Authentic Adventures began its journey in 2019 by Owner & Guide, Avril Fleming.  Having spent over 10 years as an international Guide & Instructor, Avril realised the value in sharing genuine local experiences. 


So often in today's world, travellers miss out on authentic encounters. 

This is the focus of every trip offered with Authentic Adventures. 

Unique memories and lasting impressions are priceless...


Our trips (both half and full day) are lead by locals and our journeys are tailored to meet each individual groups preferences...  Allow Authentic Adventures to give you a true taste of Queenstown Lakes and the surrounding area.

This is a family owned & operated outfit with the goal of giving guests down to earth, unique and extremely comfortable Central Otago experiences.      


Enjoy a bespoke & private tour tailored to your preferences... Time is precious.

Let's make the most of it!



Pick Up & Drop Off Service


You will be picked up & swept off your feet... Only joking! We will begin your adventure from your Queenstown accommodation. Drop off is also included to make your trip as stress free as possible.

Healthy & Homegrown Snacks


We provide all the snacks that you may need to get you and your group through the day because, let's face it...  We are fully aware that adventuring is hungry work!  Lunch is included on full day trips.



Imagine exploring one of the most beautiful parts of the world on your sofa...  That's the level of comfort we aim for...  Don't worry, there are also lots of opportunities to stretch your legs and get some fresh fresh air!

Iconic Landmarks


Pick a tour to suit your taste and be prepared to see an abundance of  mindblowing beauty with countless photo opportunities at both natural and historic sites...

We will help you to create memories.



Count on us to have something for every eventuality!  Our hamper is loaded up with all the essentials: chilled juices, hot drinks and a few alcoholic beverages... We aim to keep you hydrated & happy! 


Last bud not least, we will ensure to show you our local flora & fauna which varies by season & with each season brings unique beauty!

We like to live life to full bloom so let the good thymes roll...


Gibbston, Queenstown NZ
Gibbston, Queenstown NZ

Authentic Adventures Wakatipu Trip

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Skippers Canyon, Queenstown
Skippers Canyon, Queenstown

Authentic Adventures Skippers Trip

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Skippers Canyon, Queenstown
Skippers Canyon, Queenstown

Authentic Adventures Skippers Trip

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We have a passion for wine and are extremely proud of Central Otago vineyards and wineries. This is considered the most scenic of New Zealands wine regions and local produce has helped to put NZ wine on the international map. 



Queenstown Lakes has a rich heritage and strong cultural legacy that we would love to share with you.  If exploring the heritage that shaped the region is something that captures your imagination, let our guide know!

Local Hot Spots


Our guides always aim to take you away from crowds to share authentic places (favoured by locals) to give you a true taste of the 'hidden gems' it has to offer.  Our goal is to help you unearth unique and boutique spots.  

Unique Activities


We realise that time is of the essence whilst you are in the area and you may already have local activity ideas in mind.  We have a charter option available should you wish to create your own trip. 


As with many of the other picturesque places around the world, we are blessed with an abundance of quality artists that have retreated to the area to create pieces surrounded by natural inspiration.



Sometimes planning a trip can be overwhelming.  We love sharing our region with our guests and after a small series of questions we can plan your trip from A-Z to suit you and surprise you from start to finish...


“What an unforgettable experience.  We had limited time in the Queenstown area and wanted to see it all.  Avril and Authentic Adventures truly delivered.”