West Coast Wilderness Railway: Rack and Gorge from Queenstown
4 hours 15 minutes
A half day return steam train journey departing Queenstown Station. As you travel through the west coast’s cool temperate rainforest, you will ascend steep wilderness mountains under the power of the revolutionary Abt rack and pinion system – technology that transformed the fortunes of the west coast during the late nineteenth century, and the only operating Abt rack and pinion railway in the Southern Hemisphere. Stop at historic stations, traverse the deep chasm of the King River Gorge, and see the places where early west coast pioneers lived and worked to create this extraordinary railway. Sit back in comfort as your guide brings stories of the railway and it's resilient people to life. ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: West Coast Wilderness Railway (Queenstown Station), 1 Driffield St, Queenstown TAS 7467, AustraliaQueenstown Station including Tracks Cafe (open for breakfast & lunch)Duration: 30 minutes
Half-Day King River Gorge Kayaking Tour
Explore the rarely visited depths of the King River Gorge between Mt Jukes and Mt Huxley on an inflatable kayak. The trip travels up the still reaches of the King River Gorge for about 2 km, portaging small rapids. See huon pine, remote rainforest, a deep gorge and towering waterfalls. Maybe catch a glimpse of a shy trout or platypus in the pristine and pure water. This is approximately a four hour return trip from Queenstown.We meet at the West Coast Wilderness Railway Station at 10 am and travel to our put in at the King River Gorge. Carry the kayaks to the river before paddling into the remote depths of this rarely visited and wild place. We paddle up the gorge as far as you wish. possibly to a towering 150 m high waterfall. Take a swim in the refreshing waters if you dare. Return by the same route to Queenstown. Light snacks, kayaks and safety equipment included. Bring bathers or board shorts, a jumper to stay warm and some shoes for use in the water, or you can use our equipment.For operational reasons our departure times may vary so contact us the day before. Include a mobile No with your booking
Sundowner Craft Beer & Wine Tour - Late Afternoon Tour
3 hours 30 minutes
Sundowner Tour – Craft Beer & Wine 3.5-hour Sundowner Wine & Craft Beer Tour departs Queenstown at 3.30pm and returns by 7.00pmAllow 3.5 hours - Queenstown’s Premium VIP small group late afternoon tourJoin us on our fun and entertaining 3.5-hour guided tour. We will take you to 3 amazing locations in the Gibbston Valley Area renowned as a famous wine and more recently craft beer destination. Our Craft Beer and Wine tour lets you choose if beer is more your side of things you Ideal tour for people who are short on time and still wish to experience and relax after a busy day of activities in Queenstown.This tour has limited numbers of seats each evening, BOOK NOW to ensure you don’t miss out.Sundowner Tour – Craft Beer & Wine 3.5-hour Sundowner Wine & Craft Beer Tour departs Queenstown at 3.30pm and returns by 7.00pmAllow 3.5 hours - Queenstown’s Premium VIP small group late afternoon tourJoin us on our fun and entertaining 3.5-hour guided tour. We will take you to 3 amazing locations in the Gibbston Valley Area renowned as a famous wine and more recently craft beer destination. Our Craft Beer and Wine tour lets you choose if beer is more your side of things you can swap the wine tastings and try the amazing craft beers instead.Ideal tour for people who are short on time and still wish to experience and relax after a busy day of activities in Queenstown.This tour has limited numbers of seats each evening, BOOK NOW to ensure you don’t miss out.The HighlightsWine of Beer tastings at 2 locations in Gibbston Valley and a local’s bar experience.Great variety of local craft wines & beers on offerLearn about the wine & beer making processPlatters of food includedTravel with a localInformative driver commentaryTravel in Style VIPTop of the range New Mercedes Sprinter with Leather SeatsOn board charging ports in each seatMore Leg Room More ComfortComplimentary bottled waterOn Board W
Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Underwater Observatory with picnic lunch
Enjoy a more intimate Milford Sound experience from Queenstown. Depart later, explore the Milford Road on a comfortable, glass-roof smaller coach and discover the Fiord on a small boat nature cruise. Visit the Underwater Observatory and savor a complimentary, freshly packed Picnic Lunch.Set off on a day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound and enjoy a more intimate experience of Milford Sound. Discover the native wildlife, towering waterfalls and majestic mountains of the fiord on an intimate cruise on a smaller boat. Journey through spectacular landscapes as your experienced, local coach driver provides engaging and informative commentary. Take in some of the best photo stops and short walks on the road to Milford Sound. Arrive at Milford Sound and join a Nature Cruise on our smallest boat with fewer people. Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and right up close to Stirling Falls. Specialist nature guides will share their local knowledge with lively and informative commentary. Enjoy a freshly prepared picnic lunch. Depart your cruise at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory to enjoy an interactive learning experience about the wildlife, geology and history of the fiord. Descend 60 steps down a spiral staircase into a spacious viewing chamber to discover the unique and beautiful environment hidden under the surface of Milford Sound.
New Zealand Trip Planning Service featuring Queenstown Highlights
Set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by majestic mountains, the natural beauty and the unique energy of New Zealand's Queenstown region creates the perfect backdrop for a trip full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.Our itineraries are created by a local Kiwi Travel Consultant who will not only share great local tips and advice, but also tailor your visit specifically to suit your personal interests, tastes, travelling style and budget. Accommodation, tours, activities, food and transport are all additional to this cost. We'll work with you to ensure your trip around New Zealand runs smoothly, whatever you choose to see and do.Itinerary Ideas - sit back and relax. We've planned it allDay 1 : Arrive in QueenstownYou'll travel to Queenstown arriving either by car, coach, or by flying into the airport in Frankton. Upon arrival you'll check in to your accommodation, settle in and get acquainted with your surroundings for the next 3 nights.This afternoon take the opportunity to cross Lake Wakatipu on the vintage TSS Earnslaw and enjoy the farmstead tour, meet the local sheep and sheep dog, and enjoy a delicious buffet meal. Later on enjoy sampling the bars and cocktails while enjoying the nightlife on offer - Queenstown is a good night out, any night of the week!Day 2 : Arrowtown + Gibbston Valley or Glenorchy + ParadiseToday you could decide to take a slower relaxed pace and visit the charming village of Arrowtown before sampling the cheese and wine at the vineyards of Gibbston Valley and perhaps taking a walk around tranquil Lake Hayes. This area is especially breathtaking each autumn when the colours of the trees turn all shades of yellow, orange and red. Or if you're one for breathtaking vistas, and film locations you'll want to make time to visit Glenorchy and Paradise. The adventure begins with the Tommy Thomson Scenic Drive, and once you've arrived you can enjoy 4WD, horse rides, jet boats or fu
King River White Water Raft Journey from Queenstown with Lunch
At King River Rafting we are proud to be finalists in the 2017 Tasmanian Tourism Awards as Tasmania's only one day wilderness white water rafting specialists.Enjoy the 'King for a Day', a full day adventure rafting the King River through the western Tasmanian wilderness. With dense rainforest, huon pine trees, fun rapids, views of the West Coast Wilderness Railway and relics of west coast mining history this is an adventure for every one of average fitness. Your operator will supply all the gear you need along with skilled, knowledgeable guides. With a hearty lunch and return transport to Queenstown this is a great day out. This is the only one day wilderness white water rafting adventure in Tasmania.Meet your guides at the West Coast Wilderness Railway Station at 8.15am. Join your tour guide on the bus to Newell Creek where you and your group will prepare for the journey down the river. Along the way you will experience the thrill of the rapids in a remote wilderness gorge, see and feel the rare huon pine trees, perhaps glimpse the shy and timid animals of the Tasmanian Rainforest, hear and see the history of past mining booms, wave to the passing steam train and complete your own adventure in this memorable place.At the conclusion of the gorge, you will portage the Sailor Jack Rapid and enter the quieter waters of the lower King River. With lunch on a sunny river bank or in the shelter of a railway station, or on rainy days make your way to Lowanna near Strahan. At the end there the bus will be waiting for the return drive to Queenstown, arriving back about 5pm.
King River Gorge White Water Rafting Day Trip from Queenstown Including the West Coast Wilderness Railway
At King River Rafting we are proud to be finalists in the 2017 Tasmanian Tourism Awards as Tasmania's only one day wilderness white water rafting specialists. The King River Gorge, Raft & Steam Experience is a unique tour gives you the best of Rafting and the West Coast Wilderness Railway in one day. Raft the exciting rapids and experience the rugged beauty of the King River Gorge, its rain forest, huon pine and waterfalls. Hear of the exploits of past pioneers, miners and piners. Ride the steam train as it powers up the steep ABT section of line out of the King River Gorge. Raft the King River and meet the West Coast Wilderness Railway deep in the rain forest at Dubbil Barril train station to take the steam train back to Queenstown over the steep ABT section of track. Arriving back in Queenstown early afternoon there is time to drive to your next destination or enjoy the rugged beauty of the town.Meet at the West Coast Wilderness Railway Station in Drifield Street, Queenstown. There, the group will prepare for the river and drive by bus to the starting point deep in the West Coast Range at Newell Creek. After a comprehensive safety briefing, take to the King River and plunge into the wilderness in the care of your skilled guides. You will raft through a remote west coast gorge clothed in primeval Tasmanian rain forest with Huon Pine trees cloaking the banks. You will see evidence of mans exploitation of the environment and hear stories of great human endeavor. Stopping at the Garfield River you may catch glimpse of an elusive platypus before continuing on to portage the final rapid of the gorge at Sailor Jack Creek.Arrive at the remote Dubbil Barril railway station and load the rafts aboard the steam train for your return to Queenstown by 2pm. This tour is a unique experience that will be remembered for a long time.
King River Rafting Day Trip from Queenstown to Strahan and return Including the West Coast Wilderness Railway
At King River Rafting we are proud to be finalists in the 2017 Tasmanian Tourism Awards as Tasmania's only one day wilderness white water rafting specialists. The King River Steam, Rail & Raft experience is a unique tour is for those who would love to experience the King River Wilderness without the excitement of the rapids of the King River Gorge. Included is the journey on the West Coast Wilderness Railway from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril. Raft the remaining 15 km of the King River To Lowana. This section features gentle rapids, serene pools and verdant rainforest. We supply all the equipment you need, trained and experienced guides, a wonderful lunch and transport back to Queenstown.Steam, River and Raft - a full day of safe fun and adventure on the West CoastSteam – We meet at the West Coast Wilderness Railway Station in Queenstown before boarding the historic steam train that has been traversing the inhospitable terrain for the past 120 years! Sit in comfort and enjoy the wilderness from the comfort of the restored heritage carriage and hear tales of hardship, the characters and how the terrain was tamed to allow Queenstown to sell its ore to the rest of the world. Start times may vary depending on the day so get in touch with us the day before to confirm. Include a mobile No in your booking information.River – admire the King River gorge and majestic rainforest from the comfort of your carriage….Raft – leave the comfort of the train deep in the rainforest at Dubbil Barril and take the plunge into the King River and swap the comfort and luxury for an adventure in a raft as the qualified and experienced guides safely navigate the raft down the smaller rapids of the King River. Enjoy lunch along the banks of this once mighty, untamed river and continue until you reach Macquarie Harbour where you will be picked up and transported back to where it all began , Queenstown.King River Rafting will supply all your rafting gear incl