Location: Park Street (a short walk from Queenstown town centre).
Ok, Lake Wakatipu is huge so there are many places to walk alongside it and revel in the beautiful surroundings. Easy to access walks from the town centre are through the Queenstown Gardens and the Frankton Walkway. These tracks are also bike, stroller and wheelchair friendly. Boom, something else to add to your list of things to do Queenstown!
17. Explore Queenstown Gardens – FREE
Location: 54 Shotover Street, Queenstown town centre.
21. Take a Cheap Trip to Arrowtown – CHEAP
Location: Marine Parade, Queenstown town centre.
Location: Queenstown Gardens, Park Street (a short walk from the town centre).
It costs around $30 NZD for adults and $20 for children for the standard experience but there are upgrades available.
Similar but different to parasailing is paragliding! Instead of being pulled behind a boat, you’ll fly off the edge of a mountain! To me, paragliding is much more thrilling than parasailing and well worth doing in Queenstown.
I went on a helicopter ride with my partner and friend!
My personal favorite would be the farm tour to Walter Peak. This tour includes a scenic boat cruise on the TSS Earnslaw as well as a scenic tour once at the farm. The views from this side of the lake are amazing! Plus, tea and snacks are included, the animals are super cute and friendly, and the tour is reasonable priced at about $100 NZD per adult.
65. Explore Odyssey Sensory Maze
Whatever you do, promise me you’ll ride the mechanical bull at Cowboys – no proper night-out in Queenstown is complete until you jump on that mechanical bull!
The calm waters of Lake Wakatipu make for the perfect opportunity to go jet skiing! You can choose between going on a guided jet ski tour with a professional driver, or rent a jet ski and drive yourself. From the main pier in Queenstown, you’ll find Water Sport World, who hires our jet skis starting from $120 NZD for 30 minutes, as well as guided tours for $299 NZD for an hour.
Easily one of the best things to do in Queenstown is to wander the botanical gardens. The Queenstown Gardens are located right in town, are free to visit, and are simply stunning – why not go check them out! There is a 2-kilometer loop you can walk through the gardens that takes you along Lake Wakatipu’s shoreline, through a forest, and of course, among flowers and perfectly manicured garden beds. In the Spring, the Queenstown Gardens are in full bloom making them even more special to visit.
You can easily book your tickets to enjoy the Kiwi Birdlife Park in advance online!
Farming has always been New Zealand’s largest industry and around Queenstown, you can visit a few of these working farms and meet the animals while taking in some of the most epic scenery. There are two different farm experiences you can do around Queenstown including the Walter Peak Farm Tour and the Glenorchy Farm Experience, and I’ve done them both!