Things to do in Queenstown
Queenstown has so many activities on offer that for visitors it is certainly a tough choice to decide on. A good place to start though is when the town’s favourite adrenalin sport of bungee jumping. The site of the world’s first permanent jumping site was built in 1988 when pioneers AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch launched themselves off the world famous Kawarau Bridge and propelled the sport onto the world stage where it has become a massive mainstream success ever since.
Taking the dive involves plummeting 15,000 feet down, free falling for a full 60 seconds and reaching a speed of 320km per hour. Needless to say, it’s not for the faint hearted! To prove to mum you actually did it, you can request for your dive to be recorded on video making for a great souvenir.
If bungee jumping isn’t exactly you’re cup of tea, you can always enjoy a bird’s eye view with a helicopter ride to some of the most scenic destinations in the area. Rides available include mile high alpine landings and the chance to get up close and personal with a local glacier. The Extreme Golf Tee from what feels like the top of the world is a favourite with many visitors practicing their swing at an extreme height. And there’s no need to worry about the balls - they are fully eco-friendly and dissolve after two weeks.
Milford Sound is home to stunning scenery which feels as if it is encroaching from all sides tunnels all the way through eventuating out at the Tasman Sea. Many years ago glacial activity carved the mountain in such a way leaving a natural deep wound in the South Island’s landscape.
Queenstown’s resident lake in the shape of a lightning bolt measures 80 kilometres and offers a wide range of water based activities. The beauty of the area is hard to take in with the Remarkables Mountain Range looking over the landscape. Water skiing and wakeboarding takes place on the water and sunbathing is popular on the freshwater beach.
Just 30 minutes drive from the centre of Queenstown, Coronet Peak is one of New Zealand’s most popular ski resorts. The resort offers fun for all with a range of runs including a number of wildly fun off-piste sections.
For a mix of thrills and sightseeing, the Shotover River hosts fast paced jet boating and white knuckle rafting trips that are sure to satisfy the needs of any adrenalin junkie. The river winds through the landscape for 75 kilometres and features many rapid sections along the way.
Located just north of Queenstown, Skippers Canyon can be accessed along one of the most scenic roads in New Zealand. Encasing the Shotover River and featuring a knee buckling Gorge Bridge, this attraction is well worth a look.