Queenstown is a pleasing resort town which is situated in Otago in the southwest of the south island of New Zealand. This town was named ‘Queenstown’ as due to its serene beauty it was considered just perfect for Queen Victoria.
It surrounds the Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu. The town itself is surrounded by The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Ben Lomond, Walter Peak, and the beautiful Queenstown hills.
Imagine the beauty of the place when on one hand you have the serene water and on the other hand the stiff chain of hills and mountains.
This place brings you one of the best holiday destinations for exploration as well as relaxation.
Queenstown: The Adventure Island!!
Queenstown is also known as the ‘Adventure Capital of New Zealand’ as it is one of the most popular tourist attraction in New Zealand.
Its enormous horizon for man-oeuvre, astonishing townscape and eminent genial greetings binds its status as the favorite tourist places in New Zealand for the visitors. This glorious place lies close to the heart of a small yet reputed wine producing region.
In New Zealand, Queenstown is an utmost hub for snow sports. Individuals from all over New Zealand and yet many more from different parts of the world visiting this splendid place to experience the skiing at the four main mountain ski fields including the majestic Remarkables.
At the Waiorau Snowfarm, cross country skiing is also made available for the visitors near Cardrona village.
Many Adventure sports are practiced in this mesmerizing place and we would love to tell you about them so that if you actually plan to visit this splendid place, then you don’t regret missing out some phenomenal lifetime experiences after coming back.
Now lets straight away come to the main agenda which you guys actually want to know and that is what are those 20 things which one should definitely try if he or she is planning to visit this gifted place.
1. Skiing and Snowboarding in Queenstown
Queenstown is known internationally for its superb and quirky skiing and snowboarding. Within an easy reach, Queenstown has four world-class ski fields.
It fantasizes the skiers and snowboarders from all over the world during the cool winters and this snowy season is celebrated with fondness in a busy, but a festival full of life, known by all as The Queenstown Winter Festival.
If you are a die-hard fan of skiing then you should definitely try it in Queenstown as it will make you feel like you are skiing in the steep Alaskan peaks and at the same time, it is comparatively more affordable than any other place.
2. The Stunning Bungee jumps in Queenstown
So, finally, you have planned your trip to Queenstown.
Great, after all, it is indeed a majestic place and completely worth your time. I hope Bungee jumping is on your list, Isn’t it?
What?? Seriously its a No??
Friends, without jumping off from high platforms with a massive elastic band muffled around your legs, your visit to this place is scrappy.
The home of ‘modern’ Bungee jumping!! Queenstown was, in fact, the first place to steer a lucrative jump for an adherent of communal.
The entire occurrence 30 years ago was initiated by Alan John Hackett, who launched his own company, ‘AJ Hackett Bungy’, creating a site on the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand in 1988 which became the World’s first and foremost money-oriented public bungee.
He has been making even the valorous hickers wet their pants since then.
Now the three main jumps here are controlled by Hackett and out of these three jumps on choice list, the most eminent and substantial jump is from the Nevis High wire Bungee, actually hanging 134 meters over a narrow couloir…..is utterly exhausting!
3. Cruising in Queenstown
You will be wonderstruck if you will attend the lake cruises on Lake Wakatipu offering some of the terrific scenes of the great town and the mountains surrounding Queenstown.
You may enjoy it either on Million Dollar Cruise, Queenstown Bay with timings as 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00.
It’s a 90-minute cruise which will take you around Lake Wakatipu and the Queenstown Gardens, Kelvin Heights, Queenstown Golf Course, the Kawarau Falls and Frankton Arm with interesting views for bird watchers as you can easily see the native birds, salmon, and trout.
It costs around $25.
Another option is the TSS Earnslaw Cruises, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown Bay, with timings as 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00.
It’s also a 90-minute cruise on Lake Wakatipu.
You can aboard the vintage steamship the TSS Earnslaw to experience Queenstown’s famed mesmeric charm, most of the time, to scout a piece of Queenstown’s living history.
It will cost you around $55 for adults and $22 for children.
4. Kiwi Birdlife Park in Queenstown
The Kiwi Birdlife Park is an astonishing wildlife sanctuary which can be found in the core of this beautiful town.
This wildlife sanctuary hold and display over twenty species of the native New Zealand wildlife in Queenstown park, covering an area of around five acres.
It is entirely a part of a nationally managed program.
The entry fees in Kiwi BirdLife Park supports the overall conservation work which is required on time to time basis for this wildlife sanctuary.
Every day its open from 9 a.m. in the morning to 5 p.m. in the evening.
This beautiful wildlife sanctuary offers its visitors a guaranteed kiwi viewing in the nocturnal houses that have been specially constructed for this purpose, the 45 minutes of audio tours which are made available in two languages( English and Japanese) for all as a matter of choice, certain conservation shows scheduled at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. everyday for a 30 minute duration and Kiwi Feedings sessions scheduled for 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 1.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. respectively each allowed for 15 minutes.
This park has been organized in an attractively landscaped gardens, which is infect surrounded by majestically evergreen trees, and thus making it one of the most flawless sites for an unwinding break from the hustle and bustle of the downtown, Queenstown!!
You will surely love to have a drink in the Kiwi Cafe situated inside this wildlife sanctuary for the visitors to enjoy that drink amidst the beauty of nature.
The visitors even have a chance to go through the Gift Shop within this sanctuary. A portion of the money earned by this gift shop goes for the Conservation purpose.
They offer their visitors an all-day long pass and additionally the park can be enjoyed in all weather and is never closed.
5. Chard Farm in Queenstown
Chard Farm is now a flourishing vineyard of Queenstown, which formerly used to be a market garden set up in the early 1860s by the Chard family.
The main motive was to feed the local gold mine workers because on their way to Arrowtown and Queenstown they passed by the farm.
After the new bridge was built across the Kawarau in the ’80s, this farm was gradually converted to work on dairy and cropping.
The farm was later sold by the Chard family in the year 1979.
An attempt was made to establish the stone-fruit orchard here and additionally, a lot of earthworks also took place to fabricate the alluvial fans.
You will definitely find it an interesting place in Queenstown to visit with friends.
6. Shopping in Queenstown
You must be wondering what is a small town you will not find much to shop in the streets of Queenstown. You definitely must be expecting approval to your thought.
But hey I assure you that you will be more than surprised to see the latest fashion here. You can very well update your wardrobe with all of it when you visit Queenstown’s clothing and shoe shops.
You can find just everything here. Right from the high street chain stores to local boutiques of the fashion apparels.
The shops in Queenstown are a collection of the must-have basics and the latest designs available.
Don’t forget to pick up a noteworthy local design in order to recollect your visit by having that with you, or another way is you can have a new pair of shoes for remembering the place.
Although you will find all kind of accessories here I will suggest you visit the local jewelers for those special jewels, look out the craft market for a unique handcrafted pendant, or pop in any clothing shops for an adorable collection of beautiful accessories.
Queenstown is a safe town as compared to the other towns and cities of New Zealand.
However, the visitors to any place should still take good care of everything to fortify their own personal safety. Remember that you do not leave valuables in your vehicle, unattended.
The ski-field roads of New Zealand also take most of the tourists by amazement but driving to suit the conditions will considerably reduce any risk.