Handpicked by a Queenstown Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Queenstown Must Do Activities'.

As the capital of adventure in New Zealand, Queenstown offers visitors a huge selection of activities to enjoy.  All types of activity are available ifrom the thrilling, to the awe inspiring, through to the scenic and family type of experiences.  In fact, pretty much anything you want to try is here.  To help make sure you don't miss out on the most popular and iconic attractions, we've picked out the top 'must do activities in Queenstown' to experience.

Shotover Jet

Shotover Jet invites thrill seekers to try 'The World's Most Exciting Jet Boating Ride' - a high-speed jet boat ride through Shotover River Canyons. Operating since 1965, Shotover Jet has earned its reputation as a must-do activity in Queenstown.  Their world famous jet boats can navigate shallow waters at extremely high speeds - up to 85kph with as little as 10cm of water below. ...

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Paradise Ziplines

Paradise Ziplines is an 8 line zipline experience taking you on 1000 metres of ziplining through stunning scenery.  It's a journey through pristine wilderness, following the curves and chasms of an alpine river, surrounded by native beech forest.   Overlooking an area named Paradise, and the peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park, you will explore a virtually inaccessible native fore...

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Skyline Queenstown

Located an easy 5 minute walk from central Queenstown and exclusively accessed by scenic Gondola, Skyline Queenstown is a 'must-see' attraction during your visit to Queenstown, New Zealand.  The best views in the region are found here spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Wa...

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Million Dollar Cruise

Enjoy the best of the views of Lake Wakatipu on the fantastic locally owned and operated Million Dollar Cruise. This great value cruise takes in some of the most interesting parts of the lake, including stunning mountain views and amazing wildlife, with a trip right to the end of the lake. Large windows and spacious seating offer panoramic views while the launch is heated so the journey is c...

TSS Earnslaw Steamship & Walter Peak Farm

The TSS Earnslaw is an iconic steamship that offers visitors a scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. The 90-minute cruise departs from Steamer Wharf and provides spectacular views of Queenstown's incredible alpine scenery.  On board, guests can purchase food and drinks from the Promenade Cafe and enjoy the music from the onboard pianist.  The TSS Earn...

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The Helicopter Line

The Helicopter Line is New Zealand's premier commercial and leisure helicopter operator, offering amazing scenic flights over some of the world's most breathtaking scenery.  The Squirrel helicopters guarantee a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make sure your camera is fully charged! The Queenstown flights offer unrivaled views of this alpine paradise, mixing views of the So...

Arrowtown

Arrowtown is an old gold mining town and a real slice of New Zealand history.  Situated, just 20km northwest of Queenstown, at the base of the Arrow River, the charming settlement of Arrowtown is easily accessible via Arthur's Point or SH-6 at Arrow Junction. Resembling a Wild West frontier town, Arrowtown has lots of delightful whiteboard buildings, with pretty, colonnaded ...

An epic ride on the Twin Rivers Trail

What a ride. What a day. Hiring a bike and riding on The Queenstown Trail is a truly enjoyable way to explore Queenstown and appreciate the beauty of the region.  We hired a couple of e-bikes from the team at ‘Going Blue’ (highly Recommended) and took on the Twin Rivers Trail and part of the Arrow Bridges Trail that leads into historic Arrowtown and its gold mining history. The overall tra...

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