Queenstown is nestled in a superb natural alpine setting with lakes and mountains on the doorstep to ensure there are plenty of exciting things to see and do on your vacation, no matter what time of the year!
Renowned as the playground for adrenaline junkies, Queenstown offers more then just high-action, blood-pumping extreme activities! If self-pampering and relaxing is more your holiday style, you will find plenty to keep you relaxed and satisfied in this fabulous area of the Southern Lakes region.
From bungy jumping to tandem para-pointing, heli ski-ing, white water rafting, extreme river jet-boating and mountain hikes – if you want to awaken the body and mind and take your breath away, there is plenty to choose from in Queenstown.
For a more sedate awakening of the senses, don’t despair, fabulous health and beauty spa’s, rejuvenating nature walks, international golf courses, fly fishing, shopping, cultural tours, tranquil lake cruises and much more. With so much to see and do in this tourist playground I suggest you take a visit to the local Queenstown Visitor Information Centre.
However, for a general overview of the more renowned and ‘must do’ Queenstown activities, I have personally selected…
During winter you can’t visit Queenstown without a play in the snow! Renowned ski and snowboarding fields include Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Harris Mountain Heliski, The Remarkables Ski Area and Treble Cone to name just a few!
Brave holidaymakers can take a leap of faith into thin air, thanks to the infamous AJ Hackett and his Bungy Jumping adventures! Take your pick, jump off the historic Kawarau Bridge, off a ledge at the top of a mountain, or swing from a rope over the Shotover Canyon.
More ‘heart friendly’ highly recommend things to do include a scenic Lake Wakatipu cruise on board the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship, a ride up the Skyline Gondola for 220 degree panorama views including Coronet Peak and Lake Wakatipu. Restaurant, cafe, luge, walks and hikes can all be located at the top! For a touch of Kiwi culture Haka Pa offers a Maori cultural experience that includes a formal welcome to their Maori Village, concert performance and traditional Maori feast.
Extreme Queenstown doesn’t just refer to extreme adventures; it also appropriately describes the extreme range of things to do. Where else in the world can you jump off a bridge then play a tranquil round of golf, then take a scenic gondola ride before barrelling down a steep hill on a luge, enjoy a spot of lunch in an award winning café before trying a spot of fly-fishing and careening at break-neck speed down the Shotover River on a jet boat before enjoying a relaxing massage before heading out to enjoy the awesome bars and restaurants in the heart of the town? Welcome to Queenstown!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn, Queenstown has plenty to offer visitors, no matter what your age, holiday tastes or budget!