Queenstown Adventure Activities

  • Queenstown in Winter

If you’re looking for adventure, you’ll find it in Queenstown - home to New Zealand’s most thrilling activities.

Thanks to its amazing location, Queenstown is able to offers a range of fun, fast, adrenaline-fuelled activities, from jet boating along the braided Dart River and through the tight Shotover canyons, to 43m bungy jumps off the historic Kawarau Bridge, and skydiving. Whatever gets your blood pumping, you’ll find it in Queenstown.


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Winter Activities in Queenstown

NZ Snowshoeing Lake Alta CirqueMountains draped in snow, a crisp, dry climate and clear blue skies create the perfect conditions for winter sport lovers.

As the temperature drops and the snow falls over New Zealand’s Southern Island, we start to see a whole new side to Queenstown.

The buzz begins in early June when skiers and snowboarders arrive to take on the four local ski fields and countless backcountry slopes, and continues to deliver some of the world’s best powder until the season officially ends in October.

    • Snowshoeing Queenstown
      Explore the snow at a more steady pace with a Snowshoeing adventure. These newly designed snowshoes allow you to comfortably navigate your way around snowy terrain usually only accessible to skiers and snowboarders. It’s a fun, family friendly activity in and around Queenstown.
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    • Glacier Hikes WEst Coast
      Get close to the ice with the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier. Easily accessible to visitors, this impressive feat of nature offers some amazing ice-climbing and glacier exploration experiences for amateurs and experts alike.
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Summer Activities in Queenstown

GWNZ swing 2As the day’s grown longer and hotter, Queenstown become an exciting summer holiday destination, with plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy.

Summer is the perfect time to explore Queenstown, it’s lakes, rivers, mountains and breathtaking surrounding areas. If you’re looking to get closer to nature and explore the great outdoors, there are a number of tour operators offering jet boat, helicopter and hiking tours in and around Queenstown. Here are just a few:

      • Shotover Jet
        A fun and fast paced, adrenaline pumping jet boat ride through the twists and turns of the Shotover River and through its narrow canyons.
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    • Heli-Hiking with Guided Walks NZ
      See more and do more with a helicopter guided walk. From Queenstown, you’ll explore the South Island backcountry, lakes, mountains and hard to reach areas.
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    • Dart River
      Jet boat or kayak along the Dart River deep inside the Mt Aspiring National Park for some of the South Island’s most beautiful scenery.
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During the warm summer months, Queenstown becomes a haven for cyclists of all sorts, as the snow melts along mountain passes.

Mountain bikers tear down the steep slopes usually reserved for skiers and snowboarders, families cruise along the lakeside and backcountry trails, and the very daring even jump out of helicopters, for heli-biking in the more remote alpine areas.


Queenstown Nightlife

At night, Queenstown comes to life as the town’s many bars cater for thirsty patrons fresh in from the snow, offering up some of the best Après-ski around.

This bustling town boasts more restaurants and bars, per capita, than anywhere else in New Zealand. Celebrity chefs provide the mouth-watering food, while the bars serve up cold beer, classic cocktails and local wine, so if you’re looking for a drink and a good time in the South Island, you’ll find it in Queenstown.

There are plenty of places to explore, here are just a few: Get the party started at Vinyl Underground, Little Blackwood or Below Zero Ice Bar. Keep it going at Subculture, Altitude or Surreal night clubs. Or settle in for a quiet drink in a warm and inviting environment, you should try The Bunker, Pub On The Wharf or Pog Mahones.


Queenstown Wilderness Experiences

HFT Long Reef Martins BayGuided Wilderness Walk
A Journey of discovery from the mountains to the sea, through Fiordland National Park. Your journey begins in the beautiful lakeside town of Te Anau where small groups, led by well informed guides, traverse this remote landscape, along the Hollyford Track, staying in private lodges and getting closer to nature than ever before over a three day guided walk.

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Free Activities in Queenstown

Stargazing In South Island
The South Island’s clear skies, sparse population, zero light pollution and geographical isolation make it ideal for nighttime star gazing.
New Zealand boasts the darkest skies in the world - from here, you can clearly make out the true magnificence of the heavens above. Shooting stars constellations and satellites blink and twinkle through the dark.

Queenstown Gardens
Moments from Queenstown’s CBD is the local botanical garden, complete with duck ponds, an ultimate frisbee course and an impressive variety of native and exotic plants and trees. It’s fun, it’s free and on a clear summer’s day, it’s a great place to take a stroll and a picnic.


Queenstown On The Water

Queenstown is ideally located in centre of New Zealand’s South Island lake region, surrounded by rivers, lakes and canyons, and not too far from the East Coast. Its crystal clear waters and excellent water sports culture and infrastructure make the Queenstown area an ideal wet and wild adventure playground, with exciting activities from whitewater rafting and jet boat rides, to Funyaks and paddleboarding.


Getting Around Queenstown

Local authorities, transport providers and tour operators have made it easy to get in and around Queenstown. For the hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers who visit the area every year, there are a number of easily accessible transport options on offer.

Public Transport in Queenstown:
Bus

  • Connectabus offers transports to all major hotels and hostels every 20 minutes.
  • Connexions runs a daily coach service throughout the South Island.

Taxi

Airport transfer
Fly in to Queenstown International Airport and travel to the town centre in 15 minutes. Find out more about airport transfers.

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