Perfectly situated on the crystalline Lake Wakatipu with mountains on either side, Queenstown, also known as New Zealand’s “adventure capital”, brims with experiences for the intrepid traveler. Choose from boating, skiing, river rafting, hiking, biking and horseback riding, to name but a few. Plus, adrenaline-pumping activities like bungee jumping at Kawerau Bridge (the world’s first ever bungee jump and the highest in the Southern Hemisphere), skydiving, or canyon swinging are just a few of the bucket list experiences to add to the list.

If you want to slow things down though, Queenstown is home to countless top restaurants and vineyards, as well as a lively arts scene. When you’re done with your trekking, return to “city life” for dinner on the lake shore or browse the numerous boutique shops and galleries around town. We suggest visiting the Creative Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market on Saturdays for live music and 100% locally-made goods.

Nearby historic Arrowtown is a charming town, steeped in gold-rush history with picturesque tree-lined streets featuring art galleries and clothiers on the banks of the Arrow River.

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