Otago Central Rail Trail

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Otago Winery Tour with Gourmet Wine & Food-Paired Lunch

1. Otago Winery Tour with Gourmet Wine & Food-Paired Lunch

Make the most of your stay in Queenstown with this half-day wine and food experience for an unforgettable taste of Central Otago’s wine region. Enjoy a winery lunch consisting of several tasting dishes each perfectly matched by the Chief Winemaker and Head Chef, using estate wines and fresh local produce. Indulge in wine tasting and presentations at 3 wineries, visiting one larger well-known winery and two boutique style wineries. The tour also includes a wine cave tour and tasting, providing you with an insight into the local great wines and the Central Otago wine industry.

Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

2. Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

Take on the ultimate jet boat experience on the Shotover River for a breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, located less than a 10-minutes drive from Queenstown. A short drive from Queenstown will have you at the shores of the Shotover River. Meet your experienced guide and gear up for your high-speed jet boat ride. Hold on tight as the driver expertly navigates the jet boat over white-water rapids and squeezes through the narrow walls of the Shotover Canyon. Speed past rocky outcrops, skim around boulders, and zip through the dramatic and narrow canyons as its walls tower above you. After 25 thrilling minutes, return to the jet base and relax on the shuttle transfer back to Queenstown.

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What people are saying about Otago Central Rail Trail

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 108 reviews

This tour was casual yet well orchestrated, making it feel very authentic. All the wines were delicious but especially at we liked the tasting at Kinross (and also the paired lunch and tasting after). Our tour guide Ed was knowledge and funny! Would definitely recommend this tour

The adrenaline mixed with spectacular scenery and a very informative guide was the perfect recipe for a New Zealand experience. It’s my second time and I would definitely do it again!

amazing Angus our guide. in addition Bindi from Gibbson Valley was so knowledgeable and fun. Thoroughly enjoyed the day

Such a fun thrilling experience. Would definitely recommend doing this Shotover ride to anyone travelling to QT.

Gr8 fun. Comfy seats too. Wear a beannie as can get quite cold plus sunnies