Queenstown is my official favorite city in the world now! Known as the 'adventure capital of the world'- you’ll be spoilt for choice in things to do and see. You may want to extend your stay here and add another day.
Overnights in hotel at Queenstown.
Lake Wakatipu- It fills a deep valley carved into the mountains by ancient glaciers. You can go boating, cycle or walk around its shore or just picnic at the lakeside.
AJ Hackett Bungy- What better place for your first jump then in the birth place of bungy and with the inventors of it. You have 3 options /locations to choose from- Kawarau Bridge (43 m), Ledge (47 m), and the granddaddy, highest bungy in NZ - Nevis (134 m) with an 8.5 second free fall. If you have decided to take the plunge, I suggest you do it at Nevis (in for a penny, in for a pound). And while you are at the Nevis location try out the Nevis swing and catapult for an extra dose of adrenalin rush. You can watch my Nevis Bungy Jump video here.
Sky Diving- There are 2 operators offering Skydiving in Queenstown. I went with NZone. They offer jumps from 9000, 12000 and 15000 feet. The drop zone offers breathtaking views of the southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu. You can watch my Sky Dive video here.
Rafting- Queenstown's famous Shotover and Kawarau River provides whitewater rafting action for those looking for extra excitement and thrills. I recommend the Shotover river as the rapids here are Grade 3-5. experience the rugged beauty of the Skippers Canyon as you conquer the wild and untamed Shotover River. Tackle the thunderous 'Mother' rapids, a series of six grade 4-5 rapids, before the journey through the darkness of the 170-metre long Oxenbridge Tunnel. Shoot the drop into Cascade Rapid to complete your whitewater rafting adventure.
Shotover Jet- There are many Jet boat operators some offering Jet boat rides over the lake as well. Don't be confused and walk straight over to any 'Shotover Jet' booking office. Shotover Jet operates on an exclusive area of the Shotover River and is the only company permitted to operate within its spectacular canyons, carved out over the ages by a vast volume of fast flowing water. The only company offering real 360-degree spins and high-speed canyon passes (sometimes as close as 1 meter to the canyon walls).
Skyline Gondola and Luge- The Skyline Gondola and Luge site at the top offers spectacular Day and Night time views of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. Take the Gondola Up, enjoy the views, eat and drink at the café and take some thrilling Luge Rides (people of most ages and abilities can do this). There is an additional activity of Parasailing from this site- if you have the time, Do It!
Glenorchy and Paradise- Stunning scenery from Glenorchy and Paradise has been featured in the following films: The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Wolverine, and most recently the Hobbit, to name a few. Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, Glenorchy is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu and is the gateway to hiking trails and middle earth magic. Paradise is 20 kilometers from Glenorchy; 8 km is sealed road and the last 12 km is unsealed. Rolling farmland changes to beech forest as you enter the Mt Aspiring National Park and drive past Diamond Lake. The sign posted at the junction is one of the most photographed signs in New Zealand.
Arrowtown- If you have time or staying in Queenstown, visit Arrowtown, a charming, quirky and delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River.