Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. But over the years, Queenstown’s natural beauty is not the only characteristic which gave that little town its reputation. With tons of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the ultimate adventure destination in New Zealand.
Queenstown is not for the faint-hearted. There’s skiing in the winter and activities like bungy jumping, sky diving, paragliding, jet boating, canyoning, rafting, horse trekking all year long. And with the lovely mining town of Glenorchy of the very end of Lake Wakatipu, 45 minutes from Queenstown on a typical winding NZ road with amazing scenery, visitors can discover some of the best hiking tracks in the entire world.
So, what to choose from? This is a difficult question to answer and it will mainly depend on the time you will spend there. We recommend at least 3 days to fully appreciate the region. Here’s our suggested itinerary:
The future belongs to those who wake up early. There’s no time to waste in Queenstown! How about starting by a refreshing jet boat ride on the Shotover river? the guys at Shotover Jet offer the most exhilarating jet boat ride in the world and operates in the spectacular Shotover Canyons. They depart every 15 minutes from central Queenstown from dawn to dusk. The experience start with a bus trip taking you to the edge of the Shotover river via Skippers Canyon – simply the scariest road in NZ! And this is where it all starts…From the moment the accelerator hits the floor, your adrenaline hits the roof. You’ll speed over 10cm deep water, along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. The trip lasts for about 1.5 hour including the 25 minutes boat ride which should bring you back to Queenstown for lunch.
If you’re adrenaline level is not high enough, it is for the most daring of adrenalin fuelled Queenstown activities: the Nevis. As if the spectacular Nevis Bungy wasn’t enough, dangling on a high wire cable 134 metres over the valley floor, the site is also home to the World’s Biggest Swing, which will propel you through the gorge in a 300 metre arc.
After all these high adrenaline activities, you deserve a good beer. Try some local craft beers at Atlas Beer Cafe at the back of Steamer Wharf.
After so much adrenaline, a trip to Glenorchy seems like the perfect roadtrip. Watch out on the road as some parts are narrow and enjoy the scenery. Glenorchy is the gateway to hiking trails and Middle-earth magic. Why not starting with the Routeburn Track and it’s 32kms, one of NZ’s great walks. For a day trip, go up to the Routeburn Falls Hut to enjoy the view and some cheeky keas – New Zealand mountain parrots – if you’re lucky.
You can’t be leaving Queenstown without skydiving! The guys at NZone will give you 3 heights to choose from, 9 000 ft, 12 000 ft or 15 000 ft. The first skydive is a scary thing – BE BRAVE. Even if you’re not, pretend to be, no one can tell the difference.
If you survive these 3 days without a scratch, then Queenstown was made for you! Come back soon, we’ll have a car ready for you at our Queenstown depot…