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Destination Information

Queenstown is the action-adventure capital of New Zealand. In winter, it is a haven for skiers, and in summer, the bright sails of paragliders dot the sky above the town. The picturesque resort community lies along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, backdropped by imposing peaks. A wealth of outdoor activities is available, from leisurely lake cruises and thrilling jet boat rides to farm visits, bush walks and backcountry fishing excursions. Queenstown is also a comfortable base for exploring the fjords, including the rugged grandeur of Milford Sound. Day flights can also be made to Mount Cook.

Now just a little over a decade old, the Hills golf course near Queenstown has been the site of multiple New Zealand Opens.

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Jet Boat Adventures

One of the most exhilarating and scenic excursions from Queenstown is a jet boat ride down the Matukituki River, winding past glaciers, mountains and waterfalls, some of which you may recognize from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. (Helicopter transfers make the excursion especially memorable.)

Fine Pinot Noirs

The Central Otago region produces some of New Zealand’s most exciting Pinot Noirs, and numerous wineries cluster between Queenstown and Cromwell. One of our favorites is Mount Edward, which crafts delicious Pinot Noirs in addition to well-balanced Riesling, Pinot Gris and Grüner Veltliner. Make an appointment prior to a visit.

Horseback Riding

The countryside around Queenstown provides excellent horseback riding. Moonlight Country arranges fine treks with panoramic views of The Remarkables and the Coronet Peak ski area.