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Queenstown Activities

Immerse yourself in some of Queenstown’s authentic and exhilarating activities while exploring what is arguably the world’s most awe-inspiring scenery. 

Beginning in Queenstown township, the adventure leads us on a journey coasting the shores of the stunning Lake Wakatipu. Following the scenic road takes us to our base in Glenorchy – a truly beautiful village at the top of the lake and gateway to the World Heritage area of Mount Aspiring National Park. 

It’s a delight to enjoy the rich cultural heritage of this area as we treat you to local Ngai Tahu tales of the Greenstone Trail and Te Koroka – the mythical giant who sleeps in the famously pounamu abundant hills. It’s some of the Queenstown area’s most spectacular and eye opening scenery, showing off dramatic mountain terrain, glaciers, alpine lakes and ancient beech forests. And with jet boat and kayak tours available, no matter whether you’re an adrenalin lover or after a more immersive and leisurely experience, we’ve got activities for you. 


Dart River Wilderness Jet


As one of Queenstown’s most exciting activities, our Wilderness Jet takes you on a spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mount Aspiring National Park. You’ll experience a unique combination of breath-taking scenery and an exhilarating ride as we follow the braided, glacier-fed rivers by jet boat. Local Queenstown guides give you their authentic touch, talking about the area’s rich history, the Greenstone trail and countless Maori legends. We’ll also take the chance to tie up the boat and let you walk amongst the ancient beech tree forests – an atmosphere you may recognize from The Lord of the Rings films. It’s a complete Queenstown experience in an untouched natural wonderland.

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This scenic activity starts by travelling along Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, past Glenorchy and far up the Dart River by jet boat into the lush green forests and snow-capped mountains of the World Heritage listed Te Wai Pounamu area. Take in the romantic atmosphere of the local farms and experience the magic of walking through the towering trees seen in Middle Earth. Our Chinese-speaking guide will also guarantee that you not only enjoy your time, but understand it every step of the way.

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Dart River Funyak


Get involved with the inspiring natural surroundings as our Funyak experience is an incredible activity journeying into the depths of Mount Aspiring National Park. Combine wilderness jet boating with our inflatable Funyak canoes for a fun way to explore the Queenstown region’s Dart River, including all of its hidden streams and pools. We provide you a delicious wilderness buffet lunch before you paddle downstream to what we fondly call ‘Paradise’ and then onto a back-country route through sites famed for their portrayal of Middle Earth.

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