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Queenstown is world famous for its pristine ski areas, abundance of adrenalin-laden activities and its spectacular scenery. It really is a breathtaking piece of the world, and – like the best things in life – it is best shared. Book in a full-throttle group adventure, or a deluxe escape for just two – whether it's a long weekend of wine tours or a week of skiing, a holiday in Queenstown is sure to be memorable.
Skiers and snowboarders flock to Queenstown for an unparrelled New Zealand ski holiday on the slopes at The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Treble Cone or Cardrona ski areas. Although the snow-capped peaks may beckon from April onwards, Queenstown’s ski season starts in mid to late June and lasts until September (sometimes running into October), giving ample opportunity to get on the slopes of those world famous ski fields near Queenstown.
Eating and drinking in Queenstown: taste fresh and local
From fine dining establishments to jaunty cafes for those in need of a caffeine fix, Queenstown allows your taste buds to drink in the freshest flavours and sample the very best of local produce. Fuel up with great coffee at Joe’s Garage, see what is on a Michelin-starred chef’s menu at Rata, and warm the cockles of your heart beside the roaring log fire and within the warm cosy ambience of The Bunker before you go out to hit Queenstown’s nightlife. Further afield, Saffron in Arrowtown is rated as one of the best restaurants in New Zealand.
The wonderful thing about this part of the world is that while the range of cuisine you’ll taste here is virtually unlimited, the Queenstown Lakes region is mostly renown for its production of fine fresh produce, cheeses and wine, including the world’s premier Pinot Noir. Of course, you can experience these each day at Mackenzie’s restaurant (venison, duck, lamb racks – Mackenzie’s love to showcase the region’s best) but be sure to ask the Concierge about the food and wine tours that will introduce you to the producers, allow tastings, and familiarise you with the local landscape
Queenstown scenery: no special effects needed
While adventure sports initially brought the region to the world’s attention, the landscape and 360-degree awe-inspiring beauty of the Wakatipu district is the uncredited hero of the big and small screen nowadays. Being the set for a large number of movies, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy, any tour in the district is special.
Nomad Safaris include the Lord of the Rings Tours as part of their comprehensive 4WD range, and they definitely know the locations, as the owner and several of the drivers were actually extras in the movies.
Queenstown is the birthplace of New Zealand adventure activities: bungy jumping, jet boating and much more
New Zealanders are arguably the world’s action sports pioneers, and Queenstown is just a hop skip and bungy-jump from where some of the biggest adventure activities originated. Once, not too long ago, there was no way in the world to quickly and easily venture upstream in a river, until a New Zealander invented the jet boat in this very region. Although bungy-jumping has its birth place elsewhere (in Vanuatu and then Auckland), the Kawarau Bridge is where the word bungy first became known and has seen tens of thousands of people step off the brink into the sublime. Ask the Heritage Concierge about tour times and availability.
Adventure in Queenstown is only limited by the time you have, but that doesn’t need to limit the activity. Try these adventure activities out for size: canyon swing, zip-line, sky diving, paragliding, and white water rafting – all will add to the ultimate Queenstown holiday experience.
Of course, you can tailor your holiday to be as active or inactive as you want. Love mountain biking off the beaten track but don’t want to pedal up a hill? Then take to the skies in a scenic heli-flight, be dropped off at the top of a track and then make your own way down – all experience levels are catered for. For a more sedate holiday treat, saddle up and venture on a horse trek along back country trails.
The countryside is vast, with a variety of wilderness walks, lakes and rivers for fishing, yet also the manicured expanses for golf. With the options of side trips to the lakeside towns of Wanaka or Glenorchy, the historic mining village of Arrowtown, or a day trip to the majestic Milford Sound – a World Heritage Park – the possibilities for activities in Queenstown for couples or friends are endless. Luckily, the Heritage Queenstown has all the facilities you’ll need to wind down at the end of day, or for a restful day in.