Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or just curious to see what the 'adventure capital of the world' has to offer, Queenstown has something for you. Boasting world-class extreme sports, skiing and plenty more, you'll struggle to fit everything into one trip. And for those looking for a more relaxed experience, take time to explore the spectacular landscapes and vistas scattered throughout the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
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If experiencing a 60 metre free-fall while attached to a rope sounds attractive to you, then the Shotover Canyon Swing is a must-try. Leaping from a 109 metre high platform, you'll plummet towards the bottom of a Queenstown valley, reaching speeds of up to 150kph. And just as the end seems imminent, you'll become a giant pendulum, swinging smoothly through the canyon and experiencing flight in its most exhilarating form. Shotover Canyon Swing is immensely popular amongst visitors to Queenstown, though when you're teetering on the edge of the platform, you may wonder why...
Shotover Canyon Swing offers over 70 different styles of jump, with options for everyone from the not-so-confident to the not-so-sane.
From an extreme adrenaline rush to an endearing adventure, test yourself with a hike on the Ben Lomond trail. Overlooking Queenstown, the summit of Ben Lomond offers spectacular views of The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu, and is a popular hike for both locals and tourists. Start your hike from the top of the Skyline Gondola, and choose from the many trails suited for both casual and serious hikers.
A return hike to the Ben Lomond Summit can last over 5 hours, so make sure you're rested up and prepared for the journey.
If you've not yet heard of it, Flyboarding is a new invention that's been adopted by the Queenstown locals and is another must-try on your New Zealand adventure. Flyboard Queenstown will strap you into a board attached to a high-pressure hose, which will propel you high above Lake Wakatipu. Capable of reaching heights of up to 30ft, try your hand at extreme aerial acrobats, or dive like a dolphin underneath the surface – either way, you'll experience flight like you've never done before. And for those worried about the cold, fear not; you'll be fitted with a wetsuit that can withstand the temperatures found here in New Zealand's third largest lake.
If your preference is to remain dry and on land, treat yourself to a tour of Queenstown's best local vineyards. In a region renowned for its world-class Pinot Noir, New Zealand Wine Tours Queenstown will take you on an exploration of some of Central Otago's finest vineyards. Choose from a pure wine experience, or discover the Degustation Tour, which matches some of the region's premium wines with complementary foods to truly spoil your palate.
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