One question I seem to asked a lot is “where’s the best place you have been to?”. Although I’ve been lucky enough to visit some amazing places, one in particular always comes out on top and that’s Queenstown. While it doesn’t have a beach, it has absolutely everything else you could want from a holiday destination. Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world, home of the bungy jump and pretty much everything else that will get your heart rate pumping. There’s also an amazing nightlife and the locals, just like everywhere else in New Zealand are A1. I know I have definitely left out a lot from this list, but here’s 10 quick reasons why Queenstown needs to be on your next itinerary.
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and Queenstown is set amongst some of it’s best scenery. Nestled between Lake Wakatipu and a mountain range they even named “The Remarkables”there’s never a bad view from where you are standing. Taking the cable car to the top of the luge mountain lets you take it all in.
2. Bungy Jump
Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world, and for good reason. AJ Hackett pioneered the commercial bungy jump here at the Kawarau Bridge and they have since added the massive, 134 metre Nevis Bungy as well as sites all over Australia, Asia and further afield.
3. Bungy Swing
If you want an adrenaline rush, but can’t quite bring yourself to jump off a bridge, Queenstown has just the thing. Those lunatics over at AJ Hackett used their expertise to develop the Bungy Swing, of which there are now three located around the town, depending on how brave you’re feeling. Imagine the swings you made when you were young, only much, much bigger and much, much higher.
4. Shotover Jet Boat
While there are jet boat experiences in a lot of other locations, none offer the same thrill as the Shotover Jet Boat. Travelling at speeds of up to 85kmh, across 10cm of water and scarily close to the canyon walls will really get your heart rate going. The 360° turns are an added bonus.
Just like the Jet Boat, there are plenty of places you could do white water rafting, but few will have the same beauty as the rafting down the Shotover River. The crystal clear waters and towering canyons will have you in awe before the rapids take your breath away. I did it in summer and the water was pretty chilly to say the least, those brave enough to go in winter will need to take a helicopter to starting point as well brave the ice cold water where the snow will be lying on the banks of the river.
There’s not many places where you can skydive over snow-capped mountains and a beautiful lake but guess what, Queenstown has it.
The ski season in Queenstown is one of the best anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. The Remarkables offer great snow and slopes for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Coupled with the apres-ski in the town, you’re guaranteed a perfect winter break.
The luge is like a bit like a go-kart from your youth, except it doesn’t have pedals. It uses gravity to make you go really fast. Down the side of a mountain. You might lose some skin off your arm but it’s still great fun, and it’s the cheapest activity on this list!
The zipline is a relatively new addition to the Queenstown scene. Located beside the bungy jump at The Kawarau Bridge, the zipline is great fun and is perfect for those who may have reservations about jumping off a bridge or swinging across a canyon.
If you know anyone who has been to Queenstown, chances are they will tell you to go for a Fergburger. No matter what time of the day you get here, there will be a que outside the door (I was there at 9.30am and had to que for 20 minutes). It is worth the wait though, trust me!