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How to Spend 1 Day in Queenstown

How to Spend 1 Day in Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital, is a place for nonstop action. Even if you’re here for only one day, you still have plenty of time to squeeze in a few heart-pounding activities—be it bungee jumping, skydiving, luging, or white-water rafting. Here’s how to get the most out of 24 hours in Queenstown. 

Morning: High-Adrenaline Adventures

Queenstown is paradise for thrill-seekers, with a seemingly endless array of pulse-raising pursuits on offer here. Get into the spirit of things by kicking off your day with an out-of-the-ordinary activity. Brace yourself for a bungee jump over the Nevis River, free-fall from a height of up to 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) during a tandem skydive, go rafting on the rapids of the Shotover River, speed around Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River on a jet boat, or ride an all-terrain vehicle around Queenstown Hill.

Afternoon: Slow Down Back in Town

After an exhilarating morning, you’re probably going to want to take it easy with some more laid-back activities. Ride the Skyline gondola up Bob’s Peak, enjoying fabulous views of Queenstown, the Remarkables mountain range, and Lake Wakatipu. Dine at the restaurant at the top and—if you’re still hungry for adventure—fly down the luge track to the bottom of the mountain. 

Back at the base of Bob’s Peak, set off to explore town on a Segway tour or visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, whose aviaries are home to rare native species including black stilts, New Zealand falcons, and kiwis—the fuzzy brown flightless bird that serves as a national symbol.

Night: Lake Cruises and Farm Dinners

Come evening, wind down even more with a visit to the peaceful Walter Peak High Country Farm, a working sheep and cattle farm. Enjoy a scenic evening cruise aboard a vintage steamship before arriving at the farm for a barbecue feast accompanied by a live pianist. After dinner, pull up a stool at the bar to sample New Zealand wine and beer, or take a stroll around the farm and soak up the tranquility of this rural patch of the South Island. 

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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

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Board the TSS "Earnslaw," a vintage steamship, for an evening cruise on Queenstown’s scenic Lake Wakatipu. Arriving at Walter Peak High Country Farm, you’re treated to a sumptuous barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Sink your teeth into roasted meats and seafood, homemade desserts, and a New Zealand cheeseboard. After dinner, see farm demonstrations or purchase a drink and simply relax in the bar.
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  • 4 hours
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Small-Group Zipline Adventure in Queenstown

Small-Group Zipline Adventure in Queenstown

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Soar through the Queenstown forest on the world’s steepest tree-to-tree zipline, plunging 30 stories down from the Skyline Gondola summit on this exciting tour. Test yourself on two ziplines that finish with a 21-meter drop. Tone down the adrenaline a notch on a longer course, perfect for families with kids aged six and up. Expert guides supervise your launch from each aerial platform, so all you have to do is take in the panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the snow-capped Remarkables mountain range.
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  • 2 hours
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Queenstown Segway Tour

Queenstown Segway Tour

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This Segway tour of Queenstown covers a lot of ground in less time. Embark on a 1- or 2-hour tour aboard your personal transporter. Your guide leads you around the shores of Lake Wakatipu, passing natural landmarks along the way. Select from various departure times throughout the day. This small-group tour is limited to eight people to ensure personalized attention.
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  • 2 hours
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Kiwi Birdlife Park Admission

Kiwi Birdlife Park Admission

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Observe more than 20 native bird species —including New Zealand’s namesake, the kiwi — with admission to Kiwi Birdlife Park in central Queenstown. See wildlife shows, nature exhibits and daily keeper presentations, and catch a rare sight of the flightless kiwi in a nocturnal enclosure. In addition to these feathered stars, take a look at critters such as the Auckland green gecko, the kea and a prehistoric tuatara. Your admission ticket is valid for the entire day so you can explore the park at your own pace.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Queenstown ATV Tour

Queenstown ATV Tour

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Ride a quad bike on Queenstown Hill during this ATV adventure. After a comprehensive training, hop on a fully automatic all-terrain vehicle and follow your guide over off-road trails (safety gear and all-weather clothing provided). Enjoy informative commentary and sweeping views over Queenstown. Hotel pickup and drop-off, along with refreshments, are included in this small-group tour, limited to 11 people.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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