5 Relaxing Outdoor Activities in Queenstown

Our Queenstown car rental team have created a list of fun and interactive outdoor activities to do while in the beautiful Southern Lakes District without having to climb a mountain or be fit enough to cross country ski. Jo and Paul, who have two convenient car rental locations, one at Shotover Street in town and the other at Glenda Drive out by Queenstown Airport, have a wealth of information to share so while you are picking up your hire car take the time to quiz them on what will suit you. The following activities all involve getting outdoors and experiencing the scenic wonderland that is Queenstown, but in a way that you can participate in the experience without feeling that you survived it.

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Heather at NZ Rent a Car’s Queenstown Car Rental Depot at 34 Shotover Street

1. Dart River Funyak Safari – Adventure Wilderness

Funyak Safari is an amazing journey deep into the Mt Aspiring National Park by inflatable kayak. Get involved with nature and enjoy exploring the Dart River as well as hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. Enjoy a delicious wilderness buffet lunch before continuing downstream to ‘Paradise’. 5 stars.

Funyak Queenstown
Explore the Dart River by Funyak. Photo: www.dartriver.co.nz

$299Adult / $199Child
$797 Family (Save $199) 2 Adults / 2 Children

9 hours (ex Queenstown)
7 hours (ex Glenorchy)

“One of the best remote wilderness trips available. The jetboat ride was thrilling and the commentary on the backroad journey and forest walk was very informative and interesting. We loved the whole package.”

Phone: (03) 442 9992 / 0800 327 853
Email: reservations@dartriverjetsafaris.co.nz | Web: www.dartriverjetsafaris.com

2. Ben Lomond Horse Trekking Co. – Adventure Wilderness

Ben Lomond Station is just on the other side of Queenstown Gondola and offers some of the most amazing unspoiled views in New Zealand. A famous hot spot for film makers, this 35,000 acre cattle farm has it all. Horse treks are available for advanced riders and beginners, from ages 5 plus, max 100 kg. Free pick up, 20 min drive.

Horse Treks At Ben Lomond Station
NZRAC’s Heather on a Ben Lomond Horse Trek
Gills Creek $120/$110 2 hrs
McConnochies $140/$130 2.5 hrs
Moke Lake $80/$70 1.5 hrs
Ride into the Past $160/$150 3.5 hrs

Shotover / Camp Street

Pick up from Queenstown Hotels available.

“A unique opportunity to ride through a working sheep station. The lunch stop at Seffers Town leaves a lasting impression of the gold mining history in these hills. This experienced company caters for all levels of riders with their steady mounts.”

Phone: 0800 236 566
Web: www.nzhorsetreks.co.nz

3. Milford Sound Cruises – Real Journeys

Travel over spectacular alpine roads with Real Journeys in one of their glass-roofed coaches, custom designed for your viewing comfort, then cruise the beautiful waters of Milford Sound on modern cruise boats with purpose-built viewing desks.  Coaches depart from Queenstown and Te Anau joining their Nature, Scenic and Overnight Cruises in Milford Sound.

Milford Sounds Cruises
Milford Sound Cruises, a must do

Coach & Nature Cruise

PRICE: Adult $198 / Child $99

DURATION: 12 hours 50 minutes

DEPART: Nov-Apr 7.15am, May-Oct 6.55am

Coach & Scenic Cruise

PRICE: Adult $226 / Child $113

DURATION: 12hrs 35 min

DEPART: All Year 6.55am

Other departures available. Prices are from Queenstown.

“Real Journeys’ luxurious glass-roofed coaches provide incredible comfort and excellent views. The scenery was stunning and our driver’s local knowledge and commentary made this a truly unforgettable journey.”

Phone: 0800 65 65 01
Web: www.realjourneys.co.nz

4. Frankton Golf Course

Located at Frankton Village with the stunning Remarkables mountain range providing a spectacular backdrop, this 9 hole golf course is perfect for a casual game of golf and welcoms golfers of all levels. A covered driving range is also available as well as a practice putting and chipping green.

Frankton Golf Course
Stunning alpine scenery at the Frankton Golf Course

Frankton Golf Course & Driving Range, Frankton Village, Queenstown

PAR: Men 60, Ladies 60


DRIVING RANGE FEES: $6 Small Bucket / $12 Large Bucket

CLUB HIRE: from $10

CART HIRE: $20 (9 holes)



“Kelvin Heights is a must play golf course in Queenstown! Set on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Wakatipu, with a backdrop of the stunning Remarkables Mountains the course is internationally regarded as one of the world’s most picturesque. Water taxi available from Queenstown Bay.”

Web: www.queenstownnz.co.nz

5. Segway on Q

Discover a new sensation that’s fantastic fun! The Segway Personal Transporter is so easy and fun to ride. Segway on Q’s tours are a great way to see Queenstown’s town centre and have some fun along the way.

Segway on Q
Explore Queenstown in style by Segway. Photo: www.segwayonq.com

Queenstown Tour

PRICE: Adult $119/Child $109

DURATION: Approx 2 hours

Bay Ride

PRICE: Adult $85 / Child $75

DURATION: Approx 1 hour

DEPART: On demand

COMMENT: “These machines are amazing and so much fun. I couldn’t get over how easy to use they are and how enjoyable it was to negotiate our way around some of downtown Queenstown’s most picturesque spots. Our small group of 4 had a fantastic time and the experience is highly recommended. Age not set but normally 10+ and weight range 35 to 118 kgs. Family deals available.”

Phone: (03) 442 8687 / 0800 SEG FUN (734 386)
Email: info@segwayonq.com  |  Web: www.segwayonq.com

Prices and activities available correct at time of publishing. Some activities are seasonal. Please check company websites for up to date pricing and activity availability.

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2 thoughts on “5 Relaxing Outdoor Activities in Queenstown”

  1. Get list of things to do in Queenstown. Can I add a sixth?

    The Shotover Jet is absolutely amazing. When we were down in Queenstown last summer my wife and I had a great time on the Shotover Jet. We had a hire car and so it was really easy to pop out to Arthur’s Point.

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