‘Kia Ora’ is Queenstown New Zealand's way of greeting all visitors’! In the local Maori language, ‘Kia Ora’ means ‘hello’.
The Alpine town of Queenstown in New Zealand is a stunningly beautiful town. It is warmly referred to as the ‘adventure playground of New Zealand,’ thanks to the beautiful surroundings offering amazingly thrilling experiences in the form of adventure.
While here, there’s plenty to do, and see, and everything is high on adrenaline. Queenstown New Zealand is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges that are covered with snow during the months of June through October. It is during this time, some adventure activities like whitewater rafting, snowboarding, skiing, skydiving, bungee jumping, trekking, hiking can be engaged in.
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And as part of it, some top tourist attractions in Queenstown New Zealand include:
If you want to get the best views of the city, then you should go to Bob’s Peak. You can either trek via the Tiki Trail or you can take the Skyline Gondola. Either way, you should visit here because the awe-inspiring beauty has to be seen to be believed.
Trekking on this track in Queenstown New Zealand is difficult and perfect for those seeking some adventure. The Ben Lomond tracks starts near the famous Tiki Trail and it passes through some great natural foliage. As you go uphill, the terrain is very rocky and the trek becomes steeper and tougher.
If you want to go skiing, head to the Coronet Peak, one of Queenstown New Zealand's popular ski areas. There are many different slopes that are ideal for both expert skiers and beginners. And as you ski, don’t miss the beautiful views of the famed Lake Hayes and Lake Wakatipu.
These mountain ranges are remarkably beautiful. They are situated beside the southeastern shores of Lake Wakatipu and form a scenic backdrop to the lake. And on a visit to Queenstown, many people visit here for snowboarding and skiing.
One of the iconic places for Queenstown New Zealand adventure activities is the Nevis Valley. The world’s biggest swing is believed to be here. The 3rd highest bungee jumping platform in the world, the Nevis Bungy platform standing at 134mts or 439.6ft is right here. To reach here, you need to take a shuttle service from the city.
Skippers Canyon is a notable and exceptionally picturesque gorge that spreads over 22kms in Queenstown New Zealand. If you want to indulge in some adventure activities like bungee jumping, or jet boating come here. The place is also well-known for its heritage cruises.
This is an 80km long inland lake. It also happens to be the 3rd largest and longest lake in New Zealand. A must-visit, it is well-regarded for its beauty and splendor. And you can go cycling, walking, or even relax anywhere along its beautiful, long shores.
The fast currents of the Shotover River lets you enjoy some exciting and thrilling water rides, like whitewater rafting and jet boating. This Queenstown New Zealand river is about 75kms long and it flows into the Kawarau River in the Southern Alps.
If you want to indulge in jet boating, river surfing, whitewater rafting or riverboarding, then head to the Kawarau River. The river flows eastwards towards the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge. This is where the world-famous bungee jumping activity originated.
Te Tapu-nui, is another name for Queenstown Hill in Maori language. The well-known Time Walk trail nestled in this 907mts, or 2976-foot hill is here. The trail was created in Year 2000 to celebrate the onset of the new millennium. The walk takes around 2-3 hours and it takes you through beautiful pine forests, the ‘Basket of Dreams’ sculpture, and you can catch 360-degree views of the important Queenstown tourist activities.
Lake Hayes is located close to both Queenstown and Arrowtown. It is a small lake in the Wakatipu Basin. Many people go hiking, running, cycling on the trails that wind along the lake. And the surrounding grassy areas are perfect for some leisure activities.
This Park is located in the Southern Alpine region and is perfect for hiking and trekking. Nature lovers get to enjoy the beautiful natural landscape all around. If you like to be in secluded forested areas that is surrounded by mountains and breathtaking river valleys, then Mount Aspiring National Park it is.
This track is perfect for a family outing, as this scenic spot is very child-friendly and easy to go hiking or walking. The start point is about 12kms from Queenstown and the 2-4 hours long hike takes you through beautiful greenery, the manuka and beech trees, waterfalls, and the historic Twelve Mining Creek Gorge.
This tiny island is located in the South Island. It is a great spot to go hiking and enjoying tranquil nature at its best. There are regular tours to Milford Sound from Queenstown. Or if you’re driving on your own, it is a beautiful 4-hour road trip.
The adventure town of Queenstown New Zealand is a small place that you can explore walking. Many hotels offer shuttle services to any of the places you want to visit. The airport is just 15 minutes away from the city and frequent shuttle services are available to and fro.
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by Holxo Travel Specialist
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