Craft Beer Tours, Queenstown
Visitors have been enjoying wine tours in Queenstown for many years,  now beer lovers can enjoy a tour of local micro-breweries, and sample some of the best award winning craft beers available, meet local brewers and share stories of their love of beer. We can arrange group tours where you can share your enjoyment of craft beers and tastings with likeminded people or if you prefer a private tour, the local guides will show you the sights of the area, including A J Hacket Bungy centre, Arrowtown, Lake Wakatipu, and enjoy a light lunch with your drink of choice.

Zip line, paradise
Zipling, sometimes also known as flying fox, is a really cool and fun way to see some amazing New Zealand scenery. Paradise Zip Lines in Glenorchy, close to Queenstown is probably one of the most scenic locations to enjoy this exhilarating activity. There are over 1000 meters of zip-lines to enjoy. The tour begins with an easy walk through red beech forests to the first zip-line, which  commences off a cliff and travels high above the area of Paradise, show casing Lord of the Rings scenery. The rest of the lines follow alpine streams with views over to snow capped mountains and native New Zealand forests. There is a minimum age of 10 years, a minimum weight of 30kg and maximum weight of 125kg.

Lake Rotiiti starlight kayak & glowworms
New Zealand offers some great kayaking options, from sea kayaking adventures, to river and lake. A really cool and fun kayaking option is the Lake Rotoiti Starlight Kayaking Experience. Located in New Zealand’s central north island, near Rotorua. Your evening starts with a BBQ dinner on the shores of the lake, enjoy local food, which may include wild venison sausages and salmon, washed down with local wines or beer. Take an evening paddle across Lake Rotoiti through some of stunning waterways, enjoy listening to tales of the Maori myths and legends as you kayak by moonlight to the glow worm caves. At the end of the trip enjoy some time in the natural thermal hot pools at Manupirua. A really magical and fun way to spend an evening.

Electric Mountain Biking, Queenstown
If you enjoy mountain biking you will love this new experience from Delta Discoveries in Glenorchy, Queenstown. Take a new 2018 Haibike Xduro Fatsix 9.0 E-MTB out for a spin, enjoy 50km of New Zealand’s  backcountry trails. Travel along dirt and gravel roads, a varied route of river  beds and forests, with mountain and lake views.  the views are stunning and will take your breath away! This tour is only suitable for active and experienced cyclists with a good level of fitness and co-ordination. The route can be quite challenging, and although the bike is doing all the hard work up the hills, 50 kilometres off-road is far enough to make you very saddle sore if you are not used to mountain biking! Minimum age 16, Minimum height 157 cm (5ft 2 in), Maximum weight 120KG.

Gannet Beach Adventures, Hawke’s Bay
The cliffs of Cape Kidnappers in the Hawkes Bay have been home to a colony of gannets since 1870. Over 20,000 of these birds visit this area between September and April every year. They come build their nests and have their chicks, and stay until flying off to warmer climates for winter. There are a couple of tour options to get to see the gannet colonies, one pretty unique way is with Gannet Beach Adventures, visitors get to travel at low tide by tractor and tailor  along the beach, and get close to the birds for great photograph opportunities. The tour allows time for a walk and swim in this beautiful area.

NevisNevis Catapult
New Zealand is known for its adventures activities, new to Queenstown is an experience for thrill seekers! The new Nevis Catapult, located in the Nevis Valley, is the ultimate gut wrenching, white knuckle adventure! The catapult will thrust you 150m out across the Nevis Valley, getting up to speeds of 100km per hour. Not for the faint hearted!

Kay Campbell is a luxury travel consultant for Luxury Adventures. Talk to us about planning your next visit to New Zealand, Australia or the South Pacific Islands.

Kay Campbell

Originally from the UK, I now call New Zealand my home, relocating 15 years ago with my husband and two children. I have been with Luxury Adventures for 15 years. When not planning perfect vacations and honeymoons for our clients, I enjoy running and recently completed the Queenstown marathon, along with reading, walking in the bush and on the beach with my two dogs and finding new favourite places in New Zealand.

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