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Guide to Queenstown Outdoors

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Queenstown has been branded "the adventure capital of New Zealand," for activities that range from adrenaline-pumping bungy-jumping to canyon swinging, and whitewater rafting. Plus, you can get back to nature by trekking or canoeing in Lake Wakatipu. All in all, Queenstown is the place to go if you love the great outdoors.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

Queenstown Hill

Hiking Trails

Queenstown Garden

Gardens

GO Orange

Kayaking & Canoeing, River Rafting & Tubing

Skyline Queenstown

Game & Entertainment Centres

Queenstown Trail

Biking Trails, Hiking Trails

The Remarkables Ski Area

Mountains, Ski & Snowboard Areas

Lake Wanaka

Bodies of Water

Mt Crichton Loop Track

Hiking Trails

Ben Lomond Station Horse Trekking Company Day Tours

Hiking & Camping Tours

Monica U's City Tips

  • Tipping is not customary in New Zealand, though leaving a little extra for the waiter will always be appreciated.
  • Tap water is potable in New Zealand so you don't need to buy water bottles.
  • Visit the Queenstown I-site, the New Zealand version of the local tourist office. Here, you can pick up great discounts on trips and local sights.
  • Camping in New Zealand is free almost everywhere, but make sure you don't leave any litter behind. The fines are hefty!
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    AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    Monica U Says:

    If you are looking for the ultimate adventure in New Zealand, head down to the Kawaru Bridge Bungy, where AJ Hackett and Henry Cab Asch pioneered the first commercially operated bungy in the world in 1988. The jump from the bridge is 43m high, and they have been operating it for 25 years. It is the ultimate thrill-seeking adventure!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Book online in advance if you want to take advantage of some of the online promo-codes. You can save a lot per person.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 159 Outdoor Activities in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best experience of my life 17/09/2018
    • Ledge Bungy 14/09/2018
    • AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand
    Address:
    Top of Bob's Peak
    Corner of Camp & Shotover Street, Central Queenstown
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-450 1300
    Other:
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    Queenstown Hill
    Hiking Trails
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    Monica U Says:

    Queenstown Hill is a short 1.5km walk from Belfast Street in Queenstown and a fantastic way to see some of the main landmarks. After climbing only 500m to the summit of the Tapu-nui, the views through the pine forest walk are exhilarating. The walk has information points that tell you about the history of Lake Wakatipu and are built to show the past, present, and future of Queenstown since the early Maori settlements.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a picnic with you and enjoy the views from the shore of the small mountain lake.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic views 23/09/2018
    • Nice hike, great views 17/09/2018
    • Queenstown Hill
    Address:
    Belfast Street
    Queenstown
    New Zealand
    Other:
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    Queenstown Garden
    Gardens
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    Monica U Says:

    If you want to spend a couple of hours in an oasis located just a few minutes from Queenstown, head down to Queenstown Garden. The first trees in the garden, the English oaks, were planted by the mayor of Queenstown in 1866, and since then thousands of visitors have enjoyed the magnificent botanical gardens. Stroll at your own pace or book into one of the guided tours to learn more about New Zealand's flora and fauna.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is one of the most beautiful places in the world to practice disc golf.
    • The Queenstown Ice Arena, home to the Southern Stampede ice hockey team, is located inside the garden, and when the team is not training, visitors can enjoy skating.
    • The garden is also home to activities such as tennis and touch rugby.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • pretty view, not bloomed yet 21/09/2018
    • Surprise Attraction 20/09/2018
    • Queenstown Garden
    Address:
    Next to Marine Parade
    Queenstown
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 4100
    Other:
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    GO Orange
    Kayaking & Canoeing, River Rafting & Tubing
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    Monica U Says:

    Ever wanted to participate in the exhilarating adventure of white water rafting? Queenstown has two prominent rivers with an abundance of white water (the turbulence that makes the boat go up and down). You can head down to either Kawarau or Shooting rivers depending on your level of experience. It is a lot of fun for the whole family from grades I and II to the most adventurous and challenging 3-5. Tour operators provide all the necessary equipment.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is a great adventure to capture so make sure you get a waterproof camera!
    • Wear comfortable clothes that can get wet and water-friendly shoes.
    • Make sure to wear sunscreen in the summertime, and apply it all over, especially on your knees!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 48 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very good 02/09/2018
    • Loved it! 29/08/2018
    • GO Orange
    Address:
    35 Shotover Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 7340
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Skyline Queenstown
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Monica U Says:

    Imagine getting into a small car with 4-6 other people and being lifted 450m above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak. This is one of the tourist attractions you do not want to miss! You will be rewarded with a 220-degree panorama view of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables Ski Area, Walter Peak, and Cecil Peak.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It can get cold once you get up the mountain, so make sure you bring a jacket, even in summer.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 Fun & Games in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun place 24/09/2018
    • Hard to find parking 24/09/2018
    • Skyline Queenstown
    Address:
    Brecon St
    Queenstown 9348
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-441 0101
    Price range:
    US$56 - US$56
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
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    Queenstown Trail
    Biking Trails, Hiking Trails
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    Monica U Says:

    Whether you are an expert bike rider or just a beginner, the Queenstown trail offers over 100km of spectacular bike trails that go through wineries, hidden ruins, some very old historic bridges, and amazing scenery and architecture. You can either join one of the organized tours or get a local map. Don't forget to stop for some cheese and wine or watch people bungy jumping at Kawarau.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are several places where you can hire, pick up, and drop off a bike along the trail.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Easy walking trail with nice lake and mountain views. 15/09/2018
    • Nice views 15/09/2018
    • Queenstown Trail
    Address:
    Queenstown area
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 7536
    Other:
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    The Remarkables Ski Area
    Mountains, Ski & Snowboard Areas
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    Monica U Says:

    This fantastic mountain range is located about 45 minutes from Queenstown, and is where I learned to ski as an adult. The place is breathtakingly beautiful and has some fun easy slopes, while more advanced skiers can try the black diamond runs. Plus, you can warm up afterwards with some of the best hot chocolate in town!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is the perfect spot to take the kids, or to learn to ski as an adult beginner.
    • Get a MyPass pre-paid card and you can use it to pay for food, products, and passes to the mountains. It has a four-digit pin code and you can recharge it online.
    • If you are planning a trip to The Remarkables, you can take advantage of the early bird season passes.
    • Children of six and under ski for free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 1st time skiing. 23/09/2018
    • Ski lesson 20/09/2018
    • The Remarkables Ski Area
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 4615
    Other:
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    Lake Wanaka
    Bodies of Water
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    Monica U Says:

    Only 50km away from Queenstown you will discover New Zealand's 4th largest lake — a day trip to Lake Wanaka is a journey of the senses. You will not only experience the magnificent scenery of the crystal clear waters surrounded by mountains; but the warmth of the people in this place will stay with you forever. Embrace your inner farm-guru and go on an ecological adventure of a sheep farm around the lake, with great views of the Southern Alps, or simply stop off at one of the strip's award-winning restaurants and cafes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A trip to the Mou Waho Island - a nature reserve, predator-free, and home to the rare flightless Buff Weka - is highly recommended.
    • Craving a cup of coffee? Stop at Federal Diner for a fantastic "cuppa" and a homemade cheese scone.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 81 things to do in Wanaka
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view 23/09/2018
    • Must Visit! Simply beautiful 20/09/2018
    • Lake Wanaka
    Phone:
    +64 3-443 2869
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Mt Crichton Loop Track
    Hiking Trails
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    Monica U Says:

    The Mt Crichton Loop Track is a good three-hour hike, although a bit steep and not for the faint hearted. You will discover some beautiful views over Lake Dispute, trek through some stunning forests, bridges, and a great waterfall before arriving at Sam Summers Hut: an old mining hut from the gold era at the end of the 19th century. Further down is a long 24m tunnel and then a chilly walk to the car park.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure to bring plenty of water and supplies and let someone know that you are going.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A hidden gem 23/09/2018
    • Very enjoyable walk 07/08/2018
    • Mt Crichton Loop Track
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 7935
    Other:
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    Ben Lomond Station Horse Trekking Company Day Tours
    Hiking & Camping Tours
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    Monica U Says:

    Galloping through the exhilarating scenery of the Ben Lomond station remains one of my most fond memories in Queenstown. The tour lasts 90 minutes and caters for all different levels of experience. You can choose different treks through a working farm, deep into the old mining country, climbing a mountain over 200m above the valley floor, and even try your luck at gold panning.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you wear long pants and covered shoes (riding boots or shoes, walking shoes, gym type shoes, or light hiking boots).
    • For the longer treks (2.5-5 hours) bring your water bottle and some snacks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 159 Outdoor Activities in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful horseback ride through sheep filled fields 16/05/2018
    • Must-Do in Queenstown 10/05/2018
    • Ben Lomond Station Horse Trekking Company Day Tours
    Address:
    Moke Lake Road
    Queenstown
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 800 236 566
    Other:
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