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The Top Things to do in Queenstown

There are few places in the world that are quite as spectacular as Queenstown. Make your visit to New Zealand extraordinary with our wide variety of the best things to do in Queenstown. It’s no secret that Queenstown is the adventure capital so go get your thrills by skydiving, bungee jumping and buzzing along the Shotover River on a jet boat ride but don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy the alpine scenery with tours or a breathtaking Milford Sound cruise. After all that sightseeing, you’ll have earned a soak in the Onsen Hot Pools. Browse our range of all the top things to do in Queenstown and book online here.

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Shotover Jet Queenstown
Shotover Jet Queenstown by Shotover Jet

It's the ultimate Queenstown Shotover Jet boat experience taking you on a thrilling jet boat ride through Shotover River Canyon at seriously high speeds!

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TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Horse Trek
TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Horse Trek by Real Journeys

Join us to saddle up for a New Zealand horse riding trek around Walter Peak High Country Farm to follow up your delightful cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw.

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Queenstown Tandem Skydive 12,000ft
Queenstown Tandem Skydive 12,000ft by NZONE Skydive Queenstown

NZONE Queenstown offers the ultimate New Zealand skydiving experience - jump from 12,000 feet for the thrill of a pure adrenaline rush over amazing scenery.

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Queenstown Tandem Skydive 15,000ft
Queenstown Tandem Skydive 15,000ft by NZONE Skydive Queenstown

NZONE Queenstown offers the ultimate New Zealand skydiving experience - jump from 15,000 feet for the thrill of a pure adrenaline rush over amazing scenery.

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Skyline Gondola
Skyline Gondola by Skyline Queenstown

Enjoy unmatched views of Queenstown, the mountain ranges and more on the Skyline gondola, which boasts having the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere!

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Skyline Gondola and Luge Rides
Skyline Gondola and Luge Rides by Skyline Queenstown
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With this Skyline combo package, enjoy a spectacularly scenic gondola ride and a thrilling luge ride on your choice of track, Blue or Red.

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Skyline Gondola and Luge Rides with Buffet Lunch
Skyline Gondola and Luge Rides with Buffet Lunch by Skyline Queenstown

Combine the wonderful views from Queenstown's Skyline Gondola, the high speed fun of the luge, and a delicious buffet lunch with some great scenery!

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Skyline Gondola and Stargazing Package
Skyline Gondola and Stargazing Package by Skyline Queenstown

Journey above Queenstown with a ride on the Skyline Gondola to admire the night sky through the clear, pollution-free air.

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    Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Manapouri
    Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Manapouri by Real Journeys

    Doubtful Sound is a natural wonderland in the heart of New Zealand's Fiordland region - discover its silence, solace and more with this wilderness cruise.

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      Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
      Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown by Real Journeys

      Travel from Queenstown to commence your Doubtful Sound cruise by the comfort of a scenic coach transfer that will get you there in style and on time.

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        Milford Sound Cruise from Milford
        Milford Sound Cruise from Milford by Go Orange

        Cruise Milford Sound fiord in luxury relaxing on spacious outdoor decks viewing Mitre Peak, Stirling Falls and playful seals, dolphins and penguins!

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          Milford Sound Cruise and Coach Tour from Queenstown
          Milford Sound Cruise and Coach Tour from Queenstown by Go Orange

          Enjoy a full day tour travelling from Queenstown through incredible scenery to join a 2 hour nature cruise along the Milford Sound fiord! Book online here!

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            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Tour
            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Tour by Real Journeys

            Get a taste of a warm kiwi welcome as you disembark from your TSS Earnslaw cruise of Lake Wakatipu & experience Walter Peak High Country Farm's hospitality.

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            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch
            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch by Real Journeys

            This great value package combines a TSS Earnslaw cruise and Walter Peak High Country Farm tour with a delicious barbecue lunch at its Colonel's Homestead.

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            TSS Earnslaw Cruise
            TSS Earnslaw Cruise by Real Journeys

            Cruise the smooth, clear waters of Lake Wakatipu aboard the steam-driven vessel "the Lady of the Lake" for a Queenstown experience to step back in time.

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            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Horse Trek
            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Horse Trek by Real Journeys

            Join us to saddle up for a New Zealand horse riding trek around Walter Peak High Country Farm to follow up your delightful cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw.

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            Ski

            Experience Three Runs
            Experience Three Runs by Harris Mountains Heli Ski from Queenstown

            For all who thought heli-skiing was beyond them. Your guide will lead you to terrain suited to your ability for an amazing Queenstown skiing experience.

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            Classic Four Runs
            Classic Four Runs by Harris Mountains Heli Ski from Queenstown

            The classic day of New Zealand heli-skiing, exploring a variety of awesome terrain. If you’re feeling strong, upgrade by taking an extra run or two!

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            Maximum Vertical Seven Runs
            Maximum Vertical Seven Runs by Harris Mountains Heli Ski from Queenstown

            ‘Max Vert’ for advanced skiers/boarders who know they’ll push the limits! After 7 runs the choice is yours - go home or go for more runs!

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            Mount Cook Heli skiing from Queenstown
            Mount Cook Heli skiing from Queenstown by Harris Mountains Heli Ski from Queenstown

            An awe inspiring scenic flight from Queenstown to the Mt Cook region starts the day. Mt Cook is New Zealandís highest mountain offering true heights.

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            Shotover Jet Queenstown
            Shotover Jet Queenstown by Shotover Jet

            It's the ultimate Queenstown Shotover Jet boat experience taking you on a thrilling jet boat ride through Shotover River Canyon at seriously high speeds!

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            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Tour
            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Tour by Real Journeys

            Get a taste of a warm kiwi welcome as you disembark from your TSS Earnslaw cruise of Lake Wakatipu & experience Walter Peak High Country Farm's hospitality.

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            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch
            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch by Real Journeys

            This great value package combines a TSS Earnslaw cruise and Walter Peak High Country Farm tour with a delicious barbecue lunch at its Colonel's Homestead.

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            TSS Earnslaw Cruise
            TSS Earnslaw Cruise by Real Journeys

            Cruise the smooth, clear waters of Lake Wakatipu aboard the steam-driven vessel "the Lady of the Lake" for a Queenstown experience to step back in time.

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            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Horse Trek
            TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Horse Trek by Real Journeys

            Join us to saddle up for a New Zealand horse riding trek around Walter Peak High Country Farm to follow up your delightful cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw.

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            Queenstown Tandem Skydive 12,000ft
            Queenstown Tandem Skydive 12,000ft by NZONE Skydive Queenstown

            NZONE Queenstown offers the ultimate New Zealand skydiving experience - jump from 12,000 feet for the thrill of a pure adrenaline rush over amazing scenery.

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            Queenstown Tandem Skydive 15,000ft
            Queenstown Tandem Skydive 15,000ft by NZONE Skydive Queenstown

            NZONE Queenstown offers the ultimate New Zealand skydiving experience - jump from 15,000 feet for the thrill of a pure adrenaline rush over amazing scenery.

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            Shotover River Whitewater Rafting
            Shotover River Whitewater Rafting by Go Orange

            The Shotover River of Queenstown provides some adrenaline pumping whitewater rafting experiences, with rapids that range from grades 3-5.

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              Kawarau River Jet to Raft
              Kawarau River Jet to Raft by Go Orange

              Combining two Queenstown adrenaline activities, jump on an exciting jet boat ride delivering you to a white water rafting adventure on grade 2-3 rapids.

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                Queenstown Nevis Bungy
                Queenstown Nevis Bungy by The Station Building

                Book the Nevis Bungy experience for one of the most memorable adventures of your life, with a 134m high plummet from New Zealand's tallest bungy tower!

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                Queenstown Nevis Swing
                Queenstown Nevis Swing by The Station Building

                The world's biggest swing awaits at the Nevis Bungy platform in Queenstown - one of the most unique and adrenaline-filled experiences in New Zealand!

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                Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Manapouri
                Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Manapouri by Real Journeys

                Doubtful Sound is a natural wonderland in the heart of New Zealand's Fiordland region - discover its silence, solace and more with this wilderness cruise.

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                  Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
                  Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown by Real Journeys

                  Travel from Queenstown to commence your Doubtful Sound cruise by the comfort of a scenic coach transfer that will get you there in style and on time.

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                    Milford Sound Cruise from Milford
                    Milford Sound Cruise from Milford by Go Orange

                    Cruise Milford Sound fiord in luxury relaxing on spacious outdoor decks viewing Mitre Peak, Stirling Falls and playful seals, dolphins and penguins!

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                      Milford Sound Cruise and Coach Tour from Queenstown
                      Milford Sound Cruise and Coach Tour from Queenstown by Go Orange

                      Enjoy a full day tour travelling from Queenstown through incredible scenery to join a 2 hour nature cruise along the Milford Sound fiord! Book online here!

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                        KJet 1 hour Jetboat Ride in Queenstown
                        KJet 1 hour Jetboat Ride in Queenstown by KJet Queenstown

                        One of Queenstown's true must-do experiences, this 1 hour jet boating adventure combines high-speed thrills and stunts with truly beautiful scenery.

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                          Shotover Canyon Swing Queenstown
                          Shotover Canyon Swing Queenstown by Shotover Canyon Swing

                          Built on the edge of the Shotover River, New Zealand's Canyon Swing is the world's greatest that takes advantage of nature's gift of gravity!

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                          Skyline Gondola
                          Skyline Gondola by Skyline Queenstown

                          Enjoy unmatched views of Queenstown, the mountain ranges and more on the Skyline gondola, which boasts having the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere!

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                          Top 10 Things to do in Queenstown

                          Queenstown is easily one of the most popular travel spots for international travellers making their first trip to New Zealand, and it's got a much-deserved great reputation for blending adventure and thrills into a single, wonderful package. It's like a little piece of Europe right here in the Southern Hemisphere.

                          This energetic resort town found on the shores of picturesque Lake Wakatipu in NZ's Otago region holds the unofficial title of “Adventure Capital of the World”, and upon first glance at all the things to see and do, it isn't hard to see why.

                          Daredevils will be in adrenaline heaven with multiple locations to bungy jump in Queenstown, swing through the air or even leap from the plane on a Queenstown skydive.

                          Bordered by the ruggedly scenic sight of the Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown contrasts with many other typically “scenic” destinations by being more upbeat and activity-focused rather than taking a “relax and absorb” approach – although this option is obviously available if that's what you're looking for. A selection of Queenstown tours will take you to charming wineries or have you exploring the incredible fiords on a Milford Sound Cruise or Doubtful Sound Cruise.

                          Simply put, if you're the active type, you'll never be bored in the Queenstown region, as its variety of terrain and geographical location make experiencing a wide range of different things to do – from snow, to water, to nightlife, to adrenaline, there's plenty to keep visitors occupied during their time in this essential South Island destination. And if you're not the active type, then get your reservations in early to enjoy a relaxing soak in the ever-popular Onsen Hot Pools or a seat on various Queenstown tours.

                          If you're planning to visit the adventure capital, here are top things to do in Queenstown, NZ and its surrounding areas.

                          Top 10 Things to do in Queenstown - Skyline Queenstown: Gondola, Luge & more

                          1. Skyline Queenstown: Gondola, Luge & more

                          Location: Brecon Street, Queenstown, NZ

                          The prime focal point of many first visits to Queenstown - and the best way to get outstanding views of Queenstown's natural spectacle - is offered by its popular gondola service of the Skyline Queenstown complex which can be seen from the ground conveying visitors to the top of the lookout point Bob's Peak.

                          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 – it's also quite steep and ascends rather quickly, which can be a little disconcerting for those not comfortable with heights.

                          It's highly recommended when you hop in the gondola to position yourself facing with your back towards the hill, as it's all over quite quickly and you'll want to make sure you can take in the wonderful 220 degree outlook along the way. In addition, it's hardly simply a ride-up-to-the-top-and-leave experience; while the Gondola offers easy access to the views, the multitude of activities and facilities above the peak are more than enough to keep you and the family entertained for the whole day.

                          In terms of facilities, there's a decked-out restaurant with buffet style food (available as an optional bundle with the gondola), a well-equipped cafe which provides substantial meals in its own right, a reasonably-priced gift shop where you can pick up a keepsake of your Queenstown adventures, and well maintained toilets so you'll never have to simply “hold it in” like at many other lesser equipped lookout points.

                          "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 more unique experiences in the region and thus it's recommended to buy one of the multi-ride passes (3 rides is a good balance between price and enjoyment) as a single ride probably won't be enough for most.

                          The ride culminates in an area with a chairlift which can take you back up the hill for another session after you've reached the bottom if you've got multiple rides. As the luge is extremely popular, it's a good idea to make your way up the top to take part earlier in the morning (the track opens at 10am) to try and get your rides in, as crowds and longer waiting times can often be encountered later in the day.

                          Lastly, keep an eye out for the periodic “Twilight Luge” packages that allow you to save some money while taking part in your luge runs later in the day.

                          Combine all of the above with plenty of available hiking and biking trails and being an amazing spot for a picnic, and this is one of the most wholesome, entertaining and tourist-friendly days out a family can have during their Queenstown visit.

                          Top 10 Things to do in Queenstown - Bungy Jumping with AJ Hackett

                          2. Bungy Jumping with AJ Hackett

                          Location: Shotover Street, Queenstown, NZ

                          Bungy, bungee, bungie – however you spell it, there's nothing else that means Queenstown quite as much as this. 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.

                          Featuring a specially-designed Bungy harness, the experience allows both standard jumps as well as special manoeuvres such as spins, flips and much more. In fact, the list of possibilities is so diverse, upon arrival you'll be presented with a special "Jump Menu" that details all the available twists and turns to choose from – bungy jumping has truly come a long way.

                          "Bungy, bungee, bungie – however you spell it, there's nothing else that means Queenstown quite as much as this - Queenstown is the world's original home of bungy jumping."

                          Queenstown has been the world’s most well-known bungy jump location for more than 20 years for a reason – there's currently three bungy sites with stunning panoramic views and each continues to set the pulses racing among extreme enthusiasts from all over the world.

                          , including the original site of bungy jumping at the bridge above Queenstown's Kawarau River - and it continues to set pulses racing amongst the extreme enthusiasts who visit from all corners of the globe, whether young in age or young at heart.

                          Whether you're a local looking to push yourself to the limit, an adrenaline lover travelling from abroad, or simply someone wanting to check an item off the bucket list, no trip to Queenstown is complete without a bungy jump – one of New Zealand's original and most popular adventure activities.

                          Top 10 Things to do in Queenstown - Go Skydiving with NZONE

                          3. Go Skydiving with NZONE

                          Location: Shotover Street, Queenstown, NZ

                          Sensing a thrill-seeking theme here? Queenstown wouldn't be Queenstown without the rushes it provides, and skydiving takes things to another level. During the free fall, you'll reach speeds of up to 200km/h with crystal clear lakes and snow-capped mountains to admire on the way down.

                          Skydiving in itself provides an inherent rush as you free fall from an airplane 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 thrill seekers' blood pumping.

                          As the birthplace of tandem skydiving in New Zealand, Queenstown serves as the ideal destination for a drop zone, which is located at the base of the majestic Remarkables mountain range, further adding to the panorama that unfolds below as you drop from a maximum height of 15,000 feet.

                          During the drop, you'll reach speeds of up to 200km/h, and with everything going on with your body plus what your eyes are taking in – crystal clear lakes, snow-capped mountains, fellow skydivers and even Queenstown itself - the sheer sensory overload makes for an incredible experience.

                          "Add to the skydiving 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 thrill seekers' blood pumping."

                          The plane ride aboard the provided light aircraft is no slouch when it comes to scenery either, although most will probably be too psyched for the upcoming dive to fully appreciate it!

                          Skydiving operator NZONE definitely know their stuff as well, having been in operation since 1990 and providing prospective skydivers with all the latest, safest and most state-of-the-art equipment at all times. They run a tight ship, with an operation that is famously professional while still aiming to alleviate the nerves of first-timer skydivers and help them feel safe for what is many a true self-examination as far as confidence goes.

                          Both professionally-taken photo and USB packages are available for skydivers to purchase after their jump, and while fairly expensive, they're well worth the investment to document what for many will likely only be a once-or-twice in a lifetime experience.

                          With great service, outstanding views and one of the world's best jump environments, if you're ever planning to skydive at least once in your life then there are few better spots in the world to take the plunge than Queenstown.

                          Top 10 Things to do in Queenstown - Skippers Canyon & Shotover Jet

                          4. Skippers Canyon & Shotover Jet

                          Location: Skippers Road, Queenstown, NZ

                          This wonderful example of New Zealand's back country scenery can be enjoyed on both land and water, with each experience providing a scenic – yet completely different – aspect on its natural highlights. However, it's the high-speed form of entertainment on the water which has long been the main drawcard; no trip to Queenstown is complete without a ride on the Shotover Jet.

                          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. Both experiences are equally impressive – and there's by no means anything stopping you from doing both – but which is most enjoyable will depend on what you want out of your experience here.

                          The back country exploration option will see you heading out from Queenstown with a group and guide to the scenic and peaceful landscape along Skippers Canyon Road that was once the site of a gold rush back in the 1800's. Prepare for a bumpy yet exciting ride along what is largely a lesser-known – but utterly spectacular – part of the Queenstown region along a narrow road high in the hills bordered by steep cliffs that provide stunning views into the canyon and beyond.

                          "This wonderful example of New Zealand's back country scenery can be enjoyed on both land and water, with each experience providing a scenic – yet completely different – aspect on its natural highlights."

                          Making various stops at the best viewpoints, including a couple of spots used in the Lord of the Rings movies, and which allow for a shot of the bright blue Shotover River winding its way through the brilliant greenery and cliff walls which surround it.

                          This is definitely the choice for visitors who want some great photo opportunities coupled with a dose of informative history about the local Queenstown area.

                          Those looking to kick things up a notch will enjoy the high-tempo thrills of a Queenstown jet boat ride aboard the iconic Shotover Jet that cuts its way through the impressively sheer walls of the canyon at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour. It's an experience that combines amazing sights with a rush putting purpose-built jet boats to the test.

                          Those looking to kick things up a notch will enjoy the high-tempo thrills of a jet boat ride aboard the iconic Shotover Jet that cuts its way through the impressively sheer walls of the canyon at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour. It's an experience that combines amazing sights with a rush, as during the tour the drivers put the purpose-built jet boats to the test, performing the likes of power brakes and 360 degree spins that will delight adrenaline junkies and leave the weak of bowel feeling uneasy.

                          This is one of Queenstown's signature experiences, with few other jetboat rides in the world able to match its blend of thrills and beautiful surrounds. The jetboat ride comes combined with the drive to the boat launching point which is scenic in and of itself, and all together makes for one of the best value paid experiences in Queenstown. It's long been iconic of the Queenstown region, and a must-do when visiting.

                          Top 10 Things to do in Queenstown - Milford Sound Cruise

                          5. Milford Sound Cruise

                          Location: Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park

                          Milford Sound is one of those natural attractions that lives up to the hype with a fiord that is surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered with lush forest and cascading waterfalls and is home to countless wildlife.

                          Its remote location thanks to steep cliffs and dense forest make it an untouched natural attraction that seeks to only add to its beauty.

                          According to Maori legend, the fiord was formed when Tu-te-raki-whanoa (a godly figure) chanted a prayer and carved the narrow valley out of the earth.

                          Previously only accessible by foot and boat, visitors can now travel to see Milford Sea via road, boat and on incredible scenic flights from Queenstown.

                          The park is part of Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site and should be a must-do on any New Zealand South Island itinerary.

                          Among some of the notable sights that visitors can see here are the Mitre Peak that stalls tall at 1,692 metres above sea level plus get close to Lady Bowen and Stirling cascading waterfalls.

                          Given the thick forest that balance precariously on the sheer cliff faces, a huge number of native New Zealand birds can be found here including Takahe, Kakapo and the alpine parrot, Kea.

                          Milford Sound is one of those natural attractions that lives up to the hype with a fiord that is surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered with lush forest, cascading waterfalls and countless wildlife best enjoyed on a scenic cruise.

                          Passengers who join a peaceful cruise along the Milford Sound will be delighted to see Little Blue Penguins and the rare and endangered Fiordland Crested Penguin that can only be spotted here or at Stewart Island.

                          Bottlenose Dolphins and New Zealand fur seals are often sighted playing and darting in and out of the waters so keep your cameras at the ready.

                          Tours depart daily all year round to Milford Sound from Queenstown via coach to deliver you to the cruise departure point.

                          And the journey to reach the Fiord is an experience in itself with unbelievable views of the Fiordland National Park with plenty stops along the way for ‘instagrammable’ moments.

                          Real Journeys take the hassle out of getting to the launch point with a relaxing and scenic journey on their glass-roofed coaches so that you don’t miss out on any of views of the striking mountainous terrain.

                          Once you arrive, step aboard the cruise for a breathtaking cruise that will take you so close to the cascading waterfalls that you may even catch some of the mist on your face on the outdoor decks of the boat.

                          See the rainforest, rock walls and wildlife up close and listen to the fascinating stories of the history of the region before returning back to Queenstown.

                          The glorious photographs speak for themselves. This is one destination that you do not want to miss.

                          Top 10 Things to do in Queenstown - Shotover Canyon Swing

                          6. Shotover Canyon Swing

                          Location: Shotover Street, Queenstown, NZ

                          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.

                          Fearless souls can defy gravity on the Shotover Swing. You'll be launched from a 109 metre high cliff edge, free-falling for 60 metres at speeds of 150km an hour before swinging past the awaiting canyons and rocks below. Sound extreme? Oh, it is.

                          Aspiring jumpers are presented with a variety of jump options that range from “wild” to “wilder”, with over 70 in total including the likes of tandem, upside down, reverse and even a chair jump, among countless others. The Canyon Swing differs to bungy jumping in that there tends to be a smoother transition from the free-fall-to-swing phase than the rather jarring “snap” of bungy elastic however, which can be more comfortable for some (although in this case, “comfortable” is a relative term).

                          "Aspiring jumpers are presented with a variety of jump options that range from “wild” to “wilder”, with over 70 in total including the likes of tandem, upside down, reverse and even a chair jump, among countless others."

                          It certainly serves as a welcome alternative to bungy jumping for those who are not quite ready to take that particular plunge. The professional grade safety harnesses and special release mechanism are all essentials that make the swing a safe proposition, although it's of little comfort once you are standing out on the platform preparing to be launched.

                          The jump platform itself offers rather stunning views of the canyon and Shotover River, but it's the time once the free-fall portion of the swing is complete where you'll truly be spellbound by your proximity to all the scenery. The setting that the Swing is set in is truly spectacular; high, steep cliffs of layered rock juxtapose with the rushing river and unique rock formations to make the latter portion of the jump quite pleasant as you're winched back up to the tower.

                          Offering the best of both of Queenstown's worlds, the Shotover Canyon Swing is a dose of pure adrenaline mixed with incredible nature and – and a high level of light-hearted customer service to top it all off.

                          Top 10 Things to do in Queenstown - Ride the TSS Earnslaw

                          7. Ride the TSS Earnslaw

                          Location: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, NZ

                          Lake Wakatipu's beautiful waters are one of the core reasons the landscape surrounding Queenstown are so impressive, and getting out on the water with a TSS Earnslaw cruise allows visitors the chance to take in the area from an entirely different vantage point.

                          It's the third biggest lake in New Zealand, and the clarity of Queenstown's skies couple with the stillness of its waters to produce a mirror-like surface that only serves to add to the natural charm of the area.

                          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 coal fuelled 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.

                          The vessel makes several trips daily from Queenstown across Lake Wakatipu that can either serve as a standalone sightseeing experience – with the chance to explore its vintage decks, bridge and gallery-lined interior – or be bundled with a stop and/or lunch at the nearby Walter Peak High Country Farm.

                          "It's the third biggest lake in New Zealand, and the clarity of Queenstown's skies couple with the stillness of its waters to produce a mirror-like surface that only serves to add to the natural charm of the area."

                          This farm is a reminder of traditional European-influenced kiwi lifestyle situated in an idyllic location on the lake's southern shores. While there, you'll be able to visit the holding pens to feed the sheep and deer, and also get up close to the authentic Scottish Highland Cattle before strolling through the lakeside gardens headed towards the Colonel's Homestead for a traditional high country morning or afternoon tea of pikelets and scones.

                          The TSS Earnslaw has plenty of on board facilities such as a licensed cafe and bar that serves both a selection of cafe-style food, beer, wine and spirits, you'll have access to everything you need to enjoy the cruise on these scenic waters in comfort while soaking in the natural majesty that surrounds you in every direction. The typical sightseeing cruise on the Earnslaw lasts for 1.5 hours, however there are also lunch and dinner cruise options which will be served at the farm's old-style homestead.

                          You can even disembark, hire a bike and go exploring on one of the bike tracks through the mountains near Walter Peak Farm and then board the TSS Earnslaw for the trip back, so if you're looking to make it more of an extended tour you'll definitely have the chance.

                          Top 10 Things to do in Queenstown - Onsen Hot Pools

                          8. Onsen Hot Pools

                          Location: 160 Arthurs Point Rd, Arthurs Point, Queenstown

                          Just like wine and cheese, therapeutic hot pools and an alpine setting are the perfect combination and the Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown does not disappoint.

                          Immerse yourself in your private cedar lined hot pools overlooking the Shotover River and mind blowing mountainous terrain for a 60 minute hot pools session.

                          Soak in pure fresh water fed directly from the sky through rainfall and natural springs on site at temperatures that are kept at a cosy 38 degrees.

                          This relaxing experience is a must do experience all year round when you are in Queenstown and is suitable for all ages to reinvigorate the mind, body and soul.

                          "Book in advance for the chance to soak in the Onsen Hot Pools overlooking the Shotover River. The water is kept at a cosy 38 degrees and each hot tub has its own private cubicle to enjoy the scenery.

                          Each hot tub is located in its own private cubicle and when you are settled a retractable glass window and roof will open so that you can get an even better view of the scenery before you.

                          One room can accommodate up to 4 people whether that be 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children if you want to bring the kids along or indulge in a relaxing experience with your partner.

                          There is even an icy cold plunge pool for a refreshing wake up call after your hot pools experience.

                          The Onsen Hot Pools are located in Arthurs Point with a regular shuttle service operating hourly on request for guests needs a transfer from Queenstown.

                          The Onsen Hot Pools are open 7 days a week from 10am to 11pm daily.

                          Top 10 Things to do in Queenstown - Go Skiing and Snowboarding

                          9. Go Skiing and Snowboarding

                          Location: Various locations, Queenstown, NZ

                          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.

                          Coronet Peak, which lies just 20 minutes from Queenstown, is the most accessible ski spot from the town and while it experiences only moderate snowfall, with the assistance of snow machines there's more than enough coverage to provide slopes that are suitable for both beginners and the advanced.

                          Ski season on the peak typically runs from the beginning of June to early October, and it offers the longest opening hours of any ski facility in New Zealand.

                          More advanced skiers or those wanting consistently better coverage may want to instead make the further trip to The Remarkables ski fields which are around 30-45 minutes from Queenstown. This area has older facilities than those of Coronet Peak, however its atmosphere tends to be more relaxed, with a larger variety of runs of various levels as well as different ways of skiing down the same terrain.

                          "Fresh, crisp alpine air, soft white snow, cool temperatures and a"remarkable" range of mountains — the winter in Queenstown is every skier and snowboarder’s dream. Grab the winter woollies and hit the ski fields in Queenstown.

                          Powdery-soft snow and a series of char lifts that take you higher than those of Coronet Peak round out the experience, and while it's a less accessible spot and has a slightly shorter ski season (ends in September), with a series of new developments underway set to open soon, the Remarkables make for a wider – and incredibly scenic – ski spot.

                          Higher level skiers can venture even further to the Harris Mountains right in the heart of the Southern Alps, with helicopter ski experiences allowing access to the primest of powder and sickest of slopes available in the greater Queenstown region. A range of heli-ski packages are available encompassing varying difficulties and runs on terrain that is custom suited to your individual ability.

                          On a heli-ski trip, your guide will lead you to an area of terrain suited to your ability and get you started with all the necessary ski and safety equipment provided to best ensure that you can be free of worries and fears and simply embrace the stunning scenery and awesome fun that heli-skiing provides. It will obviously cost you a significant chunk of change, but if you're after the ski experience to end all ski experiences, you can't go wrong here.

                          Fresh, crisp alpine air, soft white snow, cool temperatures and an amazing range of mountains — the winter in Queenstown is every skier and snowboarder’s dream.

                          Top 10 Things to do in Queenstown - Scenic Flights

                          10. Scenic Flights

                          Location: Various Locations, Queenstown

                          Queenstown’s location surrounded by The Remarkables, Mt Cook and famous glaciers such as the Franz Josef and Tasman Glacier make scenic flights the ideal way to explore the incredible terrain from up above.

                          The mountains are called The Remarkable for a very good reason and Helicopter Line aims to go ‘above and beyond’ literally by taking visitors on scenic flights with experienced and friendly pilots who also double as pretty great photographers.

                          For a taste of the Queenstown panorama, you can join a 20 minute flight which will take you over the township and inland Lake Wakatipu.

                          Survey the land and snow capped mountains below with landscapes so beautiful it’s almost hard to believe what you are seeing is real.

                          Survey the land and snow capped mountains below with landscapes so beautiful it’s almost hard to believe what you are seeing is real.

                          For some, just flying in a helicopter in an alpine paradise is a thrill but when you add the exciting opportunity to make an alpine snow landing it doesn’t get much better.

                          A 30 minute mountain helicopter flight is available taking visitors over some of New Zealand’s peaks and glaciers with the exciting opportunity to make an alpine landing on snow.

                          This is a unique experience and a makes for a special photo with the ability to get out of the helicopter once it has safely landed, stand in snow and pose for a photograph with an unbelievable backdrop.

                          For many Australians, the chance to see snow let alone land in a glacier and stand on snow is quite the novelty experience and something you won’t forget in a hurry.

                          To really appreciate the grand scale and beauty of Queenstown and surrounds a scenic flight should be on your top ten things to do.