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Queenstown adventure activities that will boost your adrenaline

We all know Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand. Here are the top ways to get active.

Your choice of Queenstown adventure activities will be endless as will be your supply of adrenaline.

Signature Luxury Travel & Style has sifted through the mix to find the most unmatchable and unmissable adventure offerings in the South Island city.

Skippers Canyon with Nomad Safaris

Best for: New horizons

Venture off the beaten track with a private Nomad Safaris adventure through Skippers Canyon. Jump in to your luxury Tesla then head deep into the canyon along famous Skippers Road. The road is hacked by hand and clinging to a sheer cliffside. Your view en route is the glorious Shotover River, once one of the richest in the world thanks to the discovery of gold here.

Don’t miss: There’s still gold to be discovered in the river, and your expedition includes time to go panning to find your riches.

Queenstown adventure activities - Private Tesla tour through Skippers Canyon with Nomad Safaris
Private Tesla tour through Skippers Canyon with Nomad Safaris

Pacific Jemm

Best for: Making your friends jealous You can cruise Lake Wakatipu, and then you can really cruise it, setting sail from O’Regans Wharf on the oh-so-sexy 24-metre Pacific Jemm. This shiny Falcon-S oozes sophistication and old-world charm, with teak finishes and plenty of outdoor space for lounging and soaking up views of The Remarkables. Pause to splash about on paddleboards or jump in the Mini Jemm boat to explore secluded coves – whether around the Pig and Pigeon Islands, Glenorchy or Jack’s Point.

Don’t miss: Sunset champagne and canapes, followed by a barbecue dinner or a formal five-course degustation.

The ultimate day out exploring Lake Wakatipu on Pacific Jemm
The ultimate day out exploring Lake Wakatipu on Pacific Jemm
Pacific Jemm dining options
Pacific Jemm dining options

Ultimate Hikes

Best for: Life-changing adventures

New Zealand’s Milford Sound is the stuff of legends. It’s a place of wild glaciers and soaring peaks that appear to cleave off the edge of the Earth. The best way to take in this natural drama is with Ultimate Hikes. Their guides will escort you through Fiordland National Park to the sound over five days.  You’ll be taken to accommodation en route in private lodges and gourmet meals that you’ll well and truly deserve. You’ll cover 54 kilometres in total.

Don’t miss: There are a number of waterways along your route. Be sure to take a dip in at least one – it’s a rite of passage among hikers.

Climbing up Mackinnon Pass on the Milford Track with Ultimate Hikes
Climbing up Mackinnon Pass on the Milford Track with Ultimate Hikes

Milford Sound Scenic Flights

Best for: Some perspective

If you’re time-poor but still want the life-changing scenery of Milford Sound and the Southern Alps, sign up for a bird’s-eye view with Milford Sound Scenic Flights. Traversing the valleys and peaks of Fiordland National Park in your plane, you’ll dip over cascading waterfalls, witness icy blue lakes and rivers, marvel at snow-capped mountains and skim above beech forests. You’ll take a spin over Lake Wakatipu on the way home, before landing back at Queenstown Airport.

Don’t miss: The ‘Fly, Cruise, Fly’ package includes your scenic flight as well as a boat trip across Milford’s glistening fjord.

Queenstown adventure activities -Views for days with Milford Sound Scenic Flights
Views for days with Milford Sound Scenic Flights

This article first appeared in the Signature Luxury Travel & Style Ultimate Guide to Queenstown ebook. To download the latest issue click here.

Lead image: © Andy Woods