The South Island of New Zealand although a lot less populated than the North is a hot-spot for tourists. And for good reason! With sprawling landscapes, snowy mountains, and crystal clear lakes there’s a lot to love. Queenstown is no exception to this and is the perfect spot for adrenaline junkies and relaxed holiday makers alike.
This crystal clear lake is known for being scenic.It’s the perfect place to go for a kayak. Take in the picturesque views of The Remarkable’s mountain range while out on the water. This is a good place for people of all different levels to kayak as the lake is usually very calm. This makes it a great place to learn how to kayak. It’s also a popular spot for paragliding.
Arrowtown is one of the cutest little historic towns around. Once it was a gold mining town, today it is a great place to relax with over 20 bars and restaurants within walking distance, over 60 historic houses and shops to view, a cycle trail, and museum. You can even do some gold-panning at the river bank.
The Queenstown Skyline is an amazing day or night out. Ride the gondolas up to the Skyline restaurant or speed downhill on a Luge. This is the perfect place for a romantic dinner with bonus stargazing.
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AJ Hackett Bungy is world renowned and the Queenstown branch lets you experience the terrifying feeling of falling while also looking at nice some scenery. However, if you are a thrill seeker a bungy jump is a must-do on your travels.
If you’re a lover of hiking and exploring Queenstown is an utter paradise. There’s plenty of day walks, like the Queenstown Hill Time walk. There are also longer walks to the summits of mountains if you’re up for a more intense hike. There are so many walks and hikes to choose from to fit everyone’s wants and needs.
If you have a sweet tooth (and let’s face it who doesn’t?) you have to check out The Cookie Time Bar. The iconic New Zealand cookie brand has opened a store in Queenstown and just the Instagram feed will get you drooling. They feature giant ice cream sandwiches, cookie milkshakes, and heaps of cute cookie merch and food to take away. Even Mindy Kaling had to check it out!
These burgers have become somewhat of a tourist attraction in itself with burgers the size of your head! Ferg burger is also open 21 hours a day so it’s perfect for a meal at any time of the day.
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