoying the dining, the shopping, and soaking up Arrowtown’s lively heritage. In April and May, the tree-lined streets come alive in a burst of autumn colours.
Home to three of New Zealand’s top 20 golf courses, Arrowtown is a golfer’s dream come true. With Millbrook’s 27 holes; The Hills, famous for being NZ Open’s home; and picturesque Arrowtown Golf Club, you are spoilt for choice.
If you enjoy walking, whether it’s a short stroll or a challenging hike you are after, Arrowtown has fifteen listed walks past mountains, rivers forests, and lakes that you can choose from.
This award-winning museum, nested in the centre of Arrowntown, presents an authentic picture of early Maori, the harsh pioneering days of the European settlers, and the exciting gold rush era of the mid to late 1800’s. Explore the grog shanty, Victorian Schoolhouse and blacksmith’s workshop. A must do whilst visiting Arrowntown!
30 minutes from Queenstown / 27km
Queenstown is the gateway to the Central Otago region where you’ll find 200 vineyards within a 40-minute drive of the town centre. The Central Otago wine region is made up of six sub-regions; Gibbston, Cromwell/Pisa/Lowburn, Bannockburn, Bendigo, Wanaka and Alexandra, all producing world-class wines.
An old woolshed on the Gibbston Back Road, now converted into a fancy wine tasting room with a delicious food menu. Perfect for a summer or autumn afternoon with friends.
A Family owned vineyard, known to be one of the first establishments to plant vines in the region; specializes in Pinot Noir and is committed to providing you with limited quantities of iconic, aged wines that truly represent the potential of this exceptional wine region.
If cheese is your passion, this may feel like heaven. Gibbston Valley Cheese is the only cheesery among the wineries of the region; it has a beautiful, sunny garden, encircled by vineyards, giving you the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious platter of assorted Gibbston Valley Cheeses, wine and beer.
A popular trail around the wineries is the Gibbston River Trail. From Kawarau Suspension Bridge to Peregrine Wines you will experience beautiful scenery along the river and through the vines. By foot or bicycle, the ‘valley of vines’ has a lot to offer.
A visit to Peregrine Wines is an experience in itself. Designed like a falcon’s wing in mid-flight, its unique architecture has mesmerized visitors around the world. Enter their world and try a wine or two.
Get the camera ready for stunning views of Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables, and Bob’s Peak from the Queenstown Hill Viewpoint walking and cycle trail. Time is 3-hour return. We also have Frankton Arm Walkway right on our doorstep, a local favourite, this lakeside walk, cycle track has great views of the lake and mountain. Other popular trails including the Tike Trail, Ben Lomond and the Moonlight Track.
Experience the thrill of bungy, either from the sidelines, or as a jumper yourself! Choose from a 43m bungy at Kawarau Bridge, or if you are feeling brave, try Nevis Bungy, highest in New Zealand, either way it will be the best thing you ever do!
Discover Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attraction. With its stunning mountain peaks, ink-dark waters and superb dramatic forest-clad cliffs, it’s a must-do on every New Zealand itinerary.
No visit to Queenstown is complete without an exhilarating Jet Boat ride. From the popular Shotover Jet and Skippers Canyon Jet on the Shotover River, to KJet on Lake Wakatipu, you are spoilt for choice.
Take a scenic cruise of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown on board the iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. You can combine a cruise with a variety of activities at Walter Peak, including a guided farm tour, or a gourmet barbecue lunch or dinner.
Explore the 5 acres of the Kiwi Birdlife Park, a wildlife sanctuary found in the heart of Queenstown. Learn about New Zealand wildlife at the Conservation Show, or watch a kiwi feeding at their specially designed nocturnal house.
Take a stroll through the Queenstown Gardens. This beautiful attraction is often referred to as the Crown Jewel of Queenstown Reserves, and has plenty to offer the whole family.
Travel off the beaten track to taste suburb wines from Gibbston and areas in the Bannockburn. Experience spectacular scenery on a winery tour for your group. A maximum of 12 people per tour ensures a great day in wine country. Expert guides host you with their wealth of local and wine knowledge. Sumptuous Gourmet Lunch is included in every tour.