Situated on the edge of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, and surrounded by towering alpine mountains, Queenstown is a hub of adventure, pumping with adrenaline and an infectious sense of fun. With its endless choice of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list. In winter, it’s all about skiing and snowboarding. The rest of the year attracts visitors looking to try a plethora of extreme sports such as sky diving, paragliding, bungee jumping, jet boating and river rafting. The area also offers some of the world’s most spectacular scenery for horse riding, cycling and hiking. If hardcore adventure isn’t your thing, there are fantastic restaurants, great spas and quaint boutiques to explore. A popular holiday spot year round, Queenstown is renowned for its four distinctive seasons. Winter brings crisp, blue-sky days, spring retains the snow but blooms into longer, warmer days, summer offers sunshine and long twilights, and autumn a burst of brilliant red and gold.
Head out of Queenstown and the drama of the Central Otago landscape unfolds around you. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, you’ll recognise many Middle-earth locations here. Nearby Arrowtown’s gold-mining history is alive and vibrant, and the town also boasts several excellent restaurants and wineries. At the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu is rural Glenorchy and Paradise Valley. From here it’s a short drive into the Mt Aspiring National Park and the start of some of New Zealand’s great walks.