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Best Things To Do in Queenstown

Queenstown offers visitors unlimited access to the great outdoors. You can bungee jump off Kawarau Bridge, hike breathtaking mountain trails like Ben Lomond Track, tackle some serious powder at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables; you can even fly through the air as you paraglide or sky-dive. And at the end of the day, you can relax your aching muscles in the Onsen Hot Pools or take a scenic ride above the city on the Skyline Queenstown gondola. Before you leave this stunningly beautiful city, stop by Walter Peak High Country Farm and Kiwi Birdlife Park for up-close encounters with local wildlife.

How we rank Things to Do
  • #1
    Skyline Queenstown
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    #1 in Queenstown
    Recreation, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Recreation, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    For some of the best mountain vistas, climb aboard a Skyline Queenstown gondola. After ascending nearly 1,500 feet, you'll end up at an observation deck atop Bob's Peak, where views of central Queenstown,The RemarkablesandCoronet Peakawait you. You'll also find a restaurant, a bar and various mountain bike trails at the

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  • #2
    The Remarkables
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    #2 in Queenstown
    Recreation, Skiing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Recreation, Skiing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    Located 15 miles east of central Queenstown, the truly remarkable Remarkables offer 47 ski and snowboard trails and three terrain parks. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels can be accommodated on The Remarkables' slopes, which are open annually from June to September. Should you choose to ski here, expect to

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  • #3
    Coronet Peak
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    #3 in Queenstown
    Recreation, Skiing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    Recreation, Skiing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    Approximately 10 miles north of downtown Queenstown lies the picturesque ski and snowboard destination of Coronet Peak. This ski area, which is open during the winter months, features 32 slopes, two terrain parks, a tubing park and a ski school. Plus, the slopes themselves are geared to skiers and snowboarders of

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  • #4
    Bungee Jumping
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    #4 in Queenstown
    Recreation, Sports
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Recreation, Sports
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you're coming to Queenstown for adventure activities, odds are you're here to bungee jump. This heart-pounding endeavor, which is offered locally byAJ Hackett Bungy, is one of the area's most popular outdoor activities. Several bungee sites can be found within Queenstown, including Kawarau Bridge (home of the world's first

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  • #5
    Onsen Hot Pools
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    #5 in Queenstown
    Spas, Swimming/Pools
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Spas, Swimming/Pools
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    After a long day of heart-pounding activities like skiingThe RemarkablesorCoronet Peak,skydivingandbungee jumping, a nice soak is usually just what the doctor ordered. And at the Onsen Hot Pools, soaking in one of the indoor and outdoor pools also includes an incredible mountain vista. Visitors find that the pools (each of

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  • #6
    Kiwi Birdlife Park
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    #6 in Queenstown
    Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    The family-friendly Kiwi Birdlife Park is Queenstown's premier destination for animal-spotting. Situated less than a mile away from downtown Queenstown alongsideSkyline Queenstown, Kiwi Birdlife Park offers more than 30 animal species, including brown kiwis, tuataras and rainbow lorikeets.

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  • #7
    Walter Peak High Country Farm
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    #7 in Queenstown
    Parks and Gardens, Tours, Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Tours, Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Walter Peak High Country Farm is more than just a petting zoo, which is what most "farm attractions" tend to be. The experience begins with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Wakatipu. Once you get to the idyllic farm, you can take a tour, watch sheepshearing demonstrations, feed farm animals,

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  • #8
    Skydiving
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    #8 in Queenstown
    Recreation, Sports
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Recreation, Sports
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    To fully grasp the beauty of Queenstown's landscape, head 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000 feet up and jump out of a plane. Though it'll take some guts to follow through with a skydiving excursion, as you freefall, you'll see jaw-dropping views of Queenstown,The Remarkables' snow-capped peaks, Lake Wakatipu and the South

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  • #9
    Paragliding
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    #9 in Queenstown
    Recreation, Sports
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Recreation, Sports
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you want a breathtaking aerial view of Queenstown without the freefall feeling skydiving provides, consider booking a paragliding excursion. As you float with your pilot, you'll catch bird's-eye views of iconic Queenstown landmarks likeCoronet Peak, Lake Wakatipu andThe Remarkables.

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  • #10
    Ben Lomond Track
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    #10 in Queenstown
    Hiking, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    Hiking, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    For outdoor enthusiasts who'd rather keep their feet firmly planted on the ground instead of soaring above Lake Wakatipu or plummeting toward the Nevis River, Queenstown offers Ben Lomond Track. This scenic walking and hiking trail starts at the western end of Skyline Access Road – about a mile southwest

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