The Adventure City
Situated on the edge of stunning Lake Wakitipu and overlooked by the aptly named Remarkable Mountains, Queenstown’s setting is truly dramatic. This majestic scenery provides an incredible backdrop for a large number of activities aimed at the adventurous traveller. Winter in Queenstown officially starts in June when the area’s many ski fields open and whether you’re a skier or snowboarder, beginner or pro, Queenstown’s world class slopes are worth checking out. Spring through to autumn is when the focus shifts from the ski fields to the area’s numerous adventure activities.
Queenstown is famed as being the bungy capital of the world with a number of nerve rattling bungy jumps available for those seeking a big adrenalin rush. Rivers also provide a playground for the adventurous with whitewater rafting and jetboating being thrilling water based pursuits. Queenstown’s adventure activities aren’t confined to the land and the area’s remarkable scenery and clear skies mean skydiving and scenic flights are popular.
If thrill seeking isn’t on your agenda, the town offers a wide variety of more relaxing activities including, spas, lake cruises, vineyard tours, art galleries, eclectic shopping, and walking. Getting around is simple as compact Queenstown can be easily navigated on foot. A car is useful for exploring further a field and plenty of car hire options are available for short and long rentals. A local bus service connects Queenstown to the majority of attractions in the area, and free shuttle buses are provided by many activity organisers and hotels.
Dining out in Queenstown offers a wealth of opportunities. Great seafood washed down with a fine New Zealand wine is a staple of the Kiwi restaurant scene and Queenstown offers some excellent options. For cheaper meals, the gourmet burger or simple pub meal are local favourites. When the sun goes down, Queenstown lives up to its reputation as a resort party town as party hungry travellers pack the towns bars and clubs.