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Queenstown Activities - Staff Picks for Winter 

milford fly and cruise


This has to be one of the most amazing things I have ever done! Getting a bird’s eye view of the Southern Alps in its full winter glory was simply incredible. We had a great view of what seemed like endless snow covered mountains and glaciers, as well as New Zealand’s largest waterfall, Southerland Falls. The one and a half hour cruise on the fiord was just the icing on the cake! You can either stay nice and warm inside the boat with a hot chocolate or wrap up and head outside for an up close and personal experience of this special place.

shotover canyon swing


Now Queenstown is well known for being the adventure capital of the world so as they say – when in Rome! The Canyon Swing offers an exhilarating experience in a beautiful setting above the famous Shotover River. You decide which way to launch yourself off the 109m platform to be then swung like a pendulum below. Over 70 different solo & tandem styles available so you control the scare factor! I found the Canyon Swing scarier than doing a bungy jump but had twice the fun!



The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a fantastic activity for those ‘down days’ between hitting the mountains. With regular kiwi feeding and conservation shows to enhance the audio tour trip around the 5 acre site. This is a great activity for all ages. Entry supports the conservation of rare and endangered birds and native plant life.

onsen hot pools


The Onsen Hot Pools are our only indoor/outdoor hot pools in Queenstown. Nothing quite like relaxing in the tub after a long day up the mountain while enjoying the spectacular views over the Shotover River. My personal favourite is the candles package with the doors open while it’s raining outside. In winter bookings are essential as this is a very popular après ski activity.

harris mountain heli-ski


Ever been Heli-skiing? It’s the ultimate snow experience for any skier or boarder. Southern Lakes Heli-Ski has exclusive access to terrain around Queenstown and Wanaka, which means fresh powder at all levels of terrain. Skiing/Riding in fresh powder compared with following the crowds on tracked out commercial ski fields, well there really is no comparison! My hot tip is to book ASAP and be flexible with the date of your trip, so you can get out as soon as the weather is agreeable.

pure glenorchy scenic 4wd tour


Pure Glenorchy offer two trips daily which take you into our closest world heritage area - Mount Aspiring National Park. Learn about the remarkable history and unique culture of Glenorchy. Enjoy a relaxing day taking in the beauty that is the Dart Valley in one of Pure Glenorchy’s comfortable 4WD vehicles which only take small groups. The commentary is customized to suit the cliental on the trip and at the end of your tour you receive a free photo CD. 


skippers canyon jet


30 minutes of adrenalin pumping Jetboating on the Shotover with the only jetboat company to operate in Skippers Canyon. This is a fast paced ride through the richest gold bearing Canyon in the world. A great tour combining history and adrenaline. 3hr return trip departing Queenstown daily.

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