Top 10 Queenstown winter activities

DATE 21st Jun 2017

A world-renowned winter playground, the Queenstown Lakes District reigns supreme in the cooler months. If you’re a snow-seeker about to book your luxury holiday in Queenstown or Arrowtown, planning your winter activities in advance is essential.

From skiing and snowboarding to ice skating and golf, the local team at New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Rental Homes knows how to get the most out of your Queenstown holiday. Here we’ve selected our top 10 winter activities, as featured in our Luxury Rental Homes Insider’s Guide.

Skiing and snowboarding

Queenstown is synonymous with winter fun, so a trip up to Coronet Peak and The Remarkables is a must-do. These world-renowned ski fields are great for all levels of skiing – from kids and beginners to experts. Private lessons are also available.

Once you’ve explored Queenstown’s ski fields, head over the spectacular Crown Range to Wanaka and visit the Cardrona and Treble Cone ski areas.


For those compelled to take their snow experiences to the next level, book a scenic helicopter flight with Over the Top Helicopters to the Southern Alps on a heli-ski tour and enjoy exclusive use of pristine, untracked snow.


Winter often brings fresh, bluebird days which are ideal for a leisurely game of golf – relish the incredible views and varying challenges of Millbrook (27 holes), Jack’s Point (18 holes) and Kelvin Heights (10 holes).

Jacks Point Golf

Day spas

While it’s cold outside, indulge yourself at Hush Day Spa, Millbrook Spa, Le Spa at Sofitel or Eforea Spa at the Hilton (the latter also offers use of their delightful indoor heated pool).


There’s no better way to explore Queenstown’s beauty than on foot. Rug up warm and follow the trails around Lake Hayes, the Frankton Arm Walkway or Queenstown Hill. For something a little longer and more advanced, the Big Hill hike and Sam Summers/Mt Crichton Loop will reward you with spectacular views.

Skyline Queenstown

A trip to Queenstown isn’t complete until you’ve been up the Skyline gondola and down the Luge – it’s Kiwi family fun at its finest. The views at the top complex are unsurpassed.  


While The Remarkables are beautifully dusted with snow, it’s the perfect time to experience skydiving in Queenstown. Venture to NZONE and tandem jump from 15,000 feet with an experienced skydiver – the adrenalin buzz is sure to warm you up.

Shotover Jet

Fun, fast and furious, the Shotover Jet is an iconic Queenstown tourist attraction that’s always impressive, no matter how many times you ride it. Touted as the world’s most exciting jet boat ride, it zips, twists and turns through the Shotover Canyons on the Shotover River.

Dorothy Browns Cinema

Queenstown also offers the best in low-key winter activities – our top pick is Dorothy Browns Cinema in Arrowtown. This snug and cosy boutique movie theatre screens the latest films in an intimate setting, where you can enjoy a glass of wine and a cheeseboard.

Queenstown Ice Arena

Another of Queenstown’s best winter activities, the Queenstown Ice Arena offers ice-skating and ice-skating lessons for all ages and abilities. Evening skating sessions are also available over winter on Friday nights.


There’s nothing quite like sipping a warming Central Otago pinot noir next to a roaring fire. You can do this at Amisfield Vineyard & Bistro at Lake Hayes (try the Trust the Chef menu option while you’re at it) before venturing to the Cellar Door at Peregrine Wines in the Gibbston Valley for wine tasting and banter.


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.