Queenstown Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • Maree R
    Christchurch, New Zealand797 contributions
    Absolutely stunning place, not to far on a gravel road to a beautiful doc site with a lake that so clear we had to swim in it. Cool but not freezing. Inviting place to camp so we will be back - need a little bug spray.
    Written 12 February 2022
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  • Alina N
    1 contribution
    Chard Farm winery is an absolute magic place. The views, the wines and the team was absolute joy. We went to this winery for our pre-wedding drinks and were hosted by amazing Pauline. We had so much fun with her: she told us the story of the winery, topped up our glassed with beautiful wine and cracked up hilarious jokes. We loved every second of our experience with Pauline!
    Written 25 January 2022
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  • Esther P
    2 contributions
    I stumbled upon this place on a trip with my father. It was wonderful 😁
    The wine was so lovely and I love how they show off the sharing shed.
    The staff member who talked to us was very knowledgeable and lovely!
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • Sue L
    1 contribution
    Flew with Air Milford on Sunday 12 Dec from Invercargill over Fiordland etc to raise money for the Invercargill Charity Hospital. The entire adventure from meeting staff at Invercargill airport through to coming home was outstanding. Beautiful weather, lovely morning tea at Manapouri, excellent flying weather. Highly recommend. Thank you to Hank our pilot and all other staff.
    Written 15 December 2021
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  • Rachel
    Queenstown, New Zealand1 contribution
    Professionally run and we felt safe at all times. So much fun! The guys were super friendly and accommodated our family’s needs.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • Anthony A
    Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
    We did this trip early June 2022.

    Willie picked us up from Queenstown centre on a custom made truck which was a refuge from the Queenstown cold. He was very knowledgeable of the area and had lots of commentaries and stories - e.g. Why is it called 'the Remarkables' (when it was discovered, the compass showed a true north/south axis and the man said 'remarkable!'), a few of the stories such as one of the bridges where a man purposefully diverted the water to make the bridge muddy and unpassable creating a business of pulling coaches with cattle / donkey until his fraud was found).

    Great driving skills too! The drive to the bottom of the canyon was very good, scenic and a little close to the edge! But Willie made it entertaining and fun.

    At the bottom of the canyon, a river boat greeted us and it was Ben (a 5th generation local from his gold prospecting ancestors) who took us for a ride around the river. It was exhilarating! We got given life jackets and gloves and thankfully the boat had very warm hand warmers! There were some commentary on the some of the key spots including historic bridges. He rode hard and fast in some areas, quite close to the rocky walls and gave us a few spins.

    When we did this it was quite cold; around June, I recommend you bring a beanie and definitely go a few layers with a mouth covering as it was cold! We had a 7-year old with us and he coped ok. The boat ride was for a little less than half an hour - well worth the cold!

    The drive back to Queenstown was a quieter affair. Thanks Willie and Ben - I recommend this business to everyone; come on give it a go!
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • Janene878
    Auckland Central, New Zealand59 contributions
    Amazing experience and great views of the Queenstown area with a stop off on a mountain- would certainly recommend taking a flight
    Written 20 February 2022
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  • Helen
    1 contribution
    Middle Earth Experience
    Fantastic journey from beginning to end. Joel is an amazing guide with lots of in-depth knowledge and full of fun facts. We enjoyed a hot cuppa tea and slice nestled in amongst the stunning mountains and lake surroundings of Glenorchy. You can see why Paradise was used in soo many movies just for the sheer beauty there. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who is a fan of LOTR or not. The Scenery is magical and my hubby enjoyed riding shotgun opening and closing the gates. 👍🏾
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • nicky f
    4 contributions
    May 10th we were truly spoilt to been flown into the smallest little station behind QT where we landed and shown round the most fabulous setting in the middle of the high country with original old buildings all refurbished & hopefully soon available for a holiday rental . Wine & an amazing , cheese platter in the sun- what could better that. Choppy and her off sider Rene gave us a fantastic hour or so & more so for me who is / was absolutely terrified of helicopters, they made it a trip to remember for us all. We have not stopped talking about our wonderful afternoon & would thoroughly recommend Over The Top to anyone.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • Jeremy
    2 contributions
    Really great experience! Didn’t think I’d enjoy it at first but ended up having an absolute blast.. will definitely book in again next time we are down
    Written 20 August 2020
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  • Corben
    3 contributions
    Had an awesome day with Mr White, Monday and Zoe.
    Would recommend to kiwis looking to do something local.
    We are from over the hill.
    Written 24 January 2021
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  • Mumma&Co
    Timaru, New Zealand4,371 contributions
    So much fun today for our family with Kevin. He was super patient & a great teacher. Enjoyed the scenic trip around the gardens & especially around the waterfront. If you want to do this activity but don't feel confident then definitely do it, if Kevin can teach me to ride he can teach anyone! Great family activity!!
    Written 10 January 2022
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  • loucullen99
    1 contribution
    We really enjoyed our experience with Family Adventures - great value for money, friendly & knowledgeable guides, beautiful scenery and just enough excitement to keep everyone happy
    Written 28 April 2022
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  • Adrienne U
    Tauranga, New Zealand2 contributions
    An excellent escape room and we have done a few throughout nz. Lovely stuff and would highly recommend this activity. Clean and tidy venue.
    Written 3 July 2022
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  • Josiii19
    New Zealand18 contributions
    Fantastic experience from booking through to completing the track. The lodges were fantastic. Having a hot shower, comfy bed and great food at the end of each day was priceless!!! The walk itself was the best I have done in NZ. The guides were great. I was on my own and was able to walk at my own place with no pressure to keep up with others. I chose to walk alot of the time on my own to enjoy just the sound of my own footsteps but with the knowledge there were guides ahead of me & 1 behind me if i needed them. Thank you for an amazing experience.
    Written 18 March 2022
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