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Our Queenstown Bucket List
We all know Queenstown is stunningly beautiful and the home to some of the best food and wine in the world. The icing on the cake is the insane amount of fun activities there are to do here. Take a look at our top 10 picks and make it your priority to crossing some of these off next time you're here.
Nevis Bungy Jump
One for all the adrenaline junkies out there! If jumping 134m off a perfectly good bridge is your idea of fun, this one is for you! Known for being the highest bungy in NZ this has got to be one for the bucket list. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, the free fall alone will take about 8.5 seconds and it’ll be the most thrilling 8.5 seconds of your life!
While we’re hanging at the Nevis, why not really go for it and add the canyon swing to the mix. A huge swing, over a huge canyon, sounds like a blast. You can literally do it whichever way you like. Don’t fancy looking in the direction you’re heading, do it backwards. Heck, do it upside down. It’s got to be one of the fastest ways to travel 300m!
Jet Boat Ride
Another one of the more popular activities in Queenstown. If you’re not afraid of sitting in a jet boat racing down the Shotover river going speeds of up to 95kmph and getting a little wet in the process, you’ll have a blast! This bad boy will leave you wanting more, it really is a rush. With more than one jet boat operator in Queenstown, take a look and see what deal suits you best!
One for the wine lovers. Queenstown has some unbelievably good wineries. With both food and wine to die for, take the whole day to relish in Queenstowns wine scene. You can drive yourself around the various cellar doors or choose one of the many private or group tours offered in and around Central Otago (We recommend Altitude Tours). Nothing beats a relaxing day of wine tasting in the sun!
Experience New Zealands rural scene on one of the country’s most stunning farms located across Lake Wakatipu. You’ll begin the tour by jumping on board the TSS Earnslaw, the only remaining passenger carrying, coal fired steam ship in the southern hemisphere.
On arrival at Walter Peak you will be able to experience life on a high country farm, feed the animals and stroll the lakeside with its stunning gardens and historical homestead. It truly is an amazing day out.
You absolutely MUST add on the BBQ Buffet Lunch or Dinner. I know, buffets rarely live up to the hype, but this one does. Did I mention the dessert room? You read that right, a whole room dedicated to dessert!
Something a little more relaxed but one of the best ways to see this stunning part of the world. Whether you choose fixed wing or helicopter, to see the world from above is a must do. Observe the Remarkables mountain range, stunning glaciers, the world famous Earnslaw Burn (LOTR location) or go as far as Fiordlands world famous Milford Sound.
Whatever option you choose, these incredible vistas will leave you awestruck.
It’s hard to miss. Just look up and no doubt you’ll notice the steepest cable car in the southern hemisphere.
It will take you about 480m above Queenstown and as you can imagine, the views are amazing. Gaze over Lake Wakatipu and over to the Remarkables. Carry on the adventure once you reach the top with a ride on the luge. You don’t have to be hitting the pavement with a need for speed. You’re in complete control and can take the ride at whatever speed you feel comfortable with.
Take the whole family along to help tick this one off the list.
Take a half-day trip to Glenorchy or Arrowtown
We highly recommend putting half a day aside to take a trip out to one of these two historic villages.
Arrowtown is something pretty special. Made famous from its gold mining history, there truely is something magical about this place. With each season change comes a brand new backdrop completely different to the last. The Autumn colours are something out of a water painting.
Glenorchy is also well worth the visit. The drive around the edge of Lake Wakatipu is nothing short of extraordinary as well. Glenorchy is the gateway to the famous Routeburn Track and situated on the shores of the lake. With views straight out of the Lord of the Rings, you'll be forgiven for thinking you've reached middle-earth itself.
Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand after all. Skydiving has got to be one of the most exsillerating things I have ever done! Highly recommended.
Theres nothing quite like the feeling of jumping out of a plane flying above the Remarkables mountain range, looking down on some of New Zealands most beautiful farmland. Once that shoot opens, and you can take a breath, gracefully flying like a bird back down to reality.