When one thinks of New Zealand, a facade of fantastical scenery, rich indigenous aborigine culture, and of course, awesome road trips come to mind. And while Queenstown isn’t exactly placed within earshot of the ever-popular city of Christchurch (a mainstay for many visitors to NZ), its popularity as a travel (and road trip!) destination in the South Island does afford it a place in the hearts of many tourists the world over.
As Queenstown is a little further afield compared to other closer destinations, it’s suggested to time your trip right if you aren’t planning on staying the night. In that case, a night drive may be the better choice for you as a single journey would already take around six hours drive from Christchurch.
The Excitement of Queenstown NZ
That said, once you’ve stepped foot onto the quaint shoreside town, your weariness and lethargy will be washed away — akin to the idyllic waves which constantly assails the shores of Queenstown.
As for things to do, there are aplenty. From adrenaline-spiking jaunts to peaceful scenic hikes to a leisurely ascent up Queenstown’s famous peaks via gondola, there’s literally something for everyone here!
But you should definitely expect some of the best heart-racing activities offered here as Queenstown is the de facto adventure capital of NZ.
Among the many, many adrenaline-inducing activities here, skydiving atop the always-majestic Remarkables mountain range is an adventure-of-a-lifetime that shouldn’t be missed the next time you’re in town. The sensation of free-fall while your body sails across Queenstown’s skyline, coupled with the stunning panoramic view is undoubtedly the ultimate experience for any daredevils.
If you aren’t one for falling to certain death (with a parachute), there are other similarly adrenaline-fueled activities to be had here such as bungee jumping 134 metres above the rugged Nevis River or hopping on the Nevis Swing which will take you across (and back) the valley in swift fashion.
As for the reserved travellers, there are relaxing activities to enjoy in Queenstown which doesn’t involve a heart-attack-inducing affair. Off the top of the list, you could perhaps mingle with NZ’s iconic national bird at the Kiwi Birdlife Park. Alternatively, a slow cruise across Lake Wakatipu could also be on the menu for you.