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Queenstown – the adventure capital of the world
Queenstown in New Zealand is widely reputed to be the adventure capital of the world and is the most important tourist and vacation destination of the South Island. Hire a bus to enjoy all Queenstown has to offer. New Zealand’s South Island ski resorts, Bungy jumping, golf, jet boating trips through impossible river chasms, America’s Cup sailing on lake Wakatipu, the incredible scenery and skydiving all combine to make Queenstown an unforgettable tourist destination. The main city centre is located right on the lakefront and as in any great tourist town, it is filled with a selection of fantastic accommodation with sensational restaurants or cafes with roaring open log fires. The lake itself is huge and features a steam-driven trading ship which takes tours along the lake and also on dinner cruises to the beautiful Walter Peak station. Local places to stay line the lakefront and often, during winter is covered in a fairyland of snow. It is truly picture perfect and one of the most beautiful places imaginable.
The skiing and snowboarding are outstanding, and the mountainous terrain provides a plethora of different skiing and snowboarding opportunities. The local Ski fields are to die for and all within easy reach of the town. There is no snow accommodation so everyone stays in Queenstown itself which helps to add to the wonderful holiday atmosphere. The local skiing areas include – Coronet Peak, Remarkables, Treble Cone, and Cardrona.
Also in the area, you’ll find helicopter tours, sky diving, Winery’s and cellar doors, flight charters, horse treks and hot-air ballooning, sure to satisfy any adventure you want to embark on when you visit New Zealand. There is an array of short walks in the region. You can journey into forests, wander lakeshores and riverbanks or follow historic routes through small towns. In the Queenstown hinterland, you will find dozens of places of interest to visit. There are a number of excellent wineries with cellar doors and fine restaurants. Arrowtown is a historic gold mining village set right on the river bank and featuring many cosy cafes, antique stores and boutiques that provide fantastic souvenir shopping. There are several golf courses, some of which are of world standard. Queenstown has amazing diversity and is best appreciated first hand.
Another great day trip is to Milford Sounds via Te-Anau.