Sitting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges, is Queenstown.
With so much natural beauty in such close proximity, Queenstown calls for outdoor adventures. Known as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’, the South Island town lives up to its nickname. Nowhere else in New Zealand are more adrenaline rushes to be had and trails to be walked or biked.
Queenstown is the birthplace of commercial bungy jumping in the world. The first jumps ever were undertaken off Kawerau Bridge and thirty years later, AJ Hackett still operates this bungy, along with the newer and much higher Nevis Bungy (and their swing and catapult).
There is an incredible amount of fabulous restaurants and cafes all over Queenstown. You could stay here for several weeks and never eat at the same place twice. Fergburger, probably the most famous burger take-out in the world (apart from the chains, of course), is only one of the many places to eat in Queenstown.
Wine lovers will enjoy the nearby Gibbston, where they can move from one cellar door to the next, tasting the famous Central Otago Pinot Noir.
Queenstown is also the gateway to Fiordland. Tours depart daily to famous Milford Sound and the lesser-known Doubtful Sound for day trips and overnight cruises.
Queenstown really is everybody’s darling, from backpackers to luxury tourists. It just has it all.