Beautiful Queenstown, which is famous for its adrenaline based activities, is one of New Zealand’s must-see destinations. Hire car from Queenstown Airport and use your set of wheels to explore some of the amazing things Queenstown has to offer, including bungy jumping and memorable hiking trails.
No visit to the Adventure Capital of the World is complete without a bungy jump! Queenstown is home to the world’s first commercially operated Bungy Jumping site , which was launched in 1988. There’s nothing like the exhilarating experience of jumping off the historic Kawarau Bridge, which will have your adrenaline pumping the entire time.
Gibbston Valley Wineries
Drive through the Gibbston Valley, which has become known as the ‘Valley of the Vines’. It’s one of the country’s most scenic wine growing areas, with vineyards locked between the rocky Kawarau River gorge and rugged mountain ranges. The hot dry summers and cool winters help create superb wines, with most of the region producing exquisite pinot noir.
Queenstown is a hiker’s paradise. There are several short but scenic walks, which begin in the heart of town. But if you’re willing to drive a short distance to reach the iconic Mount Aspiring and Fiordland national parks, you’ll be amazed at the walking trails that await. There’s the amazing Greenstone Trail, which offers vast landscape views of valleys and mountains. Take the trek yourself, or organise to join a guided tour.
Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s third largest lake, and is surrounded by rugged, snow-capped mountains. Take a cruise along the lake in a vintage steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to admire the panoramic views. Visit nearby villages, such as Kingston and Glenorchy. But if you’re after something more intimate, why not hire a boat and go fishing? Better yet, simply go for a swim and relax afterwards on the shore.
Enjoy amazing views as a gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown to the top of Bob’s Peak. On the other hand, you could take the one hour hike through pine forests along the Tiki Trail to reach the top. It doesn’t matter how you get to Bob’s Peak, only the fact that you make it there, because spectacular views of the Remarkables mountain range, Coronet Peak and the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu await, and they’re priceless.