20 Things You Must Do In Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown New Zealand is one of the most beautiful cities globally, and avid travellers refer to it as the world's adventure capital. Whether you visit this alluring city during the winter, summer, autumn, or spring, there's a never ending barrage of activities you can enjoy. 

We've compiled a list of 20 things you must do in Queenstown. You're welcome to educate yourself as you plan your trip to Queenstown. 

  1. Climb Queenstown Hill

Are you thinking of enjoying epic views but aren't keen on hiking to Ben Lomond? Your best alternative is climbing Queenstown Hill at the sunset or sunrise. The short climb up the hill will offer you classic views over Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. Remember to check the weather before you go and carry a fully-charged headlamp if you plan to start or end during the night.

  1. Go Ziplining 

If you're looking to indulge in some outdoor activities (if you don't, you haven't been to Queenstown), why not book yourself for some blood-curdling Ziplining adventures? Enjoy the unparalleled views and the educative sessions with the team about local sustainability efforts. Ziplining is one of the best (and fastest) ways of taking in the Queenstown views while you enjoy flying past the majestic pine trees below.

  1. Let Go Of Your Worries At The Onsen Pools

Whatever you do in Queenstown, make sure you book a visit to the relaxing Onsen pools. Once here, you can take in views of the majestic Shotover River canyon. It's the perfect way to relax after an adventure-filled weekend. If you've just met someone or are travelling with your significant other, the Onsen pools are the perfect place for a romantic date.

  1. Sample The Fergburger

Even if you're visiting Queenstown in a self-contained van and can cook your own five-minute meals, you should make time to visit the world-famous Fergburger. Make sure there's nothing in your belly because you've never eaten anything the size of these burgers. 

  1. Take A Leap Of Faith Off Kawarau Bridge

Kawarau Bungy Centre is the Queenstown home of bungy jumping. If you want to test your limits and see what you'd do for an adrenaline rush, this is the perfect place for you. 

  1. An Expected Journey To Middle Earth

Take a helicopter tour to Earnslaw Burn, a magical location featured in one of The Hobbit trilogy films. Imagine yourself a companion of Bilbo Baggins as you walk through this magical land. Enjoy a delicious picnic under a magnificent glacier, then, if you dare, take a dip in one of the numerous waterfalls.

  1. Sample Pinot Noir

One of the most beautiful wine regions in New Zealand is Central Otago. If you'd like a tour, join the Alpine Wine Tours that'll take you to well-known wineries and boutique vineyards. There's a variety of tours to choose from, so make sure you visit.

  1. Spend Time At The City Centre

If you'd like to take a break from toe-curling activities, there's a lot to do in the city centre. Wander into the shops or people-watch while grabbing breakfast. You can also treat yourself to a tasty dinner before you take a stroll along Lake Wakatipu.

  1. Take A Trip To Arrowtown

Arrowtown is only 15 minutes away from Queenstown, and you will find the most picturesque places in the area. Take a walk down the main street and stand in awe at the historic buildings.

  1. Ride The Shotover River

Get onto the world-renown Queenstown jet boat ride and experience some water sports. Enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery as you glide through the Shotover River Canyons. 

  1. Take A Scenic Ride On A Gondola

Any travel guide Queenstown should mention the spectacular ride to Bob's Peak to take in the jaw-dropping panoramic views. Once you get to the top, enjoy a delicious dinner or a romantic stargazing experience.

  1. Mountain Bike Down Spectacular Mountain Views

There are numerous hills and mountains in Queenstown, and all you need to do is cycle down them. New Zealand is considered a premier mountain biking destination. Whether it's cross country, single tracks, dirt-jumping, or a whirlwind downhill experience, there are various options for every palate.

  1. Take A Heli To Milford Sound

Of all the things you do during one of your Queenstown holidays, a helicopter trip to Milford Sound is one you'll never forget. Seeing Milford Sound from the air is one of the most awe-inspiring wonders you will ever experience.

  1. Take A Drive To Paradise

Not many people catch a glimpse of Paradise, and that's a shame. Paradise is a breath-taking sleepy village 20km from Glenorchy. There aren't any restaurants or shops, but there is an abundance of magnificent mountain ranges and perfect farmland.

  1. Chase Exhilarating Views At The Top Of The Remarkables

The Remarkables is a magnificent mountain range to the east of Queenstown. The long road leading to the mountains ends at a luxurious ski resort. However, you should remember to soak in the views of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown as you approach the top.

  1. Enjoy A Picnic At Lake Hayes

When you've been enjoying all that Queenstown has to offer, you'll want to slow down a little bit and take in your surroundings. The perfect way to do this is to head over to the mirror lake and sit down for a picnic. 

  1. Go Sky Diving Over The Lakes And Mountains

You can't have a picnic forever! You'll want to get back into the flow of things, and what better way to do this than sky diving? If you're excited by the idea of jumping off a plane to feel the wind against your body, this one is for you.

  1. Get Muddy 

Rent an ATV for the muddiest off-roading experience of your entire life. The best thing about off-roading in Queenstown is that you get to do it while enjoying awe-inspiring views. 

  1. Watch Your Wallet And Play Frisbee Golf

While Queenstown is a beautiful city, all the activities you've got lined up can be expensive. But that doesn't mean you can't have fun. Enjoy the 18 basket course at the Queenstown Gardens and tee off while spending time with friends.

  1. Test Your Strength On The Ben Lomond Hike

Set aside a full day for this hike because it'll take you 6-8 hours to return. But, you're sure to reap the benefits with enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu


Queensland truly is the mother lode of all adventure. To ensure you have the best time possible, all you need to do is open up your mind to all the possibilities accessible to you.

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