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How to Spend 2 Days in Queenstown

How to Spend 2 Days in Queenstown

Queenstown, the so-called adventure capital of the world and certainly of New Zealand, is the place to try extreme sports and activities, such as bungee jumping and white-water rafting. With two days to spend here, you also have enough time to explore the more peaceful surrounding area. Here’s how to best fill a 48-hour stint in Queenstown. 

Day 1: Sightseeing by Water, Air, and Gondola

**Morning:**Queenstown is surrounded by lakes and rivers that beckon curious travelers. Start day one with a splash on Lake Wakatipu, or the Kawarau or Shotover river. Choose a water-based adventure that suits you, whether it be a leisurely catamaran cruise, a jet-boat excursion, or a white-water sledging experience. 

**Afternoon:**Take to the skies for a helicopter tour from Queenstown. Soar over the Remarkables and the Southern Alps, marveling at the jagged peaks below. Some helicopter tours from Queenstown whisk visitors to faraway destinations, such as the Milford Sound, that may not otherwise be feasible on a 2-day trip.  

**Night:**Back in Queenstown, take the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak. The ride up the mountainside takes only 10 minutes and offers some Instagram-worthy views of Queenstown and beyond. At the top, enjoy dinner with a view at the summit restaurant. 

Day 2:Lord of the Rings, Bungee, and Wine

**Morning:**From Queenstown, it is only a 45-minute drive to Glenorchy, which is known for its stunning lake and mountain scenery.Lord of the Rings filming location tours take visitors to beauty spots in Glenorchy where scenes from the trilogy were shot.

**Afternoon:**There is no better place to attach yourself to an elastic cord and throw yourself off a great height than Queenstown, the birthplace of the bungee jump. Though there are now lots of places in town to go bungee jumping, the original site at Kawarau Suspension Bridge remains one of the best. 

**Night:**After the rush of bungee jumping, you may need a glass of wine to unwind. Depart in late afternoon for a wine tour of Central Otago, pairing local pours with pizza, or prepurchase a tasting voucher for a Queenstown wine lounge, where you can sample multiple varietals plus cheeses and charcuterie.

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Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

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Experience heart-racing fun on an exhilarating Queenstown jet-boat ride. The expert captain races across Lake Wakatipu, navigates tricky turns on the Kawarau River and speeds through the milky waters of the Shotover River. Grab hold of your seat as the jet boat makes 360-degree spins and fishtails on a rollercoaster ride over the water.
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  • 1 hour
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Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

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Enjoy unobstructed views of the Remarkables and the Southern Alps during a catamaran cruise on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. Cruise accross the lake, stopping at Bob’s Cove to soak up the views from New Zealand's longest lake. Listen to the captain’s entertaining commentary about the natural landmarks and wildlife as you relax indoors or on the outdoor decks. You have a selection of morning and afternoon cruises to choose from.
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Southern Glacier Experience Helicopter Flight from Queenstown

Southern Glacier Experience Helicopter Flight from Queenstown

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Take to the skies on a 50-minute Queenstown helicopter flight that includes a snow landing on Jura Glacier. Soar above Lake Wakatipu’s northern shores and discover unparalleled views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps from an aerial perspective. After your pilot lands atop the glacier, snap photos of surrounding alpine peaks, such as Mt Aspiring, before the return helicopter ride over glacier-fed lakes and the Rees and Dart River valleys.
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  • 50 minutes
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Milford Sound Helicopter Tour from Queenstown

Milford Sound Helicopter Tour from Queenstown

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Take a 1.5-hour helicopter tour to Milford Sound from Queenstown, including a landing in Milford Sound and a remote alpine landing. Fly into the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, soaring over the South Island’s most dramatic scenery, such as Mitre Peak. You'll land in the remote mountains near the fiord. Hear entertaining live commentary from your professional pilot who points out remote alpine lakes and the rugged mountain peaks of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The round-trip helicopter flight includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Queenstown Twilight Wine and Craft Beer Tour

Queenstown Twilight Wine and Craft Beer Tour

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Enjoy an evening of drinking local wines and/or craft beer without worrying about getting home safely on this wine and craft beer tour. This fun group tour will take you to three wineries in the Gibbston region for tastings at each and shared antipasto platters are provided at one of the locations. Your guide will tell you all about the region’s history on the way, for an enjoyable and informative evening trip. Tour the Central Otago wine region without worrying about transport, transfers from central Queenstown are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Pilot's Choice Scenic Flight from Queenstown

Pilot's Choice Scenic Flight from Queenstown

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Soar to new heights on a 20-minute helicopter tour and alpine landing in the Remarkables, a mountain range that dominates the eastern skyline of Queenstown. Hover up close to the eponymous peaks and land 5,046 feet (1,538 meters) above Lake Wakatipu with unparalleled views stretching all the way to the Southern Alps. Your six-passenger helicopter flight includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 20 minutes
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