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10 Luxury Activities in Queenstown

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Premium Experiences in Queenstown

A special destination like Queenstown deserves a special way to experience it. Whether you’re into outdoor adventures, relaxation or both, there is a multitude of ways to experience New Zealand’s most premium destination in style. From the snowy slopes in winter to the nearby Great Walks in summer, Queenstown is surrounded by the breathtaking scenery that can be experienced in various ways. We’ll go through those ways and more in this list of luxury activities in Queenstown.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Luxury Guide to Queenstown and The Luxury Travel Guide to New Zealand.

1. Fly to One of the Most Stunning Attractions in New Zealand, Milford Sound

Experience the must-see Milford Sound in the most luxurious way possible: by plane or helicopter. What usually takes around four hours to get to by bus takes just 35 minutes by small plane, while incorporating some magnificent vistas of glacier-carved valleys, mountains, alpine lakes and vast forests. Once you arrive in Milford Sound, you can enjoy one of the two-hour cruises through the fiord, allowing you to experience this stunning part of the world in two of the best ways. Compare flights with our 5 Best Scenic Flights to Milford Sound from Queenstown.

10 Luxury Activities in Queenstown© Megan Thomas - Destination Fiordland

2. Take a Private 4WD Excursion Down Skippers Canyon

No matter what the weather is doing, it’s nothing that a 4WD tour can’t handle. Get well off the beaten track with a private tour with Off Road 4X4 Queenstown. Delve down what was once one of the world’s most dangerous roads, the Skipper Canyon, and learn about the fascinating gold-mining history of this remote area. Visit the remnants of a gold-mining town, watch a gold-panning demonstration, and enjoy a scenic picnic lunch away from the world. Find out more about Off Road 4X4 Queenstown on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Off Road 4X4 Queenstown© Off Road 4X4 Queenstown

3. Sample the Cuisine and Wines of Otago on a Foodie Tour

Excite the senses on a foodie tour of Queenstown and surrounding wine region. Queenstown Wine Trail offers an indulgent Wine and Food Sampler Tour, which is four hours of tasting premium Central Otago wines, cheeses and enjoying a traditional New Zealand lunch. What’s more, there are ample photo opportunities as you travel through the scenic Kawarau Gorge and the Gibbston Valley. Check out more wineries worth visiting in 10 Wonderful Wineries in Queenstown. Plus, take a look at more wineries worth adding to the list in 10 Wonderful Wineries in Queenstown.

Queenstown Wine Trail© Queenstown Wine Trail

4. Explore Mountains, Alpine Lakes and Glaciers on a Helicopter Tour

Take to the skies and see the alpine landscapes of Queenstown from a breathtaking perspective on a Queenstown helicopter tour. Soar over a UNESCO World Heritage Area, land on glaciers, have a private picnic atop a mountain overlooking Lake Wakatipu, and go to places that very few have gone before. Queenstown offers a wide range of exciting helicopter excursions, even some unique offerings like an “Altitude Golf Experience” and heli-skiing. Compare all of the Queenstown helicopter companies in our 5 Epic Queenstown Helicopter Tours.

Altitude Golf Experience© Altitude Golf Experience

5. Play Golf at Some of the Country’s Most Prestigious Courses

Home to some of New Zealand’s most scenic golf courses, golfing in Queenstown is a must for any sports enthusiast! Hit prestigious courses, like Jack’s Point (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) with unbeatable views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain ranges, The Hills with an incorporated sculpture park, and Millbrook with New Zealand’s only 27-hole course. Find out more about each course in the Top 5 Golf Courses in Queenstown.

Jack's Point Golf© Jack's Point Golf

6. Enjoy Fine Dining at Queenstown’s Premium Restaurants and Wineries

Queenstown has no lack of premium restaurants. For town centre fine dining, enjoy the rustic ambience of The Bunker – a back alley restaurant offering divine cuisine beside crackling log fires. Alternatively, escape the hustle and bustle of the town by dining at the Amisfield Winery & Bistro. The winery specialises in all things Otago, from its award-winning wines to food made with local ingredients. For more inspiration, see our 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Queenstown.

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7. Escape the Crowds with Heli-skiing or on Queenstown’s Private Ski Field

In winter, be sure to take on some of Queenstown’s premium skiing experiences. Escape the crowds with an awesome backcountry skiing experience with Alpine Heli-Ski where you’ll experience fresh untracked powder and keep your energy levels up with a gourmet lunch accompanied by epic views. More information is available on Viator and Tripadvisor. Alternatively, Soho Basin is Queenstown’s private ski area where you’ll get free rein of 264 hectares (652 acres) and 500+ vertical metres of terrain to enjoy. Chairlifts are swapped for snowcat rides, while dining involves a three-course lunch with local wines at the Alpine Hut.

Alpine Heli-Ski Queenstown© Alpine Heli-Ski Queenstown

8. Explore Stunning Areas with an Expert Guide on a Guided Hike

Get a taste of one of New Zealand’s Great Walks on a Full-Day Routeburn Track Guided Hike with Nomad Safaris. This premium hiking trail is located within a UNESCO World Heritage Area, which you’ll get to enjoy with the knowledge of a local guide teaching you about the local flora and fauna. The small-group tour includes hotel pick-up, snacks, lunch with a view and a great day out. Learn more about the guided hike with Nomad Safaris on Viator or Tripadvisor.

Nomads Safari© Nomads Safari

9. Join a Premium Tour of Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka

Leave the hassle of driving and directions behind and join a local guide for a premium tour of Queenstown’s surrounding highlights. Remarkable Scenic Tours offers small-group tours offer full-day tours to Arrowtown and Wanaka to learn about their gold-mining history, enjoy a drink at the Cardrona Hotel, stop at the most scenic photo stops of the Crown Range and Kawarau Gorge, enjoy morning tea in Cromwell, and have some free time in Wanaka. Find out more about Remarkable Scenic Tours on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Remarkable Scenic Tours© Remarkable Scenic Tours

10. Relax in a Soothing Hot Pool with a View

Finally, for a bit of pampering between the adventures, indulge in one of the soothing hot pool experiences around Queenstown. The Onsen Hot Pools Retreat offers a range of private timber hot tubs with views over the vibrant blue Shotover River. Find out more about Onsen Hot Pools Retreat on Viator and Tripadvisor. Alternatively, unwind in the collection of outdoor hot pools at the five-star Millbrook Resort. Hot pools are nestled among natural features and landscaping. The resort also offers a full gym, fitness classes, tennis courts and more.

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More About Queenstown

That’s it for the best luxury activities in Queenstown. Find even more tips to make your luxury getaway exceptional in The Luxury Travel Guide to New Zealand.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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