Tours in Queenstown

Deluxe Touring

Here are some of the finest private tours we recommend in Queenstown:

Southern Glacier Helicopter Tour

On this helicopter tour you can see dramatic views of the majestic Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring National Park. Discover the ancient icefalls of glaciers before an alpine snow landing where you can stand in snow surrounded by stunning mountain peaks. See unparalleled views of Lake Wakatipu's mysterious northern shores, bush covered valleys, Mount Aspiring and the mighty Rees and Dart River valleys. This truly is the most spectacular way to take in the southern glaciers of New Zealand. 

Private Gourmet Wine Tour

A private tour with a senior wine guide, this tour provides a relaxed day of fine wine and excellent cuisine. Visit at least 5 tasting venues in the Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn, take a tour through New Zealand's largest underground wine cave, and explore your senses at The Big Picture, the worlds first visual and sensory wine experience. To finish, enjoy a delightful gourmet platter lunch with a glass of premium estate wine, and a mid-morning cheese tasting.  

Milford Helicopter Ride and Cruise

Flying from Queenstown to Milford Sound, your helicopter ride features spectacular views of mountains, lakes and the fiords of Fiordland National Park. Connect with Mitre Peak Cruises for your relaxing cruise and return to Queenstown by helicopter, which touches down for the ultimate alpine experience. 

 

Adventure Touring

Here are some of the best tours in the 'adventure capital' of Queenstown:

Flying Fox Eco-Tour

This eco-tour gives those with an appetite for adrenaline the chance to take zip-lining to a hair-raising level. The Kea Tour is a three-hour, 6-line, high-velocity adventure. It includes a stunning 20-minute guided trek along a new extension of the local 'Tiki Trail', an ancient native Beech forest, on the aerial tree-platforms. Experience the forest as never before as you fly across the lines, including the steepest tree-to-tree flying fox in the world! 

Riversurfing on the Kawarau River

This river surfing tour gives you the chance to surf standing waves, ride whirlpools, and try some wicked rock jumps during this epic Queenstown activity. Operating on the historic Kawarau River, The Chinese Dog Leg provides some of the world’s best rapids. Blessed with many different features, these rapids will blow your mind with their beauty and intensity. Pristine waters, sheer drop cliffs, and wicked rock jumps will challenge your nerves and keep you amused for the entirety of the adventure. 

Funyak Safari

A truly unique outdoor adventure safari, the journey begins with an exciting jetboat ride up the Dart River. You will then be introduced to your Funyak – a unique inflatable canoe. After full instructions you will be free to paddle and drift, taking in all the awe-inspiring sights amidst the Dart River channels. Stopping at the ancient beech forest you can enjoy a wilderness buffet lunch and explore hidden side streams and rock pools. Lastly you will be taken by 4WD coach to Glenorchy, stopping to view the stunning scenery featured in The Lord of the Rings

 

The Ledge Swing

From its position 1300ft over the Wakatipu Basin, the Ledge Swing provides some of the best sightseeing in Queenstown. That is, of course, if you manage to keep your eyes open, because this Swing will give you an adrenaline jolt you’ll never forget. Once you’ve been harnessed up and are ready to fly, you’re lowered to the release position. Your destiny is now in your own hands as the heart-rate quickens and you build up the courage to pull the release cord. What happens next has to be experienced to be understood, but we can say this – you will never forget the exhilaration of the Ledge Swing! 

Tandem Skydive

Expect a sensory overload as your mind, body and soul fight against every natural self-preserving urge, in order to jump out of a plance. The challenge is immense. Harnessed by space-age materials to an experienced and qualified Jumpmaster, you step out of an aircraft door and for 60 seconds you plummet toward the ground at 200kph – terminal velocity! After an exhilarating freefall, you will experience a 5 minute parachute ride, floating safely back down to the drop zone.

 

Must Do Touring

Here are the essential tours we recommend for everyone visiting Queenstown:

Milford Coach and Nature Cruise

Milford Sound is a world-renowned natural wonder where mountains stand tall, straight out of the sea. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of meters to the sea below. Whatever the fiord’s mood – brooding and wet, or tranquil in the sunshine – it will inspire you. Enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. Follow the spectacular Milford Road to Milford Sound for a cruise providing excellent viewing opportunities of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. 

Shotover Jetboat Ride

One of the world's most exciting Jetboat rides – Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. It’s a thrilling & unique ride – skimming past rocky outcrops at close range, twisting and turning through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds, with the major highlight being the full 360 degree spins. 

Country Farm Excursion

Enjoy a scenic cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm onboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Wander through the lakeside gardens and enjoy tea/coffee and home baking in the Colonel's Homestead and take in the fantastic views. Then take a walking tour of the farmyard with ample time to view the farm demonstrator shear a sheep, and watch the sheep dogs working stock.