Queenstown
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Queenstown: Summer Tandem Paragliding

1. Queenstown: Summer Tandem Paragliding

There’s no better place to try paragliding than from Coronet peak, the highest of all the flying sites in Queenstown. This take-off gives thrill-seekers the opportunity to experience more spins and turns in the air, but a gentle flight is also possible from this spot. This friendly and highly qualified team is led by Angus Tapper, a 4-time New Zealand Paragliding Champion and runner-up in the 2010 National Hang Gliding championships. He has over 30 years of aviation experience. After a short drive up to the ski field, you’ll be teamed up with your highly experienced pilot. He’ll do a safety briefing with you followed by a short practice. Soon, you and your pilot will be flying away. Once up in the air, you’ll have amazing views of the whole Wakatipu area. There’s nothing better than seeing the spectacular Queenstown region from the air. Once you’re done, a courtesy van will pick you up from the purpose-built landing site, which has a café that offers hot food and drinks.

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Arrowtown to Queenstown: Self-Guided Bike Tour

2. Arrowtown to Queenstown: Self-Guided Bike Tour

Head out on a scenic 25-minute drive to Arrowtown. Get set up with your bike, receive trail tips, a map, and a safety briefing and then depart on your independent adventure ride. Explore Arrowtown and grab a coffee before setting off to ride at your leisure along the Arrow River Bridges Trail toward Morven Ferry Intersection. From here, either take a diversion to the Kawarau Bungy or follow the Twin Rivers Trail along the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and onward to Queenstown Bay, where you can return your bike. If you are unsure if you can handle the distance, upgrade to an electric bike for only $50 more and keep the good times rolling.

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Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

3. 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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From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

4. From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Start the tour with a fun drive to the rafting take-off point via Skippers Canyon. The 4x4 drive is an experience in itself; the narrow dirt road hugs the canyon's sheer cliffs and offers spectacular views over the river you'll soon be soaring down. At the rafting base, get fitted in all your gear and listen to a full safety briefing.  Begin your whitewater rafting adventure from Deep Creek. Cruise over peaceful waters before heading towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you paddle through the rapids and into the darkness of the historic, 550-foot Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting over Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.

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Queenstown: Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

5. Queenstown: Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

Fly over the Southern Alps, home to over 3000 small glaciers. Visit Franz Josef Glacier on the western face of Aoraki/ Mt Cook or the Tasman Glacier on the east side. Enjoy the flexibility of seeing either glacier in case of poor weather conditions on your tour of choice. Check in on arrival at either the Franz Josef Glacier tour or Tasman Glacier tour and get to your helicopter. Have a safety briefing as your equipment is handed out. Go out to a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. Pass over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land at the upper Franz Josef Icefall. Alternatively, take a scenic helicopter flight over the Tasman Terminal Lake to the Tasman Glacier. Be fitted with crampons for your trek out onto the glacier, exploring ices caves, and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonders of the South Island’s glaciers.

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From Queenstown: Mount Cook Small Group Adventure

6. From Queenstown: Mount Cook Small Group Adventure

At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is by no means among the world’s tallest but with the nearby Mt Cook village just 750m above sea-level, the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatization whatsoever, and so this tour is perfect for people of all levels of fitness. The guided tour begins with pickups in Queenstown and Frankton, before you then travel through the stunning Kawarau gorge to Cromwell. After making a comfort stop in the quaint township of Omarama (where you have the option to taste one of the best creamy chicken pies in New Zealand), you climb your way through Lindis Pass, one of only 3 alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps. As you exit the Pass, you may catch glimpses of the mighty mountain itself; but before arriving there is much more to see, including what many consider one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Lake Pukaki is one of the bluest lakes you will ever see, and is framed by the backdrop of Aoraki and its brothers in the Southern Alps. The location of several scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Lake Pukaki is a destination in and of itself. You soon pass the delta where the mountain’s various rivers, creeks and streams converge to form the lake, and the mountain continues to grow steadily in stature and grandeur until the shear scale of the view makes you feel powerless. Arriving at the alpine village of Mt Cook and the Hermitage - home of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre - you now have the freedom to explore in whatever way suits your energy levels and budget. Please select the activity you would like to include during the booking process, which are at an additional charge.

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Queenstown: Indoor Putt 'n' Glow Mini Golf

7. Queenstown: Indoor Putt 'n' Glow Mini Golf

Compete against friends or putt solo at this immersive and stimulating indoor mini golf in Queenstown! Have a tonne of fun on this multi-colored glow-in-the-dark course, boasting iconic Queenstown themes ranging from a tribute to the giant of Wakatipu Lake, Queenstown's alpine ski fields, and a big juicy burger. Get your glow on as you dress up in florescent attire, tackle obstacles and put your golfing skills to the test to become mini golf champion. Perfect for all ages and team-building events.

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From Queenstown: Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley Winery Tour

8. From Queenstown: Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley Winery Tour

Embark on a self-guided bike tour of the Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley region. After a scenic 25-minute drive from Queenstown, arrive in quaint Arrowtown, your driver will provide you with an extensive briefing covering navigation and bike safety. Benefit from a detailed trail map to assist you on your journey before heading off on your cycling adventure. Enjoy passing through this historic gold-mining town before biking your way down the beautiful Arrow River Bridges Trail. Ride over the Kawarau Bungy Bridge and admire charming countryside views before finishing off at the Gibbston Valley Winery. Relax and refresh briefly at the winery before being shuttled back to Queenstown.

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Queenstown: Wine Tour with Zip Line, Golf & Boat Options

9. Queenstown: Wine Tour with Zip Line, Golf & Boat Options

Discover Central Otago’s scenic wine country on this afternoon tour which includes a visit to 3 wineries around Queenstown and the Gibbston wine region. Take a stunning drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge viewing the original AJ Hackett bungy bridge and enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables. Take a tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave, get to know the vineyard owners, enjoy a cheese and wine tasting and finish the day with a full glass of wine. After the tasting, choose a glass of wine and relax over a platter of local cheeses. Time permitting, you may also visit the Lord of the Rings filming site of Pillar of the Kings. Spend your morning with optional activities such as zip lining, golfing or boat tours, before you meet your guide at 1:30 PM to start your wine tour.

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From Queenstown: Milford Sound Return Flights, Hike & Cruise

10. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Return Flights, Hike & Cruise

Fly from Queenstown airport over the Wakatipu Basin and into Fiordland, sweeping the length of Milford Sound where you can take in unparalleled views of world famous fiord. Upon landing in Milford Sound, take a short boat ride to where your walk on the Milford Track begins. The three and a half hour guided walk takes you along a well formed track to the half way point, Giant Gate waterfall. After your walk, transfer back to the boat terminal where you’ll board a Mitre Peak Cruise through Milford Sound. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch while an informative guide points out scenic highlights along the way, such as the Bowen Falls, snow-capped Mount Pembroke, and the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak itself, towering 1692 metres from the ocean floor. Fly back over the Milford Track before having your breath taken away when you first view the 548 metre Sutherland Falls. This scenic flight will allow you to take in magnificent views of the mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests of the Fiordland National Park on your way back to Queenstown.

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What people are saying about Queenstown

Awesome views, lovely bike ride, and overall neat experience! Would recommend! My partner and I used the ebikes which were super fun and made the bike ride a pleasant experience. We did the 35 km ride and it took us about 5 hours to complete, we were taking our time and stopped occasionally photo breaks. Legs did not hurt the next day thankfully!

Cruised down the river track, laughing as the e bikes helped with the hills, maxed them out on the flat, wobbly bridge was a bit scary, checked in at the G valley winery then enjoyed the terrain back to Queenstown, finished with a well deserved cocktail, brilliant day.

It was exciting, fun and yet so comfortable. Cima the instructor made me feel as I was made for doing it everyday. Pick up amd drop off offered and a must do for all.

It was amazing! Lance was very nice and approachable Trip was amazing! I had enough time to explore the place. Recommendable!

Good safety briefing. Bike in excellent condition. Stunning views.