It’s famed for its ski fields, but there’s so much more to Queenstown. There’s opportunity for adventure around every corner, but also spoil yourself with highly acclaimed restaurants, amazing shopping and pamper spots. Each season brings new personality to Queenstown. Long summer days throw the hills open to mountain bike riders before the snow transforms the landscape to a skiing wonderland in winter. Spring time brings softer snow and fresh golfing greens but the top class restaurants and night time party lifestyle continues all year round.
The best views are from the top so make your way to one of the city’s many vantage points for some incredible sights. Climb Queenstown Hill or Ben Lomond for views across Queenstown and beyond. Have the Skyline Gondola whisk you into the clouds for the classic outlook across Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown to The Remarkables mountain range. Make the most of the mountains with a trail ride through the high country or go rock climbing for more incredible views.
Adventure takes on new meaning in Queenstown. Test your limits as you hurtle through the air on a sky dive, hang glider or bungy. Feel the need for speed in a jet boat, white water raft or canyon swing. Or get back to nature and pan for gold, take a kayak around calm waterways or ride a horse through the mountains. After all your adventures, reward your efforts with a relaxing round of golf, some trout fishing, a spot of shopping or an afternoon of luxury at a day spa.
For a change of scene why not take one of the ‘world’s best drives’ and head north along the lake to Glenorchy. It’s a dramatic setting, ringed by mountains, so enjoy a coffee and lakeside stroll, before maybe driving on towards Kinloch whose alpine peaks were the setting for Isengaard in the ‘Lord of the Rings’.