Adventure Capital of the World
Queenstown is a vibrant, alive place to revitalize yourself. Bungy Jumping, White-Water Rafting, Jet-Boating, Canyon Swing, all have their roots in New Zealand. There are many companies providing their own brand of adrenaline rush. Add skydiving, paragliding, and river surfing to the mix, and the biggest problem is choosing which option.
It took an untold number of years for nature to create the towering mountains and the glaciers to carve their deep fiords. Remote, pristine and constantly awe-inspiring are the Milford and Doubtful Sounds. It is wilderness and rainforest in spectacular form.
If you combine a scenic flight with cruise and coach options, you will see the extraordinary splendour of this World Heritage National Park from many perspectives.
Air Fiordland will book your flights and Great Sights and Real Journeys are two companies operating luxury coach tours from Queenstown.
Skiing/Boarding/Fun in the snow!
World-class ski-fields Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone, are all within ninety minutes drive from Queenstown. The snow areas in Queenstown/Southern Lakes region are diverse and cater to all levels of experience. Start on gentle groomed slopes and build towards steep challenging chutes, terrain parks, half-pipes or untouched powder fields. Access to all this can be gained by chair-lift, snow-cats, or helicopters. Or you can relax on sun-soaked decks with awesome views while you watch the action over a mulled wine or cappuccino.
Alternatively you could spend some time at New Zealand’s only Nordic and cross-country skifield, the Wairau Snow farm. As with all local fields, equipment can be hired on the mountain or from several outlets in the town centre.
With retail shops ranging from quality souvenirs and New Zealand products to international designer brand stores, Queenstown is a shoppers’ dream.
Central Otago is New Zealands’ fastest growing vineyard area. Pinot Noir made in this cool climate of viticulture are gaining an international reputation. Chard Farm, Peregrine, Gibbston Valley and the Mount Edward Wineries offer tastings and are within ten minutes drive of each other. Wine-tasting tours of the whole area can be a fabulous way to admire the unique scenery of the dramatic Kawarau Gorge while sampling the local produce.
Cafes, Bars, Retaurants
With over 100 restaurants and cafes, the longest discussions will begin with “Where shall we eat?” Queenstown is a culinary melting pot with cuisine from Thailand, China, France, Japan, India, the Mediterranean, the Pacific rim right down to pub grub from the UK.