Things To-do in Queenstown – Tips by Locals

Date: 12th March 2020

Queenstown is New Zealand’s very own adventure capital located in the South Island. This scenic alpine town based on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is known for its inventive nature. From inventing the bungy jump, to having the first commercial jet boat operation and New Zealand’s first frisbee golf course, there’s no shortage of resourceful innovation with a taste for adventure. It’s a must-do to visit Queenstown if you’re travelling around the land of the long white cloud, which is why we’ve created a list of things to do around Queenstown. There’s plenty of other activities we could have out on the list around Queenstown, like heli-skiing or taking a day trip to Milford Sound, but we wanted this list to be things to do inside of Queenstown. If you’re around Lake Wakatipu’s lakefront, make sure to come and visit us at Erik’s Fish and Chips for the true Kiwi meal.

Bungy, Glide or Swing

Depending on what your style is, why not try out some extreme adventure sports that Queenstown is so famously known for? Bungy jumping is a great activity do in Queenstown, as it was invented by AJ Hackett in 1988 off the Kawarau Bridge. If bungy jumping is too extreme for your liking, try out an option like the Canyon Fox or tandem swing instead.

Gondola & Luge

Grab a ride up the Southern Hemisphere’s steepest cable car on the gondola, before luging down a specialised luge track and cart. You’ll see spectacular views of Queenstown township, as well as views towards the Remarkables Ski Area. It’s a great adventure based activity that all ages and abilities can enjoy, so it’s fun for the whole family!

Wine Tasting Vineyard Tour

Central Otago is known for producing high-quality wines around the region, especially Pinot Noir varieties. With over 200 vineyards within the Central Otago region, Queenstown is the perfect place for a vineyard tour if you’re not sure what to do while staying in Queenstown. There’s a range of vineyards at different price points and offerings around Queenstown, so make sure you do your homework!

Horse Treks

If your favourite thing about travelling is seeing amazing views, horse trekking in Queenstown could be perfect for you. Find a range of treks around the region from as close as 15km from the town centre. You’ll see unbeatable views from private ranches on horseback, making it an unforgettable experience for everyone to enjoy.

Steamboat Cruise on Lake Wakatipu

See Queenstown from the water instead of land with a steamboat cruise onboard the TSS Earnslaw, which is the lake’s century-old steamship. Enjoy the scenic ride while exploring the vessel during this 1.5hr ride. Tours run various times per day, and there’s a licenced bar onboard, so it’s the perfect way to relax after an adventure-fuelled day in Queenstown.

What’s on your bucket list of things to do while you’re in Queenstown? While you’re around the lakefront, don’t forget to grab Erik’s Fish and Chips for the ultimate Kiwi meal, like our $10 meal deal, or try something adventurous like our famous deep-fried kiwifruit for dessert. Yum!

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