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

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

Combine a flight and a cruise on Milford Sound on this excursion from Queenstown. Take in the area's outstanding natural beauty as you savor the sights from both air and water. Enjoy a 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. After the 40-minute journey back to Queenstown, enjoy complimentary transfer back to your accommodation.

Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

2. 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.

Queenstown: 3-Hour Zipline Adventure with 6-Lines

3. 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 zipline, descending at speeds of up to 70kph.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight and Boat Cruise

4. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight and Boat Cruise

Enjoy an exclusive sightseeing tour to the very best locations in Queenstown and the South Island of New Zealand. Discover New Zealand’s magnificent fiords, native forests, and glaciers, as well as the island's stunning native birdlife, seals, penguins, and dolphins. Embark on a scenic flight and admire the views of the fiord below. Hear insightful commentary about the region and the wildlife that inhabit it from your pilot guide. Soar above the Southern Lakes, Tutoko Glacier, and the Milford Fiord. After, if time permits, take a bush walk with your pilot to the cruise departure point. Learn more about your surroundings as you pass through the dense forest. Continue your sightseeing adventure on a relaxing cruise and see the fiord from the water. After the cruise, make your way back to the plane. Take an alternative return route to see even more highlights, including the famous Southerland waterfalls, and New Zealand's longest lakes, Te Anau and Wakatipu.

Queenstown: Fear Factory Haunted House Admission Ticket

5. Queenstown: Fear Factory Haunted House Admission Ticket

Brave the terror that lies within the haunted hallways of the Old Lockhart Hotel. Make your way through the rooms packed with live actors and impressive special effects.  Be terrified with your group and see who can last the longest! If you decide you’ve had enough, scream ‘I Chicken Out’ and be added to the ever-growing Chicken Counter, which has more than 20,000 people listed.

From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

6. From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Start the tour with a fun drive to the rafting take-off point via Skippers Canyon. The 4x4 drive is an experience in itself; the narrow dirt road hugs the canyon's sheer cliffs and offers spectacular views over the river you'll soon be soaring down. At the rafting base, get fitted in all your gear and listen to a full safety briefing.  Begin your whitewater rafting adventure from Deep Creek. Cruise over peaceful waters before heading towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you paddle through the rapids and into the darkness of the historic, 550-foot Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting over Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.

Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight and Cruise

7. Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight and Cruise

Take flight a small luxury plane leaving Queenstown. Admire the awe-inspiring scenery from your very own window seat as you soar over Fiordland National Park, listening to the pilot's commentary. Landing at Milford Sound airport you will be escorted to the Cruise Terminal either by shuttle or 15 minute nature walk to meet your boat. Enjoy 2 hours of spectacular scenery and wildlife on the Gem of the Sound, learn all about the history of the area from the skipper as he skillfully pulls the boat underneath waterfalls and right up to the base of famous Mitre Peak. Your pilots will meet you off the cruise at the Terminal and take you back to the awaiting plane for your return to Queenstown. Your complimentary shuttle will drop you back to your hotel with plenty of time to enjoy the legendary dining scene.

Queenstown: 3.5-Hour Quad Biking Experience

8. Queenstown: 3.5-Hour Quad Biking Experience

Experience a unique quad bike tour on a fully automatic 400cc quad bikes with 4WD, ensuring an experience that is adventurous yet safe. Full training on the quad bike ensures that all levels are catered for. All weatherproof and waterproof clothing is provided along with all safety gear. The tour operator has exclusive use of Queenstown Hill ensuring that you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views that are exclusively yours. Don’t forget your camera as the viewpoints provide stunning photo opportunities. Access a wealth of off-road trails covering different types of terrain allowing a tour that is tailored to the ability of the group. The tour is 3.5 hours in duration and all riders must be over 16 with a good command of the English language. A credit card bond is taken similar to a car hire procedure.

Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

9. Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

Take on the ultimate jet boat experience on the Shotover River for a breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, located less than a 10-minutes drive from Queenstown. A short drive from Queenstown will have you at the shores of the Shotover River. Meet your experienced guide and gear up for your high-speed jet boat ride. Hold on tight as the driver expertly navigates the jet boat over white-water rapids and squeezes through the narrow walls of the Shotover Canyon. Speed past rocky outcrops, skim around boulders, and zip through the dramatic and narrow canyons as its walls tower above you. After 25 thrilling minutes, return to the jet base and relax on the shuttle transfer back to Queenstown.

Queenstown: 1-Hour Zipline Tour with 2-Lines & 21-Meter Drop

10. Queenstown: 1-Hour Zipline Tour with 2-Lines & 21-Meter Drop

Experience Queenstown in a whole new way. Whether you're seeking a heightened thrill level or short on time as its all done and dusted in just under an hour. 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. Find your wings and fly through the treetops on two breathtaking zip lines in Queenstown. Finish your adventure with a swooping and exhilarating 21-meter drop. Then, enjoy a scenic 10-minute uphill walk through Queenstown's iconic Tiki Trail.   Your experienced guides launch and receive you at each tree deck, so you are able to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Gaze at the spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountain range as you hear light-hearted and interesting details on local history, myths, legends, and ecological principals at each suspended tree-house.

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Absolutely worth every penny! We were lucky enough to have spectacular weather with sunshine and clear blue skies. The pilot, Andy, was fabulous with a smooth take off and landing. The views while crossing over the mountains and into Milford Sound were incredible. The bay cruise was also amazing with so many water falls it was hard to count. We also saw yellow bearded penguins and fur seals. The day could not have been better! And this method took a total of 4.5 hours versus 12 when driving out and back. Do it!

Awesome inspiring experience!! Plane journey over (and back again!) was incredible ... Being so close to these amazing peaks! Milford Sound itself was even better in "real life"... Photos don't give you the full grandeur of the place.... Epic. And thanks to Andy our really friendly pilot ! All in all an amazing trip... Not a full day though, only about 4 to 5 hrs.

Amazing experience. Great 1st day activity to get your bearing of Queenstown.

A cold rainy day, but truly exciting experience. All credits to our skipper.

Great company to use, highly recommend very professional service. Aaron