Queenstown

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with stunning mountain views, Queenstown is New Zealand’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, white-water rafting and jet-boating, or ride a mountain luge, swing through a canyon or take a heli-flight. Leap from the Kawarau Bridge on the world’s first permanent commercial bungy in the world, or hit the winter wonderland ski slopes of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, with a slope to suit every skill level.
 
More sedate activities are also on offer, such as walking, golfing, fishing, wine tours and the Skyline Gondola ride, or take a cruise on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. 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.

Winter Pursuits

It's no secret that Queenstown turns into a winter wonderland in the snow. Home to all things ski & adrenaline, you'll want to max your time here.

Located within an hour of three world-class ski resorts, Queenstown is magical for those that love their skiing and snowboarding served up with epic mountain views. Combine this with a famous jet-boat ride, soaking in stunning hot pools, skydiving and feasts of hearty, tasty fare, and you’ve got a day you’ll never forget. Make sure you head to Fergburger and Fergbaker ... the Boston Cream Bun is a must!

 

Julian Apse

Summer Fun

Nestled on the shores of picture-perfect Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown really turns on the charm during summer. Its stunning alpine environment inspires visitors to explore outdoors with spectacular hikes, adventure activities, wine tours and gold rush heritage – days are full of sunshine and new experiences. But don’t feel like you’ve got to stay busy to enjoy this place. Some of the best memories can be made picnicking beside the lake or lazily soaking up the sun rays.    

Known as New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown is home to a huge range of adrenaline-pumping experiences – after all, bungy-jumping and jet-boating were invented here. However, visitors don’t need to jump off a bridge or ride white-water rapids (unless that’s what you’re after!) to experience this area. Many of Queenstown’s lesser known pursuits are slow-paced and beautifully relaxing.  

Miles Holden

Fishing

Queenstown is a major hub for fly-fishermen. From here, the greatest variety of water and landscapes in the entire country are only a short drive away.

Many anglers choose to head south from Queenstown, where they quickly encounter the Matura River drainage that picks up its smaller tributaries and eventually leads to the town of Gore, known as the Brown Trout Capital of the World. The Matura’s fame is well deserved, with its consistent mayfly and caddis hatches, along with its gentle gradient and easy wading. To the west is the town of Te Anau, and Milford and Doubtful sounds, where lots of rain turns into lots of rivers, including the Eglington, Oreti, and the Mararoa. The Mararoa drains from the picturesque South Mavora Lake, one of the best still-water fisheries in New Zealand, and is a good place to go to rest tired river legs.

 
Sara Orme

Food

In a landscape of steep mountains, roaring rivers and deep lakes, the hot dry summers and cold crisp winters have seen gold-mining give way to sheep farming, then stone fruit orchards and now gorgeous wines.

Your restaurant table looks across a long alpine lake towards steep snow-capped mountains. A dish of New Zealand duck or lamb arrives as you swirl a full-bodied pinot noir with warming aromas of fruits. This is a typical dining experience in Queenstown – rich and surrounded by beauty.

Downtown Queenstown offers a wide range of eateries in addition to fine dining restaurants that are equally appetising. Enjoy gourmet burgers (Fergburger is a local institution), fish and chips by the lakeside or dig into the sumptuous menu dished out by the many ethnic restaurants and casual eateries.

Julian Apse

The Infinity Experience

Remarkable!
The Remarkables mountain range is one of only two mountain ranges in the world to run directly north to south.

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