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Where else can you leap off a bridge at the world’s first bungy jump and then go for a walk through one of the most beautiful canyons in the world? During a Queenstown vacation, you’ll also explore some of the finest vineyards in the world. Or a stroll down the city’s quaint downtown, which is bound to charm in its simplicity.
Kawarau Bungy Center Queenstown – AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand
Lake Hayes Walk
While on a Queenstown vacation, check out this lightning bolt-shaped lake that’s filled with some of the world’s cleanest water—and has a particularly distinct tidal system which sees the water levels rise and fall by about 4 inches every 25 minutes. There are numerous ways to enjoy the lake, from taking yourself around on a kayak, cruising the lake in a restored steamship, or slicing through the lake on a jet boat.
An easy five-minute walk from downtown Queenstown, the Skyline gondola awaits to sweep visitors up to the top of Bob’s Peak. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner as you sit high above Queenstown soaking up the mythical vistas. From mountain biking and special luge carting for adrenaline seekers, to mild nature hikes and stargazing tours, Bob’s Peak has it all.
Formed by glacial activity over 25,000 years ago, Skipper’s Canyon is considered the richest gold bearing canyon in the world. This area was the epicenter of New Zealand’s gold rush in the 19th century: a tour by bus or jet boat—or both—of this immensely fascinating geological formation is a must for those on vacation in Queenstown.
The Queenstown jet boat ride on Shotover river is perhaps the ultimate water-based activity. The jet boat ride is bound to get the adrenaline flowing: power through amazingly tight canyons in excess of 50 mph. Spend your time taking in the jaw-dropping scenery, or simply hold on and do your best not to scream in delight on this crowd-pleasing tour.
For true thrill-seekers, visiting the AJ Hackett bungy jump facility at Kawarau Gorge is almost a religious moment. Home to the first commercialized bungy center in the world, this Queenstown institution offers guests the opportunity to bungy jump 140 feet over the Kawarau River. For those looking for a thrill ride without the heart-stopping leap of faith, be sure to try out the zip lining adventure here as well.
When you plan a trip to Queenstown, Milford Sound is a must-see. Nestled in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound offers a remarkable landscape, with towering mountains, forested cliffs and dramatic waterfalls. It all combines into something that cannot be adequately described.
Perhaps New Zealand’s most photographed lake, Lake Haye’s reflective qualities speak for themselves. A quick 15-minute drive from Queenstown, you’ll want to spend 2 to 3 hours walking around the lake, and more to experience an award-winning winery right around the corner—or, to recharge, a coffee from a rustic cottage.
If you fancy skiing during your trip to New Zealand, Coronet Peak is just 25 minutes from downtown Queenstown. Extensive facilities at New Zealand’s original ski hill will ensure everyone has a wonderful time on this 5,500 foot high mountain. Also on offer are stunning views over Queenstown and towards the Remarkables Mountain Chain and Lake Wakatipu.
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