Top 10 Queenstown Summer Activities

DATE 2nd Oct 2017

With its crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, world-class mountain biking and walking tracks, adventure activities and incredible golf courses, Queenstown is the South Island’s ultimate summer playground.

The vibe in Queenstown’s CBD in summer is unbeatable – buskers perform in the cobbled streets and holidaymakers dine alfresco or sip a crisp New Zealand sauvignon blanc in one of the resorts many restaurants and bars.

The local team at New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Rental Homes knows how to jam pack the most into your Queenstown holiday. Here we’ve selected our top 10 summer activities and events, most of which are featured in our Luxury Rental Homes Insider’s Guide.

In the meantime, it pays to book your accommodation early – you can view our Queenstown luxury rental homes here.

Shotover Jet
Queenstown’s own Shotover Jet is recognised as the world’s most exciting jet boat ride – zip down the Shotover River and through the Shotover Canyons for the ride of a lifetime. The scenery is unbelievable and the adrenalin rush is even better.

Skyline Queenstown
Queenstown’s iconic Skyline is New Zealand’s most-visited tourist attraction and, with its gondola, Luge, amazing views, restaurants and mountain biking tracks, it’s not hard to see why.

TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise
Hop aboard the majestic 104-year-old TSS Earnslaw Steamship for a cruise on Lake Wakatipu – the spectacular 90-minute journey comes highly recommended by the Queen and Prince Philip.

Tandem jump from 15,000 feet with an experienced skydiver at NZONE – when the summer sun is shining it’s the perfect time to admire the spectacular landscape of Queenstown and the Southern Lakes.

Sipping an award-winning wine while wandering around a vineyard is an essential part of a Queenstown summer experience. The top pics from our Insider’s Guide are Amisfield at Lake Hayes and Peregrine in the Gibbston Valley.

Lake Wakatipu Ride trail  
Designed for both walkers and riders, this incredible trail meanders around the shores of Lake Wakatipu and offers amazing scenery and photo opportunities around every corner. Begin at the Queenstown Gardens, stop for coffee at The Boat Shed Café and keep your eyes peeled for some amazing sculptures along the way. For a longer ride, follow the Twin Rivers trail then the Arrow River Bridges trail to Arrowtown.

Queenstown has seven spectacular golf courses all within a 45-mintute drive of its CBD. Depending on your level of expertise, options range from the immaculately-groomed Millbrook Golf Course and the championship Jack’s Point course to the relaxed Arrowtown Golf Course.

Outdoor activities
Queenstown’s natural landscape is undoubtedly its biggest attraction in summer. Take advantage of the long, sunny days and warm evenings by swimming in the sparkling Lake Wakatipu, mountain biking on wild and rocky terrain or breathing in the fresh air on a long – or short – walk along one of Queenstown’s many trails (Queenstown Hill, the Lake Hayes Loop, Sawpit Gully and Big Hill are our picks). For those that like to venture out further on the water, jet skis, wakeboards and water skis, boats, kayaks and fishing gear call all be hired from Watersport World down at Fisherman’s Pier, Frankton Marina.

Christmas in Queenstown
If you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas in Queenstown, you’ll get your festive fix at The Remarkables Market or the Creative Queenstown Arts ‘n’ Crafts Market. On the 25th, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere around town (many restaurants and tourist activities are still open on Christmas Day) or celebrate with a picnic or barbecue beside Lake Wakatipu. 

New Year’s in Queenstown 
Queenstown’s CBD transforms into a lively carnival come New Year’s Eve – there’s no better place to ring in 2018 than the most beautiful resort in the world! The lakefront is a bustling hive of activity on December 31st with two stages featuring fantastic live music, plus food stalls, great restaurants and a jaw-dropping fireworks display at midnight.

You can find more Queenstown secrets in the New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Rental Homes Insider’s Guide, which we distribute in all of our luxury rental homes.

If you need more information about booking your next luxury holiday in Queenstown, or you’re wanting to book luxury rental home accommodation in Queenstown, feel free to contact us.