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This session puts you at the controls of a specially designed kart, equipped with front-wheel drive and unique drifting wheels to provide an experience like no other. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you zoom through the course and see how the special drift bar gives you a whole new kind of control.
Whether you want to charge through the track like a go-kart racer or try some 360-degree spins when you lift the drift bar, this adventure lets you take your karting to a whole new level. With a 2,500-square-foot (230-sq-m) arena, you've got plenty of room to glide forward, backward, or off to the side as you see where the drift takes you. Read More close
Once you've chosen your adventure and geared up with your VR headset, it's time to set out for a journey that shows you the thrill of inhabiting a whole other world. Your adventures range from an intergalactic war on an alien planet to spellcasting in dark of a dungeon, all with a level of realism that puts you in the action in a way you've never been before.
Equipped with integrated virtual reality technology, you can see and hear a truly incredible experience in an immersive and realistic way. Lose yourself in a world of adventure that you won't want to leave. Read More close
Meet your pilot and get a full safety briefing. Load up Srixon clubs and balls into the side-locker of the helicopter and take a short scenic flight over Lake Wakatipu to the golf hole summit. Try your hand at 2 of the 4 challenging tee boxes playing down to the contoured green below. The helicopter waits on-site and the pilot becomes your caddy.
Upon returning to the hangar, tell the staff your home club and handicap and take your place on the live leader board. This unprecedented golfing experience can't be found anywhere but in New Zealand. Read More close
Your match offers a choice of several game scenarios, which let you play out the action that most captures your imagination. Once you've collected your weapon and body armor, you and your team get to experience the thrill of planning your strategy, and fighting through fast-paced tactical action as you trade fire with your foes.
With an indoor space for all-weather action, plus inflatable barriers and referees on hand for every game, you can be sure of a safe playing environment for combatants young and old. Unlimited ammunition and projectiles that travel at 125 miles per hour (200 km/h) give you plenty of opportunity to join the flurry of combat. Read More close
Start by gliding across crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu at break-neck pace, with majestic mountains as your backdrop. Zoom under the Kawarau Dam into the deep green waters of The Kawarau River, with twists, slides, fishtails, and 360-degree spins peppered throughout the trek. The excitement builds as your experienced driver tackles the fast-moving currents of the Shotover River, racing up the shallow channels at speeds up to 52 miles per hour (85 km/h).
Finally, return to the Main Towen Pier for a view from Queenstown’s Underwater Observatory, where you can get a close-up look at rainbow trout and other creatures that inhabit the waters. Read More close
Kick your day off with an exciting transfer across beautiful Lake Wakatipu in a water taxi. Walking time to the start of the canyon is approximately 45 minutes uphill. Take an optional helicopter ride instead if the hike seems like more than you're up for.
Once you arrive at the canyon get fitted for your wetsuit and safety gear. Then listen closely to the orientation so that your exciting adventure is a safe one. When ready, begin the 3-hour canyoning experience which includes awesome down-climbs, abseils up to 49 feet (15 m), and an optional 26-foot (8 m) jump.
As you rappel through the canyon you see incredible scenery in a stunning environment. Your guides are close at hand to make sure you are safe and to provide tips to improve your skills. After you are finished, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Then take the water taxi back to Queenstown where you are transferred back to your hotel. Read More close
Beginning at the base of Gondola Hill, take a 45-minute gondola ride on the Skyline Gondola to the Ziptrek Treehouse. Absorb sweeping views of Queenstown's jagged peaks as you ascend the mountain by cable car. After arriving at the zipline site, allow your expert guide to equip you with a helmet and a harness. Partake in a quick safety briefing before dropping into the course, reveling in a sense of freedom as you glide through the alpine forest.
Moving on from your zipline experience, ride the Skyline Gondola back down to the base. Walk a few easy blocks to your mountain bike launch site. Here, climb aboard a comfortable bike with fat tires and head back into the forest, navigating 9. 3 miles (15 km) of stunning Queenstown trails—past rocky river gorges, over striking suspension bridges, and into picturesque Gibbston Valley.
Conclude your tour with a winetasting at a beloved winery in Gibbston Valley. Toast to your memorable day, indulging in a feeling of triumph as you sip some of New Zealand's finest wines. Read More close
Journey around the lake's shores to the charming village of Glenorchy, get set up with your kayak and safety gear, and get ready to launch from the beach. Sweep out across Lake Wakatipu, admiring the idyllic surroundings of lush green hillsides and jagged mountain peaks, and head for Pig and Pigeon Islands.
Land at one of the islands' conservation areas and set off for a nature stroll through the native beech forest as you try to spot the different species of birds that inhabit the local area. In particular, keep your eyes peeled for the endangered flightless Weka bird, a rare and special sight.
Head for home via the hidden bays, inlets, and shores that make this area so alluring and captivating, feeling refreshed from your day in the spectacular setting. Read More close
After pickup from your hotel, make your way to the riverbed and go over a brief safety orientation with your guide. Learn the basics of paddling and working as a team to navigate the current, and then take your seat in the raft and prepare to launch. The river starred as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings, so you're sure to get the feeling of traveling to Middle Earth as you dip your paddle into the river's clear water.
The Kawarau is ideal for first-time rafters or those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience. It features plenty of mild white-water action, as well as flat stretches that are ideal for relaxing and marveling at gorgeous natural landscapes. Take on the 1,312-foot (400-m) Dog Leg rapid—New Zealand's longest commercially rafted rapid—before returning to Queenstown for a sauna and shower at Cavells Rafting Base. Read More close
Leaving Queenstown on your chauffeured bike, driven by your English-speaking guide, your full-day tour follows the path of the fast-moving Kawarau River, famous as the River Anduin in the Lord of the Rings. Imagine early miners panning for gold in the deep gorges as you visit Cromwell, a former gold rush town before enjoying the colors of citrus fruits as you zip pass the orchards in Alexandra.
Once you've made your way through Roxburgh to Raes Junction, stop and enjoy a country lunch of New Zealand's finest produce. After you've stretched your legs, jump back on the bike and enjoy the ride through the rugged Blue Mountains to Central Otago.
As you pass through New Zealand's most inland region, marvel at Lake Wakatipu, with its backdrop of magnificent Alpine scenery, before returning to Queenstown.
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After leaving behind beautiful Queenstown, choose to travel either by the Crown Range Road or along the Kawerau Gorge. Absorb the stillness of the barren highland country and watch birds soar in the slipstreams over Lakes Dunstan, Hawea, and Wanaka. Lose yourself in the spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park, home to 3 glaciers, lush native woods, and expansive blue lakes.
Cruise over the bridge at the Gates of Haast mountain pass and hear the roar of the 314-foot (96-m) Thunder Creek Falls. Stopping for a rest amid the steep cliffs and forests, feel your pulse quicken as you imagine riding the rapids below.
Getting back on the bike, ride into Haast township and enjoy some local hospitality and refreshments before making your way back to Queenstown.
Whether you see Lake Wanaka on your outgoing or return journey, make sure you stop to take in the shifting light and mountainous backdrop. Read More close
In 1988, forward-thinking adrenaline junkies AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch announced their daredevil natures globally by opening the first commercially operated bungee jumping site. Now is your chance to try the bungee experience at the same site, historic Kawarau Bridge.
You can decide to jump solo or tandem—this is the only outfit in Queenstown to offer tandem jumps. Position yourself on the 140-foot (43-m) bridge and wait for launch time. Take a deep breath, make the final checks, and bungee. As you accelerate toward the river, feel an extreme surge of adrenaline. If you decide to go for the water-touch option, plunge into the water before springing back up toward the bridge. Read More close
Once you step onto the vessel, you're propelled out into untouched scenery that you can't reach except by watercraft. Check out the peaks of the Remarkables, the Kelvin Peninsula, and Cecil Peak as you race over the water at up to 55 miles per hour (90km/h). The power of your boat can lend itself to some great acrobatics, so hold on for the famous 360-degree Hamilton spin.
Your expert driver can effortlessly handle Class V rapids and aims to give you an exciting ride with the maximum degree of fun. Pair the experience with some onboard music to heighten the extraordinary adrenaline rush and get the perfect combination of natural beauty and artificial power. Read More close
Once you've picked up your weapon, the arena catapults you into a series of battle scenarios that show you the future of action. Try out quick-changing game modes and test your skills against your friends and comrades to master the battleground of the future.
With lightweight, easy-to-use equipment, adventurers of almost any age can get in on the tactical action. Master the professionally designed, 360-degree battlefield with your own favorite style and your choice of 3 different player modes: as a supercharged Titan, a machine-gunning Commando, or the indispensable Medic, and earn your place as a laser-powered hero. Read More close
Queenstown is famous for its plethora of adrenaline-fueled experiences, but here's one you may not have discovered yet. At the top of the Skyline Gondola, The Ledge Swing takes the swing to a whole new level—literally: hoisted 1,300 feet (400 m) above the town, this is a prime vantage point from which to admire the area.
Climb into your safety harness and leave the solid ground of the platform. As you ascend, you are in control of the release cord; your destiny is in your hands. Take a deep breath, and pull.
Fly out, accelerating through the swing as adrenaline surges through your veins. Take a minute to catch your breath as your exhilarating experience comes to a close. Read More close
Queenstown is well-known as the adventure capital of the world, and it features bungee jumps aplenty—but none compare to the exhilaration of the Nevis jump. To reach the site, take a 4-wheel drive vehicle over challenging terrain and admire a rugged landscape that is impressive in itself.
At the jump pod, prepare for the adrenaline surge of a lifetime. Stand on the edge of the pod's platform, the Nevis River flowing nearly 450 feet (140 m) beneath you; then with a deep breath and a final check, it's time to test your nerve and take the leap. Feel the rush of excitement during the more than 8 seconds of freefall. Drop toward the valley floor before the cord checks your descent and you bounce back up. Read More close
Head out of Queenstown and into the rocky landscape of the Nevis River valley. Arrive at the jump site and gaze up at the platform high above you. Run through a safety briefing and ascend to the launch pad. You can choose to swing forward, backward, upside-down, solo, or even tandem.
Safely secured in your harness, get into position at the release point, 525 feet (160 m) above the valley floor. This is a superb vantage point for views of the valley and river; so open your eyes if you dare. The swing is let go and you accelerate to speeds of up to 75 miles per hour (120 km/h). The Nevis Swing is a must-do for anyone who is a serious adrenaline junkie.
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After you've been picked up from your hotel, spend the short 10-minute ride in excited anticipation as you watch the picturesque Queenstown countryside zip by.
Upon your arrival at the scenic lakeside reserve, your guides fit you with a wetsuit, helmet, life jacket, and safety harness. They walk you through the use of the equipment and provide safety instructions for your time ahead.
Commence the decent by navigating a series of narrow passages and streams. Once you've reached the inside of the canyon, the real adventure begins. Cascade down chutes, plunge into pools fed by Lake Isobel, swim narrow passageways, and rappel down waterfalls.
After 2 hours of "getting wet", dry off, regroup, and strike a pose for a final group photo before jumping back on the bus and cruising back into Queenstown. Read More close
After pick-up from your hotel, your bus takes you to the quad base at the 3,500-acre (1,400-ha) farm. Here a guide helps you with your helmet, safety gear and waterproof clothes, before giving a lesson on how to ride the bike and providing safety rules. You then head over to a training area to test out your new skills.
Now it’s time to climb to the top of Queenstown Hill. Feel your arms straining and your adrenalin pumping as you lose yourself in the noise and speed of riding the scrubby hills crisscrossed with dirt trails. If you're a novice, don't worry, there are beginner trails; for the experienced rider, advanced technical routes await you.
Fully-automatic bikes make it an easy ride to the peak 3,280 feet (1,000 m) above sea level, where you breathe in the fresh, clear air.
Complete the day with a hot drink while taking in the magnificent views of the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu before heading back to the quad base to change and prepare for the relaxing ride back to Queenstown.
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3 hours 30 minutes
From lovely Queenstown, you're taken to the rafting base where you're kitted out in your wetsuit and safety gear. Another ride takes you to the helipad for the 6 to 7-minute flight in a twin-engine turbine helicopter.
The flight takes you over impressive mountain ranges, wine valleys, and winding rivers. As you approach either the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers, study the rapids, getting a taste of the ride ahead before your helicopter lands at the rafting “put in” point. Once on the ground, a guide delivers the safety briefing before you climb aboard the raft.
On the river, open up your senses to take in the Alpine scenery, the noise of churning water and whirlpools, and the speed of your raft riding the rapids.
Complete your white-water rafting at Cavells Rafting Base, and enjoy a relaxing hot shower and sauna before returning to Queenstown.
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The day begins with a drive along the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, through the town of Glenorchy and into Routeburn Valley. Your sense of anticipation quickens upon arrival as you're equipped with canyoning gear. The expert guide instructs you on your equipment and demonstrates safety precautions.
From here, it's a 30-minute walk through a rainforest carpeted in moss, beech trees, and ferns, before entering the canyon. Now it's your chance to push yourself to your physical limits during your descent by negotiating the rock walls, gullies, pools, and waterfalls that carved out Routeburn canyon.
Once the afternoon draws to a close, sit back and enjoy the scenic journey back to Queenstown filled with magical Middle-earth-like terrain. Read More close
Climb aboard your custom-designed vessel, specifically built for maximum speed and agility, and hang on tight. From the moment your skilled driver hits the accelerator to the floor, the boat takes off, thrusting 210 gallons (800 l) of water a second.
Careen through narrow craggy canyon walls, past rugged multi-colored Alpine cliffs, and over white water. Watch the water sprays sheeting past and the scenery blur as the boat reaches speeds of more than 50 miles per hour (85 kph), sometimes in water only 4 inches (10 cm) deep.
Embrace your adrenaline rush while the boat spins continuously on its axis with full 360-degree turns. For the next 25 minutes, feel your heart pounding as your white-water adventure continues to speed along the dramatic and narrow Shotover River Canyons.
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Departing from beautiful Queenstown, your first stop is Cavells Rafting Base, where you're fitted with your wetsuit and safety gear.
The launch site can only be reached via Skippers Canyon Road and its narrow surface, tight corners, and sheer drops make for a memorable 40-minute guided bus tour.
Before beginning the 9-mile (14-km) river journey down the Shotover, formerly one of the world’s richest gold-bearing rivers, expert guides deliver a safety briefing and then launch your raft in the gentle waters of Deep Creek. Quickly you hit the lower canyon where the Grade 3-5 rapids have names like Pinball and After Shock.
Experience the eerie darkness of the 558-foot (170-m) Oxenbridge Tunnel, built by the brothers Oxenbridge in a failed attempt to divert water to recover gold from the riverbed.
The final thrill is delivered at Cascade Rapid before reaching the rafting base, where you're treated to a hot shower and sauna.
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The Skyline Gondola is a Queenstown icon. Head up the steepest cable car in the Southern Hemisphere to the summit of Bob’s Peak. Here, meet the 2-man chairlift that accesses the luge course. At the top, pick up your specialized cart, and prepare to propel yourself down the mountain.
There are 2 tracks to choose from. The Blue Track is the more leisurely option with gentler gradients but still features the excitement of tunnels and dips, which is perfect for younger riders or those with less extreme-sports experience. Or, go for the adrenaline-pumping Red Track. With banked corners, steeper inclines, and more pronounced dips, this is the option for the extreme rider. Following your luge ride, enjoy the facilities at the Skyline Gondola summit station before your return to Queenstown. Read More close
After checking in at the skydive center, you're taken to the drop zone on a private airstrip surrounded by acres of farmland. Here, you can watch other skydivers jumping and landing before your own jump begins. A skydive host helps you get suited up in your gear, followed by a briefing from your tandem master.
Climb aboard the aircraft and take in the beauty of the Remarkables mountain range and Wakatipu Basin as you climb to altitude.
Your heart races as you line up for your jump; take a deep breath and, harnessed by space-age equipment to your tandem master, take the plunge. Feel the wind screaming past your body as you fall for up to 60 seconds before the parachute is deployed; soak up the silence of being so high in the sky as you drift gently back down to earth. Read More close
3 hours 30 minutes
As the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is always pushing boundaries, and the Ledge lets you experience a new type of bungee jumping. With a specially designed harness that allows your feet to be free, you can be creative with your launch. Try a backflip, a twist, or even a dive as you express yourself in motion high above the town.
Ascend to the 1,300-foot-high (400-m) platform via the Skyline Gondola and prepare for the momentous moment. Once your final checks are complete, leap from the platform and accelerate at breakneck speeds before the bungee kicks in and springs you back up. As the adrenaline winds down and you hang suspended, gaze out and admire panoramic views of the surrounding area. Read More close
1 hour 30 minutes
After riding the Skyline Gondola to the check-in point, meet your expert guides who fit you with your climbing harness and helmet. Listen as they teach you about the surrounding natural environment.
When you're ready, step off your sheltered aerial tree platform and zip down one of the zip-lines, or "flying foxes". Hang upside down, right side up or do the splits, whatever tickles your fancy.
Smell the rich scents of the trees as you whizz past and feel the rush of air against your skin. Take in the stupendous views as you gaze down onto pristine Lake Wakatipu lined by an Alpine mountainous backdrop.
Your speed is controlled by gravity-fed lines, and before you know it, you've zipped to the next treetop platform. A guide greets you and helps you disconnect, as you ready yourself for the next "flying fox" to zip down. Read More close
Begin your fun-filled day with a gondola ride from the base of Skyline Gondola Hill, located just a few minutes from downtown Queenstown. Climb into your glass pod, basking in the sights of emerald forests and luminous waters as you make your way to the top of the hill. Upon reaching your destination, chat with your expert instructors as they safely fit you for a harness and helmet.
Two instructors accompany you and your group, 1 to connect you to the zipline on each launch and 1 to disconnect you on each landing. The adventure consists of 4 ziplines for any experience level, designed to start slow and get longer, faster, and higher as your confidence builds. Feel the gravity-defying rush of flying through mid-air as you zip across the tops of trees.
Once you’re back on solid ground, discover more about New Zealand’s environment at Kiwi Birdlife Park. Step inside this forest sanctuary to learn what makes the Kiwi bird so unique. Watch as these adorable, fluffy creatures are fed by their keepers, and get up close to other native birds at the entertaining conservation show. Read More close