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5 Must-see scenic views in Queenstown that you should not miss – Traverse through New Zealand’s adventure capital

Given the variety and vibrancy associated with Queenstown, it isn't hard to fathom why this lovely city in New Zealand is termed the 'Capital of Adventure.' Given are 5 areas worth reaching.


Choose to skydive

Imagine plummeting out of a plane and that too at a rate of knots and having the full force of Queenstown's cold breeze wash all over you. This is but the 'tip of the iceberg' in terms of what a skydiving trip in New Zealand's adventure capital would entail. Regardless of which local facilitator that you opt for, the thrill-seeker in you will be ideally positioned to take in the sensational vistas of the town and above all, an adrenaline rush never experienced before. Watch as peaks, valleys and splashes of greenery come into focus en route to making landfall safely.


Old Lower Shotover Bridge

Alternatively, for an adventurous pursuit that will have your feet firmly on the ground, consider venturing out to the Old Lower Shotover Bridge, found some 10 km from the city centre. Once here, travellers like you will be privileged to absorb and appreciate the sights and sounds of this section of Queenstown which opens out into views made up of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Brow Peak and of course, the gurgling waters of Shotover River.


Queenstown Hill Walk

Though the prospect of a steep climb may not appeal to all travellers, those seeking the pleasures of Queenstown's environs ought to consider commencing a journey from Belfast Street which is nestled a short distance away from the city centre. Part and parcel of embarking on a trip to Queenstown Hill Walk would be the ability to delight in the sublime views of Lake Wakatipu, Crown Range, Lake Hayes and Coronet Peak.


Lake Wakatipu

To the ardent thrill-seeker, a myriad of opportunities would present itself when contemplating a tour of Lake Wakatipu and those tourist hotspots in its immediate vicinity. For starters, look to heading over to St. Omer Park or the Steamer Wharf from where some of the best views of the lake itself can be caught sight of. However, none will quite capture the attention of the present-day globetrotter as hopping on board a boat and setting sail for all things awe-inspiring on the waters of Lake Wakatipu. Amongst the most sought after service providers would be Southern Discoveries which in turn, combines scenic lake cruises with a 4WD experience that will have you covering Mt. Nicholas.


Skyline Gondola

Enjoy a bird's eye view of the stunning Remarkable Mountains together with one of the town's sources of sustenance, Lake Wakatipu when at the Skyline Gondola. Located a stone's throw from Brecon Street, holidaymakers wanting to experience the sublime scenery of the town would do well to head over here where a plethora of leisure pastimes can be indulged in. Found atop the Gondola is the Skyline Luge which provides ample space in which to glide over Queenstown at a pace of one's choice which will have visitors moving through tunnels and past corners accordingly. Should you be seeking some of the best hotel deals Queenstown has to offer, then do take note of those provided by Oaks Queenstown Club Suites which is also a 7-minute drive from Skyline Gondola.