Are you ready for action? If that's a YES! then Queenstown is the place to be, as New Zealand's adrenaline capital. If you're not hell-bent on throwing yourself off a bridge or hurtling down a river, the surrounding wine country and ludicrously scenic Milford Sound will also give you a thrill.
Day 1: High-Octane Queenstown
If you want to terrify yourself, you can do it here, in every possible way you can imagine. Take the plunge that started it all on the original Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump, or leap over the Queenstown Urban Ledge Bungy Jump - guaranteed to take your breath away! Dive into the deep end with the Triple challenge: a jet boat ride on the Shotover River, helicopter flight over Skippers Canyon, and white-water rafting down the rapids. If that hasn’t got your heart beating fast enough try skydiving from 15,000 feet, flying downhill on mountain bikes, paragliding from Coronet Peak, canyoning through perilous gorges, and speeding along the river on a purpose-built body board.
Day 2: Queenstown Day Trips
Queenstown is the perfect base for a movie safari - a scenic journey into the heart of alpine New Zealand to explore the spectacular backdrops used in the Lord of the Rings and Wolverine films. Hire a kayak and paddle out onto Lake Wakatipu or to take a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, the coal-powered steamer used to connect remote sheep stations to civilization.
Soar over the majestic scenery on a breathtaking helicopter flight or take a wilderness cruise on gorgeously unspoilt Doubtful Sound. Dip into the picturesque valleys and rolling vine-clad foothills of Bannockburn to visit New Zealand's premier vineyards in Otago wine country. Or discover another side to NZ on a high country farm tour, to watch sheep dogs in action and see the animals including Highland cows, alpacas and red deer.
Day 3: Milford Sound
Milford Sound is possibly the most scenic destination in New Zealand, featuring magnificent native forests, wild rugged cliffs and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the sound far below. Cruise Milford Sound on a day trip from Queenstown to see the glacier scarred rock walls of Mitre Peak rising vertically from the sea. Take an overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner along this magnificent fiord to the Tasman Sea, anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. Or go for the scenic flight tour, combining a Milford Sound boat cruise, a spectacular flight over glaciers, lakes and rainforest, and a drive through World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park.