Queenstown is the place to be. With beautiful scenery, year-round thrills and some of New Zealand’s most iconic attractions- It’s no wonder everyone says to come to this idyllic South Island paradise.
For your next visit we’ve collated our Top 8 Things To Do in Queenstown.
1# AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy
Dubbed as the birthplace of Bungy Jumping, thrill seekers won’t want to miss the chance to “tick” off this bucket list moment. Experience a pulse of adrenaline as you free-fall 43m from the Historic Kawarau River Bridge. If bunging jumping isn’t your cup of tea, you can always spectate from the side line and watch brave thrill-seekers take the leap of faith.
2# Tiki Trail to Skyline Gondola
With the winter chill coming to an ease, why not take the alternative route and walk up to the Skyline Gondola look out point. The Tiki Trail starts at the Gondola base and winds through pines trees and over mountain biking trails up to the summit. The walk time is 1-2 hours return- It’s best to allow sometime time to admire the top notch views and sneak in a cheeky luge ride or maybe five.
3# Trail Queenstown by Bike
For the ultimate adrenalin-pumping biking experience, Queenstown is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s only gondola-accessed downhill mountain Bike Park, which opens for the season in late September. For those who prefer biking without the ‘extreme’ sports aspect, and perhaps with an e-bike to help things along, it’s the perfect time to explore the Queenstown Trail. With over 120 km of relatively flat and easy trails, enjoy spectacular scenery and classic springtime views with sprouting wildflowers, lush green pastures and dazzling displays of cherry blossoms.
4# Visit the Gibbston Valley
Queenstown is ringed by mountains interlaced with award-winning vineyards, so you’ll be spoiled for choice for wine experiences. Immerse yourself in a sensory experience at Gibbston Valley’s wine cave before raising a glass to Central Otago wines at Waitiri Creek’s gorgeous white church. If craft beer is more your thing, swap your pinot for a pint at Canyon Food & Co or Searchlight Brewery.
5# Eat a Fergburger
A visit to Queenstown calls for an obligatory visit to the one and only Fergburger, located just down the road on Shotover Street. Don’t let the long line deter you—you know what they say “good things come to those who wait”.
6# Visit Arrowtown
Located 25 minutes outside of Queenstown, take a short drive to the quaint historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Walk the tree lined streets and be charmed by the historic downtown area featuring a number of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and art galleries.
7# Play a Round of Golf
Home to New Zealand’s most picturesque golf courses, you ought to experience a swing on the legendary green during your visit to Queenstown. With seven golf courses to choose from, featuring state-of-the-art-facilities and stunning alpine backdrops, Queenstown is certainly a golfer’s dream destination.
8# Cruise on Lake Wakatiupu
All aboard the TSS Earnslaw! Earning the affectionate nickname of ‘Lady of the Lake’, this vintage steamboat is a Queenstown institution and must-do attraction. Take a leisurely cruise on the waters of Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw where you can choose to continue your journey with a stop at Walter Peak High Country Farm and see the spring lambs.
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