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16 Best Things to Do in Queenstown | Man of Many

  • Best for Adventure: AJ Hackett Bungy & Swing
  • Best for Foodies: Fergburger
  • Best for Luxury Fans: Helicopter to Milford Sound
  • Best for Fitness Freaks: Mountain Biking
  • Best Experience: Skiing
  • Best of Queenstown

    If you’re looking for things to do in Queenstown, you’ve got a lot of options. From skiing and snowboarding to mountain biking and wineries, the New Zealand city is home to a whole host of terrific activities. Here are the best things to do in Queenstown all year-round.

    Best Things to Do in Queenstown

    Best: Experience

    1. Skiing

    Best for: Adventure

    2. AJ Hackett Bungy & Swing

    One of the best things to do in Queenstown if you like being on the water, and don’t mind getting a bit wet while you’re at it, is stinging a lift on a jet boat. By far the best way to experience the Shotover River and bask in the surrounding uninterrupted views, the boat takes you to the more unseen corners of town and wind through the Shotover River Canyons. Don’t get too distracted by the scenery, however, it’s a bumpy ride so hold on!

    3. Shotover River Jet Boat Ride

    No matter what you do, if you find yourself in Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s most picturesque locales, booking a trip to the Onsen Pools is a must. If you haven’t heard of these mysterious pools, they’re a sort of day spa offering private, cedar-lined hot tubs overlooking the Shotover River canyon. The ideal way to relax post-adventure, they’re boujee, romantic and the closest thing you’ll get to the real-deal onsens in Japan in the Southern hemisphere.

    4. Onsen Pools

    We all know that when in Queenstown, most things to do consist of an epic mixture of views, adrenaline and all-around good times, and you can experience all three at the Skyline Luge. Jump in a little buggy and make your way down the twisting downhill racetrack – you can also race your friends if they are keen! Try not to get too swept up in the views, or you’ll definitely bug a turn.

    5. Skyline Luge

    Best for: Foodies

    6. Fergburger

    Best for: Fitness Freaks

    7. Mountain Biking

    If you’re visiting Queenstown, renting a car is definitely the way to go. With a car, it also means you can explore nearby towns that are just as cool, like Arrowtown, just 15 minutes drive from Queenstown. The town was originally a gold rush settlement, which shines through in its charming, historic streets lined with heritage buildings and old-school pubs. A must-visit if you have some spare time on your hands.

    8. Exploring Arrowtown

    Best for: Luxury Fans

    9. Helicopter to Milford Sound

    As one of the best things to do in Queenstown, where you get to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, canyoning here is an adventurer’s dream come true. There are lots of canyons here for you to discover, all just a short drive from Queenstown central. If you’re more experienced, there are also plenty of climbs where you can jump off waterfalls when you get to the top! How Good.

    10. Canyoning

    Alright, so maybe all your mates are adrenaline junkies, and you need to ease into things. Luckily, you can, thanks to iFly Queenstown. Experience skydiving in Queenstown with a twist, basking in the views from the comfort of the indoors thanks to their new 360 Virtual Reality Experience. It’s basically like the real thing!

    11. Indoor Skydiving

    One of the best things to do in Queenstown if you prefer sitting back to soak in the views is taking a scenic ride on the Skyline Gondola. The ride will take you  450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. When you arrive at the top, the fun has only just begun, with plenty of things to do like a downhill ride on the Skyline Luge or a delicious meal at Stratosfare Restaurant.

    12. Skyline Gondola

    If you’re looking for a moment to relax in between all of your adventuring, what better way to do so than a stroll through the tranquil Queenstown Gardens? The gardens are peaceful and offer beautiful views of Lake Wakatipu, in addition to bowling, tennis, and ice skating during the winter months.

    13. Queenstown Gardens Walk

    Not for the faint-hearted, given the chilly temperatures of the water in New Zealand, but for that exhilarating feeling we all love after a cold dip, we recommend a swim in Moke Lake. A short drive from the city and surrounded by beautiful mountains, it’s the perfect spot for a swim. Or, if you prefer not to get up too close and personal with the chilly waters, perhaps paddleboarding or kayaking is more your cup of tea.

    14. Swim in Moke Lake

    You don’t have to be a foodie to know that one of the things to do in Queenstown is to eat. Essential for fuelling all the thrill-seekers out there by day, there are heaps of amazing restaurants in Queenstown, from fine dining, to contemporary Asian restaurants and everything in between. Check out our rundown of the best restaurants in Queenstown to discover more.

    15. Queenstown Restaurants

    Queenstown is conveniently bordering Central Otago, which you may or may not know (depending on your wine expertise) is one of the top wine regions in the world. Thus, there are countless wineries around the area for you to explore and indulge in all the delicious drops on offer. Go for a wine tour, tasting or visit cellar doors, the world is your oyster! Our favourites include Amisfield and Gibbston Valley.

    16. Queenstown Wineries

  • Accommodation – It’s not always easy to find a spot to stay in Queenstown. Try to book ahead early as it can get quite busy during peak season, particularly if you’re looking to visit the ski slopes while you are there.
  • Off-Peak/On-Peak – Queenstown gets busy and as a result, expensive. If you do plan on heading over during the on-peak season, make sure you are well financed. Many of the key areas will be booked out and prices may rise during this period, so be prepared.
  • Snow Season – While Queenstown is revered for its ski fields and resorts, there’s a lot more to the town than just skiing and snowboarding. In the non-snow season, you can enjoy a host of great activities, from mountain hikes to biking and pretty much everything in between. Before you book, consider if it’s worth visiting during the off season.
  • Things to Consider When Travelling to Queenstown

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