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Our most recommended Queenstown Private Experiences

Queenstown: 15-Minute Ride in a Semi-Submersible

1. Queenstown: 15-Minute Ride in a Semi-Submersible

You will be taken on an adrenaline-packed tour of stunning Lake Wakatipu. Sit back in the state-of-the-art cockpit of this semi-submersible machine and get ready to feel the G-force as your expert pilot provides you with an experience you’ll never forget. Looking through the F-16 fighter-grade glass you’ll see the sky disappear as your pilot descends into a dive underwater for 5-15 seconds, and then launches 18ft (6 meters) into the air. You can also roll on a 90-degree angle, do tight doughnut turns and much more. With top speeds of 50 mph (80 kph) on water and 25 mph (40 kph) underwater, this ride is guaranteed to get your heart pumping. Trips are one-on-one with your pilot so you can push your own limits, flying above or below the crystal clear waters.

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From Queenstown: Mount Cook Small Group Adventure

2. 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: Luxury Private Milford Sound Experience

3. 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 Exclusive Helicopter & Private Wine Tour

4. Queenstown Exclusive Helicopter & Private Wine Tour

Depart Queenstown mid-morning for your first tasting in the Gibbston Valley wine region. Be met after your tasting by your luxury Airbus H120 helicopter for a spectacular one-way, scenic flight over Central Otago wine country and the Southern Alps. After making a spectacular alpine landing, you will have time for photos amidst the dramatic mountain surrounds that form a stunning backdrop to the Central Otago wine region. From there, you'll be met upon landing by your expert wine guide who will continue to give you expert knowledge of the region whilst chauffeuring you by road to various wineries.  The tour includes an optional visit to a picturesque, historic gold mining town (Arrowtown) and courtesy pickup and drop-off in Queenstown. It lasts approximately five hours.

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Queenstown: Central Otago Wine Tour by Private Helicopter

5. 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

The whole travel was stress free with amazing views all throughout the journey. The blue colour of lake pukaki is incredible, however the mount cook and other mountain ranges around made it perfect, as well as the short walk to hooker track that offers heaps of spots where you can relax and appreciate the glacier with the sound falling ice from afar. I bet everyone who visited wants to go back, including myself. Plus the tour guide is cheeky and friendly who knows what to say and also considerative to grant request like when we stop at the side of the road just down the mount cook village for photos.

Our day trip to Aoraki was easily the best day of our entire stay in Queenstown. Our guide Kreig’s commentary was informative and interesting and because we were a small group, it seemed more intimate. There were lots of stops on the way there and back for photo ops, the landscape of course was stunning so it was great that we were given multiple opportunities to stop and take it all in.

Super fun & super sunny. Great size group & enthusiastic driver. Was an early morning but totally worth it! Picture stops were fantastic & food stops were cute (lambs!) Didn’t know what to expect re Hooker Valley Track but was super doable & breathtaking! Would 100% redo this route. Great for solo travellers & couples.

Pick up exactly on time. driving was great, tour guide Callum was very funny and friendly and made sure we all got to our activities on time and had a great day. Highly recommend.

It’s a really good experience with a friendly tour guide