While commonly known as the Adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown is also the perfect destination to wine and dine in style. The 5-day Tahi trip allows you and your family to experience all that Queenstown has to offer. This action-packed trip delivers the perfect mix of family friendly activities like hiking, jet boating and biking, plus great company for the kids whilst the adults get to enjoy themselves too! The premium accommodation on the Tahi trip offers incredible views of Lake Wakatipu, and caters well to family needs - need to do laundry? No worries!
(Trip start - Queenstown, trip end - Queenstown).
- All guiding services: Two experienced New Zealand guides per trip. Having two guides allows for much greater flexibility, meaning you're able to go at your own pace, they also happen to be great with kids!
- All meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days, except where indicated on the itinerary (Day 1 excludes breakfast, and Day 5 excludes lunch and dinner as we'll finish our trip together around lunchtime).
- All transport: Airport transfers on the first & last days. When you're not travelling under your own steam, there will be comfortable air-conditioned vans to stretch your legs.
- All accommodations: Your accommodation for each night of this trip is included in the trip price. We have chosen the accommodation for its location, quality of offering, and for how well it suits the groups who generally join us on this trip.
- All activities: Hiking, biking and more! We've got the activities covered so you just need to enjoy spending time as a family.
Hike Sam Summers, cruise Lake Wakatipu, dine at Walter Peak Station
Whether your Tahi trip is part of a longer South Island escape, or you’re simply heading to the Adventure Capital for a long weekend, Queenstown is just a short hop from any other New Zealand airport. We advise arriving the day before your trip begins so we can make the most of our short time together! Once we’ve met you at either the airport or the joining hotel, we’ll get straight into the action with a hike to the historic, stone-built Sam Summers Hut. The old hut is a remnant from the gold-mining era, and part of a loop track. The hike is roughly 2.5 hours; we'll go up to the top - around 355 metres / 1165 feet of ascent - appreciate the stunning views across Lake Wakatipu, and head back down the other side. We’ll see rivers, a thundering waterfall, native bush and the old mining hut, if the weather is good we'll enjoy a picnic lunch. Tonight, we’ll be arriving to dinner in style - on a 100 year old steam ship, the TSS Earnslaw. Originally used for moving livestock between Glenorchy, Queenstown, and Kingston, the vessel has been repurposed, ferrying diners across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Farm Station, for a buffet dinner and a sheep shearing demonstration.
Hiking Distance: 7.4 kilometres (4.6 miles), 2.5-3 hours
Elevation Gain: 355 metres (1165 feet)
Elevation Loss: 355 metres (1165 feet)
Bike Gibbston River Trail, wine tasting (for the adults!)
Once we're fuelled up on breakfast and coffee, we’ll make our way into the charming settlement of Arrowtown, an historic gold mining village along the banks of the Arrow River. We’ll collect our hired bikes and begin our first activity for the day, biking along the Gibbston River Trail. Today you choose between a 15km or 23km ride. Along the way there'll be plenty of incredible photo (and breather!) opportunities - including at the Kawarau Bridge, the home of bungy jumping! We'll pause and watch the daredevils throw themselves into the abyss - safely of course! By the end of our ride our stomachs will be grumbling - thankfully, we’ll be finishing up at one of Queenstown’s many wineries - this is pinot noir country afterall! We'll have earned this afternoon's picnic lunch, and our guides - who are big kids themselves - will entertain the kids whilst the adults enjoy tasting some local wines. After lunch we'll head back to the centre of town, and you’ll have the afternoon free to explore. Your guides can give you heaps of recommendations for this afternoon, from frisbee golf in the gardens, to canyon swings, or just the best spots to chill out. We'll rejoin as a group this evening to enjoy dinner and drinks and talk about our day's explorations.
Biking Distance: Choose between 15 or 23 kilometres (9.3 or 14.3 miles)
Hike Ben Lomond
Once we've filled ourselves with breakfast this morning we’ll make our way to the gondola, which is just a short walk from our accommodation. The gondola ride offers some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of Queenstown including the Remarkables mountaind, Lake Wakatipu, and Cecil Peak. We'll be deposited on Bob's Peak, where we’ll begin the hike up to Ben Lomond. This route to the top of Bob's Peak, via the gondola, slowly reveals better and better vistas across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables, as we make our way up. Once we get to the top we have a challenging climb to the Ben Lomond's summit - expect it to take us around 4-5 hours return once we get off the gondola. We’ll reach the Saddle at 1300m (4265 feet) – the perfect spot for a quick snack break and some photos. From there, the trail climbs steeply over rocks and tussocks to the top. The views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges are a just reward for your efforts, and reaching the top also allows a glimpse down to Moke Lake, and on a clear day, along to Mt Earnslaw, the tallest mountain in the area. After lunch we'll retrace our steps, and our guides will leave you to enjoy your afternoon - they can give you recommendations, such as the famous luge 'go-karting' style tracks here at the top of the gondola. We'll meet up again for dinner at a restaurant in town.
Hiking Distance: 8 kilometres (5 miles)
Elevation Gain: 978 metres (3208 feet)
Elevation Loss: 978 metres (3208 feet)
DAY 4 Explore Glenorchy, hike Routeburn Falls on the Routeburn Track
After breakfast this morning we'll head off on one of the most scenic driving routes in New Zealand, 45km from Queenstown to Glenorchy. With picturesque views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, this journey is breathtaking year-round. Set against a backdrop of stunning beech forest and mountains, the small town of Glenorchy is a true slice of paradise (there's even a settlement called Paradise closeby, really!). If you think it looks familiar, that’s probably because you’ve seen it featured in major productions such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Narnia and Mission Impossible! Glenorchy is also the starting point for some of the country’s best hiking trails, such as the Routeburn Track. Today we’ll be hiking towards Routeburn Falls, winding our way alongside the Routeburn River and amongst the towering beech trees. We can do as much or as little as we want today, our hike passes by Sugarloaf Stream and Bridal Veil Falls, and can take us as far as Routeburn Falls and the Falls Hut, if we're up for it. We'll eat a picnic lunch somewhere along the trail, and retrace our steps. Put your feet up on the bus ride back to Queenstown, we'll head back to our accommodation and freshen up for dinner together.
Hiking Distance: As much or as little as you like, up to 16 kilometres (9.9 miles)
Elevation Gain: Up to 300 metres (984 feet)
Elevation Loss: Up to 300 metres (984 feet)
Jetboat on K-Jet, Farewells Sadly, today is our last day together, but we’re finishing in style! After breakfast we’ll take a leisurely walk from Queenstown to Frankton Marina, along the trail skirting the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Once we arrive, we’ll embark on an exhilarating jet boat ride across Lake Wakatipu, the Shotover River and the Kawarau River. With 360° spins and unbelievable views, this ride is truly unforgettable. We'll leave you at the airport, or back in town, filled with memories and amazed at what we've managed to pack into 5 short days together.