Things to do in Queenstown

Come visit Queenstown! Expedia makes it easy to book Queenstown tours and find the best attractions. We have a broad selection of things to do in Queenstown for you to browse through and learn about all the most popular activities. It’s easy to find all the must-see Queenstown sights by looking though our list of all the most popular Queenstown attractions.

Whether you travel to Queenstown in the spring, summer, fall or winter, Expedia makes it simple to find endless Queenstown vacation ideas for any season. You can explore local things to do and popular tourism spots in Queenstown, then book a flight, rental car and hotel all with ease.

3-Day Otago Central Cycling Tour
For bike enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoors, embark on an adventure along the historic Otago Central Rail Trail with a 3-day cycling tour. Pedal through pastoral landscapes, dramatic gorges, and historic viaducts. Lodging and food options provide you with... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

3 days

Free cancellation

$906.07
per adult

5-Day Fiordland Tour by AAT Kings
Journey through some of the most incredible settings along the South Island's coast for 5 days of discovery and adventure. Admire the stunning fjords at Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound, see the mountain peaks from Lake Manapouri, and experience the... Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

5 days

Free cancellation

$1,121.46
per adult

6-Day Alpine Adventure Tour by AAT Kings
Spend 6 full days taking in the pristine natural beauty of the South Island, from glacier-blue lakes to soaring mountain peaks. Plenty of leisure time to explore vibrant Christchurch, outdoor adventure-packed Queenstown, and New Zealand's wine country rounds out this... Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

6 days

Free cancellation

$1,227.53
per adult

Central Otago Boutique Wine Half-Day Tour by Appellation Central Wine Tours
Discover how the cool climate of Central Otago lends itself so ideally to producing wine on this fascinating tour. By visiting 4 wineries, sampling their vintages, and learning more about the history of grape growing, you get a holistic picture... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$126.85
per adult

Doubtful Sound Cruise by Real Journeys
Discover the peaceful calm of Doubtful Sound on this relaxing catamaran cruise over its pristine waters. Sit back and admire the stunning views of its beautiful surrounding countryside, look out for wildlife among its vast greenery, and soak in the... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$179.04
per adult

Farmstead & River Tour by Glacier Southern Helicopters
Enjoy 4 diverse activities on this exciting tour designed to give you a broad overview of Queenstown culture. Observe the inner workings of a sheep farm, enjoy a sedate cruise on a heritage boat, and see stunning scenery on a... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

4 hours

$1,152.52
per adult

Full-Day Tour to Christchurch by Gray Line
Immerse yourself in the beauty of New Zealand's snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, and glorious gardens on a day tour to Christchurch. Pass through the vineyard-filled countryside, stop for lunch at the base of soaring Aoraki-Mount Cook, visit Lake Tekapo, and... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

11 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$174.40
per adult

Funyak Canoe & Jet Boat Tour
Head out on a full-day adventure filled with water activities such as high-speed jet boating and slow canoeing along the pristine Dart River Valley, plus a scenic back-country drive to view filming locations from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$231.23
per adult

Glacier Helicopter Flight by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
Take to the skies over Queenstown and glide over the spectacular scenery of Mount Aspiring National Park on this scenic helicopter flight. This breathtaking adventure includes a snow landing on one of the many glaciers around Mount Forbes as well... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

50 minutes

Free cancellation

$674.11
per adult

Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Safari Tour by Nomad Safaris
For film enthusiasts and nature-lovers alike, lose yourself in the fictional Forest of Lothlorien and the Camp at Ithilien while enjoying a guided-4WD tour of the rugged and beautiful South Island of New Zealandused by Peter Jackson for location filming... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours 15 minutes

Free cancellation

$126.85
per adult

Guided Kayak Tour by Queenstown Sea Kayaks
On this kayak tour, admire the outstanding natural beauty of the lakes surrounding Queenstownpopular spots for locals. Paddle across the calm waters and gaze up and the majestic scenery of mountains and native forest as you set off for an... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$100.75
per adult

Harley Davidson Chauffeured Southern Excursion Tour
Absorb the natural beauty of southern New Zealand from the back seat of a Harley Davidson motorbike. Ride through spectacular mountain passes, along the shores of picture-perfect lakes, and past ancient native forests. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$453.03
per adult

Harley Davidson Chauffeured West Coast Tour
Live in the moment as you take in the west coast of New Zealand's South Island from the back seat of a chauffeured Harley Davidson motorbike. Absorb the beauty of glaciers, fast-flowing rivers, steep cliffs, ancient beech forests, and waterfalls... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$453.03
per adult

Lake Cruise by Southern Discoveries
Lake Wakapitu has many treasures, above and below the water, and you can experience the highlights of this famous lake on a delightful cruise. Gaze up at Cecil Peak and journey to points of interest around the shores before seeing... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$25.37
per adult

Lord of the Rings & Glacier Flight by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
If you're a Lord of the Rings buff, a helicopter flight over the shooting locations is a must while in Queenstown. Glide over the breathtaking landscape of outstanding natural beauty while your pilot points out notable filming sites and you... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

1 hour 10 minutes

Free cancellation

$529.14
per adult

Lord of the Rings Scenic Flight
Whether a nature lover, a Lord of Rings trilogy fan, or both, experience the magic of the vast scenery as you fly over highly recognizable set locations from the trilogy while soaking up the immense natural beauty of New Zealand's... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$275.44
per adult

Middle-Earth Helicopter Flight by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
Soar over breathtaking Middle-earth and explore many stunning landscapes from the sky on this guided helicopter flight. With a pilot who was part of the filming crew, you're sure to see the most dramatic locations from Peter Jackson's epic production.... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

45 minutes

Free cancellation

$347.93
per adult

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Full-Day Tour by JUCY Cruise
The beautiful setting of Milford Sound is waiting to be discovered on this comprehensive tour. Explore for yourself on this scenic coach ride and fjord cruise. With glacial features, wild flora and fauna, and picturesque backdrops, this full-day tour offers... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$86.26
per adult

Milford Sound Flight & Beach Landing by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
Discover the raw beauty of Milford Soundone of the world's great natural scenesfrom the air on this helicopter flight. Fly the length of a fjord, land on the rugged coast, and head back for views of Mitre Peak and vistas... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

2 hours

Free cancellation

$674.11
per adult

Milford Sound Flight & Cruise
Embark on a flight and cruise to witness New Zealand's South Island beauty in all its grandeur. Fly over spectacular fjords and lakes, your eyes tracing the outlines of ancient glaciers and ice fields on your way to join a... Read More

$340.68
per adult

Milford Sound Flight & Cruise by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
To really appreciate the beauty of Milford Sound, see it from both the air and the ground. Soar over the majestic scenery that makes this region so famous, get closer to nature with a cruise on the beautiful fjord, and... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

4 hours

Free cancellation

$674.11
per adult

Milford Sound Flight & Glacier Landing by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
The environments of Milford Sound and Mitre Peak are some of the most beautiful in the world. Discover them for yourself on this thrilling helicopter tour. Soar over majestic scenery, land twicefirst for a stroll by Mitre Peak and second... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

1 hour

Free cancellation

$543.64
per adult

Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly Half Day Tour by Milford Air
Observe the outstanding natural beauty of Milford Sound, highly acclaimed as one of the world's top travel destinations, from the air and on water. Take to the skies, fly over the dramatic landscape of forests and mountains, and then enjoy... Read More

$361.70

$347.21
per adult

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour by Gray Line
Bid farewell to Queenstown as you journey across some of the most dramatic natural landscapes of the South Island on a day trip to Milford Sound. Then, hop aboard a boat for a guided cruise of the magnificent Milford Sound... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$156.00
per adult

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour by Kiwi Discovery
In the comfort of a glass-roofed coach, witness the majestic scenery of Milford Sound, and take a nature cruise on the beautiful fjord. See some of Mother Nature's most dramatic creations with a boat trip on the spectacular glacial lake... Read More

$126.85
per adult

Milford Sound Nature Cruise by Real Journeys
The best way to discover the wildlife and natural beauty of Milford Sound, the world-famous fjord, is by boat. Following scenic transport from Queenstown, cast off from the shores, and track the marine mammals living in this stunning environment. Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

13 hours

Free cancellation

$134.10
per adult

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise by Southern Discoveries
Discover the staggering beauty of Milford Sound on this 2-hour cruise. Travel down the south side of the fjord, out to the Tasman Sea, and then return along the north side. Take in the breathtaking scenery and enjoy full commentary... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$42.77
per adult

Mount Cook Flight with Fox Township Landing
One of the best ways to experience the magnificent landscapes of New Zealand's Southern Alps is from the window seat of an airplane. Soar over ancient glaciers, glacial lakes, and the highest mountain in New Zealand before landing at a... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$482.03
per adult

Queenstown Hill Quad Bike Adventure
Ride an off-road ATV quad bike in the rugged terrain of a working sheep station on Queenstown Hill, a region that overlooks the mountains and lakes of one of New Zealand's most beautiful towns. Read More

Categories: Adventures

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$177.60
per adult

Region Highlights Full-Day Tour with Jetboat by Horizonz
On this full-day tour discover the vast array of sights that Queenstown has to offer. From stunning scenery in award-winning films and world-renowned wine to mining heritage and extreme sports, this region presents a diversity of activities that not many... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

$405.92
per adult

River Rafting with Helicopter Ride
Feel the thrumming of the rotor blades as your helicopter soars over rugged mountains, tracing canyons and rivers before landing at the launch site beside the Shotover River for your white-water rafting adventure. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities

4 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$202.23
per adult

Scenic Cruise by Southern Discoveries
Explore the far-flung corners of Lake Wakatipu with a cruise to Mount Nicholas High Country Farm, taking in magnificent views along the way. With entertaining commentary and breathtaking vistas of the local landscape, get an unforgettable look at some of... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 45 minutes

Free cancellation

$39.87
per adult

Scenic Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
Take to the skies and explore the breathtaking landscape that surrounds Queenstown on this scenic helicopter flight. With a local pilot, you can be sure to visit the best spots on your flight. Admire the views from a snowy alpine... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

35 minutes

Free cancellation

$239.20
per adult

Shared Shuttle: Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Queenstown Airport and your hotel aboard a shuttle. For transfers to and from Queenstown Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

35 minutes

Free cancellation

$18.12
per adult

Shotover Canyon Swing
Well-suited for adrenaline junkies and those not-for-the-faint-of-heart, prepare yourself for a hair-raising experience on the world's highest cliff jump. Your sense of adventure is taken to new heights as you free fall from a platform suspended high above the scenic... Read More

Categories: Adventures

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$0.00
per adult

Shotover River Canyons Jet Boat Adventure
For thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies alike, embark on a high-octane ride deep into the narrow canyons of the fast-moving Shotover River on this heart-pounding jet boat adventure. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$93.51
per adult

Shotover River Rafting
For adventure seekers, relish a heart-stopping drive along a narrow-twisting road hugging the sides of Skippers Canyon. Then white-water raft down rapids that pass through the spectacular scenery of the Shotover River on this half-day rafting trip. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities

4 hours

Free cancellation

$141.35
per adult

Skyline Gondola Admission
From the summit of Bob's Peak, gaze out and admire the stunning views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. As the Skyline Gondola carries you 1476 feet (450 m) high, watch as the surrounding landscape slowly reveals itself, and at the... Read More

Categories: Attractions

1 hour

$21.75
per adult

Skyline Gondola Admission & Dining in Stratosfare
No restaurant in Queenstown can compete with Stratosfare for views; see for yourself with a memorable dining experience high above town. Take a ride up the Skyline Gondola to the summit of Bob's Peak, and be seated for a sumptuous... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

2 hours

Free cancellation

$39.87
per adult

Skyline Gondola with Luge Ride
Fly around the exhilarating luge course high above Queenstown, and enjoy majestic views of the local landscape. Ascend the peak aboard the Skyline Gondola, and then catch the 2-man chairlift to the top of the track, where you can launch... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Attractions

1 hour 30 minutes

$28.27
per adult

Small-Group City Highlights Tour
Immerse yourself in some of the best sights and attractions Queenstown has to offer on this morning tour. From panoramic lake and mountain views of the area, to visiting Lord of the Rings set locations and sampling local wine, this... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$68.86
per adult

Tandem Skydiving Adventure
For those with a high adventure quotient, feel your adrenaline surge as you plunge out of an aircraft and fall at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour (200 km/h) on a thrilling tandem skydive over the beautiful Wakatipu... Read More

Categories: Adventures

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$216.73
per adult

TSS Earnslaw Cruise on Lake Wakatipu by Real Journeys
Leave the city behind and discover the natural environment that this region is so famous for with a scenic cruise aboard a heritage steam vessel. The TSS Earnslaw departs Queenstown and transports you to the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu,... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$39.87
per adult

Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings Safari Tour
Travel to New Zealand's high country for a 4WD tour and expert commentary of the filming locations for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Cross crystalline rivers and learn about the area's gold-mining history while trying your hand at gold... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$126.85
per adult

Walter Peak Barbecue Dinner with Cruise by Real Journeys
This tour offers a valuable insight into the culture of rural New Zealand, capped off with a delicious barbecue dinner in charming surroundings. Take a river cruise on immaculate lake waters aboard a historic steamship, indulge in a tasty meal,... Read More

$68.86
per adult

Wilderness Jet Boat Tour
Immerse yourself in the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park with a high-speed jet boat ride on the Dart River, followed by a nature walk through a beech forestuntouched in 80 million years. Round off the day with a scenic... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$158.74
per adult

Zip-lining Eco-Adventure
Immerse yourself in both nature and education as you zip-line high above the stunning vistas of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkeables mountain range on this eco-adventure. Spend hours soaring through the dense forest canopy, zipping from tree to tree, while... Read More

Categories: Adventures

2 hours

Free cancellation

$97.86
per adult

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