Team activities in Queenstown

Queenstown is a diverse and adventure playground for both kids and adults, easily accessed by visitors from around the globe. Being the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping, surrounded by ski resorts, and hosting festivals and concerts, Queenstown is perfect for teams looking for an adventurous or lively activity!

Why you should consider a visit to Queenstown

Are you and your team looking for some adventure? Queenstown is a perfect fit for everyone with an adventurous spirit, and is always a hit among travelers or people, in general, looking for some adventure. Queenstown is a small resort town that has large experiences to offer. Not only is it the birthplace of bungee jumping and filled with ski resorts; there are also lots of options for white-water rafting, canyoning, and jet boating, to just name a few adventurous activities. The town is also the host of an annual Winter Festival, summer concerts, and has a dynamic live-music scene in general. At the same time, there are also plenty of serene places to unwind, from parks and gardens to scenic getaways and the region’s viticultural treasures. In short: Queenstown offers something for everyone!

Our 14 favorite team activities in Queenstown

Nature and Wildlife activities

Cruising Milford Sound

Milford Sound is one of the most popular activities in New Zealand, and with its spectacular view, it’s not hard to see why. The mountain scenery that lines the coast is at least as impressive, and in this tour, you and your team will get the best of both worlds. The tour lasts about 13 hours and includes plenty of sightseeing stops throughout the day, with a picnic lunch to enjoy onboard the cruise. Perfect for a day trip with friends or as a company getaway.

Pilot's Choice Scenic Flight

In this 20-minute helicopter tour, you’ll fly over the Remarkables Mountain Range, the tour also includes an alpine landing. Seeing The Remarkables by helicopter allows you to see the mountains’ most remote snowfields, rugged terrain, and backcountry glaciers. Spectacular views and adventure for groups of a maximum of six people.

Glenorchy and Paradise

The scenic wonders along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road are best navigated by a professional driver. Travel in style by luxury Mercedes van equipped with Wi-Fi and a Spotify playlist on board. With a passenger limit of 14, this small-group tour makes it easy. Outdoor enthusiasts and LOTR fans alike will find plenty of awe-inspiring sights in Glenorchy and the aptly named town of Paradise.

Glacier Heli-Hike

The one-hour fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef or Tasman Glacier is certainly spectacular, but the real highlight of this trip is the glacier Heli Hike. The guides will take you into a deep part of the glacier via a helicopter flight passing over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls, to land on the upper Franz Josef icefall or maybe even on the Tasman glacier itself. From there you and your team will be fitted with crampons for the two hours on the ice, exploring caves and seeing the natural wonders of the glacier.

Beer & Brewery Tours

Twilight Wine and Craft Beer Tour

It’s always 5 o’clock at Altitude Tours. If your team is looking for a Craft Beer and Wine experience for a fun and entertaining late afternoon, this one’s the perfect fit! In this tour, you and your team will visit three unique tasting locations around Queenstown and Gibbston. And if you’re more a beer than wine person: no problem! This tour accommodates both the wine and beer connoisseurs. The tour starts at 3:45 pm, which means it’s the perfect closure of an adventurous day. 

Bike The Wineries

If you and your teammates enjoy an active day out, alternated with some relaxed wine pauses, this winery biking tour will offer the best of both worlds. The starting point of the tour in Queenstown, and you and your team will spend the day touring the historic Arrowtown area, stopping at wineries on the way. This tour offers all the freedom to go at your own pace, and some lovely rest stops with wine and snacks.

Queenstown Beer Tours

This afternoon craft beer brewery tour will take you and your teammates to 3 different local craft beer breweries in and amongst Queenstown’s mountains, lakes, and the craft beer scene.

You and your team will be picked up from your hotel by your 4th generation born and raised local guide. The guide will comfortably drive you around the surroundings. You’ll enjoy 13 tastings, that’s 4+ included craft beer tastings at 3 stops scattered around the Wakatipu Basin.

3 Vineyards, Cave Tour and Cheeseboard

In this tour, you and your team will visit 3 wineries, one of them being New Zealand’s largest wine cave, and indulge in a cheeseboard at one of the cellar door tastings! A fun and interactive afternoon wine tour discovering the best of Central Otago’s wines.

Team activities for the real adrenaline junkies

Shotover River White Water Rafting

One for the books: white water rafting on the iconic Shooter River! You and your team will be guided by experts, to make sure that this team activity will be one to remember forever.

Small-Group Zipline Adventure

Fly through the beech forests of Queenstown on a thrilling New Zealand zipline adventure that departs from the Skyline Gondola summit. Eco guides will ensure the safety of you and your group, so you can all enjoy the ride and spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu. The beginner option is ideal for families with kids age 6 and up, while the Kereru course has two zip lines that finish with a 21-meter drop, the exciting Kea course is geared toward adventurous flyers with the world’s steepest zipline drop of 30 stories.

Shotover Canyon Swing

Time to get psyched thrill-seekers: You can take an adrenaline-fueled plunge on the Shotover Canyon Swing, an innovative jump system that is equipped with cables and ropes for a breathtaking freefall over the river. Both first-time jumpers and seasoned daredevils will enjoy the experience. Professional guides will ensure the safety of you and all of your group members throughout your time at the Shotover River.

Walking tours

Routeburn Track Guided Walk

Rated one of the world’s best hikes, the Routeburn Track makes the perfect active team outing combined with all the beauty this trail has to offer. With this half-day tour, you’ll enjoy a relaxed pace through the forest, into a world of peace and tranquillity surrounded by the sounds of rivers, waterfalls, and native birds.

Lake Alta Remarkables Hike

Lake Alta Hike is the perfect half-day hike for you and your team in Queenstown! Lake Alta is the perfect destination for a breath-taking half-day hike featuring spectacular views overlooking Queenstown. The hike begins by driving up to the Remarkables ski field, giving a head start before making your way up to Shadow Basin through alpine herb fields, then hiking across the Ridgeline which has spectacular views across the valley before dropping down to Lake Alta.

Queenstown Discovery

Discover Queenstown and its surroundings by bike! This trip combines adventure with great New Zealand culture for you and your team members. Ventouro’s Founder, Tim Gudsell is an ex-pro double Olympic cyclist, which brings a level of guiding and biking expertise that can’t be matched. Tim is passionate about delivering experiences you and your team will surely not forget. 

If you still need some inspiration have a look at our other pages on Queenstown things to do.

When a destination is further than walking distance, figuring how to get there can be a pain. Why not make it easier and rent a bus to your desired team activity? Our wide variety of buses will transport you to any part of New Zealand, even if you’re south of Invercargill, west of the southern alps or north of Whangarei.