Queenstown New Zealand is one of the most unique parts of the world that I have ever visited and lived in. It is jaw droppingly beautiful and you certainly have to keep reminding yourself to look up every day to admire the wonderful mountains and terrain. It was recently voted a winner for the Travellers choice 2012 on Tripadvisor for the South Pacific competing with the likes of Melbourne and Sydney.
You have many sides to Queenstown even though it is nicknamed the ‘Adventure Capital of the world’. I have decided to put together a list of the top 5 things to do while here in Queenstown in no particular order and have incorporated a bit of adventure, relaxation and activities exclusive to the Queenstown area.
1) Queenstown Hill
The walk up Queenstown hill is stunning and breathtaking in more than a few ways. It takes about an hour to walk to the top and about half the time coming down. It is quite a steep walk and has look out points along the way so you certainly want to bring your camera. The view from the top is epic, looking down on Queenstown and the lake and around at the surrounding mountains it really is a beautiful sight and well worth the effort getting up there when you get to the top!
2) Onsen Pools
Onsen Pools is a great relaxing experience and is situated about a 10mins drive from Queenstown; they provide a pick up and drop of service if you do not have a car. Once you are there you are shown to your private pool. The room has a retractable roof which is awesome and you have epic views of the Shotover river and surrounding mountains and is is stupidly relaxing while lying in the Spa. An hour is about perfect and the Spa, staff and whole experience were all great! (www.onsen.co.nz)
3) The Nevis Bungy and Swing
This has to be one of the best experiences I have ever had when it comes to adrenaline activities! It i deemed the highest Bungy in NZ and the largest swing in the world and both are awesome in their own right! This is definitely a must do for all you adrenaline junkies! Epic experience! (www.bungy.co.nz/the-nevis/the-nevis-swing)
4) Day trip to Glenorchy and Arrowtown
A day trip out to both of these beautiful quaint little towns will not leave you disappointed. The drives out to them both especially Glenorchy are wonderful and you can admire the amazing mountain views, both are great to take a trip out to to wander around and have some lunch or an afternoon there. From Glenorchy you can ‘tramp’ aka: Hike part of the Routeburn walk where you can encounter awesome waterfalls and rivers. Arrowtown is like stepping back in time and has some great cafes and shops to explore and is well maintained. Would recommend no more than an afternoon here after you have walked the few streets and learned some NZ history about how the village first evolved. (www.glenorchyinfocentre.co.nz) and (www.arrowtown.com)
5) Skyline Gondola
The Gondola is a must while visiting Queenstown! The views from the top are again surreal and you are able to take a bite to eat or have a drink while taking in the views of Queenstown and the Remarkables. You are able to ‘Luge’ while up at the top of the mountain and wanted to do something fun and adventurous. The restaurant also has an all you can eat buffet which is rather good and then you can take the Gondola back down when you are finished. Enjoy!