Again, Supershuttle came to our rescue and dropped us off, hassle-free, to our motel which gave us the most scenic view of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown doesn't have Uber, but the town is all of 5 sq.km. in size, so you can pretty much walk around if you're reasonably fit. And that's exactly what we did.
Kawarau Bridge Bungy - AJ Hackett Bungy
Queenstown offers you an abundance of Bungy Jumping opportunities for whatever thrill or scene that suits your fancy. The most famous is the Kawarau Bridge Bungy that is just outside of the town. This is the location where in 1998, AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch launched the World’s first Bungy Jump. It became an international sensation and took the World by storm. Today the sport in internationally recognize and extreme and the best place to partake in it is right here in Queenstown. They offer 3 different sites to give it a try ranging from 40m to 134m.
Wine Tastes - New Zealand Wine Experience
Queenstown is located in the area called Otago Central. This area is well known for it’s wine production and a short drive outside of the city will find you in the heart of wine country. You will find the beautiful vineyards are hard to miss and a great way to spend the afternoon. There are a couple options for checking out the wine areas, either by renting a car or joining a wine tour. Most of the wineries offer wine tasting during the day so don’t be shy, set off on your own and make some stops. Their tastings include their full line up for a small fee and an opportunity to grow your palette.
Bespoke Kitchen is essentially a vegetarian/vegan cafe serving the most epic breakfast/brunch in Queenstown. The design of the cafe is modern to the core and like most other 'hipster' establishments, it offers free WiFi.All hotel prices are approximate and on a per day basis. They were last updated on April 12th, 2016.Have you been to New Zealand recently? Share your itineraries, reviews and photos with 20 million travellers on Tripoto.
Skyline Gondola Base
Walk to the Skyline Gondola (which is a cablecar, not a Venetian boat) to head up the hill for a stunning view of the lake and the town. Once you've had your fill of the mesmerizing view, you could while away time lunging down the hill (trust me, it's addictive!) or bungee-ing into the forest below. 'Central Queenstown' is a short walk away. Walk around the lakefront or take the popular Catamaran cruise. And do not miss out on this lovely little place called Fergberger that serves the best burgers in town.
AJ Hackett Bungy Ledge Bungy and Swing
AJ Hackett and Henry Van came up with the first bungy jumping operation in Queenstown in 1980. Since then this stunning city has become a hub for commercial bungy jumping, attracting visitors from all across the globe. Ledge Bungy at Queenstown is the best pick for your first free fall adventure when in New Zealand. And the best part is, it's even open at night!
With world-class adventure amenities and experienced skydivers leading you step by step, skydiving above Lake Wanaka is a bucket list dream for adrenaline junkies around the world. As you drop from 12,000 feet, enjoy stunning views of the rocky mountains of Central Otago District, surrounding snow-capped peaks and the blue and green lakes dotting the terrain below. Another skydiving site to check out in New Zealand is at Lake Taupo, which is also the largest commercial skydiving zone in the world.
Heart-thumping adrenaline rush awaits you at 134 metres above the Nevis River, only 45km from Queenstown. It's thrilling and is sure to leave you will memories of a lifetime. The drive from Queenstown to the bungy site is a 45 minutes long sightseeing tour in itself.Other bungee sites around the country are the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Toupo Bungy near Huka Falls and the bungy site near Waikato River.
The Heritage Resort
We reached here tired, hungry, and totally drained of energy after 5 hours of driving, exploring in the hot sun, and full of dust. The Resort was like an Oasis in the desert. It is situated at the backdrop of the Badami caves, away from the hustle- bustle, green and very welcoming. We freshened up and settled for the South Indian thali which cost INR 90. The food was good.
A suspension bridge over the Kawarau River marks the world home of bungee (bungy) jumping: the place where, in 1988, adventurists AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch leapt off a platform, attached only with an elastic rope. Now, their enterprise has spanned the globe, with six different bungee experiences in New Zealand alone. Plummet over a ravine from the Nevis, or slide off the Auckland Bridge. AJ Hackett is the oldest and safest name in bungee, and New Zealand provides some stunning scenery to accompany your jump.
Shotover Canyon Swing
These guys are crazy. Since I had bungy jumped forward, they thought I should go off the Canyon Swing backward. Unlike bungy, where they tie your ankles, in the Canyon Swing, you're in a climbing type harness to keep you safe. Whereas the AJ Hackett folks tell you how safe bungy jumping is as they bind your ankles, these guys put the feat of God in you. Just when you think you're ready to go, they pull you back in. I asked if they wanted to know where I'd like to hit the water, because I'd told the AJ Hackett people I'd like to hit at boob level. They said: "Oh, you're supposed to stop about 100 feet above the water, so if you touch the water, something has gone horribly wrong." I immediately said: "I don't need to touch the water."