If you’re planning an adventurous trip, look no further than Queenstown, New Zealand! If you’re curious to know what to expect from this destination, read on for some top tips from fellow blogger and native Kiwi, Cloe. Let me know in the comments if you’ve been here and have anything else to add!
Queenstown, New Zealand is world renowned for its adventure sports. Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island, this charming resort town is a natural playground where you can enjoy a vast range of outdoor activities.
Whether you’re looking for an adrenalin kick or planning a fun family holiday, Queenstown has something to satisfy every traveler. But with so many amazing places to visit in the adventure capital, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out, here are just a few of the best Queenstown attractions you shouldn’t miss out on.
Queenstown offers a fantastic alpine experience for avid skiers and snowboarders. The Remarkables is no doubt one of Queenstown’s best ski resorts, offering great snow conditions and varied terrain for all ages and experience levels. If you’re not much of a skier, you can still enjoy the resort’s amazing sightseeing opportunities. With a sightseeing pass, you can sit back and enjoy the ride up a chairlift where you’ll take in spectacular views of the Southern Alps.
Jet Ski Tours
Queenstown boasts a wide variety of water sports, from kayaking and canyoning to river surfing. Jet Ski Tours is Queenstown’s newest water activity on offer and is a must-do for thrill seekers. This adrenaline-pumping jet-ski ride is one of the most exciting ways to explore Queenstown’s natural beauty from a unique perspective and discover the beautiful hidden bays of Lake Wakatipu.
No experience or license is necessary to enjoy this activity, and the trip can be catered to all abilities. Even if you’re a little nervous about jet-skiing for the first time, your experienced guides will be with you to provide all the guidance you need.
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The Skyline Luge
The world-famous Queenstown Skyline Luge is favorite activity among locals and tourists alike. On this thrilling downhill ride, you’ll be in full control of a specialized luge cart as you take on 800 meters of corners, dippers and tunnels. You can choose to take it easy on the beginner’s track or challenge yourself on the more advanced courses: either way, it’s an adventure you’ll never forget.
Once you’ve completed the exhilarating course, you can hop on the chair-lift and do it all over again. The luge can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities, making it the perfect outdoor activity for families. You have to ride the Gondola to get up to the top, which is an incredible experience in itself, offering breathtaking views of Queenstown.
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Kawarau Bridge Bungy
No visit to Queenstown is complete without a visit to the Kawarau Bridge Bungy centre. Opened in 1988, this 43-metre bungee jump remains to be Queenstown’s most famous attraction, bringing in thousands of visitors every year.
Even if you’re not brave enough to do the jump yourself, you can still enjoy the bungee phenomenon by watching others take the jaw-dropping leap. Plus, the spectacular views of the Kawarau River are worth the trip in itself. There’s nothing else quite like Kawarau in the world, so don’t miss out on this one!
Queenstown Ice Arena
Queenstown Ice Arena is set in the stunning Queenstown Gardens, which is set only 5 minutes from the town centre. This fun all-weather ice-skating experience is suitable for all ages and abilities, whether you’ve never skated before or are a seasoned pro. The arena also boasts a fantastic cafe and bar where you can enjoy a variety of delicious snacks and drinks, making it the perfect place for a date night or a family day out.
Cloe Matheson is proud to be a Kiwi. She has travelled to many places but loves coming home to New Zealand. She enjoys promoting exciting local destinations through her writing. Find more of her travel tips and recommendations at Cloe Writes.