The Adventure Capital of the World
Once you’ve ticked off a must-do ride with Hydro Attack in the Seabreacher X, you’ll find plenty of other great things to do in Queenstown. Activities range from mild to wild and year-round there’s a huge range of high octane activities to choose from like skydiving, bungy jumping, jet boating, and paragliding.
Queenstown has a special energy. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, our town is world famous for its breathtaking scenery, vast range of experiences, relaxed vibe and friendly people.
Accommodation options range from budget to five-star, with holiday parks, backpacker properties and motels alongside B&Bs, international hotel chains, and luxury lodges. Whether you stay within walking distance of town, or venture a little further out, you’ll find spectacular views and friendly hosts who will go out of their way to give tips on special lakeside picnic spots, wonderful trails to walk or point you in the direction of iconic local events.
If you’re looking to change to a more relaxing pace you can test your skills on world-class golf courses, explore scenic trails on foot or bike, sample award-winning Central Otago wines and local cuisine, enjoy a spa treatment or browse the town’s many shops and galleries.
Some of the region’s most famous attractions like the picturesque historic goldmining village of Arrowtown, Glenorchy’s epic Lord of the Rings scenery, and Milford and Doubtful Sounds are all an easy drive away.
In summer the sun rises at 5am and sets as late as 10pm so there’s plenty of time to get out and enjoy Queenstown’s natural adventure playground. People are out in force sunbathing on the beaches, swimming, fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, rafting and kayaking on the lake and surrounding rivers. It’s also peak season to enjoy the region’s internationally renowned hiking and biking trails and there’s a range to suit all ages and abilities.
From June to September each year the region transforms into a winter wonderland, attracting snow lovers from around the world with its stunning snowcapped mountains, crisp blue-sky days, easy access to four different skifields, and range of events.
In Queenstown you’ll find more than 150 indoor and outdoor cafes, bars, restaurants and wineries. The Queenstown nightlife is busy and vibrant with an eclectic mix of stylish bars and sophisticated clubs, Kiwi pubs and late night hot spots.
Throughout the year the Queenstown region has an action-packed calendar of arts, cultural and sporting events including Winter Festival, New Year’s Eve celebrations, the month-long Summerdaze festival, Arrowtown Autumn Festival, international concerts, and the PGA golf tournament.
Visit the official website for Queenstown – www.queenstownNZ.co.nz for more inspiration and information on flights to Queenstown, activities and budget to five-star accommodation.
Hydro Attack is a member of Destination Queenstown – the regional tourism organisation.