The Scenic Queenstown Route

4/10/2016 | Posted in Discover Queenstown

Although Queenstown is full of adrenaline adventures best done at full speed, it pays to also check out some of the slower paced activities that give you the chance to appreciate the picturesque setting that is Queenstown. We have put together a few ideas of some activities that allow you to get out in nature and do just that!

Wine Tasting & Tours

No trip to Queenstown/Central Otago is complete without visiting one of our local wineries. Showcasing some of New Zealand’s best wines and home to famous wineries such as Mt Difficulty and Bannockburn, whether you are a wine connoisseur or merely an enthusiast it will be an afternoon well spent. If you are a little less interested in the wine and more focussed on the food and setting, then the internationally acclaimed cuisine at Amisfield is a must! 

Walks & Hikes

Queenstown is home to a diverse range of walking and hiking trails suitable for all levels and ages. The regions picturesque landscapes make for perfect scenic walks, some starting right in Queenstown. Then there is the iconic Fiordland and Mount Aspiring national parks where you will find plenty of walks of varying degrees including the infamous Milford track.

Onsen Hot Pools

Relax with a cheese board and a Central Otago Pinot as you take in the beautiful snow-capped mountains while bathing in your own private hot tub. Onsen Hot Pools are located just a short 15minute drive on the outskirts of Queenstown, and enjoy uninterrupted views across the Shotover Canyon. 

Hot Air Ballooning

If it’s the gentler pursuits you are after why not experience Queenstown’s famous views from above. The balloons carry a maximum of 16 customers and have flights going all year round (weather permitting) so you are able to fly no matter the season. Take in the stunning panoramic views as you rise to altitudes of 6000ft with the wind determining your course. 


If fishing is what floats your boat Queenstown offers various spots for fly fishing, spinning, trolling and drift fishing and our experienced local fisherman will help you end your day with a fish in hand. Queenstown fishing offer charters and guided fly fishing experiences with the best backdrops on Lake Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea as well as the renowned rivers the Southern Lakes Region has to offer.