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Top Five Outdoor Activities in Queenstown – (updated)

We’ve compiled a list of the top outdoor activities in Queenstown.

Outdoor adventurers take note – Queenstown is the ultimate location in New Zealand for your activity holidays. Located on the shores of the South Island, take in the incredible view of the mountain range year-round from Lake Wakatipu, or head up there yourselves. With over 200 thrilling choices, it can be tricky to know what to try, so here’s our top five activities.

1. Helicopter Tour

When you’re looking for a bird’s eye view, nothing does it better than by helicopter. Queenstown offers a range of different packages, from the Grand Circle tour, to the relaxing panoramic tour all the way to the wine tour. Stop off at a Gibbston Valley winery to sample some of the local produce and eat your fill at one of the local restaurants before heading back across the sharp, majestic peaks and low valleys that Queenstown has to offer.

2. Hike Ben Lomond Mountain

Rising up to almost 6000 ft, the Ben Lomond is an exciting mountain for hiking, with stunning views from the top as the payoff – and we’re talking about a 360 degree panorama! Choose from the three designated routes and feel free to use the Skyline Gondola car to take some of the strain off your feet. If you’re a biker you’re also in luck, as this area has some of the best downhill mountain biking trails. Just remember to take your bike with you!

3. Lord of the Rings Tour

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Starting in 2005, the Glenorchy Lord of the Rings tour is a must-see for any fans of the books or movie franchise. Get into character and travel to Middle Earth with experienced guides as you travel through the open-air film sets and catch some great views. This isn’t just for fans; this is a great way to take a closer look at the unique flora and fauna that this gorgeous area has to offer. Lord of the Rings tours are among the top activities in Queenstown.

4. Jetovator

It’s time to fly with the latest technology down on Lake Wakatipu. This 30 minute package will take you hovering across the water at 25 mph in any direction you choose to go. After a short tutorial you’ll be set free on the lake to explore with your handy trained guide following on a jetski. Isn’t it time we had jetpacks?

5. Take a Cruise

The Million Dollar Cruise on the lake is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors without exerting yourself, perfect for winding down after an adventure-filled holiday. Taking 90 minutes, this tour will escort you to the edge of the lake; to Kawarau Falls and Willow Islands, all while you relax on deck with a glass of champagne. Live the high-life for a while and let your memories of Queenstown sink in here.

Whatever you choose to do in Queenstown, you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic time. Whether you come for the weather, the scenery or the thrills, you can take home a little bit of everything in this idyllic New Zealand town.

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