Queenstown and the Southern Lakes is world famous for its natural beauty plus a plethora of more than 200 activities on offer -ranging from action-packed to passive relaxation. You really are spoilt for choice whether you are an adventure junkie or just want to kick back and relax. Even if you’ve been here before you will find new activities, restaurants and shops have started up or opened since your last visit.

Summer Activities

  • Cruising to Walter Peak on the old steamboat “Earnslaw”
  • Enjoying the many world-class Central Otago vineyards
  • Strolling through the old gold mining town of Arrowtown and nearby Cromwell
  • Playing golf on world class golf courses nearby
  • Fishing for trout in the local rivers (guided or on your own)
  • Hiking one of the iconic tracks in the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks or walking the many trails in the Queenstown  Wakatipu Basin;
  • Cycling any number of fabulous local trails horse trekking
  • Enjoying the spectacular view from Gondola ride and the thrilling downhill Luge ride
  • Experience some of the most beautiful and restaurants and bars in Queenstown, Arrowtown and surrounding areas
  • Enjoy a world famous “Fergburger”


For the more adventurous, there is also:


  • Scenic helicopter flights to iconic destinations such as Milford Sound and Mt Aspiring
  •  4-Wheel adventures
  • White water rafting
  • Jet-boating on the Shotover or Kawarau rivers
  • Bungy-jumping at the infamous Kawarau River bridge
  • Downhill mountain biking at the Queenstown Bike Park

Winter Activities

If snow is what you’re after, we’re lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the best resorts in New Zealand.


The Remarkables Ski Resort is a high altitude, sunny ski resort located just 35 minutes from Bearsden. The resort has something for everyone from beginner runs to the shutes off the Shadow Basin chair. A brand new café was build in 2015 and there is an “ice bar” half way up the mountain where you can get a cold drink and a great hot dog.


Coronet Peak Ski Resort is only a 20 minute drive from Bearsden and can be viewed from your room. It has dedicated beginner areas, great intermediate skiing, terrain parks, night skiing and stunning views. It’s where the locals ski!!


Cardrona Ski Resort is a relaxed and friendly ski area about 45 minutes from Bearsden, with open beginner trails, free ride terrain and world-class runs.


Treble Cone Ski Resort (or TC as it is known by the locals) is about an hour and a half drive. You will need to head through Wanaka. TC is the South Island’s largest ski and snowboard resort (550ha), featuring the longest vertical of all Wanaka and Queenstown ski fields.


Snow Farm is a dedicated freestyle terrain park and over 50 kms of cross-country scenic trails near Cardrona.


Queenstown Snowmobiles offers the only wilderness snowmobiling experience in New Zealand. Visit Website


Heliskiing - if that isn’t enough, escape the chairlift and hit the backcountry by helicopter. Visit Website


Complimentary bikes are available at Bearsden and easy rides start from the door on country lanes and quiet roads. One of our favourites is an easy 20-30 minute ride on sealed and dirt roads to picturesque Lake Hayes.

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The cool climate and long summers of Central Otago and Gibbston Valley are ideal for producing some of the world’s best Pinot Noirs. With over 20 vineyards between five and 40 minutes drive from Bearsden, your taste buds are in for a treat.

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Ski & Snowboard

The ski season opens in early June at Coronet Peak and generally finishes the first week of October across the valley at The Remarkables. There are three other ski areas within 1-2 hours drive from Bearsden; (Snowpark, Cardrona and Treblecone).

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