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Queenstown: 2-Hour Zipline Tour with 4-Lines

1. Queenstown: 2-Hour Zipline Tour with 4-Lines

The perfect starter to your adventure experience in Queenstown. Journey through native forest on four incredible ziplines with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range. Make your way to the Skyline Gondola summit (gondola ticket is your own expense) to meet your experienced guides. Harness up and feel the wind in your face as you glide down the ziplines. The ziplines start low and slow and gradually build your confidence as they get progressively longer, higher and faster. Your experienced guides will launch and receive you at each tree deck, showing you fun tricks you can try. Enjoy their light-hearted, informative stories on local history, myths, legends, and ecological principals at each suspended tree-house.

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Queenstown: Time Tripper Underwater Experience

2. Queenstown: Time Tripper Underwater Experience

Take the stairs down under Lake Wakatipu and travel back to the beginning of time. Time Tripper is a 14-minute state-of-the-art animated show that takes you back 90 million years ago to what Queenstown was like all those years ago. Your time-travel pilot will guide you through the time of the dinosaurs, taking you back to when New Zealand was formed and flying you deep into the earth to when the Southern Alps were created. Ending in present-day Queenstown, you'll then experience activities all from the comfort of your seat. Following your informative session, you'll enjoy 10-15 minutes of underwater viewing during which you can see the famous diving ducks, slinky eels, and trout that lie beneath. This approximately 30-minute activity is Queenstown’s only underwater experience, blasting off every half hour from the Main Town Pier.

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Queenstown: 3-Hour Zipline Adventure with 6-Lines

3. Queenstown: 3-Hour Zipline Adventure with 6-Lines

Take on a spectacular and exhilarating zipline eco-adventure through the native forest canopy. Make your way to the Skyline Gondola summit and meet your experienced guides. Harness up and feel the wind in your face as you glide down breath-taking ziplines. Traverse down the mountain tree-to-tree via twelve aerial, tree-top platforms, with the highest tree-house at 25-meters above the ground. Launch from deck to deck and your guides will be there to help you at every platform. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Admire the spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the remarkable mountain range as you zipline through the trees. Listen to light-hearted and interesting stories about local history, myths, and legends at each suspended tree-house. Walk downhill through the beech forest for 20-minutes with a guide to reach the finish, where you will ride the world's steepest tree-to-tree zipline, descending at speeds of up to 70kph.

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From Queenstown: Lord of the Rings Half Day in Middle Earth

4. From Queenstown: Lord of the Rings Half Day in Middle Earth

Your journey through Middle Earth starts from the station info building on the corner of Shotover Street and Camp Street at 10:00 AM. From there you will travel to Arrowtown, once a gold mining town (which you can still pan for gold and find some if you are lucky) passing Coronet Peak, one of the many ski fields in the area.  See The Ford of Bruinen where the Black Riders are swept down the river and then onto the Gladden Fields where Isildur is ambushed by Orcs. From Arrowtown you will travel towards the Kawarau river where you will see The Argonath (The Pillars of the King) Then its time for some fun handling and photographing weapons, such as Gimli's axe, Aduril and Narsil.  After spending time reenacting scenes with the weapons it's time to leave Middle Earth behind and return to Queenstown.

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From Queenstown: VIP Glenorchy & Paradise Expedition

5. From Queenstown: VIP Glenorchy & Paradise Expedition

Depart Queenstown and travel along the shore of Lake Wakatipu on a scenic drive to Glenorchy. Listen to stories about farming and movie making as you head to Bennett’s Bluff to take souvenir photos. Watch a sheep shearing demonstration and interact with different farm animals before going deep into the forests of Mount Aspiring National Park on Paradise Road. Hear about some of the major film productions that have made use of the landscape, such as Lord of the Rings, X-Men Wolverine, and Narnia. Pass the historical Arcadia Homestead, and pull over at a scenic spot to enjoy afternoon tea and coffee. Take in the views of the beautiful countryside before going for a walk on the pier at Glenorchy. Listen to more amazing stories on the drive back to Queenstown.

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Queenstown: Boutique Wine Tour in Central Otago Wine Region

6. Queenstown: Boutique Wine Tour in Central Otago Wine Region

Your day begins when you are picked up from your accommodation by your guide. From there you will be taken to your first vineyard in Bannockburn, Cromwell where you will taste a large variety of wines and styles from Pinot Noir to Riesling and more. After you have been to your first vineyard, your Sommelier guide will have a good idea of the wines that best suit your palate and will plan the rest of the visits to suit your tastes. In the middle of your tour, you will stop for a delicious platter lunch and one of the region’s best restaurants before heading out to Alexandra for more tastings and a guided vineyard tour. After the day is done, you will be dropped back at your accommodation or other selected destination.

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What people are saying about Queenstown

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

We got exactly what we paid for. Everything was arranged, nothing felt out of place. Perfect service! Visited the less known, yet amazing wineries. Local intel, exactly why I wanted a guide. I believe that some of the other groupmembers had some special requests for which she catered/customised.

Was fantastic, great guide that loves his work! Would prefer for longer time to hold the swords, like an extra 30mins would make it memorable!

Very unique experience. Liam and Esther were great guides. Would recommend! Bring a jacket,gloves and beanie as it gets cold

Most amazing experience! The guides took care of us and made us feel so safe. Would highly recommend

Was fab experience! Will definitely do it again, Callum and Nat were great too.