Queenstown is situated in the South Island of New Zealand; being on the shores of the stunning Wakatipu Lake it makes a great vacation destination. The beautiful setting of this resort town, positioned between the lake and The Remarkables, a spectacular mountain range that zigzags across the horizon, has long attracted visitors. As a beautiful playground this area of New Zealand is unmatched. The wild and mountainous terrain is not only easy on the eye it is also fantastic for outdoor sports of all kinds.
This town’s reputation as a thrill seeker’s paradise is something that has steadily evolved over recent years. One of Queenstown’s most famous claims to fame is that the very first commercial bungee jump took place off the Kawarau Bridge back in the 1980s.
These days there is no shortage of visitors to Queenstown taking advantage of cheap hotel deals whilst being extremely keen to hurl themselves from great heights supported only by a piece of elastic rope. The original commercial bungee jump in Queenstown has spawned many imitators the world over, but for purists who want to jump from where it all began, this is the place to be.
Of course bungee jumping is not for everyone, and if it is a leap too far, there are other adrenaline inducing sports to choose from in Queenstown and the surrounding area.
Since the late 1940s the ski fields around Queenstown have attracted snow sports enthusiasts. Today in Queenstown, adrenaline seekers choose from a wide variety of high-octane snow sports including heli-skiing, luge, snowboarding and skiing on some of the most challenging, exciting and least crowded pistes on earth.
Away from the ski slopes there are other physical activities to test the nerves and fitness of the brave. Jet-boating, river boarding, para-sailing, skydiving, kite surfing and zip-lining to name but a few. No matter what particular adventure sport is required, it can almost certainly be arranged in Queenstown.
When the sun has set and the time comes for a little relaxation, Queenstown has a great network of bars, restaurants and clubs to help maintain the high levels of thrill seeking purely on a social level. With over a hundred such establishments there are many places to take a tipple, and most stay open until 4am, so after the frantic activities of the day things can be taken real slow.
The downtown area of Queenstown is the best bet for a few beers and a laugh and the atmosphere is usually pretty chilled. Many round the world travelers have Queenstown on their itinerary, so be prepared to encounter a variety of transitory types from gap year teens through to silver haired travelers spending their kid’s inheritance.
Whatever happens, don’t leave Queenstown without checking out the local beauty spots. Adventure and adrenaline sports are fantastic ways to spend time, but don’t go so fast that the surroundings become a blur. Hop onto a mountain bike and explore The Queenstown Trail or take a more sedate view on the Skyline Gondola for impressive sights of Coronet Peak – there really is so much to see as well as do in Queenstown, so plan on staying a while.