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TSS Earnslaw: Queenstown Cruise & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ

1. TSS Earnslaw: Queenstown Cruise & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ

This half-day activity begins and concludes with a 45-minute cruise across Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu onboard the historic TSS Earnslaw. Spend a few hours enjoying the culinary delights at Walter Peak High Country Station, including an entertaining farm demonstration the whole family will enjoy. Feel free to take advantage of the extensive lay-out of this incredible steamship – she is a floating museum of her own history, and you are more than welcome to enter the engine room where you can watch our hardy coal-stokers as they keep this beautiful lady of the lake gliding across the waters of Lake Wakatipu. Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown’s incredible alpine scenery, the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak is the perfect place to spend a beautiful day in Central Otago. Its colonial architecture and sweeping grounds evoke the elegance of a bygone era. Spend your time wandering the award-winning gardens, or saying hello to the animals that call the station home. The BBQ Buffet includes salads, vegetables, and succulent local meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill. There is a wide range of desserts on offer, including a vast array of fresh bread and cheese. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let the supplier know directly so we can safely accommodate your requests.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

2. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

Take the hassle out of driving to Milford Sound and join a guided coach tour from Queenstown. Sit back, relax and enjoy magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Your experienced local coach driver will show you the best views along the Milford Road and connect you seamlessly with a 1hr 45min nature cruise. Travel in a spacious coach with USB charging ports. Marvel at the native rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and glacial lakes. Pause briefly in Te Anau before continuing along the spectacular alpine Milford Road. Admire incredible views at Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Knobbs Flat or Monkey Creek and pose for photos. Be wowed by the glaciar-carved Milford Sound as you approach the visitor terminal. Seize your cruise and lunch passes from the driver who’ll help you find your cruise departure gate.  Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran for a nature cruise along the fiord’s deep blue waters. Savor a freshly prepared picnic lunch. Marvel at the impressive natural landscape and keep a lookout for native wildlife like dolphins, seals and penguins. Be fascinated by live commentary from your skipper in the open wheelhouse. Get within touching distance of impressive glaciar-carved rock walls and feel the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls on your face. Awed and satisfied, rejoin your driver for the scenic return journey to Queenstown. 

Dunedin: Speight's Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting

3. Dunedin: Speight's Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting

Visit the oldest operational Brewery in New Zealand, and the only site to have an historic Brew Floor and state of the art Brewery housed within the same location. The Brewery is the spiritual home of New Zealand’s biggest beer brand, attracting up to 20,000 visitors per year to experience the “Pride of the South”; as one if Dunedin’s most popular tourist attractions. Enjoy over 144 years of brewing history as a guide takes you through an interactive brewery tour. Learn about the history of this Dunedin icon as you explore the brewery from top to bottom with your guide. Along the way, you will learn about the core ingredients that go into the award-winning beers. You'll also hear about the state-of-the-art brewing process used today. The tour ends with a tasting, where you'll get to enjoy samples of the beer as your knowledgeable guides talk you through the different styles and flavors in the range. Our Brewery Shop range an extensive collection of Speight’s merchandise and the Cellar Door offers the ability to purchase fresh beer directly from the Brewery – a unique opportunity to take away a flavoursome souvenir. Good on ya mate

Queenstown: Ice Bar Crawl

4. Queenstown: Ice Bar Crawl

Begin the bar crawl at 9:00 PM in The London Bar. Benefit from drink discounts all night plus free entry into the Ice Bar later in the tour! Throughout the course of the night visit 5 of the best bars in Queenstown. Receive 5 free shots as well as free pizza. Take part in a variety of bar games with the opportunity to win some prizes! The night finishes in the last bar just after midnight but you can keep the party going for as long as you like!

Queenstown: Bar Crawl with 5 Free Shots and Pizza

5. Queenstown: Bar Crawl with 5 Free Shots and Pizza

Discover 5 of the best party bars Queenstown has to offer on this bar crawl tour. Delight in one free shot on entry to each bar and free pizza throughout the night. Meet your fellow crawlers and tour guides at The London at 9 PM. After a short time there, head onto the next bar where the party really starts. Enjoy the opportunity to win prizes from local activities by getting involved in the games that are playing during the night. Throughout your bar crawl, make the most of various drink discounts. The activity will finish in the last bar just after midnight — but the party keeps going for as long as you want it to!

Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

6. Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

Enjoy having the team collect you from your accommodation before you cycle from Arrowtown to Gibbston Valley yourselves or get dropped off at Gibbston and explore the area by bike. All staff are locals and will have some top local tips for you. Once you have been fitted to a bike  and are all ready to go, jump on a Hardtail Cruiser bike or Premium E-bike to start the trip at your own pace.  You will be given maps that have all the information you will need to make the most of the trip back to Queenstown. The ride is between 2-20 kilometers: you can choose to be dropped off at Arrowtown for a 20-kilometer ride or at Gibbston Valley for a 2 kilometer ride.  Once in Gibbston Valley, you can stop by a range of award-winning wineries. These include Gibbston Valley, Chard Farm, Peregrine, Mt Rosa, Waitiri Creek/Cargo Brewery, Peregrine, Gibbston Tavern, and Gibbston Valley Cheese experience, to name a few.

Otago Winery Tour with Gourmet Wine & Food-Paired Lunch

7. Otago Winery Tour with Gourmet Wine & Food-Paired Lunch

Make the most of your stay in Queenstown with this half-day wine and food experience for an unforgettable taste of Central Otago’s wine region. Enjoy a winery lunch consisting of several tasting dishes each perfectly matched by the Chief Winemaker and Head Chef, using estate wines and fresh local produce. Indulge in wine tasting and presentations at 3 wineries, visiting one larger well-known winery and two boutique style wineries. The tour also includes a wine cave tour and tasting, providing you with an insight into the local great wines and the Central Otago wine industry.

Queenstown: Wine Tasting Tour

8. Queenstown: Wine Tasting Tour

Travel to the Gibbston region, only a half an hour's drive from central Queenstown, to visit four of Central Otago’s finest cellars and spend time tasting wines. Travel in style with door-to-door transfers, complimentary WiFi, and bottled water on board. Your guide will host you between each location amusing you with local winemaking facts and stories. Enjoy an optional scrumptious winery lunch, which can be purchased on the day. Visit a range of well-known and off-the-beaten-track wineries, including the famous underground wine cave at Gibbston Valley of New Zealand. Meet passionate local characters and taste at least 18 of the very best wines from the area.

Queenstown & Gibbston Valley: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tours

9. Queenstown & Gibbston Valley: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tours

Become your own tour guide for a day and enjoy having the freedom to explore the best parts of Queenstown, Arrowtown, and Gibbston Valley without being rushed or restricted by any preset itineraries. Enjoy the local wine and soak up the amazing sites of the Queenstown and Gibbston Valley. No need to make an itinerary and drive yourself, our friendly drivers will look after you and provide you with information on each location. Hop on and off as you please, visit as many destinations as you like, and choose how long you stay at each spot. Stop options include: • Shotover Jet boat ride • Canyon Food & Brew Co • Strike Bowl bowling and entertainment center • Cargo at Gantley’s taproom • The Gin Garden • Arrowtown historical gold mining town • The Winery, Arrowtown • Mora Wines & Kitchen by Artisan • Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door • Nockies Palette Wines at Stoneridge • Wet Jacket Wines • AJ Hackett Bungy • Cargo Brewery & Bald Hills Wine • Mt Rosa Wines • Brennan Wines • Kinross Cellar Door & Bistro • Gibbston Valley Winery • Altitude Brewing • The Winery, Queenstown

From Queenstown: 4-Hour Afternoon Boutique Wine Tour

10. From Queenstown: 4-Hour Afternoon Boutique Wine Tour

On this 4-hour afternoon, boutique wine tour, have the chance to explore the Central Otago region and try its exquisite wines. Meet your guide and depart from the Queenstown Station Building at 2:00 PM. From here you'll visit three boutique wineries in the Central Otago wine region. As a small group, have an intimate experience learning about the wine region. Delish in a delectable cheese platter while trying up to 15 different types of wine. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon among the spectacular scenery of Central Otago.

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Really fun wine tour with Angus. The drive to the wineries was informative Re: scenery and history. The wineries chosen were varied enough. Lunch was light but excellent and included pairings. We learned a lot from the guides at each vineyard but also Angus has a wealth of knowledge from living in France as well. Really great day - and a nice relaxing activity to do while in Queenstown-Wakatipu!

If you can afford to do this it is a fabulous evening out! Not cheap but certainly worth every cent. Generous buffet diner with local cuisine showcased. Boat ride on a beautiful day just the icing on the cake!

Excellent from beginning to end. All the staff boat and farm were wonderful. Cannot express how delighted my son and I were with the entire experience. Thank you Team Earnshall ☺️

Great trip Scenery and food excellent Reasonably priced Very busy but the buffet service was exceptionally well organised Staff very cheerful

Beautiful cruise followed by a delicious lunch and sheep shearing demonstration