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  • Mount Cook Ultimate Alpine Helicopter & Ski Plane Experience

    1. Mount Cook Ultimate Alpine Helicopter & Ski Plane Experience

    Explore the Mount Cook area from the ground and the air on this thrilling helicopter and ski plane tour. Start off by driving through the Kawarau Gorge for stunning views, enter the fruit and wine region of Cromwell as you pass huge fields of vines, cross Lake Dunstan and follow this beautiful lake towards Lindis Pass, which offers stunning views of the valleys below. See several of the famous Merino sheep on the drive before arriving in Omarama and continuing to Lake Pukaki, a brilliant blue lake framed by Aoraki and Mount Cook. Next, get ready for an unforgettable ski plane experience and helicopter ride which includes a glacier snow landing on the Tasman Glacier. Spend two and a half hours of free time in the national park before making your way back to High Country Salmon, a local salmon farm, where you can feed the fish and taste some of the freshest salmon in New Zealand.

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

    2. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

    Take the hassle out of driving to Milford Sound and join a guided coach tour from Queenstown. Sit back, relax and enjoy magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Your experienced local coach driver will show you the best views along the Milford Road and connect you seamlessly with a 2-hour nature cruise. Travel in a spacious coach with USB charging ports. Marvel at the native rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and glacial lakes. Pause briefly in Te Anau before continuing along the spectacular alpine Milford Road. Admire incredible views at Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Knobbs Flat or Monkey Creek and pose for photos. Be wowed by the glaciar-carved Milford Sound as you approach the visitor terminal. Seize your cruise and lunch passes from the driver who’ll help you find your cruise departure gate.  Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran for a nature cruise along the fiord’s de...

    We had a wonderful time in the Milford Sound bus tour and cruise with Southern Discoveries. Even though it was raining, our guide and driver, Brad, made sure we stopped for photos along the drive and kept us entertained with useful and interesting knowledge about the area. Due to high winds,however, we had to turn back from going on the cruise around the Milford Sound. Our guide was sincerely apologetic about the cancellation and I reckon he felt worse than we did! So we re-booked to go on the tour again the next day (complimentary passes) to a lovely clear day and were thoroughly mesmerized by the scenery of the road trip to the Sound and the Sound itself! It was 2 tours for the price of 1! We truly live in God's country and many thanks to Brad for sharing his inexhaustible knowledge and genuine love of the South Island with us. His recommendations on eateries and places to visit was also spot on. We will certainly be back! Thank you very much for making our trip so memorable!

  • Queenstown: Pilot's Choice Helicopter Tour & Alpine Landing

    3. Queenstown: Pilot's Choice Helicopter Tour & Alpine Landing

    Enjoy a 20-minute scenic helicopter tour and alpine landing for incredible views of Queenstown from above. Your pilot will choose your flight path and landing location for the best possible experience on the day.

    After pickup from your central Queenstown hotel, enjoy the short drive to the helicopter base at the airport. Meet the friendly crew and check in for your flight.

    Then, take to the skies to marvel at Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown from above. Your experienced pilot will share local insights with you and point out areas of interest.

    Your pilot will choose the best location on the day for your alpine landing. Only a helicopter will be able to land in the remote spot. In winter, you’ll have snow at your feet, and during summer expect stunningly rugged terrain.

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    Fantastic crew from the ground to the air !! Reply looked after us and made us feel welcome and safe.

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

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

    Combine a flight and a cruise on Milford Sound on this excursion from Queensland. Take in the area's outstanding natural beauty as you savour the sights from both air and water.

    Enjoy pickup and transfer to the air hanger in Queenstown. Listen to informative commentary in English and marvel at the stunning views of lakes, mountains, and waterfalls on the 40-minute flight. Upon landing, transfer to the Milford Sound Boat Terminal. Board in Milford Sound and experience 2 hours onboard an intimate vessel with English commentary by your skipper, and complimentary tea and coffee. Cruise to the mouth of the Tasman Sea, while enjoying views of waterfalls and marine life like fur seals, dolphins, and penguins. Next, board your scenic flight back to Queenstown. Take a different flight path from your outbound flight as you admire the spectacular views of Fiordland National Park....

    Sam our hotel pick up driver arrived at our hotel on time and was polite and engaged throughout our driver. I also believe Sam was also the employee I spoke to the previous day as our original booking was cancelled due to weather. Sam managed to ensure all three of us were able to experience Milford Sound together the very next day Dean our flight pilot was fantastic! He acted as a tour guide and pilot all in one giving us information as we flew above. Dean always had a smile on his face and tried to keep the flight seating fair

  • 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 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.

    Fun, quick time filler with easy access fron Queenstown wharf. Really friendly workers and driver

  • Queenstown: Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Full-Day Trip

    6. 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 a bus journey as you sit back, draw the curtains, and nap en route 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 under Stirling Falls for a free shower in some of the world's freshest water.  Complimentary tea service is available for the entire cruise and espresso coffee, snacks cakes, and a selection of drinks can be purchased from "Off The Rocks" onboard bar.

    A wonderful experience seeing Kiwi hospitality at its best and the most beautiful South Island scenery. great value for money. Enjoyed every minute. thanks.

  • Queenstown 25-Min or 1-Hour Kawarau River Jet Boat Adventure

    7. Queenstown 25-Min or 1-Hour Kawarau River Jet Boat Adventure

    Discover Queenstown’s untouched and pristine wilderness during an authentic jet boat adventure across Lake Wakatipu and along the historic Kawarau River. Choose from a 25-minute or 1-hour experience and spend more time on the water with a convenient departure right from the heart of Queenstown. Depart from Thunder Bay next to Steamer Wharf in the heart of Queenstown and travel far up the Kawarau River, covering a distance of 47 km. Along the way, listen to interesting commentary from your experienced driver. After getting equipped with a life jacket and spray jacket, climb on board and experience exhilarating 360-degree spins, skimming the water at speeds of up to 95 km/hour.  Then, travel down the river where it is calmest, even when the lake is rough. Take your camera along to capture the stunning scenery of your jet boat experience with frequent photo opportunities.

    Awesome experience, wanted to go back for more but unfortunately time did not allow it.

  • Queenstown: 3-Hour Zipline Adventure with 6-Lines

    8. Queenstown: 3-Hour Zipline Adventure with 6-Lines

    Take on a spectacular and exhilarating zipline eco-adventure through the native forest canopy. Make your way to the Skyline Gondola summit and meet your experienced guides. Harness up and feel the wind in your face as you glide down breath-taking ziplines. Traverse down the mountain tree-to-tree via twelve aerial, tree-top platforms, with the highest tree-house at 25-meters above the ground. Launch from deck to deck and your guides will be there to help you at every platform. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Admire the spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the remarkable mountain range as you zipline through the trees. Listen to light-hearted and interesting stories about local history, myths, and legends at each suspended tree-house. Walk downhill through the beech forest for 20-minutes with a guide to reach the finish, where you will ride the world's steepest tree-to-tree ziplin...

    Very unique experience. Liam and Esther were great guides. Would recommend! Bring a jacket,gloves and beanie as it gets cold

  • Queenstown: 2-Hour Zipline Tour with 4-Lines

    9. Queenstown: 2-Hour Zipline Tour with 4-Lines

    The perfect starter to your adventure experience in Queenstown. Journey through native forest on four incredible ziplines with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range. Make your way to the Skyline Gondola summit (gondola ticket is your own expense) to meet your experienced guides. Harness up and feel the wind in your face as you glide down the ziplines. The ziplines start low and slow and gradually build your confidence as they get progressively longer, higher and faster. Your experienced guides will launch and receive you at each tree deck, showing you fun tricks you can try. Enjoy their light-hearted, informative stories on local history, myths, legends, and ecological principals at each suspended tree-house.

    Awesome experience, Olivia and Amelia were excellent instructors. knew their stuff, safety conscious and FUN. I highly recommend zip line with these guys. As novices we weren't sure of the activity but after the first ride we regretted only doing 4 instead of the six lines.

  • From Queenstown: Mount Cook Small Group Adventure

    10. From Queenstown: Mount Cook Small Group Adventure

    At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is by no means among the world’s tallest but with the nearby Mt Cook village just 750m above sea-level, the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatization whatsoever, and so this tour is perfect for people of all levels of fitness. The guided tour begins with pickups in Queenstown and Frankton, before you then travel through the stunning Kawarau gorge to Cromwell. After making a comfort stop in the quaint township of Omarama (where you have the option to taste one of the best creamy chicken pies in New Zealand), you climb your way through Lindis Pass, one of only 3 alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps. As you exit the Pass, you may catch glimpses of the mighty mountain itself; but before arriving there is much more to see, including what many consider one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Lake Pukaki is one of the bluest lakes ...

    Pick up exactly on time. driving was great, tour guide Callum was very funny and friendly and made sure we all got to our activities on time and had a great day. Highly recommend.

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What people are saying about Queenstown

Just amazing!! It was an unforgettable experience! highly recommend! The pilot was lovely and experienced so we felt safe. The views were incredible! I honestly have nothing bad to say about the flight!

Worth every cent, we had a group of 8 so split across 2 helicopters. The pilots met up on the mountain so we could take a group photo. The experience was one I will remember for a long time!

Prompt pick up and drop off. Friendly ground and flight crew. Good commentary from the pilot and enough time to take pictures from top of the mountain. I plan to do it again next winter.

It was a great thing to do, our pilot Charlotte was very informative about what we were looking at from the air, landing and taking photos in the snow was a highlight, loved it

Fantastic crew from the ground to the air !! Reply looked after us and made us feel welcome and safe.