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  • Queenstown: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour

    1. Queenstown: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour

    Become your own tour guide for a day and enjoy having the freedom to explore the best parts of Queenstown, Arrowtown, and Gibbston Valley without being rushed or constricted by any pres-set schedules. Enjoy the fun and soak up the amazing sites of Queenstown. No need to make an itinerary and drive yourself, your friendly drivers will look after you and provide you with information on each location. Hop on and off as you please, visit as many destinations as you like, and choose how long you stay at each spot. Stop options include: • Shotover Jet boat ride • Canyon Food & Brew Co • Strike Bowl bowling and entertainment center • Cargo at Gantley’s taproom • Arrowtown historical gold mining town • Gibbston Valley Cheese • Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan • Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door • (November to April) Wet Jacket Wines • AJ Hackett Bungy • Waitiri Creek & Cargo Brewery • Brennan W...

  • Arrowtown to Queenstown: Self-Guided Bike Tour

    2. Arrowtown to Queenstown: Self-Guided Bike Tour

    Head out on a scenic 25-minute drive to Arrowtown. Get set up with your bike, receive trail tips, a map, and a safety briefing and then depart on your independent adventure ride. Explore Arrowtown and grab a coffee before setting off to ride at your leisure along the Arrow River Bridges Trail toward Morven Ferry Intersection. From here, either take a diversion to the Kawarau Bungy or follow the Twin Rivers Trail along the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and onward to Queenstown Bay, where you can return your bike. If you are unsure if you can handle the distance, upgrade to an electric bike for only $50 more and keep the good times rolling.

    Awesome views, lovely bike ride, and overall neat experience! Would recommend! My partner and I used the ebikes which were super fun and made the bike ride a pleasant experience. We did the 35 km ride and it took us about 5 hours to complete, we were taking our time and stopped occasionally photo breaks. Legs did not hurt the next day thankfully!

  • Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

    3. Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

    Enjoy having the team collect you from your accommodation before you cycle from Arrowtown to Gibbston Valley yourselves or get dropped off at Gibbston and explore the area by bike. All staff are locals and will have some top local tips for you. Once you have been fitted to a bike  and are all ready to go, jump on a Hardtail Cruiser bike or Premium E-bike to start the trip at your own pace.  You will be given maps that have all the information you will need to make the most of the trip back to Queenstown. The ride is between 2-20 kilometers: you can choose to be dropped off at Arrowtown for a 20-kilometer ride or at Gibbston Valley for a 2 kilometer ride.  Once in Gibbston Valley, you can stop by a range of award-winning wineries. These include Gibbston Valley, Chard Farm, Peregrine, Mt Rosa, Waitiri Creek/Cargo Brewery, Peregrine, Gibbston Tavern, and Gibbston Valley Cheese experience,...

    Cruised down the river track, laughing as the e bikes helped with the hills, maxed them out on the flat, wobbly bridge was a bit scary, checked in at the G valley winery then enjoyed the terrain back to Queenstown, finished with a well deserved cocktail, brilliant day.

  • From Queenstown: Arrowtown and Wanaka Small-Group Tour

    4. From Queenstown: Arrowtown and Wanaka Small-Group Tour

    After getting picked up from your hotel in Queenstown, head to historic Arrowtown; a site with a long history of gold hunters. Walk amongst the tiny restored cottages of their settlement and wander down the main street of this exquisite little town with its charm of historic buildings that will make you feel as if you've stumbled on to a movie set.  Next, head to the lifestyle reserve of Wanaka. Discover a location rich in family adventures, eco-tours, recreational trails, and nearby ski fields, surrounded by huge mountains and massive glaciers. Visit the Reflection Tree, which grows within a lake, and see for yourself why it is one of New Zealand's most photographed sites. Afterward, enjoy one hour of free time to explore Wanaka at your own pace. Look around the shops, sit and have an icecream by the lake, or go for a walk along the lake path. Break for lunch at one of the nearby cafes...

    Tour was relaxed, informative and enjoyable. We visited some many places and had enough time to do some self exploration as well. Our tour guide was helpful and it was great to hear the stories and history. This is a really enjoyable day.

  • Queenstown: Winter Tandem Paragliding Summit Instructional

    5. Queenstown: Winter Tandem Paragliding Summit Instructional

    Enjoy a thrilling day out with the most experienced paragliding team in New Zealand.  At 1,100 vertical meters, it is the highest of the flying sites in New Zealand, more than twice the height of the Gondola in Queenstown. This flight option, the instructional paraglide, is for those that want to learn more about paragliding and actually want to have a go at steering a glider under the guidance of a highly experienced pilot (conditions permitting).  If you choose the option to meet the team at Coronet Peak, an optional free transfer will be provided from downtown Queenstown up to the Coronet Peak ski field. Your pilot will lead a safety briefing with you and then after a short practice, you will be away flying with your highly qualified pilot. Enjoy amazing views of the whole Wakatipu area.

    Fantastic experience. Instructor was helping in building my confidence and guiding me through the process. The feeling of flying in the sky the first time is priceless and memorable. Truly thankful.

  • Queenstown: Summer Tandem Paragliding

    6. Queenstown: Summer Tandem Paragliding

    There’s no better place to try paragliding than from Coronet peak, the highest of all the flying sites in Queenstown. This take-off gives thrill-seekers the opportunity to experience more spins and turns in the air, but a gentle flight is also possible from this spot. This friendly and highly qualified team is led by Angus Tapper, a 4-time New Zealand Paragliding Champion and runner-up in the 2010 National Hang Gliding championships. He has over 30 years of aviation experience. After a short drive up to the ski field, you’ll be teamed up with your highly experienced pilot. He’ll do a safety briefing with you followed by a short practice. Soon, you and your pilot will be flying away. Once up in the air, you’ll have amazing views of the whole Wakatipu area. There’s nothing better than seeing the spectacular Queenstown region from the air. Once you’re done, a courtesy van will pick you u...

    The entire experience went very smoothly. We were picked up from queenstown after each person was weighed on a scale and assigned with pilots. The view at the starting point is also quite nice. The pilots were friendly and very encouraging. Jan was a great pilot, explained clearly each step and gave me a sense of security during the flight.

  • From Queenstown: Lord of the Rings Full-Day Tour

    7. From Queenstown: Lord of the Rings Full-Day Tour

    From Queenstown, outside the Station at the corner of Camp and Shotover streets, begins a full-day tour that takes you for a comprehensive and memorable Lord of the Rings experience. You’ll enjoy expert and entertaining commentary from your guide who has true passion for the books and the movie trilogy. You will travel in a small group to ensure that your experience is a personal and interactive one. The filming for all 3 movies in the Lord of the Rings trilogy was done in director Peter Jackson's native New Zealand. On this South Island tour you'll visit numerous locations, sights and scenes from the movies, while taking in some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in the world. During the day you’ll have the chance to see and touch countless weapons, costumes, and other items from the movie, taking as many photographs as you like. Lunch is included on the t...

    In-depth knowledge of LOTR filming locations. Entertaining guide. Dressing up and playing with the replica gear from the movies is heaps of fun.

  • Queenstown: Progressive Dinner and Wine Tour at 3 Locations

    8. Queenstown: Progressive Dinner and Wine Tour at 3 Locations

    Experience the very best of Queenstown’s renowned wineries and restaurants by night on the region’s first progressive dinner tour. Start your evening with a scenic drive out to wine country for your stunning wine tasting and entree overlooking the vines. Take a drive through the historic gold rush town of Arrowtown and experience a delicious main paired with a perfect wine to match. Wrap up your night with a decadent dessert in the heart of Queenstown and enjoy an after-dinner digestif by a roaring log fire.

  • Queenstown: Half-Day Guided Ebike Wine Tour

    9. Queenstown: Half-Day Guided Ebike Wine Tour

    This half-day adventure begins from the town center and transfers you to Arrowtown. From there you will set off with a local guide and a fully kitted ebike for a one-of-a-kind ride through the Wakatipu Basin. This gentle track winds its way through quiet river valleys, down quaint country lanes, and over impressive suspension bridges. As you enter the Gibbston Valley, enjoy a break at the historic Kawarau Bridge and visit the World Home of Bungy. The ride continues along the strikingly blue Kawarau River and through lush vineyards. The reward comes at the Kinross Cellar door where you will end the day sipping boutique Gibbston wines. The trail is easy and hard-packed, perfect to explore on an ebike. Unique in Queenstown, these bikes are built to keep the trip scenic, comfortable, and fun. The ebikes are “Dutch Style”; upright with a taller frame and a riding position that gives greater...

    The bikes are easy to use. The guides are knowledgeable and instructive. It was good to have the guides to show the way. The scenery is amazing . Well worth doing.

  • Hop On Craft Beer Tours Queenstown

    10. Hop On Craft Beer Tours Queenstown

    Hop on board to enjoy a day out and discover Queenstown's up and coming craft beer scene. Your tour includes 3 stops, 12 tastings, and a delicious lunch - a great way to spend an afternoon in Queenstown. You will be picked up at your hotel and then venture outside the center of Queenstown to try award-winning local beers. You will head through the historic Arrowtown and to the gorgeous Gibbston Valley, before returning to Queenstown, passing by the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu. Interact with local brewers and sample the best brews they have to offer. You will be dropped back to your accommodation or to Queenstown’s favorite, Smith’s Craft Beer House, where you can continue to test your palette!

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Awesome views, lovely bike ride, and overall neat experience! Would recommend! My partner and I used the ebikes which were super fun and made the bike ride a pleasant experience. We did the 35 km ride and it took us about 5 hours to complete, we were taking our time and stopped occasionally photo breaks. Legs did not hurt the next day thankfully!

Tour was relaxed, informative and enjoyable. We visited some many places and had enough time to do some self exploration as well. Our tour guide was helpful and it was great to hear the stories and history. This is a really enjoyable day.

Great day, shame cant remember every thing Wayne told us very knowledgeable.

Good safety briefing. Bike in excellent condition. Stunning views.

Absolutely Fantastic !!! Your money is worth it - Thanks Wayne