Queenstown

The Ultimate in Adrenalin and Natural Beauty

Nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu with stunning mountain views, Queenstown is NZ's most popular resort town. It is also considered by many to be the 'Adventure capital of the world', offering more adrenalin-pumping activities than you can poke a parachute at.

Go skydiving, river surfing, whitewater rafting and jet boating or ride a mountain luge, swing through a canyon and take a heli-flight. Leap from the Kawarau Bridge on the world's first-ever bungy or hit the winter wonderland ski slopes of Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, with a slope to suit everyone.

More sedate activities include walking, golf, fishing, wine tours and gondola rides. Or take a cruise on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and visit the animals on Walter Peak Station, a high country sheep farm. Once you've ticked off all Queenstown's adventures, enjoy some excellent shopping for local products followed by a fun night out at a range of restaurants, bars and clubs.

The nearby Fiordland is one of the most dramatically beautiful parts of the country. Home to world-famous Milford and Doubtful sounds, the Fiordland National Park holds World Heritage status, boasting ancient rainforest, tumbling waterfalls, shimmering lakes and granite peaks that can be explored on foot, from a kayak, on a fiord cruise or scenic flight.

Insiders' Tips

  • Visit Walter Peak Station: Take a farmyard tour or go horse trekking on this high-country sheep farm.
  • Bungy from the Kawarau Bridge: home to the original 43m bungy jump.
  • Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw: Evoke the nostalgia of a bygone era.
  • Visit Milford and Doubtful Sounds: Be in awe of the dramatic scenery as you cruise for a day or overnight through the pristine flordlands.
  • Comin' Down the Mountain: Get your adrenaline pumping and feel the wind in your hair as you fly down the mountain.
  • Cruise the Lake: See Queenstown from an entirely different perspective and take a cruise on the nostalgic TSS Earnslaw.
  • Town of Yesteryear: Visit historic Arrowtown, a former gold-rush town, just 20 minutes from Queenstown. this town is also a centre for walking and biking trails.

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