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Queenstown and Wanaka

Today Queenstown and the nearby Fiordland National Park is treasured for its magnificent scenery and adventure opportunities.

The first people to discover Queenstown’s rare beauty were Maori jade hunters. Then came the gold miners, in search of another kind of treasure.

Sightseeing Helicopter in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand

A little more about Queenstown, Wanaka and Fiordland

Queenstown’s compact downtown area is a cosmopolitan hub that’s relaxed during the day and huge fun at night. The nearby picture-perfect towns of Wanaka, Te Anau and Manapouri with lakeside setting offers an excellent base for relaxing or a range of outdoor pursuits.

Not to be missed is a visit to the Fiordlands, home to the iconic scenery of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and the less known Dusky Sound. The power of this scenery never fails to enthral with spectacular fiords lined with towering rainforest covered cliffs peppered with tumbling waterfalls; a landscape little changed in centuries.


What do you really love doing? We’ll tailor your itinerary to suit you.

Overnight on Doubtful Sounds

Overnight on a luxury motor boat amidst the awesome scenery of the Doubtful Sounds.

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Milford and Doubtful Sounds

Experience cascading waterfalls hundreds of metres high, kayak through idyllic fiords or dive in search of rare black coral.

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Winter Sports

Visit in the winter months between June and August for some fabulous skiing and snowboarding.


Embark on a leisurely day trek or a more challenging hike over multiple days such as the Routeburn Track.

The Ultimate Heli Flight

Fly from Queenstown, over the Southern Alps, glaciers and Milford Sound, with four landings at remote locations; deserted beaches, coastal rainforest and a gourmet picnic included.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Amy Waters

After my degree in Fine Art I didn’t really know what career I wanted or what path I would take. The only thing I knew is that having spent a summer in America it had given me the desire to explore and see as many places as possible before becoming a grown up and entering the real world.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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Why Choose Steppes?

These may be uncertain times but they are, without a doubt, still full of opportunity to discover the extraordinary safely. Through knowledge and expertise, we can connect you to those destinations embracing travellers with the added confidence of flexible booking and decades of insight.

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