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Looking for things to do in Queenstown? There are few places in New Zealand like Queenstown that offer a wider variety of activities such as skydiving, bungee jumping & jet boating - that encapsulate the energy and the raw nature of NZ. Queenstown is not just for the thrill seekers however; various opportunities for tours and excursions to wineries, 4WD tours and scenic flights offer a relaxing alternative. There are numerous ways to see Queenstown and its surrounding areas from different angles - find your ideal experience online here today!

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Nzone Skydive Queenstown
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Nevis Bungy and Swing Queenstown
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TSS Earnslaw Cruises & Walter Peak Farm Tours
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Queenstown Scenic Helicopter Flights
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Ziptrek EcoTours Queenstown
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Skyline Gondola and Stargazing
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The Original  Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump in Queenstown
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Nomad Quad Bike Safaris
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TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dinner
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Shotover Canyon Swing
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Queenstown Lord of the Rings Tours
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Kawarau River Canoes and Rafts
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Milford Sound Fly and Cruise Combo ex Queenstown
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Shotover Jetboat and Rafting Package
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise
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Milford Sound Overnight Cruises
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The Ledge Bungy Jump and Swing in Queenstown
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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise with Optional Transfers
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Dart River FunYak Canoe and Jet Boat Safari from Queenstown
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Te Anau Glowworm Caves
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Queenstown Half Day Winery Tour
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Dart River Jet Boat and 4WD Wilderness Safari from Queenstown
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Queenstown Horse Riding Tours
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Queenstown Combos including Skydive
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Mount Cook Tour from Queenstown
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Humpridge Track 3 Days 3 Night Guided Walk Experience
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Otago Rail Trail 1 Day Cycling Tour
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Gibbston Valley Wine Tasting and Cave Tour
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Three Day Queenstown Rafting Experience
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Milford Sound Helicopter Flights
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Kiwi Birdlife Park
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Otago Wine Tours including Lunch from Queenstown
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Fox Glacier Tours to and from Queenstown
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Alpine Scenic Flight with Summer Snow Landing
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Harris Mountains Heli Ski from Queenstown
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Franz Josef Tours to and from Queenstown
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Lake Wakatipu Lake Fishing Adventure
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Top 10 Things to do in - Queenstown and surrounds

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Bungy Jumping
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Snow Skiing
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Skydiving
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Shotover Canyon Swing
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Ben Lomond Track
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Skippers Canyon & Shotover Jet
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TSS Earnslaw
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Nightlife
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Skyline Gondola and Luge
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Queenstown Hill
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1. Bungy jumping with AJ Hackett

Location:Shotover Street, Queenstown

Queenstown is the world's home of bungy jumping, with local company AJ Hackett having started what is now a worldwide phenomenon back in 1988. What began as a basic thrill-seeking experience where a long elastic cord is attached to the ankles or harness, and the person jumps off a large height has ballooned into offering an increasing range of options for junkies in search of a rush. Nowadays, this extreme Queenstown experience lets you perform numerous styles of bungy jumps amongst stunning NZ scenery from a platform situated as high as 400m above Queenstown itself.

2. Go skiing or snowboarding

Location:Various locations

The magnificence of New Zealand's Southern Alps isn't just a pretty site, their numerous mountainous terrains are also home to some great runs during ski season that will keep any skier or snowboarder satisfied. Queenstown has four major ski fields that see regular ski traffic throughout the year. Fresh, crisp alpine air, soft white snow, cool temperatures and an amazing range of mountains; winter in Queenstown is every skier and snowboarder's dream.

3. Go skydiving with NZone Skydive

Location:35 Shotover St, Queenstown

Queenstown wouldn't be Queenstown without the rushes it provides, and skydiving takes things higher still than any other experience on this list. Skydiving in itself provides an inherent rush as you free fall from an aeroplane from several thousand feet above the ground; add to this the incredible Queenstown scenery that awaits below and you have yourself a combination that makes for an unmatchable drop that will get even the most stone-hearted of thrillseekers' blood pumping.

4. Scream with the Shotover Canyon Swing

Location:34 Shotover St, Queenstown

Built on the edge of a cliff that towers above the Shotover River, the Shotover Canyon Swing is one of Queenstown's most distinctive adrenaline activities. Those with strong bladders can attempt to defy gravity as they are launched from a 109-metre high cliff edge, free-falling for 60-metres as fast as 150km an hour before the ropes kick in and swing you past the awaiting canyons and rocks below.

5. Hike the Ben Lomond Track

Location:Skyline Access Road/Tiki Trail

Those looking for a more epic hike in the Queenstown area can test their mettle on the Ben Lomond Track, which is named after the nearby mountain and which offers even more incredible views than the more-commonly-visited Bob's Peak. The track can be accessed via the nearby One Mile car park or from the Skyline complex where the above mentioned Skyline Gondola and its other attractions are found.

6. Enjoy the Skippers Canyon & Shotover Jet

Location:Skippers Road, Queenstown

This wonderful example of New Zealand's backcountry scenery can be enjoyed on both land and water, with each experience providing a scenic yet completely different aspect on its natural highlights. There are two main options you'll be presented with here; either take a 4WD tour into the historic and ruggedly beautiful countryside or hop aboard a jet boat for an exhilarating ride along its famed Shotover River which runs through it.

7. Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw

Location:Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

One of the most iconic sights of the lake and Queenstown, in general, is its historic TSS Earnslaw paddle steamer which has been in operation since 1912 and is one of the few coal-fueled passenger vessels still in operation today. A ride aboard the Earnslaw will provide you with the ideal way to soak in some of Queenstown's magnificent alpine scenery with an atmosphere of genuine serenity that modern, motor-powered boats simply can't match.

8. Enjoy the Queenstown Nightlife

Location:Various locations

Queenstown's energetic atmosphere translates directly to its nightlife scene as well, and for what is really a fairly small city on the global level, there's a heck of a lot of bars, clubs and dining options for those looking to hit the town. The town has a distinct party vibe, and while there are plenty of upbeat venues focused on a younger crowd, more mature locales offering the chance for a laid-back drink are plentiful too.

9. Enjoy the Skyline Gondola and Luge

Location:Brecon Street, Queenstown

Designed to save your legs while also providing a great vantage point to take in the panorama, the Queenstown Skyline Gondola is a quick, comfortable and convenient way to get the best views available while also giving you the chance to enjoy the numerous activities on offer at the top of the hill. Likely to be of special interest to those with kids, the luge is one of the unique experiences in the region and it's recommended to buy one of the multi-ride passes as a single ride probably won't be enough for most.

10. Ascend Queenstown Hill

Location:Queenstown Hill

One of the first ports of call for any first-time visitor to Queenstown should be to make the effort to ascend to the top of Queenstown Hill (known as Te Tapu-nui in the native Maori tongue) by taking the walk up its 1.5km long Time Walk trail. The summit grants outstanding 360-degree views while also allowing you to get the lay of the land and orientate yourself with the town and its surrounds. Taking between two and three hours' return to complete, the hike is easily accessible from the town with its entrance at the end of Belfast Terrace just a short walk from the Queenstown city centre.

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