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Packrafting Queenstown- License to chill
Our day hiking and paddling through the NZ backcountry starts in Queenstown. After picking you guys up, we'll set off on a gorgeous drive towards the rural town of Glenorchy. After a quick pit stop we'll leave civilisation behind and disappear down a dirt road into the Rees Valley. The road less travelled if you like. Once the road runs out, we'll start hiking. I'll provide you with a backpack and all the gear you'll need for our packrafting adventure. The hike itself is flat, very easy going and jaw dropingly beautiful. We'll hike beneath glacier cover peaks, flanked by waterfalls and through an alluvial river valley where we often see more deer than humans. We're fortunate enough to have exclusive access to this working farm for our trips. We're a long way from the madding crowds. We'll walk for around 2hrs. Expect to get your feet wet as we cross the river a few times. We'll stop for hearty lunch at a small creek where our paddling journey starts. After a inflating our packrafts, we'll spend some time exploring canyons and practicing our paddling before taking to the main river. Packrafting along the Rees river is a relaxing and liberating experience. The river is reasonably flat and extremely beginner friendly. Everyone has their own packraft to explore and drift down stream. After an hour or so we'll be back where we started, ready to roll our boats up and head home. Other things to note No experience is required, you'll be with fully qualified instructors all day who can teach you everything you'll need to know.
Wine Tour with the Wine Doctor
We depart from the Station Building, in the city centre at 2:00 PM. We will set off for the heart of Gibbston on a small group half-day tour to visit three cellar doors and journey into the ‘valley of the vines’ to discover these vineyards nestled amongst the spectacular mountain ranges and dramatic river gorges. In one of the wineries, we will savour a vineyard platter or a cheeseboard to pair with the wines. We will visit boutique wineries that are off the beaten path. There is no set routine, so every day is an adventure. The choice of the wineries visited will vary each day based on your individual group's dynamics. The overall focus is on high-quality wines and friendly and informative staff. As I am also passionate about photography, I will take photos of the whole experience and will send you all the images by email after the tour, at no additional cost. I offer the tours in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Other things to note A minimum of 3 people is required for this activity to take place. If no others book for the day, we will get in touch with you and full refunds will be made or alternative dates offered.
Gibbston Valley Half Day Canyon
Meet downtown Queenstown for your pick up and drive out to the canyon through the Gibbston Valley wine country Get dressed into all the necessary canyoning equipment Walk minutes to the start of the canyon Enjoy multiple slides and abseils down waterfalls, trying your hand at abseiling yourself and learning the sport of canyoning Walk minutes back to our van to get changed Drive back into downtown Queenstown for your drop off Other things to note This experience is suitable for persons 10 years and older only 48 hour cancellation policy applies
Wine Tour & Māori Culture Queenstown
This is a relaxing, educational and entertaining wine tour visiting 3-4 vineyards, that also embraces history (Māori footprint leading into the Gold Rush 1860's), the whenua/land of our beautiful region and and the beautiful wines of our Central Otago region. If you can't see suitable availability, please send me a message and I'll see what I can do to host you. We depart Queenstown where you will be picked up from your accommodation in the WanaHaka® vehicle at 11:00am with the Māori greeting the Hongi establishing the connection with you the guest and the Māori people of New Zealand and the land, then with a 15 minute drive to Gibbston and Lake Hayes where a selection of Pinot Noir, Gris, Sav Blanc and more will be in tasting. The first winery being Mora near Arrowtown, following that we drive via the Gold Rush historic area of Arrowtown and venture a quick stop into the Kawarau bridge where the famous Kawarau AJ Hackett Bungy resides, we then visit the Mt Rosa winery with more beautiful wines and a cheese platter. Moving slowly but surely onto either Cargo or Wet Jacket or Amsfield to see the historic sheep shed before our drive back to Queenstown. Along this tour you will get an insight into the Māori footprint and history from many hundreds of years ago of the beautiful Otago and Queenstown region. In this price all transfers, tastings and food are included.
High Country Discovery Tour Queenstown
Ok this is about what we will do ! We have exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station, a working farm set in the spectacular alpine environment of the Paradise Valley at the head of Lake Wakatipu. The High Country Discovery tour is a half day adventure over Mount Earnslaw Station, in the heart of New Zealand’s high country. You will gain real insight into country life in this remote region, LOTR and the Hobbit movie locations can be viewed. 4WD across and up farm trails with incredible photography panoramas. There is the option to visit an operational woolshed where sheep are shorn during the year. We visit Diamond Lake flanked by Mt Alfred and Mt Earnslaw (2830m) the views across the Lake to Mt Chaos, Cosmos and Pluto Peaks are “Postcard shots in Paradise”. Departures 8.30am and 1.30pm • Exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station • LOTR and the Hobbit movie location viewing • Kiwi guides • Max capacity 4 pax, no large groups • Toyota Landcruiser or Land Rover 4WD transport • Plenty of photo stops • Binoculars and refreshments • Viewing farm livestock Commentary on historical / cultural and geographic anecdotes Other things to note We can pick up from your accommodation in Queenstown by prior arrangement, please contact us to get confirmation of pick up time and location.

Go to the mountains with local guides

Queenstown from above, Ben Lomond summit adventure
Ben Lomond is a peak sitting directly above Queenstown that's just about visible from town, Ben Lomond sits at 1748m above sea level, we will wind our way up through the mountain tracks, through the pine tree's, and up and onto the alpine accent. I can give you a unique alpine experience, sharing stories of the town's history, the adventures available throughout area, and my own personal experiences living in this beautiful country. The adventure will start outside the skyline gondola, we will then ascend via the Tikki Trail and make our way out of the tree line where the summit will be visible. Then it's a straight hike up to the saddle before we will make the final accent, you can expect incredible views, snow-topped mountains, wild goats, and possibly Kea's. On our decent, we will make our way back down the same path before heading off to find an exposed ridgeline and some more epic views/photo opportunities, finally arriving back at the top of the Queenstown Gondola where cold beer and hot food are served. Timing is just an estimation if you are fit and keen then it can be achieved in 4 hours or under. There is the option to do both a sunrise and sunset hike, please contact me for more details regarding times and dates as I do work full time throughout the week. Weekends are open for booking providing they are done in advance.
Serenity on Horseback
I can provide a 60min hour horse riding trail walk experience. This is a unique 1:1 lead rein (*depending on rider experience levels) experience with my horse Arizona who will take you on an adventurous walk/trot towards the Shotover river. There are other options for riding and can be customised to the rider - within reason : ) (this can be discussed at time of booking). Riding time is approx 1 hr with 30 mins set up/set down period, which you are more than welcome to be a part of also. In addition, if your spouse, partner, friend, family member etc would like to join in the experience, you can alternate the riding time as one rides and the other walks/hikes with us to make it a together unique experience. This 1:1 trail ride is suitable for all levels and experiences and can be customised to the rider. There is a weight limit of approx. 120 kg for Arizona.
Ride to the Sky Queenstown eBike Tour
Take a ride with me to the top of Grant Peak, 800 meters above sea level overlooking just about all of the Wakatipu Basin. (it may sound hard but remember you're on an eBike and it has a magic button 'TURBO' that flattens hills) and I wil be there to guide you every pedal of the way. What makes this trail so magical is the spectacular scenery showcasing the very best of Queenstown's natural landscape. This is an exclusive location, you'll only be able to get there with me. Learn about the local European and Maori that the Wakatipu basin is steeped in. The gold, the Pounamu, farming and in recent times all played an integral part in what Queenstown looks like today, 360 views only 5 minutes from the airport. Other things to note This eTour is for the confident/intermediate bike rider, not for the novice rider. Be smart, dress for suitable weather.
Mt Aspiring Full Day Canyon
Meet downtown Queenstown for your pick up Drive out to the canyon through Wanaka and out to the Mt Aspiring National park. Get dressed into all the necessary canyoning equipment Walk 25 minutes to the start of the canyon Enjoy multiple slides, jumps and abseils down pumping waterfalls, trying your hand at abseiling Walk minutes back to our van to get changed Enjoy a picnic style lunch - choose a vegetarian or meat option Drive back into downtown Queenstown for your drop off Other things to note This experience is suitable for persons 16 years and older only 48 hour cancellation policy applies
Sunset Landscape Photography Tour
A photographic tour is a enjoyable outdoor adventure combined with insightful guidance on maximising the use of your camera. You will learn life long skills on the fine art of landscape photography from an award-winning photographer, while discovering some unforgettable locations. Half day tour from Queenstown exploring Skippers Canyon: Afternoon Tour - For Sunset Locations in and around Skippers Canyon. Glen will collect you from your hotel long before sunset, and return you once the ideal time for natural light photography has disappeared. Please dress appropriately for all weather, and remember to bring: Camera Tripod (If you have one) Fully charged battery. You will be taken to the most optimal location for taking stunning Landscape photos. Glen will also tutor you in the best way to capture both what you see and what you feel. Minimum 1 person, maximum 4 people. Other things to note Weather can vary in Queenstown, bring clothing for both cold and hot weather, and sensible shoes and a hat.

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All activities near Queenstown

Packrafting Queenstown- License to chill
Our day hiking and paddling through the NZ backcountry starts in Queenstown. After picking you guys up, we'll set off on a gorgeous drive towards the rural town of Glenorchy. After a quick pit stop we'll leave civilisation behind and disappear down a dirt road into the Rees Valley. The road less travelled if you like. Once the road runs out, we'll start hiking. I'll provide you with a backpack and all the gear you'll need for our packrafting adventure. The hike itself is flat, very easy going and jaw dropingly beautiful. We'll hike beneath glacier cover peaks, flanked by waterfalls and through an alluvial river valley where we often see more deer than humans. We're fortunate enough to have exclusive access to this working farm for our trips. We're a long way from the madding crowds. We'll walk for around 2hrs. Expect to get your feet wet as we cross the river a few times. We'll stop for hearty lunch at a small creek where our paddling journey starts. After a inflating our packrafts, we'll spend some time exploring canyons and practicing our paddling before taking to the main river. Packrafting along the Rees river is a relaxing and liberating experience. The river is reasonably flat and extremely beginner friendly. Everyone has their own packraft to explore and drift down stream. After an hour or so we'll be back where we started, ready to roll our boats up and head home. Other things to note No experience is required, you'll be with fully qualified instructors all day who can teach you everything you'll need to know.
Winery hop in a vintage V W Kombi - Queenstown
Explore the wineries of the Gibbston wine region in a vintage VW Kombi, with your experienced Queenstown host and driver, Chika. Discover the wine-making traditions of Central Otago and savour the views across the Kawarau Gorge during this wine tasting tour. If you love to travel in style and you love wine, then this is the tour for you! Many people love to visit beautiful Queenstown and there are a lot of tours on offer. Why not take a more inexpensive and nostalgic version? Let’s make your wine tour that little bit more unique and memorable. Central Otago is regarded as the NZ home of Pinot Noir. Queenstown scenery, vintage travel and wine combine for an unforgettable day out with friends and loved ones. Check out Instagram for more photos @queenstownkombi
Wine Tour with the Wine Doctor
We depart from the Station Building, in the city centre at 2:00 PM. We will set off for the heart of Gibbston on a small group half-day tour to visit three cellar doors and journey into the ‘valley of the vines’ to discover these vineyards nestled amongst the spectacular mountain ranges and dramatic river gorges. In one of the wineries, we will savour a vineyard platter or a cheeseboard to pair with the wines. We will visit boutique wineries that are off the beaten path. There is no set routine, so every day is an adventure. The choice of the wineries visited will vary each day based on your individual group's dynamics. The overall focus is on high-quality wines and friendly and informative staff. As I am also passionate about photography, I will take photos of the whole experience and will send you all the images by email after the tour, at no additional cost. I offer the tours in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Other things to note A minimum of 3 people is required for this activity to take place. If no others book for the day, we will get in touch with you and full refunds will be made or alternative dates offered.
Gibbston Valley Half Day Canyon
Meet downtown Queenstown for your pick up and drive out to the canyon through the Gibbston Valley wine country Get dressed into all the necessary canyoning equipment Walk minutes to the start of the canyon Enjoy multiple slides and abseils down waterfalls, trying your hand at abseiling yourself and learning the sport of canyoning Walk minutes back to our van to get changed Drive back into downtown Queenstown for your drop off Other things to note This experience is suitable for persons 10 years and older only 48 hour cancellation policy applies
Wine Tour & Māori Culture Queenstown
This is a relaxing, educational and entertaining wine tour visiting 3-4 vineyards, that also embraces history (Māori footprint leading into the Gold Rush 1860's), the whenua/land of our beautiful region and and the beautiful wines of our Central Otago region. If you can't see suitable availability, please send me a message and I'll see what I can do to host you. We depart Queenstown where you will be picked up from your accommodation in the WanaHaka® vehicle at 11:00am with the Māori greeting the Hongi establishing the connection with you the guest and the Māori people of New Zealand and the land, then with a 15 minute drive to Gibbston and Lake Hayes where a selection of Pinot Noir, Gris, Sav Blanc and more will be in tasting. The first winery being Mora near Arrowtown, following that we drive via the Gold Rush historic area of Arrowtown and venture a quick stop into the Kawarau bridge where the famous Kawarau AJ Hackett Bungy resides, we then visit the Mt Rosa winery with more beautiful wines and a cheese platter. Moving slowly but surely onto either Cargo or Wet Jacket or Amsfield to see the historic sheep shed before our drive back to Queenstown. Along this tour you will get an insight into the Māori footprint and history from many hundreds of years ago of the beautiful Otago and Queenstown region. In this price all transfers, tastings and food are included.
High Country Discovery Tour Queenstown
Ok this is about what we will do ! We have exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station, a working farm set in the spectacular alpine environment of the Paradise Valley at the head of Lake Wakatipu. The High Country Discovery tour is a half day adventure over Mount Earnslaw Station, in the heart of New Zealand’s high country. You will gain real insight into country life in this remote region, LOTR and the Hobbit movie locations can be viewed. 4WD across and up farm trails with incredible photography panoramas. There is the option to visit an operational woolshed where sheep are shorn during the year. We visit Diamond Lake flanked by Mt Alfred and Mt Earnslaw (2830m) the views across the Lake to Mt Chaos, Cosmos and Pluto Peaks are “Postcard shots in Paradise”. Departures 8.30am and 1.30pm • Exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station • LOTR and the Hobbit movie location viewing • Kiwi guides • Max capacity 4 pax, no large groups • Toyota Landcruiser or Land Rover 4WD transport • Plenty of photo stops • Binoculars and refreshments • Viewing farm livestock Commentary on historical / cultural and geographic anecdotes Other things to note We can pick up from your accommodation in Queenstown by prior arrangement, please contact us to get confirmation of pick up time and location.
Queenstown from above, Ben Lomond summit adventure
Ben Lomond is a peak sitting directly above Queenstown that's just about visible from town, Ben Lomond sits at 1748m above sea level, we will wind our way up through the mountain tracks, through the pine tree's, and up and onto the alpine accent. I can give you a unique alpine experience, sharing stories of the town's history, the adventures available throughout area, and my own personal experiences living in this beautiful country. The adventure will start outside the skyline gondola, we will then ascend via the Tikki Trail and make our way out of the tree line where the summit will be visible. Then it's a straight hike up to the saddle before we will make the final accent, you can expect incredible views, snow-topped mountains, wild goats, and possibly Kea's. On our decent, we will make our way back down the same path before heading off to find an exposed ridgeline and some more epic views/photo opportunities, finally arriving back at the top of the Queenstown Gondola where cold beer and hot food are served. Timing is just an estimation if you are fit and keen then it can be achieved in 4 hours or under. There is the option to do both a sunrise and sunset hike, please contact me for more details regarding times and dates as I do work full time throughout the week. Weekends are open for booking providing they are done in advance.
E-Bike the most scenic and fun trail in the area
This tour is a beautiful way to see and learn about our amazing countryside. It is also perfect for a beginner starting out on their eBike adventures. I will show you hidden secrets on the trail and tell you the history of the Queenstown area. You will discover local nature and meet its habitats. The magnificent landscape around Queenstown makes Ride to the Lake Guided eBike Tour comfortable for riding and does not require special skills. It's enough for the experienced rider to keep interested but also great for not-so-experienced riders to push themselves and learn new skills.
Serenity on Horseback
I can provide a 60min hour horse riding trail walk experience. This is a unique 1:1 lead rein (*depending on rider experience levels) experience with my horse Arizona who will take you on an adventurous walk/trot towards the Shotover river. There are other options for riding and can be customised to the rider - within reason : ) (this can be discussed at time of booking). Riding time is approx 1 hr with 30 mins set up/set down period, which you are more than welcome to be a part of also. In addition, if your spouse, partner, friend, family member etc would like to join in the experience, you can alternate the riding time as one rides and the other walks/hikes with us to make it a together unique experience. This 1:1 trail ride is suitable for all levels and experiences and can be customised to the rider. There is a weight limit of approx. 120 kg for Arizona.
Ride to the Sky Queenstown eBike Tour
Take a ride with me to the top of Grant Peak, 800 meters above sea level overlooking just about all of the Wakatipu Basin. (it may sound hard but remember you're on an eBike and it has a magic button 'TURBO' that flattens hills) and I wil be there to guide you every pedal of the way. What makes this trail so magical is the spectacular scenery showcasing the very best of Queenstown's natural landscape. This is an exclusive location, you'll only be able to get there with me. Learn about the local European and Maori that the Wakatipu basin is steeped in. The gold, the Pounamu, farming and in recent times all played an integral part in what Queenstown looks like today, 360 views only 5 minutes from the airport. Other things to note This eTour is for the confident/intermediate bike rider, not for the novice rider. Be smart, dress for suitable weather.
Mt Aspiring Full Day Canyon
Meet downtown Queenstown for your pick up Drive out to the canyon through Wanaka and out to the Mt Aspiring National park. Get dressed into all the necessary canyoning equipment Walk 25 minutes to the start of the canyon Enjoy multiple slides, jumps and abseils down pumping waterfalls, trying your hand at abseiling Walk minutes back to our van to get changed Enjoy a picnic style lunch - choose a vegetarian or meat option Drive back into downtown Queenstown for your drop off Other things to note This experience is suitable for persons 16 years and older only 48 hour cancellation policy applies
Sunset Landscape Photography Tour
A photographic tour is a enjoyable outdoor adventure combined with insightful guidance on maximising the use of your camera. You will learn life long skills on the fine art of landscape photography from an award-winning photographer, while discovering some unforgettable locations. Half day tour from Queenstown exploring Skippers Canyon: Afternoon Tour - For Sunset Locations in and around Skippers Canyon. Glen will collect you from your hotel long before sunset, and return you once the ideal time for natural light photography has disappeared. Please dress appropriately for all weather, and remember to bring: Camera Tripod (If you have one) Fully charged battery. You will be taken to the most optimal location for taking stunning Landscape photos. Glen will also tutor you in the best way to capture both what you see and what you feel. Minimum 1 person, maximum 4 people. Other things to note Weather can vary in Queenstown, bring clothing for both cold and hot weather, and sensible shoes and a hat.
Paradise Discovery Tour
Ok this is about what we will do ! We have exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station, a working farm set in the spectacular alpine environment of the Paradise Valley at the head of Lake Wakatipu. The Paradise Discovery tour is a full day adventure over Mount Earnslaw Station, in the heart of New Zealand’s high country. You will gain real insight into country life in this remote region, LOTR and the Hobbit movie locations can be viewed. 4WD along farm trails with hiking to incredible photography panoramas. There is the option to visit an operational woolshed where sheep are shorn during the year. We visit Diamond Lake flanked by Mt Alfred and Mt Earnslaw (2830m) the views across the Lake to Mt Chaos, Cosmos and Pluto Peaks are “Postcard shots in Paradise”. Departures 9am return 4pm • Exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station Part of the tour involves hikes to look out points. • LOTR and the Hobbit movie location viewing • Kiwi guides • Max capacity 4 pax, no large groups • Toyota Landcruiser • Plenty of photo stops • Binoculars and refreshments • Viewing farm livestock Commentary on historical / cultural and geographic anecdotes Other things to note We can pick up from your accommodation in Queenstown by prior arrangement, please contact us to get confirmation of pick up time and location.
Queenstown Tour by Segway
First you'll be given some time to learn to safely operate the Segway. This is typically the first 15-20mins of any trip. After that you'll take a ride around Queenstown enjoying the thrill of riding a Segway while checking out the views along the way. You'll get to cruise all around Queenstown's lakeside and Gardens and hear some interesting information along the way. Speeds start slow to give you time to get used to the Segway but are increased as confidence levels grow. Other things to note Easy to learn and fun to ride.
Behind-the-scenes Lord of the Rings
Take a journey with me deep into Middle Earth, and encounter Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien Forest, The Misty Mountains and Ithilien! We will be visiting these locations as we travel from scenic Queenstown, Glenorchy and Paradise, including filming locations from The Hobbit, Wolverine, Chronicles of Narnia. Stories and secrets will be shared by a local with great insight and knowledge into the filming of these movies and also the local areas' rich history and Maori culture. You will experience some of the world’s most spectacular scenery in Mt Aspiring World Heritage Park and along one of the Worlds' most scenic highway, the Glenorchy Road. You will come away with the most breathtaking scenic photos and magical memories. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and tea, with a light Kiwi style picnic. Take the opportunity to dress up in our Lord of the Rings Costumes, and have a photo shoot with our replica swords in Lothlorien forest. Other things to note Please allow yourself enough time to find a park and getting yourself to the station building. Parking can be found
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