Queenstown is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand, and when staying in Te Anau, you will be just a few short hours away from the small mountain town. Queenstown is a great day out from Te Anau and offers so much to see, explore and eat. It can be difficult to know how to fit it all into just one day, so read on for our expert guide on a day trip to Queenstown.
Stroll Around Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu is an unmissable, giant lake right in the centre of Queenstown. On a day trip to the town, it is a great way to begin your exploring. Rise early and head to Queenstown first thing and begin your day with a walk around the lake where you can marvel at the true beauty of New Zealand.
You can plan your walk to take you past local landmarks such as Queenstown Gardens and the World War I memorial. It is also possible to arrange a guided walking tour around Lake Wakatipu if you want to learn about the wildlife, surrounding nature and the Maori legends of the lake.
Travel Up To Bob’s Peak
After a morning of taking in the beauty of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, head to the Skyline Queenstown Gondola. This gondola ride is great fun and will take you right up the mountain to Bob’s Peak. From here there are a few stunning viewpoints where you can experience some unbeatable scenery and sweeping views right across Queenstown. You can also hike up to Bob’s Peak without the gondola ride by taking the Tiki Trail.
The Kawarau Bungee Jump
Bungee jumps have become popular all across the globe but were pioneered in Queenstown at Kawarau Bridge in November 1988. Adrenaline junkies can experience the original bungee jump and fling themselves from the Kawarau Bridge. There is a choice to be fully dunked into the water on your way down or just bob above the surface. There are various spots all across Queenstown where you can brave the bungee jump, and if you are a real thrill-seeker, then the Nevis bungee jump is the highest around.Back to Local Insights Page