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More Activities in Queenstown

No matter what you're looking for, whether it's scenic adventures, leisurely day trips, or family-friendly activities, Queenstown has a range of experiences for you to try. With so many unique activities to choose from, you're bound to find the perfect experiences for your ultimate getaway.


Our Team’s Top Picks for Queenstown

Want to explore some of the best things to do in Queenstown? Our expert team of travellers has curated an amazing list of our favourite activities. Check out our top picks for Queenstown below and book your next adventure online with Backpacker Deals today!

Cruising and Sailing:

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Queenstown with our unforgettable cruising and sailing tours. Whether you’re looking to go on a day trip to Milford Sound or explore Lake Wakitapu right on Queenstown’s doorstep, we’ve got you covered. From serene wildlife cruises to exhilarating jet boating adventures, we have a vast selection of boating trips to suit every style of adventure. 

Snow Sport Holidays:

Known for its incredible snow-covered mountains and vast selection of skiing and snowboarding adventures, Queenstown is every winter lover’s dream! Nestled in the heart of Aotearoa's stunning Southern Alps, this destination offers world-class slopes for all skill levels. From exhilarating downhill runs to scenic backcountry trails, our snow sport holidays are perfect for families, groups, and solo travellers, offering everything you need for an amazing winter getaway.

Skydiving Experiences:

Elevate your adventure with an exhilarating skydiving experience and see Queenstown from a whole new perspective. Feel the ultimate rush as you freefall from breathtaking heights, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu. Whether you’re a seasoned skydiver or a complete beginner, you’re sure to have the time of your life when you book one of these thrilling adventures. 

Scenic Flights:

Keen to see Queenstown from above without jumping out at 15,000 ft? We get it, and we’ve got the perfect solution! Hop on one of our scenic flights over Queenstown and take in breathtaking views of the Southern Alps, crystal-clear lakes, and rugged forests below from the comfort of your aircraft. Whether you’re looking for an epic helicopter flight or a relaxing aeroplane ride, we have a range of scenic flights to ensure you don’t miss a single landmark.

Nature Hikes:

Immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of Queenstown with our guided nature hikes. Explore lush forests, tranquil lakes, and breathtaking mountain trails, all while learning about the region's unique flora and fauna from knowledgeable local guides. With options to suit adventurers of all fitness levels, our hiking tours allow everyone to experience a serene escape into the heart of Aotearoa New Zealand’s magnificent wilderness.

Winery and Brewery Tours:

Indulge in the flavours of Queenstown and savour all kinds of world-class wines and craft beers as you explore the region's finest vineyards and breweries. With expert guides to lead you through each tasting, you’ll learn the rich history of winemaking and brewing and gain fascinating insights into the skills that go into making such delightful flavours. Perfect for couples, friends, beer lovers, and wine connoisseurs, these tours provide a delightful and educational experience for all. 

Adrenaline Activities:

Experience a real rush of excitement as you discover the many adrenaline-filled adventures Queenstown has to offer. From bungee jumping and canyon swinging to zip lining and white-water rafting, you’ll find a range of heart-pounding experiences to keep you entertained. With expert guides to ensure maximum safety and excitement, these activities are perfect for thrill-seekers looking to push their limits. Whether you're diving into canyons or racing down rapids, our activities promise a truly unbeatable adventure.

Top Bucket List Activities to Do in Queenstown in 2024

1. Ziptrek Adventure

Fly through the treetops and soak in breathtaking views on this eco-friendly ziplining adventure! Perfect for thrill-seekers who love a touch of nature.

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2. Queenstown Skydiving

Leap from 15,000 feet and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush with a skydiving adventure over Queenstown’s stunning landscapes.

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3. Kawarau River White Water Rafting

Navigate the thrilling rapids of the Kawarau River and enjoy an exhilarating white water rafting experience in Queenstown.

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4. Hydro Attack Shark Ride

Dive into an exciting adventure and experience the thrill of zipping around the waters of Queenstown in a semi-submersible shark boat.

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5. Walter Peak Farm Tour

Relax and enjoy a scenic cruise to Walter Peak, followed by a delightful farm tour and a mouth-watering gourmet BBQ lunch or dinner.

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6. Mt Aspiring and Glaciers Sunset Tour

Start your day witnessing the magic of Queenstown’s sunrise with a spectacular flight over Mt Aspiring and the stunning glaciers beyond.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to visit Queenstown?

Queenstown is a beautiful place to visit all year round! Summer (December to February) is great for outdoor activities like cruising and hiking, while winter (June to August) is perfect for skiing and snowboarding. Spring and autumn can also be a great time to visit, offering milder weather and fewer crowds.
 

No, Queenstown is a very walkable place that is perfectly built for backpackers and adventurers who are looking to explore without a car. However, you might like to hire a car or rent a campervan if you’re keen to explore some of the other destinations around Queenstown, such as Wanaka or Arrowtown. If you do, just be prepared for some winding mountain roads!

We recommend spending at least three days in Queenstown to make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy all the highlights. However, even a quick overnight getaway in this incredible town can easily be packed with adventure!
 

Yes, you can swim in the lakes around Queenstown! Lake Wakatipu is particularly popular for a refreshing dip. Just be aware that the water can be quite chilly, especially during winter!