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Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

1. Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

Get an adrenaline rush on a 1-hour jet boat ride, operated by the world’s first commercial jet boat company. Take in stunning views of the Remarkable Mountains and journey up 2 of South Island’s most iconic rivers.  Depart from the heart of Queenstown, and climb aboard the big yellow jet boat at the Main Town Pier. Hold on tight as you accelerate across the water and feel the exhilaration of a high-powered twin-engine boat that powers across Lake Wakatipu. Experience the twists and spins as you enter the Kawarau River and race past rocks and under bridges at speeds of up to 95 kilometers per hour.  Grip the heated handrails and experience 360° spins while you speed up the shallow channels of the Shotover River. After 45 kilometers of pure adrenaline, return to the pier and see photos and videos from your trip.

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Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

2. 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.

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Queenstown: Twilight Wine and Craft Beer Tour

3. Queenstown: Twilight Wine and Craft Beer Tour

Experience Queenstown by twilight and set off on an epic late-afternoon, four-hour tour through the Gibbston wine region. Hunt out the best boutique craft beers and wine on and off the beaten track, while hearing about the area and having a great time. This wine and beer tour aims to please, so if wine isn't your thing, simply swap it out for craft beer. Visit three unique locations, two beautiful cellar doors, and a brewery, offering a range of local, world-renowned and internationally awarded Central Otago wines and local craft beer on tap. Enjoy shared antipasto platters and even get a glimpse behind the scenes at the brewery. All locations are local favorites with stunning, picture-perfect backdrops. So, go on, fill your day with adrenaline activities — skiing, bungy jumping, jet boating — and then join this tour to unwind in the evening. With an emphasis on fun, you are guaranteed to have a great time and make some cool new friends on the way. Travel in style on board a luxury Mercedes van, complete with fun onboard videos, complimentary Wi-Fi, and bottled water. Benefit from the insights of your knowledgeable local guide equipped with great kiwi humor. Those looking for a unique memorable experience while visiting Queenstown should look no further.

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Glenorchy & Paradise Scenic Half-Day Tour from Queenstown

4. Glenorchy & Paradise Scenic Half-Day Tour from Queenstown

Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, Glenorchy is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu and is home to what many say is New Zealand's best scenery and a slice of Middle-Earth magic. View stunning scenery and alpine vistas as you are guided in style aboard a luxury Mercedes van. Enjoy an overload of sightseeing and views packed into a fun half-day adventure to Glenorchy and beyond. Upon arrival in Glenorchy, you will be awe struck as you gaze at the mountain ranges and native beech forest which set the backdrop for this rustic town. You will have some time to check out the town's local sites and hidden gems, while also learning about Glenorchy and its fascinating Maori history. After Glenorchy, visit Paradise, view Diamond Lake, and explore the surrounding areas. There’s endless natural beauty and scenic stops along the way, ensuring you’ll go home with some postcard-worthy photos. View multiple Lord of the Rings movie locations, such as Twelve Mile Delta, where the first fight between Faramir's Rangers and the Giant Oliphaunts took place. In a location called "Paradise," you will also get to see the famous locations of Isengard and Saruman's Tower. Costumes are available, so you can re-create scenes and dress as a character from the movie. Whether you are a Lord of the Ring’s fan or not, you will be impressed with the stunning scenery surrounding these locations. Taste a kiwi-style morning and afternoon tea with a spectacular back drop. Your guide will set up the ultimate picnic in one of a number of picturesque locations, consisting of classic, kiwi delights. With a stunning natural backdrop comprised of majestic mountain ranges and native beech forest, Glenorchy is sure to leave you speechless.

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Queenstown: Kayaking or SUP Experience on Moke Lake

5. Queenstown: Kayaking or SUP Experience on Moke Lake

Explore the Queenstown backcountry through this kayak or SUP adventure on the beautiful Moke Lake, located only 20 minutes from Queenstown. This stunning location will let you see another side to Queenstown: a quieter, more peaceful side to the "adventure capital of the world." Your guide will collect you in a minibus from Queenstown and transport you out to Moke Lake. During the journey, you'll chat about the area, a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have for a local expert. On arrival at Moke Lake, one of the team will run through the safety briefing as well as any top tips before setting you up in the kayak and sending you off into the lake to paddle around at your own pace. Explore this horseshoe-shaped lake and admire the lush natural surroundings as you breathe in the fresh air and tranquility.  When you're done, return shore where there will be some traditional kiwi refreshments waiting for you.

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Queenstown: Shotover Canyon Giant Rope Swing

6. Queenstown: Shotover Canyon Giant Rope Swing

Feel an adrenaline rush like no other as you jump off a 109-meter (357-foot) high cliff, experience a 60-meter (197-foot) free fall, then swing over 200 meters (656 feet) out into the stunning Shotover Canyon. Take the leap with the help of your expert jump-masters, who will bring you back to the platform after your swing. Start your adventure checking in with the local partner's crew at the central meeting point in Queenstown. Then, take a 15-minute drive out to the stunning Shotover Canyon. After a short briefing, get helped into your harness and choose your jump style: forwards, backwards, upside down, flips, or even off on the chair! Fling yourself off the platform edge and delight in a thrilling experience. Once your swing is over, check out your photos and videos and decide if you would like to purchases them to show off to your friends. Finally, the local partner's team will drop you back in town at the original meeting point.

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Queenstown: Self-Guided Biking Experience from Arrowtown

7. Queenstown: Self-Guided Biking Experience from Arrowtown

After being collected from your accommodation you will travel for 20 minutes out to Arrowtown. Upon your arrival, your staff will spend time ensuring that everyone is comfortable on their bikes. Following this, they will run you through a full safety briefing and inform you about all the best trails to take back to Queenstown, including the best places to check out and stop at along the way. Once you are ready to go, you will jump on your Hardtail Cruiser bike or premium e-bike to start the trip back to Queenstown at your own pace. You will cycle alongside the stunning Arrow, Kawarau, and Shotover rivers, as well as other lakeside trails and historic bridges. You will also be given maps which contain all the information you will need to make the most of your trip back to Queenstown. Once you have finished your ride, you can choose to ride back to the center of town to the pickup point at Speight's Ale House. Alternatively, ride back to your accommodation and your guides will come to collect the bikes from there.

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Queenstown: Small Group Wine Sampler Tour

8. Queenstown: Small Group Wine Sampler Tour

Travel to the Gibbston region, only a half an hour 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. Throughout the day, sample at least 18 spectacular cool climate wines. Enjoy an optional scrumptious lunch, which can be purchased on the day. Visit a range of well-known and off-the-beaten-track wineries, including New Zealand’s famous underground wine cave at Gibbston Valley. Meet passionate local characters and get to taste the very best wines from the area. Throughout the day, sample at least 18 spectacular, cool climate wines and a selection of local cheeses if time allows.

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Queenstown: Luxury Private Milford Sound Experience

9. Queenstown: Luxury Private Milford Sound Experience

Travel in absolute comfort and luxury from Queenstown and explore Milford Sound, often regarded as the 8th wonder of the world, on a full-day private tour. Drive through Te Anau and around Milford Sound, including a boat cruise through Fiordland. Get picked up by your guide up at your accommodation in the morning and begin your journey towards Milford Sound. Hug the corners of Lake Wakatipu as you depart and go past Kingston. Sit back and listen to fascinating tales about this area that your guide will share with you. As you arrive at Te Anau, enjoy yet another stunning lake. Feel free to grab a coffee or a snack before you venture on to Milford Sound. You'll stop at various viewpoints along the trip, so don't forget your camera. Once in Milford Sound, jump aboard a small vessel (max 75 people) for an intimate 2-hour cruise through Fiordland. Tea and coffee will be served on board. Your guide will be waiting for you on your return back to land to swoop you up and bring you back safe and sound to your accommodation.

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Queenstown: Central Otago Wine Tour by Private Helicopter

10. Queenstown: Central Otago Wine Tour by Private Helicopter

Enjoy a day of luxury on this exclusive helicopter winery tour in Central Otago. Start your day with a pickup from your Queenstown accommodation in a private luxury vehicle. Your first stop is the Gibbston Valley Winery for a private wine tasting, wine cave and winery tour, and light nibbles. Then, embark on a scenic helicopter flight over the Cromwell Basin with an Alpine landing. Next, visit the Scott Base Winery to taste a flight of 5 wines from the whiteboard options. You'll be traveling between the vineyards in a chauffeured, open-top Jeep.  Enjoy a 2-course à la carte lunch at Carrick Winery, with a glass of Bannockburn Estate wine. Next stop is Cloudy Bay Winery for a private wine tasting experience with a Cloudy Bay ambassador. Next is Misha's Vineyard and Tasting Room to taste 5 wines from the 12 wines on offer. Then enjoy a second scenic helicopter flight from the Cromwell Basin through the Kawarau Gorge to Gibbston. Final stop is Mt Rosa Wines, where you will take part in one last wine tasting experience. After a good laugh with the owners, you will be driven back to your accommodation in Queenstown.

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What people are saying about Queenstown

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 158 reviews

Highly recommend this tour and wanted to share our thanks to the wonderful Alia from AustrALIA - she was amazing! Bubbly, knowledgeable, personable, professional and couldn't have delivered a better experience! We were lucky to be part of a very small group, which made for an intimate experience. The van was lovely, with leather seats and flat screen TV with some fun and educational tour advice from the operators during the commute. The vineyards that we visited were a great mix of styles, and we even had a special stop on the way back for coffee and cake (my partner had a craving for sugar).

It’s well worth the 9 am start to experience the beautiful drive to Glenorchy & Paradise. Andy was a very informative guide and I appreciated his personal knowledge of the area. We enjoyed a simple but tasty morning tea before driving home after plenty of photo opportunities. If you are a LOTR movie buff, you’ll enjoy the experience even more.

Brilliant driver leader. Arils provided excellent commentary. Great information was very helpful and pleasant

Fun, quick time filler with easy access fron Queenstown wharf. Really friendly workers and driver

My grandson LOVED this trip. He wanted to go again. Highly recommended.