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Queenstown: Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Full-Day Trip

1. Queenstown: Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a fun and leisurely day trip to admire the glacial features, wild flora and fauna, and picturesque backdrops of the world-famous fiord at Milford Sound. Start with pickup for the bus journey to Te Anau. Your driver will share their local knowledge as you stop along the way to see spectacular scenery. Marvel at views of waterfalls, wildlife, and the rainforest. Soak up the sights from any of the three indoor and outdoor viewing decks during your cruise and join your jovial crew at the bow as you nose close to Stirling Falls to feel the spray from some of the world's freshest water.  Benefit from complimentary tea service is available for the entire cruise and, snacks cakes and drinks can be purchased from onboard cafe / bar.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Cruise and Coach Day Trip

2. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Cruise and Coach Day Trip

Travel to Milford Sound for an extended nature cruise on a day trip from Queenstown. Experience one of the most beautiful drives in the world in the comfort of a state-of-the-coach. Board the luxury glass-roof coach in Queenstown and journey along the shores of Lake Whakatipu into rolling countryside through to Te Anau. Here we take a short rest stop at a cafe before continuing along the spectacular alpine route of the Milford Road. Enjoy spectacular photo stops and short walks along the way. Relax on the 2-hour cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea and admire the fiord’s wildlife, waterfalls and mountains. Our experienced skippers tailor each Milford Sound cruise, considering the weather and recent wildlife sightings, ensuring you'll see the best Milford Sound has to offer. Specialist nature guides will provide live informative commentary.Our vessels have large windows, spacious decks and offer uninterrupted views of the dramatic Fiordland landscape. Experience the cool spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces.  You can bring your own lunch or purchase delicious locally curated dishes, wines, craft beer and barista coffees on-board. Following the cruise, board the coach for your return journey to Queenstown.

Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak w/ Gourmet BBQ

3. Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak w/ Gourmet BBQ

Cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm across Queenstown’s Lake Whakatipu onboard the historic TSS Earnslaw. Feel free to take advantage of the extensive lay-out of this incredible steamship – she is a floating museum of her own history, and you are more than welcome to enter the engine room where you can watch our hardy coal-stokers as they keep this beautiful lady of the lake gliding across the waters of Lake Whakatipu.Once at the lakeside Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant savour the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce sizzling away on the grill. The buffet includes salads, vegetables, and succulent local meats cooked on the wood-fired BBQ. There is a wide range of delicious desserts on offer, including a vast array of fresh bread and cheese.Overlooking Lake Whakatipu and Queenstown's alpine scenery, the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm is the perfect place to spend a few hours. Its colonial architecture and sweeping grounds evoke the elegance of a bygone era. An entertaining farm demonstration the whole family will enjoy is also included. If there is time remaining, explore the beautiful lakeside gardens before re-boarding onto the TSS Earnslaw for the return trip to Queenstown. 

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Plane & Boat

4. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Plane & Boat

Take off from Queenstown, and fly above the rugged backcountry of Central Otago, before heading westward to where the glacial fed rivers empty into Lake Wakatipu. Witness what the power of nature has created over the years, as you journey over two remarkable National Parks; Mt Aspiring and the world heritage listed Fiordland National Park. On arrival in Milford Sound, join your purpose-built small boat for a comfortable two-hour cruise through one of the world’s natural wonders. Make your way out past the iconic Mitre Peak and cruise the length of the fiord while our skipper highlights points of interest along the way, including the mighty Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls. Keep an eye out for wildlife that can be found in the region including seals, pods of dolphins and the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin (seasonal). Complete your journey with a birds-eye view of the largely untouched region as you fly back over the Southern Alps and are welcomed to the incredibly blue Lake Wakatipu upon landing in Queenstown.

Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

5. Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

Get an adrenaline rush on a 1-hour jet boat ride, operated by the world’s first commercial jet boat company. Take in stunning views of the Remarkable Mountains and journey up 2 of the South Island’s most iconic rivers.  Depart from the heart of Queenstown, and climb aboard the big yellow jet boat at the Main Town Pier. Hold on tight as you accelerate across the water and feel the exhilaration of a high-powered twin-engine boat that powers across Lake Wakatipu. Experience the twists and spins as you enter the Kawarau River and race past rocks and under bridges at speeds of up to 95 kilometers per hour.  Grip the heated handrails and experience 360° spins while you speed up the shallow channels of the Shotover River. After 45 kilometers of pure adrenaline, return to the pier and see photos and videos from your trip.

Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise of Lake Whakatipu

6. Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise of Lake Whakatipu

It’s New Zealand’s most iconic boat and one of Queenstown’s most historic destinations.The leisurely 90-minute cruise across Lake Whakatipu showcases some of Queenstown’s spectacular alpine scenery while offering you plenty of time to explore a piece of Queenstown’s living history – the over one hundred year-old TSS Earnslaw.Listen to engaging commentary from your experienced captain who will highlight points of interest throughout your cruise. View the collection of historical photos in the small onboard museum and check out the skipper’s wheelhouse. Visit the engine room to feel the heat of the giant steam engines at work and see the stokers shovel coal into the glowing fireboxes. Soak in the dramatic mountain views surrounding Lake Wakatipu and relax at the cafe where you can enjoy a wine or beer and snacks are also available for purchase. You can choose to undertake just the cruise, or combine it with a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a guided farm tour, horse trek, eco experience or our famous gourmet barbecue lunch/dinner. Please note that we have separate listings for these combo options.

Queenstown: Minus 5 Ice Bar Experience with Drink Options

7. Queenstown: Minus 5 Ice Bar Experience with Drink Options

On arrival in the famous Steamer Wharf, meet your Ice Hosts in the reception area where you’ll be greeted with smiles and checked-in for your Antarctic Experience. From there, you will be fitted out in our cozy custom-made jackets, gloves & boots if needed. Your host will then lead you and your group into the ice bar, with a quick briefing before being immersed into an icy wonderland. Step inside the ice bar, where everything from the walls and furniture to the bar are hand-crafted from over 18 tonnes of crystal clear ice. For the next hour you’ll get to interact with carved ice sculptures while enjoying a delicious cocktail or non-alcoholic mocktail served in an ice glass! You are welcome to bring your own camera, or there will be staff taking photos that will be available for purchase at the end of your experience

Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

8. Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

Take on the ultimate jet boat experience on the Shotover River for a breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, located less than a 10-minutes drive from Queenstown. A short drive from Queenstown will have you at the shores of the Shotover River. Meet your experienced guide and gear up for your high-speed jet boat ride. Hold on tight as the driver expertly navigates the jet boat over white-water rapids and squeezes through the narrow walls of the Shotover Canyon. Speed past rocky outcrops, skim around boulders, and zip through the dramatic and narrow canyons as its walls tower above you. After 25 thrilling minutes, return to the jet base and relax on the shuttle transfer back to Queenstown.

Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Tour

9. Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Tour

Explore this working high country farm, providing a number of authentic experiences. Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Whakatipu, with a colonial homestead and beautiful lakeside gardens, Walter Peak High Country Farm is the perfect place to spend a relaxing few hours. Begin this combo tour with a relaxing scenic boat ride across Lake Whakatipu aboard the iconic century-old coal-fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw. Explore the decks, visit the steam room, or chat with the captain in the wheelhouse. Take advantage of the onboard cafe to purchase a drink or two. You will be greeted by our rural host upon disembarking the TSS Earnslaw, who will take you to the amphitheatre, where you will watch the remarkable skill with which the farm dogs round up sheep from the paddocks. Enjoy a walking tour of the farmyard, visiting the holding pens, where you can help feed the sheep and deer and even get up close to the Scottish Highland Cattle. Then a stroll to the charming old woolshed for morning or afternoon tea. You may have time to wander through the lakeside gardens before you re-board the TSS Earnslaw for your cruise back to Queenstown.

Queenstown: Tandem Skydive from 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000 Feet

10. Queenstown: Tandem Skydive from 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000 Feet

Take on the challenge of a tandem skydive from a height of 9,000, 12,000 or 1,5000 ft. Harnessed to an experienced jumpmaster, expect sensory overload as you step out of the aircraft door and freefall at 200kph for up to 60 seconds. Experience the most dramatic scenery in New Zealand as you freefall amongst snow-capped mountain tops above the Southern Lakes of Queenstown. Enjoy a breathtaking 5-minute canopy ride above the Wakatipu basin. This once in a lifetime experience includes a 15-minute scenic flight, as well as return transfers to Queenstown. Take advantage of incredible drop zone base facilities, where you can watch the parachutes being packed and adventurers getting suited up for their skydive. Drinks, snacks and souvenir clothing and gifts are available for purchase. Free wifi is available onsite, as well as internet kiosks to view and upload your photos and videos instantly. 

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Our driver/guide Cameron was the best! He was nice and knowledgable, shared a lot of info about the area. The stops on the way and back were great - we managed to both get some pretty cool views and visit the restrooms. We opted for the basic package - Mt Cook tour only, so we had 3h free time to do any walks. We decided to do the best one - the Hooker Valley Track. It's mostly flat and you stay in the valley, so you don't need warm clothes or hiking shoes for it, it can actually get pretty hot, and then change to very windy, so you should dress in layers. The 3 hours are just enough to do the Hooker Valley Track, without making long breaks or having time to eat, so I wish we had at least 30min to 1h more, so we can actually sit and enjoy.

Awesome experience transiting the road to the canyon amongst gorgeous scenery in a white knuckle drive - truly awesome. The jet boat was driven by the skipper that appears in mission impossible chase scene between the jet boat and s helicopter. We came within inches of the canyon wall and am awestruck by the superb driving skills. At the end we drive up to a bridge across the canyon that used to be used for bungee jumping. Incredible viewpoint. We most highly recommend this excursion and hike to be able to do it again,

Just crazy. Blue sky. Great organization from the pickup at the hotel (very friendly driver) to the fantastic flight with a super friendly pilot to the excursion on Milford Sound in an uncrowded boat. We were then welcomed back by the pilot and flown back. The shuttle bus took us back to the hotel. Many thanks to the very professional team of the organizer.

This was the best thing I’ve done in queenstown and maybe even ever! The views and experience was worth every penny ( and I’m a broke college student so I don’t joke around with that ahaha ). I strongly suggest doing this as it is the perfect mix of thrill and sight seeing!

This was a super fun trip … it is a long day (we came from Queenstown) but the views are stunning and well worth it. We enjoyed the ride on the coach — much easier to see everything and our guide (Ian) was very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this trip!