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Your action packed guide to Queenstown

Monday, November 26, 2018

Photo: Queenstown NZ

Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world, and for good reason. This picturesque town situated on Lake Wakatipu really does have something for everyone. Whether you love the great outdoors, are an adrenaline junkie or love taking photos of beautiful scenery, you’re sure to find something that you and your family or significant other will enjoy. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite activities that will keep you on the go from the moment your plane touches down.

  1. Bungy Jump with AJ Hackett Bungy

    What better place in the world to bungy jump than in Queenstown, the birthplace of commercial bungy jumping! The AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge Bungy is the first commercial bungy spot in the world and is just 20 minutes from Queenstown. You get to jump off the Kawarau Bridge towards the stunningly blue waters of the Kawarau River, 43 meters below. When you reach the bottom, you can even touch the water or go all the way under!

    If that’s not high enough for you, then try the Nevis Bungy. It’s New Zealand’s highest bungy and you’ll be jumping towards the Nevis River that’s flowing 134 meters below you!

  2. Skydiving

    If bungy jumping doesn’t provide much of an adrenaline rush for you, then what about hurling yourself out of a plane? 

    With Nzone Skydive, you can jump out a plane with a guide, free-falling for up to a full minute over the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. Nothing beats the view of Queenstown’s snow-capped peaks from 12,000ft up in the air!

     Photo: 100% Pure New Zealand

  3. Gondola and Luge

    Looking for an activity that includes breathtaking views but won’t make your heart race, then we highly recommend that you take the gondola ride to the top of Queenstown. You’ll be rewarded with fantastic panoramic and scenic views of the entire city. There’s also a cafe in the viewing area so you can grab a beverage or a bite to eat and soak up the views.

    When you’re ready to head back, why not zip down the mountain on a luge? It's basically Mario Kart in real life but with better views. It’s a must do family activity!

  4. Queenstown Hill Time Walk 

    If you’re only staying in Queenstown for a couple of days and want to do an outdoor activity that doesn't take too long, then the Queenstown Hill Time Walk is your best bet.

    It’s a relatively short hike (1.5 to 2 hours) and there are awesome photo opportunities everywhere. The first part of your trek takes you through a lush pine forest. Follow the path and along the way, you’ll encounter information plaques detailing the past, present, and future of the area. At the end of the hike, you’ll find the Basket of Dreams, a sculpture made of steel that refers to the future of Queenstown. And beyond the Basket of Dreams, you’ll see jaw-dropping 360°panoramic views of the area, including Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, and Karawau River. 

  5. Glenorchy

    You’re just spoiled for choice when it comes to scenic views in Queenstown! The drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy is another activity that you can do that doesn’t take up a lot of time and it includes, you guessed it, stunning views.

    The drive which takes about 45 minutes, is one the most scenic drives in the Southern Hemisphere. There are plenty of stops along the way to capture amazing pictures of the lake and the mountains. Make sure your camera batteries or phone is charged, you'll need it!

    Tip: The best time to make the drive is in winter when the peaks of the mountains are snow-capped. Try to leave as late as possible so that you arrive in Glenorchy around sunset. This will enable you to get the best light for photos on the drive up.

  6. Skiing

    A visit to Queenstown isn’t complete without skiing at Coronet Peak and its sister mountain The Remarkables. You can buy a multi-day pass which gives you access to both mountains to enjoy the full experience. 

    We recommend getting up there nice and early so that you can avoid long queues and have a chance to hit the slopes much earlier. And if waking up at the crack of dawn doesn’t appeal to you, then head out later in the day to enjoy epic sunsets over Queenstown and ski under the stars.

  7. Jetboating

    Can’t get enough of the all the activities on offer in Queenstown? Here’s another one for you: a Jet Boat Ride. Basically, you're in a boat that is going around 50 mph and spinning in circles through dramatic and narrow canyons. It's the most intense 25 minutes you'll ever experience on the water!

    Shotover Jet operates in an exclusive area of the Shotover River. Between the "up close and personal" near encounters with the canyon walls to the 360-degree spins, and the sheer speed of jetting on the river, you’ll never forget this experience!

Queenstown is a four-season destination with many activities available at any time of the year. The best time to visit depends on your interests. If you wish to avoid the crowds, then head there in spring (September to November) when temperatures are comfortable and mild. If you crave the heat, then summer (December to February) is your best bet. And New Zealand’s winter from June to August is the best time for some snow and skiing. 

How to get there and where to stay

Queenstown International Airport receives daily direct flights from around Australia's main ports.

And, of course. any Resort Club members will save “heaps of moola” at our available resorts – wink wink :)