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Central Otago Wine Tours

Enjoy a fun day out tasting fine wine, sightseeing and enjoying local cuisine.You can leave the comfort of the Browns Boutique Hotel and head into Queenstown where the appellation central wine tour take you off the beaten track into the heart of Central Otago, a region famous for its outstanding cool-climate wines and boutique vineyards.

All the tour guides are really knowledgeable and happy to answer all of your questions about the wines and the regions. Whether you know wine intimately or just enjoy the odd glass, your tour will will be an experience to remember.


If you want to leave the peace and quiet of Browns Boutique Hotel for a trip into history then we recommend a visit to Arrowtown, just 20 minutes drive from Queenstown. It is a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River.

The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of small town heritage buildings that stretch into a tree lined avenue of tiny miners’ cottages. If golf is your exercise then you are in luck as Arrowtown has three of the best and the most beautiful. Explore the area’s famous trails and venture into Lord of the Rings territory with either an hours relaxing stroll or a week long hike.


Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago in New Zealand. It is approximately 45 km by road or boat from Browns Boutique Hotel in Queenstown. It’s stunning countryside, mountains and lakes were sure to have made it a firm favourite with the crew from Lord of the Rings.

Activities include jet boating, tramping, fishing, hunting, horse trekking, skydiving, farm tours, 4WD safaris, kayaking, scenic flights and photo safaris. Or, enjoy a lunch and a coffee, a beer or wine in one of the restaurants or cafes whilst viewing the mountains before returning to the comfort of the hotel for a relaxing cocktail.

Skippers Canyon

The scenery of Skippers Canyon is without a doubt absolutely astounding. An excursion into the backcountry of Queenstown is certainly worth your time.

One highlight could be the crossing of Skippers Bridge. The bridge you will cross  is 100m long and suspended 90m above the Shotover River by its original 14 wire ropes. When you arrive safely at Skippers Point in the Mount Aurum Conservation Area you can enjoy a cup of tea and enjoy the scenery.

You may be a bit more adventurous of course and fancy a jetboat ride.This is a Jet boat trip like no other! This is an adrenaline rush from the moment you start. The state of the art custom built Jet boats are designed for one purpose; to excite and thrill you as you race through the Shotover River Canyons at speed of 80km/hr. Sit back, hold on, and try to relax as the experienced boat drivers navigate the sheer canyon walls along the Shotover River, as well as the mining dredges and sheet piles left by the miners through Skippers Canyon over a century ago!

Make sure you take advantage of the hearty breakfast from Browns Boutique Hotel before you go, You will need the energy!

Milford Sound

Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fiords cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.

Boat cruises – during the day or overnight – are an excellent way to experience the Sound. Adventurous types might also like to head out sea kayaking, diving or flightseeing. To learn more about the local marine life, visit the underwater observatory at Harrison Cove and marvel at the black coral, 11-legged sea stars and delicate anemones.

P.S Don’t forget to upload your pictures to facebook upon your return to Browns Boutique Hotel, you can even use our Wifi for free.

Doubtful Sound

Sometimes called ‘the Sound of Silence’, there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound that contrasts with Milford Sound. The fiord is rich in flora and fauna, New Zealand Fur Seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins can be seen on many of the small islets at the entrance of the fiord. At 421 metres deep, Doubtful is the deepest of the fiords and is long and winding with three distinct ‘arms’ and several outstanding waterfalls in the area from Deep Cove to the open ocean, a distance of around 40.4 kilometres. If all this nature gets too much for you you can always relax in your quiet, spacious room at Browns Boutique Hotel back in Queenstown.

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