Hikers admiring scenic view from hilltop, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand. Photo: Getty Images.

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5 reasons why Queenstown is a ‘sweet as’ holiday spot

Published October 20th, 2016

Remember that annoying overachiever in your grade 9 P.E. class who was good at every sport and had the most fire bod to boot, putting everyone else’s pre-pubescent gangly limbs to shame?

 

Queenstown is THAT person but in a wins at everything, ticks off every box, is a stunning city kind of a way. With some of the world’s best ski fields, adventure activities, scenery, food and nightlife, Queenstown ticks all your wanderluster boxes and more.

 

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Shred the pow-pow

Queenstown is New Zealand’s most lit snow sports destination with four ski fields starting from a short 20 minute drive from the city centre. Whether you choose from The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Treble Cone or Cardrona – there is something for every level of skier and rider. Queenstown’s snow season runs from June – October.



Adventure activities are a plenty

As well as being home to New Zealand’s best ski fields, Queenstown is also highly renowned as New Zealand’s adventure capital. The range of adventure activities will impress the most critical adrenaline junkie – from an AJ Hackett bungy jump over Kawarau River, to speeding through canyons on the Shotover Jet, or taking a helicopter ride through the mountains and white water rafting your way back to your starting point. For the super adventurous – combine all three activities into one jam-packed day of thrill seeking.



Food, food and more food

Queenstown offers a huge variety of food choices and best of all you don’t have to be cashed up to be able to enjoy them. The long lines are well worth the wait to chow down on a classic burger from Fergburger. Finish with dessert from Cookie Time, and then sit back and enjoy the massive food coma that will ensue.

 


 

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Stunning scenery

After a long day of bungy jumping you’ll need some time to unwind – and what better way to do that than looking out over the spectacular views of Queenstown. Perch yourself on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and take in the beautiful mountains lining the water. Or take a gondola ride up Bob’s Peak to enjoy spectacular views of the city.


 

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Get down in Queenstown

If being the ski and adventure capital wasn’t enough, Queenstown can add New Zealand’s best ‘party town’ to its list. With everything in the city within walking distance, it’s easy to bar hop around town. Start with a teapot cocktail at ‘The Find’, then move on to ‘The Boiler Room’ and dance into the early hours of the morning.



Top tips for having a ‘sweet as’ time in Queenstown:

  • Spend the extra cash and stay in a hotel on Lake Wakatipu. Waking up to insta-worthy views of the lake and mountains are worth every penny

  • Make sure you get awesome shots of your adventure activities by strapping a Go Pro to your head. This will also save you cash, as you won’t need to purchase a souvenir photo of your activity.

  • Book your ski passes in advance to cash in on those early bird savings

 


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Rani Thompson

Rani has been working in the travel industry for four years and is based in Brisbane, Australia. While island hopping in the Mediterranean has been a travel highlight for Rani, she's still keen to tick more amazing destinations off her travel bucket list.