In the deep south of the south island of New Zealand you find one it’s most popular destinations: Queenstown. Queenstown is a small town, but has the energy and the bustle of a large city and the town is surrounded by some of the most stunning and spectacular scenery in the world. Nestled on the shores of the deep blue lake Wakitipu and surrounded by rugged mountains, crystal clear air, rough forests and deep ravines, Queenstown is a mecca for international travellers.
But most of all, Queenstown is the number one destination for thrill seekers!! From some of the highest bungy jumps in the world, to adventurous heli-rafting, from paragliding to flying your own aerobatic stunt plane… Anything is possible in 'the adrenalin capital of the world'! The only question is: Are you ready to face your fears?
The name Queenstown is said to have been given to the city, because it is so beautiful a queen could live there. But not only the queens have noticed the beauty of this amazing city. Nowadays gold miners, adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts, Hollywood stars and US Presidents have been drawn to this magical region and its intense alpine energy. Queenstown has a compact and sophisticated downtown area tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Dwarfed by the surrounding mountains, there are amazing views from everywhere. There's also a permanent buzz in the downtown area where you'll find a lively café and bar scene and excellent shopping.
Ready to face your fears in Queenstown?
Adrenalin junkies will be in paradise in Queenstown!! Surrounded by tall mountains, steep drops and wild rivers, the Queenstown area is like a giant playground. Anything is possible... the more extreme the better! Launch yourself from 109 metres into a canyon on a swing, see the world like never before as you fly upside down in a stunt plane, jump out of a cable car 134 metres above the rugged Nevis River, combine a helicopter ride with a wild trip of white water rafting down the Shotover River or click into your bindings and explore the untouched powder snow high in the mountains, everything is possible! And this is just the beginning! The list goes on, and on, and on!! Are you ready to face your fears?
Lord of the Rings country: Simply breathtaking
Adventure activities are what draw many people to Queenstown, but there's so much more, even for people who don't enjoy risking their lives jumping from cliffs! The region's breathtaking beauty is its most intense and alluring attraction by far. Rugged mountains, majestic lakes, crystal clear air, the ancient forests: it's simply one of the most stunning places you will ever visit! From central Queenstown there are many ways to discover the surrounding nature, either by land, air or water. Discover the ice-capped mountains and glaciers, the cascading waterfalls and crystal clear streams and pools, take an overnight cruise to the spectacular Milford Sound or lift off in a hot air balloon and drift effortlessly over the locations used in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Whatever you choose, just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
Skiing in the Southern Alps
Queenstown is home to two commercial ski resorts, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, both within a twenty minutes drive from central Queenstown! The ski season usually runs between mid June and late September with the best snow conditions generally in July and August. Ski shuttles run throughout the day from central Queenstown to both ski fields and the lift passes interchangeable between the two. And of course Queenstown wouldn't be Queenstown, if the skiing wasn't taken to the extreme. If your budget allows it, then this is the place to go heli-skiing! Whether you're experienced or not, this is the ultimate snow experience for any skier or boarder. A helicopter takes you into the heart of the Southern Alps, and before you know it you're standing in the middle of an untouched powder paradise… This is an unforgettable experience!
Sleeping in Queenstown: from budget to luxury
Since Queenstown is a very popular destination for adrenalin junkies, mostly young people, there's a lively backpackers scene. There are many friendly hostels offering affordable single, double or dorm rooms. Get close to nature in Department of Conservation huts in mountain areas, or go back to basic at a rural camping-permitted reserve. But also for who likes it a bit more comfortable, Queenstown has a large range of 3, 4, and 5 star hotels and exclusive luxury lodges to offer!
Nightlife in Queenstown
Dusk to dawn, Queenstown rarely sleeps. Sophisticated wine bars, live jazz, top DJ's, long summer nights in a garden bar serving locally brewed beer or après ski in front of a roaring log fire, there's more than 160 licensed bars and cafés in downtown Queenstown. Even when the sun goes down... the adventure never stops!