Skip to contentSkip to menu

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown

Days
1

Pricing From
$249

South Island
Book Now

Overview

Enjoy a comfortable ride in our 12-seater minibus after it picks you up from Queenstown locations and hotels and takes you on a Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown, New Zealand that starts the moment we leave the city. Look forward to the adventure and sightseeing that awaits as we drive up the Crown Range, and admire the magnificent views that we encounter on the road to Wanaka.

We take a break at the historic Cardrona Pub after a windy and exhilarating drive. The pub is the perfect place to warm up with a hot drink and capture an iconic Cardrona pub photo.

Following this brief stop, we set off for the stunning lakeside town of Wanaka, with a few surprise stops along the way. Arriving at Wanaka, we take you on a tour past the town’s important sites and share with you their histories. Continue with your first chosen optional activity where you spend 2 ½ hours to enjoy it (and whatever other activity you choose). We will take you to and collect you from each locations.

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Puzzling World

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Puzzling World

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Warbirds & Wheels Museum

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Warbirds & Wheels Museum

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Warbirds Aircraft Museum

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Food and Wine Tasting

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Kawarau River Jetboat Ride

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Kawarau Bridge Bungy

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Kawarau River

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Goldfields Mining Centre

Experience Wanaka Small Group Tour from Queenstown,new zealand

Goldfields Mining Centre

Optional activities Include:

Stop 1, Option 1: Wander about town, see the lake and enjoy your free time

Browse through a selection of fascinating arts and crafts, set off for hikes or walks, or get on a paddle board and enjoy a watery adventure. This time is yours and it’s all up to you which of Wanaka’s many wonderful activities you do.

Stop 1, Option 2: Puzzling World (Fun for the Entire Family)

Puzzling World has been stirring visitors’ curiosity for over 45 years whatever their age, experience or nationality. Enter a mind-bending world of visual trickery where your perceptions of reality are challenged by a collection of intriguing buildings, rooms of illusion, and the challenging Great Maze.

Stop 1, Option 3: Warbirds & Wheels Museum

New Zealand’s premier collection of exotic and hard-to-find classic and vintage vehicles comes under one roof at the Warbirds and Wheels Museum. You’ll also find five (5) World War I and World War II fighter aircraft on display depicting the evolution of these flying fighting machines from a century ago to the SkyHawk and more modern jets.

Stop 1, Option 4: Crossfire Fun Park

Don’t miss the competitive fun Crossfire offers to those who set their sights on hitting their targets. Archery, Claybird Shooting, Rifle Range, Battle Field, Mini Golf and Driving Range are some of their most popular activities.

Leaving our first activity stop, we return to central Wanaka to buy lunch. We do have a handful of highly recommended restaurants but we suggest that you take advantage of the abundant dining options offered there.

With Wanaka behind us, we continue on through the rich wine country and into the spectacular Kawarau Gorge, passing Lake Dunstan along the way. Meandering into the middle of the gorge, our journey brings us to our second official stop at the Wild Earth & Goldfields. It is situated in a storied gold mining area reached after crossing a forbidding bridge over a powerful river thundering below. If you are unfazed by heights, you will be rewarded by making it to the Goldfields and Wild Earth where you decide which second optional activity to pursue for the day.

Stop 2 Activity options Include:

Option 1: Food and wine tasting experience at our favourite vineyard Wild Earth.

New Zealand’s raw natural beauty is best embodied by a wine and food matching experience at Wild Earth Kitchen. Sample five designed-to-share, barrel-cooked tasting dishes that have been carefully crafted to be unique yet complementary so they pair perfectly with their award-winning wines. 

Option 2: An exciting Jet Boat Ride up the wild Kawarau River

Experience one of the most historic mining regions of New Zealand on a thrilling jet boat ride on the mighty Kawarau River. Zip through the Kawarau Gorge on a 40-minute ride amidst soaring cliff faces and massive boulders. Then brace yourself for a white-knuckle 360° spin on a ride you will never forget. 

Option 3: Try your hand at panning for gold (family fun)

Find glitter among the gravels at the Goldfields where you can still pan for gold in the pristine ground sourced from an area known for its rich deposits. Grains of gold are not unusually found, and occasionally, some lucky visitor chances upon small nuggets worth $50 and even $300 for the really fortunate prospector. You will be given a gold pan by your guide who will show you where to get your gravels and the right technique for “panning for gold”. Then it’s over to you!

Option 4: Relax, explore and enjoy the history of the area

Explore the area and enjoy the sights during this free time.

Reflecting on the wonderful adventure you’ve just had, begin making your way back to Queenstown, enjoying a few more wonderful stops especially at the iconic Kawarau Suspension Bridge and Shotover Bridge for fantastic photos. 

Go for a small group tour specialist committed to deliver not only a personalised, enjoyable and informative experience, but above all, one that you will never forget. Our tours are more than just the destination; getting there is equally enriching and fun. Let us take you on a life-changing journey.

Optional activities Include:

Stop 1, Option 1: Wander about town, see the lake and enjoy your free time

Browse through a selection of fascinating arts and crafts, set off for hikes or walks, or get on a paddle board and enjoy a watery adventure. This time is yours and it’s all up to you which of Wanaka’s many wonderful activities you do.

Stop 1, Option 2: Puzzling World (Fun for the Entire Family)

Puzzling World has been stirring visitors’ curiosity for over 45 years whatever their age, experience or nationality. Enter a mind-bending world of visual trickery where your perceptions of reality are challenged by a collection of intriguing buildings, rooms of illusion, and the challenging Great Maze.

Stop 1, Option 3: Warbirds & Wheels Museum

New Zealand’s premier collection of exotic and hard-to-find classic and vintage vehicles comes under one roof at the Warbirds and Wheels Museum. You’ll also find five (5) World War I and World War II fighter aircraft on display depicting the evolution of these flying fighting machines from a century ago to the SkyHawk and more modern jets.

Stop 1, Option 4: Crossfire Fun Park

Don’t miss the competitive fun Crossfire offers to those who set their sights on hitting their targets. Archery, Claybird Shooting, Rifle Range, Battle Field, Mini Golf and Driving Range are some of their most popular activities.

Leaving our first activity stop, we return to central Wanaka to buy lunch. We do have a handful of highly recommended restaurants but we suggest that you take advantage of the abundant dining options offered there.

With Wanaka behind us, we continue on through the rich wine country and into the spectacular Kawarau Gorge, passing Lake Dunstan along the way. Meandering into the middle of the gorge, our journey brings us to our second official stop at the Wild Earth & Goldfields. It is situated in a storied gold mining area reached after crossing a forbidding bridge over a powerful river thundering below. If you are unfazed by heights, you will be rewarded by making it to the Goldfields and Wild Earth where you decide which second optional activity to pursue for the day.

Stop 2 Activity options Include:

Option 1: Food and wine tasting experience at our favourite vineyard Wild Earth.

New Zealand’s raw natural beauty is best embodied by a wine and food matching experience at Wild Earth Kitchen. Sample five designed-to-share, barrel-cooked tasting dishes that have been carefully crafted to be unique yet complementary so they pair perfectly with their award-winning wines. 

Option 2: An exciting Jet Boat Ride up the wild Kawarau River

Experience one of the most historic mining regions of New Zealand on a thrilling jet boat ride on the mighty Kawarau River. Zip through the Kawarau Gorge on a 40-minute ride amidst soaring cliff faces and massive boulders. Then brace yourself for a white-knuckle 360° spin on a ride you will never forget. 

Option 3: Try your hand at panning for gold (family fun)

Find glitter among the gravels at the Goldfields where you can still pan for gold in the pristine ground sourced from an area known for its rich deposits. Grains of gold are not unusually found, and occasionally, some lucky visitor chances upon small nuggets worth $50 and even $300 for the really fortunate prospector. You will be given a gold pan by your guide who will show you where to get your gravels and the right technique for “panning for gold”. Then it’s over to you!

Option 4: Relax, explore and enjoy the history of the area

Explore the area and enjoy the sights during this free time.

Reflecting on the wonderful adventure you’ve just had, begin making your way back to Queenstown, enjoying a few more wonderful stops especially at the iconic Kawarau Suspension Bridge and Shotover Bridge for fantastic photos. 

Go for a small group tour specialist committed to deliver not only a personalised, enjoyable and informative experience, but above all, one that you will never forget. Our tours are more than just the destination; getting there is equally enriching and fun. Let us take you on a life-changing journey.

Similar Tours

Milford Sound Discovery Small Group Tour + Add Cruise
Milford Sound Discovery Small Group Tour + Add Cruise

Read more

Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia
Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia

Read more

Private Wanaka Rock Climbing Guides
Private Wanaka Rock Climbing Guides

Read more

Queenstown Helicopter Canyoning
Queenstown Helicopter Canyoning

Read more