February 28, 2019

Top Things to do in Autumn in Queenstown

Queenstown is full of things to do any time of year! Autumn is one of our favorite times, and its a great time to tick off some of Queenstown’s best activities!

Helicopter Trip

Check out our KJet Combos, to combine a Jet boat trip and scenic helicopter flight with Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters. Begin your day on an adrenaline fueled Jet boat ride with KJet and then take to the skies on an incredible Scenic Helicopter flight over Queenstown with Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters.  You’ll land 5,000 feet above sea level on The Remarkables spur. There is no better way to experience Queenstown’s stunning autumn scenery.

Arrowtown Autumn Festival

This year the Arrowtown Autumn Festival is entering its 35th year, and consists of 6 days of fun, colour and entertainment, kicking off on the 22 April. Don’t miss the iconic parade and market day on the 27 April, and the infamous Pie, Pint and Pinot on the 28 April.  

Take in the Autumn colours

Queenstown and surrounding regions are ablaze with gold, orange and red foliage as the place comes alive with the incredible colours of Autumn. This distinct season is most apparent in Arrowtown with the brilliant reds and yellows bringing photographers and artists flocking to the historic town to capture this stunning season. Other places to visit are Lake Hayes, with the poplars turning gold, as well as the Queenstown Gardens, which recently turned 150 years old.

Wine Sampler Combo during Autumn winery harvest

Queenstown is the gateway to the Central Otago wine region, with over 200 vineyards within a 90 minute radius. During April the wineries are a hive of activity, with all hands on deck as the grapes are ready to be picked before the chilly autumn mornings start.

You can combine a 60-minute Jet boat ride followed by a small group Queenstown wine tour to three Central Otago wineries, with our Wine Sampler combo. You might get a peek of what’s happening behind the scenes if you’re lucky!

Queenstown Underwater Observatory

Free with your one-hour Jet boat trip, the Queenstown Underwater Observatory is the only place you can see what lies under Lake Wakatipu. Diving ducks, massive trout and slinky eels mix and mingle just metres from the lake shore. Informative story boards tell the Maori mythological history of the lake and the 60 year history of KJet. 

Hot Chocolate along Lake Wakatipu watching the Big Yellows

If you’re wanting a creamy hot chocolate, look no further than Patagonia Chocolates on Beach Street. Walk along the stunning Queenstown waterfront, and watch the Big Yellows depart from the Main Town Pier every hour.

Indoor Skydive and Jet Boat

For those wanting to experience the feeling of flight, without planes, parachutes or jumping, combined with the thrills of a Jet boat, our Twin Spinner Combo is for you. iFLY is New Zealand’s first Indoor Skydiving tunnel, providing the rush of free fall as you fly on a column of air.

  • Lake Hayes in autumn
  • Combine a Helicopter trip with a Jet boat with this combo.
  • Jet Boating and wine tasting with a lunch match
  • Ducks and Fish at the Queenstown Underwater Observatory