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The Most Popular Experiences in Queenstown - the adventure capital of the world

A popular spot for travellers visiting New Zealand; Queenstown has a well-earned reputation for beautiful landscapes and adventurous experiences. Here are a couple experiences you don't want to miss!


Climb Queenstown Hill

One of the top experiences for any first time visitor should definitely be taking in the 360 degree views from the summit of Queenstown Hill. The 1.5km walk up the trail takes between 2 to 3 hours to go both ways, and the trail is easily reached from the city centre. The walking trail is well maintained though and there are signs to guide hikers. Do take a bottle of water with you along with sunscreen and a hat if you're walking during noon. Whatever time you visit, bring a jacket as it's quite cold at the summit.


Cruise along Lake Wakatipu

The pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu are probably one of the main reasons that this town looks so amazing. Cruising along the still water allows visitors to get a whole new perspective of Queenstown and its surrounding terrain. An iconic sight here is the TSS Earnslaw paddle steamer, one of the few remaining coal-fueled passenger ships still running. A ride aboard the Earnslaw lets you soak up the beauty of the town's alpine scenery whilst experience the vintage form of steam travel. A trip aboard the vessel can either be a simple sightseeing experience with a chance to further explore the decks of the ship, or combined with a stop along the way.


Explore Skippers Canyon Road

Just one of many examples of New Zealand's stunning scenery, the wild landscapes around Skippers Canyon road was once the location of a gold rush in the 10th century. Hire a 4wheel drive and head out on an exciting, bumpy road that is mostly unknown to tourists but absolutely amazing. The road is narrow and climbs up into the hills, overlooking steep cliff-drops that provide wide views into the canyon and river. Stop along the way at the best viewpoints for pictures, including a few that were used in The Lord of the Rings movies.


Hit the ski slopes

The country's Southern Alps provide excellent slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Queenstown has 4 main slopes, but Coronet Peak is the closest. Located just 20mins from the city centre and close to a few accommodation options such as Oaks Shores, for example, a Queenstown resort; the slope is suitable for any skill level. Ski season is between June to October, and snow machines add an extra layer of coverage.


Go Bungee Jumping

You can't visit the home of bungee jumping and not try it! What began as a simple thrill seeking experience back in 1988, is now a much sought after extreme adventure sport for adrenaline junkies the world over. You can now try several different kinds of jumps at three designated bungee sites.

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