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Queenstown Activities

Family Adventure Food & Wine

Adventure in Queenstown: Adrenaline, Scenery, and Tastes of New Zealand

Imagine starting your day with a heart-pounding bungee jump, navigating twists in a jet boat, and conquering white-water rapids. As the day unfolds, you find yourself sipping world-class pinot noir at a scenic winery before heading out for an unforgettable meal. Welcome to Queenstown, where adventure blends with serenity, creating a holiday experience like no other.

There are so many things to do in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital, and it doesn’t have to be ski season in Queenstown for you to have an unforgettable adventure. It’s a year-round haven, just a short flight from Auckland or a skip from Australia. Nestled around the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu, with the Remarkables mountain range as its dramatic backdrop, Queenstown boasts a heap of experiences that cater to every taste. 

Activities for Adrenaline Junkies in Queenstown

Wake up each morning with these Queenstown activities on your mind, and get excited for the ultimate adrenaline-fueled adventures that await.

Bungy Jumping

Leap into adventure at the birthplace of bungee jumping, the iconic Kawarau Bridge. Feel the rush of freefall and embrace the exhilaration of defying gravity while attempting to take in Queenstown's remarkable scenery.

Jet Boating

For those with a need for speed, embark on a jet boat ride through the twists and turns of the Shotover and Kawarau rivers. Jet boating in Queenstown is like a rollercoaster on water, offering an exhilarating experience against the stunning backdrop. 

White Water Rafting

Challenge nature with an exhilarating white-water rafting expedition that will undoubtedly add to the thrill of your Queenstown experience. Negotiate swirling rapids, surrounded by beautiful nature, with your heat pumping. It’s an exhilarating experience, but prepare to get soaked!


When winter blankets Queenstown in snow, adventure takes on a new form – skiing. The best time to ski in Queenstown is peak winter. Oaks Queenstown Club Suites provide the perfect place to relax after alpine exploits, with pristine slopes just a drive away.

Giant Swing

Take your adrenaline rush to new heights with a giant swing offering breathtaking views and a big dash of heart-pounding excitement. There are a few different places to partake in this iconic Queenstown activity.

Ways to Soak in the Scenery 

Almost anywhere you look in Queenstown is remarkable, especially if your accommodation is on the lake’s shore. You can soak up the scenery all day, every day, but if you’re wondering what to do in Queenstown that isn’t adrenaline-pumping-related, here are some ways to unwind:

Go for a Hike

Swap the thrill of adrenaline for the tranquillity of a serene hike in Queenstown. The town presents a variety of trails tailored to different fitness levels, revealing panoramic views that’ll leave you breathless in both ways.

Cruise Around on a Kayak

Explore the serene beauty of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by majestic mountains, with a kayaking adventure. Embark on a tranquil journey, paddling at your own pace and immerse yourself in the peace and tranquillity of the lake and its picturesque surroundings. This is a Queenstown activity you don’t want to skip.

Visit One of the Many Queenstown Wineries

Head to the heart of the world's southernmost wine region, with 75 wineries just a 20-minute drive from Queenstown and over a hundred more within 40 minutes. Immerse yourself in the art of winemaking as you indulge in a winery tour. Sample wines, each a testament to the region's unique terroir, and gain insights into the meticulous winemaking process.

Explore the Kiwi Park

The Kiwi Park is a family-owned and operated wildlife centre committed to preserving endangered wildlife. Offering a family-friendly experience, a visit to the Kiwi Park allows you to encounter New Zealand's iconic flightless bird, the Kiwi, and explore captivating attractions that showcase the country's distinctive flora and fauna. 

Unwind in the Hot Pools

Cap off your Queenstown activities with a soak in the hot pools nestled amid magnificent landscapes. Reflect on the whirlwind of experiences Queenstown has to offer. Whether it's a daytime dip to soothe your muscles after skiing or hiking adventures or an evening visit to gaze at the clear night sky, Queenstown's hot pools provide a tranquil escape for all occasions.

The Culinary Delights of Queenstown

Among the many adrenaline-fueled escapades available, Queenstown also boasts a culinary scene that elevates your experience even higher.

Brunch at Vudu Cafe and Larder

Refuel at Vudu Cafe and Larder after all the high-speed action with fresh juices, cakes, slices, sandwiches, and great coffee. A big, bold sign reading ‘Cafe’ marks the spot. Vudu is a narrow-yet-welcoming, lightly-toned cafe with something for all.

Ice Cream or Hot Chocolate at Patagonia

Stroll through the town centre and make a sweet stop at Patagonia Chocolates. Indulge in pralines, mint creams, salted caramels and more, and treat yourself to a scoop of your favourite ice cream or warm up with a cup of thick hot chocolate.

Wine Tasting at The Winery

Tucked away in town, The Winery is a haven for wine enthusiasts and spirit lovers. As your go-to cellar-door wine store, this gem invites you on a sensory adventure, letting you relish the diverse flavours of over 100 of New Zealand's best wines, gins, whiskies, and spirits—all within arm's reach. It's a cave-like cellar—a snug spot to explore drops from Queenstown wineries or snag a bottle for later. The Winery exudes an intimate charm, creating an irresistible retreat.

Dinner at Rata

Make your way to Rata, the brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett and restaurateur Fleur Caulton. The menu is a thrilling journey of delicacy, precision and transportive flavours. Whether you're in the mood for lavish dining or a more laid-back affair with a casual snack and cocktail at the bar, Rata has you covered. Let the bar staff guide you through an impressive range of local wines. Yes, you can enjoy oysters, duck parfait, bungy jumping and whitewater rafting in Queenstown, all in one day.

Drink at The Bunker 

Order a nightcap at The Bunker’s upstairs cocktail bar if you're not ready to call it a night. Whether by the roaring fire or sinking into leather seats, The Bunker provides a cosy atmosphere for unwinding. Careful though, all that comfort after a day of adrenaline and adventure might make it hard to leave!

Pack Your Bags for an All-Encompassing Adventure

In Queenstown, adventure isn't just a checklist of heart-pounding activities, it's a way of life. Whether you're a thrill-seeker, nature lover, or someone who savours delectable eats, Queenstown welcomes you with open arms.

Book with Oaks Hotels, Resorts and Suites, and have your accommodation serve as a gateway to this adventure haven, ensuring every moment is as thrilling and unforgettable as the last. Embark on a journey where adrenaline meets tranquillity and next-level dining, and let Queenstown redefine your holiday expectations.