Get out and explore in Queenstown and Wanaka, where you can enjoy activities including kayaking, skiing and bungee jumping.
Both Queenstown and Wanaka are popular lakeside and alpine ski towns. Head to larger Queenstown for storybook scenery and plenty of opportunities for an adrenaline rush, or visit quieter Wanaka for national park trails and activities for all the family.
Queenstown & Wanaka holiday highlights
The city of Queenstown is one of the most popular places to visit in New Zealand, nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the majestic Remarkables Range. It’s famous for its mesmerising Middle Earth scenery and exhilarating adventure sports; you can go sky diving, bungee jumping or face the heart-stopping Shotover Canyon Swing – the world's highest cliff jump. Breathe in the fresh alpine air and enjoy hiking, jet-boating and horse-riding through stunning locations from The Lord of the Rings films. Downtown Queenstown is also a great place to visit, with a lively café culture and bars, restaurants and shops nestled in a picturesque bay.
Head to the small town of Wanaka to enjoy a superb peaceful setting on South Island. It’s sheltered by the Southern Alps on the shore of its namesake, Lake Wanaka, and is the gateway to the spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park. Cycle along the lakefront, follow pretty walking trails, glide along crystal-clear waters in a kayak or head to the ski slopes at nearby Treble Cone. Enjoy magnificent mountain and lake views from one of the waterfront restaurants or cafés, take a trip to the fun-filled Puzzling World nearby or unwind on a vintage sofa at quirky Cinema Paradiso, where you can enjoy home-made ice cream and biscuits during the interval.