Every year thousands of tourists from around the world are drawn to the city of Queenstown, New Zealand’s capital of outdoor adventure. It is located in the Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island, nestled in the Southern Alps on the pristine shores of the Lake Wakatipu. This stunning area offers not only a fun outdoor sports culture, but also a sophisticated shopping, dining and leisure scene.
Thrill-seekers visiting Queenstown can choose from a virtually unlimited list of outdoor activities, making it easy to see why the area is the reputed Adventure Capital of New Zealand. Popular pastimes that are guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping include white-water rafting, rock-climbing, bungee jumping, hand gliding, ski diving, jet boating, paragliding and parasailing. These activities combined with the majestic alpine beauty of the region will make your adventure holiday a breathtakingly memorable experience.
Queenstown becomes a Mecca for snow sport enthusiasts during the colder months of the year, with the surrounding ski fields of the Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cardrona and Treble Cone transforming into sparkling winter wonderlands. Heavy annual snowfall creates top quality conditions for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, and the city centre takes on a fun, festival atmosphere. Heli-ski trips to nearby mountain sides and secluded basins allows experienced skiers to enjoy the rush of challenging runs and untouched snow cover without the hassle of crowds.
If getting your blood pumping isn’t on the agenda there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors around Queenstown. The surrounding mountains and hills of the Southern Alps offer some of the most beautiful views in the world, which can be explored by hiking, horse-back, 4-wheel driving or mountain biking. The crystal waters that flow down the mountains into Lake Wakatipu can be enjoyed at an easy pace by sailing, kayaking or fishing. Queenstown’s four golf courses are also a fun place to brush up on your golfing skills in the fresh New Zealand air whilst taking in the views of surrounding mountain peaks.
Downtown Queenstown is relatively compact, making a day or evening out easy to accomplish on foot. The district offers a fine wine and dining scene and café culture during the day, as well as a selection of cool bars, pubs and nightclubs for night owls. There are plenty of good shopping spots, many offering a particularly wide choice of quality adventure and outdoor gear.
There are plenty of accommodation options available for a wide range of budgets, from 7-star luxury resorts, eco-retreats and 5-star hotels, to bed and breakfasts, hostels, farm stays, camping sites and budget motels. Queenstown Airport has daily international flights that connect in Australia and domestic flights from all over New Zealand.