Queenstown has a lot to offer, something for all ages and tastes. From great walks and wineries, to jet boats & Bungy jumps for the thrill seekers! Below are a selection of Luxury Adventures favourite Queenstown experiences.
Milford Sound: Milford Sound is consistently a firm favourite for visitors to New Zealand, with no wonder it’s considered on of the worlds 7 natural wonders list. There are several ways to visit Milford Sound, located in the remote Fiordland National Park. The easiest way to access the area and also the best advantage point is by air from Queenstown. Depending on budget you can fly by either helicopter or fixed wing plane, and get a birds eye view of Fiordland and the sounds. From here you can land and join a cruise along the sounds, catch a glimpse of dolphins, get up close to the impressive waterfalls, join a walk on the Milford Track or perhaps land on a glacier with the helicopter option. For the more budget conscious you can take a coach or drive from Queenstown, however be aware that the drive is at least 4 hours and can take longer during peak travel times. Approximate costs for a helicopter flight is NZ$925 per person, a fixed wing flight and cruise is NZ$525 per person, and a coach and cruise option would be $200 per person. There are many tailored options and these are POA.
Wine Tours: Central Otago is famous for its wine, producing some of the worlds best Pinot Noir. It’s also one of New Zealand’s most scenic wine regions with mountain and lake vistas. With around 75 wine growers in the area you are spoiled for choice. There are also various ways to get around these wineries, you can chose to self guide and drive, of course this means one of your group will have to be wary of the amount of wine they taste to adhere to the New Zealand drink driving laws. There are group tours usually with numbers of 8 – 10 in small coaches or mini vans, a good way to meet fellow travellers, swap stories, and pick up travel tips. Or you can choose a driver and car for a private tour, if you have specific tastes or want to visit particular wineries this may suit you. Another great option is to take a bike and explore the wineries at a leisurely pace, again this can also be guided or unguided, group or private, it comes down to the type of experience you want and your budget. Costs vary from NZ$90 per person for a self guided bike tour to around NZ$1,000+ per day for a private driven experience with a wine connoisseur.
Jet boating: Queenstown is famous for its thrill seeking adventures, and one of the most popular of these is the thrill of a jet boat ride! The pristine rivers around Queenstown offer several options, from the famous Shotover and Kawarau rivers, Dart River in Glenorchy and also jet boats departing from central Queenstown touring portions of Lake Wakatipu. You can combine the thrill of a jet boat with a heli flight, wilderness hike or 4WD safari. Talk to the Luxury Adventures team about some options. The price for a jet boat starts at around NZ$150 depending on which you chose.
Gravity Assisted Adventures: If you’re looking for adventure and excitement Queenstown has it all, If your after excitement then look no further than the Bungy or swings! Bungy jumping has been in New Zealand since 1988, from the original jump site at Kawarau Budge, through to the brand new Nevis Thriller there are plenty of options to keep the adrenaline junkies happy! From tandem jumps, backwards, twists, swings, catapults and more! Queenstown is the original home of Bungy, talk to the Luxury Adventures team about including one in your itinerary if you’re brave enough! Average prices are around NZ$200 per person.
Hikes, Walks: You are definitely spoiled for choice for spectacular walks around Queenstown. With the famous Routeburn track easily accessible from Glenorchy just 45 minutes out side of Queenstown, and a tonne of other great options available. There are great day walks close to town, like the Queenstown Hill, Sunshine Hill or Ben Lomond walkway, many, many more a short drive away. Perhaps Lake Hayes and stop for lunch at Amisfield Winery, or Moke Lake. There are easy lake-shore, town or river walks, Luxury Adventures can also arrange for private tours on less accessible and private land to really get you off the beaten track and away from it all. Many walks can be done with out a guide, others are best done with a guide either in groups or private. Talk to our team about an option that suits your time and budget.
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