summer activities

your summer saga in queenstown 

Embrace the summer magic of Queenstown, where a tapestry of activities awaits amidst the stunning landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island. Dive into refreshing water activities on Lake Wakatipu or in the regions canyons or embark on a kayaking adventure in Milford Sound. Explore the rugged beauty of the region on horseback or race down scenic trails with mountain carting and biking excursions. Indulge your senses in the world-renowned Central Otago wines through leisurely wine tasting experiences. For an adrenaline rush, take to the skies with paragliding, soaring above the picturesque landscapes. Whether you seek the thrill of adventure or the tranquility of nature, Queenstown’s summer offers an array of solo-friendly activities, promising a season of unforgettable moments and scenic delights.

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Southern Discoveries
Milford Sound Cruise +
Kayak Tour + Underwater Discovery Centre

  • Kayak the clear waters in Harrison Cove
  • Cruise along the full length of the Milford Sound fiord
  • Encounter wildlife from a unique underwater perspective
  • Friendly and informative commentary
  • Complimentary picnic lunch and tea & coffee
  • Opportunities to see a diverse & spectacular wildlife
  • Transport Not Included

Canyon Explorers
Full Day Routeburn Canyoning Adventure in Mount Aspiring National Park

  • Personalised experience with two guides on every trip
  • Scenic drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy
  • Abseils, jumps, ziplines, slides and hikes
  • Explore stunning natural landscapes in a unique way
  • Exclusive access through the Routeburn Great Walk
  • Full day experience with tasty lunch included
  • Immerse yourself in green forests and crystal clear water

RealNZ
Shotover River
Whitewater Rafting

  • Six separate rapid sections
  • Great value outdoor adventure
  • Fun and challenging grade 3-5 rapids
  • 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel
  • 4-5 hour rafting experience
  • Transfer to Deep Creek via Skippers Canyon Road

Dart River Adventures
Fanyak Canoeing +
Dart River Wilderness Jet

  • High-speed jet boat ride
  • Scenic canoeing adventure in the NZ wilderness
  • Delicious picnic lunch
  • Queenstown return transfers
  • Crystal Clear Waters
  • World’s Best Scenic Drive

Paraflights Queenstown
Solo Paraflight on
Lake Wakatipu

  • Admire the scenery from 200 metres in the air
  • Queenstown’s most iconic flight on Lake Wakatipu
  • Parasail solo for a thrilling adventure and incredible views
  • Summer and winter activity
  • Photo packages available
  • Tandem and Triple options also possible

High Country Horses
Glenorchy Rees River
3hr Horse Trek

  • Scenic horseback riding through stunning landscapes
  • Experienced guides provide a safe and enjoyable experience
  • Suitable for riders of all skill levels
  • Friendly and well-trained horses
  • Explore the breathtaking beauty of the Glenorchy region
  • Self drive required (Queenstown is 45 min from Glenorchy)

Cardrona Alpine Resort
Summer Mountain Bike Pass and Rental Package

  • Make use of the full day lift pass & enjoy the ride
  • Multi-day rentals are based on consecutive days
  • Combine activities & save (lessons also available)
  • Choose from two different types of bikes
  • Save carrying your bike up & down the mountain
  • All equipment is freshly tuned & ready to go

Cardrona Alpine Resort
Summer Mountain Carting
Experience

  • Choose from 3 different tracks to ride
  • Fun for all ages, no experience necessary
  • One of a kind activity in the southern hemisphere
  • Experience the downhill adrenaline rush
  • Low centre of gravity & wide wheelbase with high stability
  • Comfortable & safe, various size carts available
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