Queenstown is one of the few places in the world where it is impossible for any visitor to leave bored and unentertained. The legendary town has been shaped by a variety of different lifestyles and cultures over the years, and the adventure in the area has a lasting impression on every visitor and local.
Not only is Queenstown known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, but the adventure capital of the world, and for good reason. It is a unique location, and no matter who you are, or what season you visit in, there is something to do in the adventure playground that is Queenstown.
Nestled in the shore of the longest and largest lake in New Zealand, Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is crowded round by impressive mountains and beautiful beaches. The diverse landscapes and settings that can be found in Queenstown are one of the main reasons it has become known as the adventure capital.
Adrenaline activities can be discovered on every corner, causing thrill-seekers to flock to the area. With everything from bungee jumping to white water rafting, Queenstown really does have something for everyone.
The World’s First Bungee Jump
It really is no surprise that Queenstown is the birthplace of the bungee jump, and is now home to some of the greatest jumps on the planet. Easily one of the most famous adventure activities in the town, bungee jumping is a must-do for any visitor to Queenstown. You can choose everything from a classic bungee, to a water-dunking plunge, or even a tandem jump if you want to share the thrill.
Jetboat The Shotover River Canyons
With jets that can accelerate at speeds of more than 85kmph, a jetboat ride through the narrow Shotover Canyons is not for the fainthearted. Floating on the water just 10cm deep, jetboats whip through the rocky outcrops, skim around sharp turns and boulders with some serious speed.
Hang Gliding The Highest Take-Off Point
Coronet Peak is the highest take-off point in Queenstown, and adrenaline junkies can choose to hang glide down the peak. The journey offers some spectacular views over Queenstown and surrounding areas and is sure to be a memorable experience for anyone brave enough to try it.