The best Queenstown experiences to do in summer

Don’t you love it when your travel itinerary plans itself? Anyone thinking about a holiday to Queenstown in the coming months (don’t blame us for being hopeful about New Zealand opening its borders) needn’t worry about researching what to do as The Rees Hotel’s concierge team has done the planning for you.

Here are all the ideas you need to have a fun-filled summer holiday in Queenstown, New Zealand:


Everyone knows that New Zealand is the home of adventure and as the weather warms up, so too does our craving for adrenaline. For unforgettable summer adventures in Queenstown, consider paragliding from Coronet Peak – where the thrills are equally as good as the views. Or take the leap and go Bungy jump with AJ Hackett Bungy, who also operates the world-famous Nevis Swing and Nevis Catapult, if you’re game enough.

For some fun in the water, there is the option of jetboating with Shotover Jet where you’ll maneuver your way through pristine landscapes with wall to wall canyon action. The Rees Hotel also offers jetboating from their private wharf on Lake Wakatipu.

Bungy jumping off the Kawaru Bridge. © supplied by The Rees Hotel

Family outings:

If not everyone in the family is a thrill-seeker, there is still plenty of activities on offer over the warmer months. Consider taking the family to meet the newborn spring farm animals on a tour of Walter Peak Farm, or go fishing at the Arrow River where you’ll likely catch small brown and rainbow trout.

Families staying at The Rees Hotel can take a lovely stroll around the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu to the Queenstown Gardens where there are plenty of spring blooms. From there, head into town for some retail therapy before catching the regular complimentary shuttle back to The Rees for some well-deserved relaxation.

The Rees Kea
The Rees Kea © The Rees Hotel

Treat yourself:

A holiday is a perfect excuse to be a little indulgent – especially after lockdowns. So why not treat yourself to something unforgettable, like a scenic helicopter trip over some of the most spectacular South Island terrain with Over The Top. Or get a taste of the local produce with a heli-wine tour of the region’s wineries and stop off at the historic Cardona Hotel situated amid the mountains on Crown Range road.

For a meal to remember, attend one of The Rees Hotel’s intimate culinary events where you’ll be matching wines to chef Corey Hume’s award-winning menus at the hotel’s True South Dining Room.

The Rees Heli-wine tours
The Rees heli-wine tours © The Rees Hotel

Keep active: 

Make the most of the sunny weather with some outdoor activities like a round of golf at one of the seven challenging yet scenically gorgeous courses within a 45-minute drive. If you’re open to a hike, Bobby’s Peak offers unrivalled views of the Queenstown region no matter what month it is. While you’re there, look out for lugers, zipliners, mountain bikers, and paragliders as this spot is a hive of adventure activities.

For something a little different, take a cycle trip through the vineyards in Gibbston Valley wine country –  the Gibbston River Trail passes seven wineries, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to rest your legs and sample local vintages. If you’re travelling with kids, you can do the ‘Bike the Bridges’ tour instead, which is an easy ride from the beach to the bay. After an active morning, cool down with some local watersports which are plentiful in and around Lake Wakatipu and so easy to access from The Rees’ private wharf.

Queenstown Gold Course
Queenstown Gold Course © Destination Queenstown

Add some romance: 

After months of lockdowns, a holiday is a great way to treat your significant other. While you’re in Queenstown, turn up the romance with onsen hot pools, couples spa treatments, a heli-picnic for two, a scenic walk or bike ride, a mellow boat cruise, wine tasting and gourmet dining, and of course, a romantic place to stay.

If you’re looking for proposal ideas or even a destination for your wedding, The Rees can arrange a romantic setting and organise everything from the ceremony to reception and accommodation.

The Rees Hotel True South Dining Room
True South Dining Room © The Rees Hotel

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