Five-Day Queenstown Self-Drive Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in Queenstown

Welcome to Queenstown, the ultimate destination for adventure enthusiasts. After arriving, pick up your rental car and check into the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, nestled right in the heart of the town. Spend your first day exploring the vibrant streets of Queenstown. Visit the Queenstown Gardens for a leisurely stroll, and for dinner, enjoy the bustling atmosphere and delicious food at Fergburger, a local icon.

Day 2: Queenstown Adventure and Scenic Beauty

Begin your adventure with a trip to the Skyline Queenstown. Take the gondola up Bob’s Peak for breathtaking views of the town and Lake Wakatipu. Here, enjoy a few luge rides or simply soak in the panorama.

In the afternoon, head to Arrowtown, a charming historic gold mining town just a short drive away. Wander through its picturesque streets and visit the Lakes District Museum. Dine at The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown for a delightful meal.

Day 3: Milford Sound Day Trip

Embark on a day trip to Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s most famous natural attractions. The drive itself is spectacular, with stops at the Mirror Lakes and the Chasm Walk offering great photo opportunities. Once at Milford Sound, join a cruise with Southern Discoveries to explore the stunning fjord, known for its towering cliffs and waterfalls.

Return to Queenstown in the evening and enjoy a relaxed dinner at Botswana Butchery, known for its fine dining and beautiful lakefront views.

Day 4: Wine Tasting and Relaxation in Gibbston Valley

Drive to the Gibbston Valley, known as the ‘Valley of Vines’. Spend your day wine tasting at some of the region’s top wineries. A great starting point is the Gibbston Valley Winery, where you can also explore New Zealand’s largest wine cave.

For lunch, enjoy a meal at the winery’s restaurant, offering dishes that pair beautifully with their wines. In the afternoon, visit a few more vineyards in the area, such as Chard Farm and Peregrine Wines.

Return to Queenstown for dinner, and consider dining at The Bunker for an intimate and cozy experience with excellent cuisine.

Day 5: Adventure Activities and Departure

On your last day, experience some of Queenstown’s famous adventure activities. Start with jet boating on the Shotover River with Shotover Jet, offering an exhilarating ride through dramatic canyons.

In the afternoon, if you’re up for more adventure, try bungee jumping with AJ Hackett Bungee, or opt for a more relaxed afternoon exploring the shops and cafes of Queenstown.

Conclude your trip with a farewell dinner at Rātā, known for its elegant dishes and local ingredients, reflecting the best of New Zealand cuisine.