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Top 5 Best Luxury Queenstown Experiences

24th September 2021

Widely renowned for its adventure activities, stunning scenery, fabulous wines and historic locations, Queenstown is by far one of our favourite New Zealand destinations. Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with the magnificent Southern Alps as a backdrop, Queenstown is simply one of the best holiday spots in Aotearoa! There are many Queenstown tourist attractions but if you are looking for some of the most exclusive and luxurious Queenstown experiences, look no further! We’ve listed for you here the very best ones to indulge like never before, from scenic alpine flights and boutique wine tasting to golfing above the clouds.

1. Milford Sound Fly and Cruise tour with Real Journeys

Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s acclaimed treasures and one that definitely wins the hearts of all its visitors. This beautiful fiord offers spectacular landscapes of untouched native forests, impressive waterfalls, and wildlife. The most common way to explore Milford Sound is by boat but why not make the experience even more unforgettable by flying there? The journey starts in Queenstown where you board a fixed-wing aircraft. Window seat is guaranteed, and the very knowledgeable pilot will give you informative commentary along the way while you gaze down at the beautiful scenery. The 35-minute flight organised by Real Journeys between Queenstown and Milford Sound is known to offer some of the most magnificent panoramic views in the world.

This unique experience offers you the opportunity to gaze at some of Queenstown’s famous landscapes from above such as Coronet Peak, Skippers Canyon, the gold-bearing Shotover River, and stunning Lake Wakatipu. As you get closer to Milford Sound, discover breathtaking panoramas of snow peaks and glaciers before taking a glimpse of the Tasman Sea starting to show on the horizon. As you are descending towards Milford Sound, take the opportunity to observe the dramatic cliffs and waterfalls from above before taking a closer look at them aboard your cruise. The second part of the journey now starts on the water where you can spot the local wildlife from seal colonies to penguins and dolphins. The unique scenery and intimate experience will make you think you landed in an untouched paradise of waterfalls! On your flight back you can enjoy one last time the beauty of the Southern Alps before getting back to Queenstown. So if you’re planning to visit Milford Sound, we highly recommend that you upgrade to the fly-cruise-fly experience!

2. 7-course "trust the chef" menu at Amisfield with paired wines

Amisfield Bistro is where food meets art and is one of the most wonderful Queenstown places to visit! Amisfield’s fantastic location by Lake Hayes and its superb winery give it its charm and character. Spending a few hours indulging in Otago’s finest food and wine makes visiting Amisfield, one the best activities to do in Queenstown. Situated only 15 minutes drive from Queenstown, Amisfield has been rated as one of the best wineries in New Zealand, but also offers unique culinary experiences through original dishes made of the freshest local ingredients. Their 7-course “trust the chef” degustation menu offers sophisticated and inventive dishes paired with the best wine in the region. This amazing menu has now become one of the best Queenstown’s luxury experiences and an absolute must do! Amisfield also caters to various dietary requirements and offers the option of a private room for a more intimate setting.

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Asparagus matched with Amisfield Chenin Blanc 2018 [Credit: @amisfieldrestaurant]

3. Southern Glacier Experience with The Helicopter Line

The Southern Glacier Experience offered by The Helicopter Line is an exclusive and magical way to discover Otago’s beauty from above, aboard a Queenstown scenic flight. Through this exclusive 50-minute trip, you will get breathtaking views of the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring National Park. The incredibly stunning wilderness of the area will unveil its untouched native forest and ancient icefalls for you: timeless hidden natural treasures if you ask us! You will even get to tick the bucket list by doing an alpine landing among the snow-capped peaks. It’s without a doubt one of the best Queenstown experiences!

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Southern Glacier Experience. [Credit: The Helicopter Line]

4. Private Otago Boutique Wine Tour with Appellation Wine Tours

If you are looking to enjoy another luxurious experience during your stay, a Private Boutique Wine Tour with Appellation Wine Tours is one of Queenstown’s must-do activities that you do not want to miss. With over 20 years of experience, Appellation Wine Tours has risen as one of Otago’s leading premium wine tour companies. The award-winning business offers the very best of Central Otago wines with a range of intimate experiences. The all-inclusive Boutique Wine Tour has been carefully crafted to provide an educational and indulgent exploration of some of the area’s best world-class wines.

The tour departs from Queenstown and includes tastings at four premium vineyards, a gourmet platter lunch and a stop on the way at Old Cromwell Town. Throughout the day, the passionate specialist wine guides will share their extensive knowledge of the history and wines that the region offers. The four vineyards you visit can differ depending on the day but usually they will include Gibbston, Cromwell, and Bannockburn. You will get to visit the wine-making facilities as well as the barrel halls and of course you’ll get to enjoy tasting the finest wines offered at each of the boutique vineyards. All in all, the views and wines you will discover during this premium tour are delightful, offering a relaxing and unforgettable experience.

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Private Otago Boutique Wine Tour [Credit: @apellationwinetours]

5. Over The Top Golf 

Over The Top Golf is a golfer's dream and definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of those Queenstown fun things to do.This premier luxury golf hole is located at 4500 feet (over 1300 metres!) overlooking Queenstown and is one of the world’s most picturesque golfing experiences. The unique par 3 golf experience, hidden in the mountain tops, is accessible only by helicopter and is also a great venue for small groups and events. Return transportation from Queenstown is included and food and drinks are available to pre-purchase, however it’s important to note that Over The Top Golf is closed in the winter months. On your way up, you can admire the impressive peaks of the Southern Alps surrounding magnificent Lake Wakatipu before enjoying a game of a lifetime in the clouds. The stunning views from Over The Top Golf and its unique setting make it an unforgettable experience to not miss on your next trip! According to us, this is one of the most high-end, luxury experiences to have in Queenstown.

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Over The Top Golf [Credit: @overthetopgolf]

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