In a country blessed with friendly locals, a vibrant culture and breathtaking scenery around every corner, it takes somewhere truly special to stand out. That place is Queenstown, an exciting community set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu under the majestic backdrop of the Southern Alps. The Pacific Red Tail Airline Sale is on now! Access exclusive savings when you book your flight + hotel together with Qantas Holidays. Hurry, sale ends 20 November.
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If it's adrenaline you're seeking, then look no further than Queenstown for the holiday rush of a lifetime. With everything from world-class skiing and bungy jumping to jet boating, hiking, quad biking and skydiving, it's no wonder Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. But fear not - if relaxation is more your thing, then there's plenty more to see and do in this southern jewel.
So grab your bags, set your expectations to awesome, and discover Queenstown in all its glory with a Queenstown Holiday Package.
What are the must-see attractions in Queenstown?
With so many things to see and do, you'll be forgiven for pacing yourself on this holiday and planning your next few return trips just to get through everything Queenstown has to offer.
If you're not sure where to start, here's a few must-see Queenstown attractions and suggestions to help you on your way.
Sitting on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, it's no surprise that the Queenstown area has numerous options for the aqua enthusiast. From leisurely sailing on a historic steamship to pretending you're a shark with Hydro Attack on Lake Wakatipu, to jet boating or fly fishing on local rivers, Queenstown's waterways really are all they're cracked up to be.
If there's one thing New Zealand is renowned for above all else, it's its spectacular natural beauty. From soaring snow-capped mountains to lush valleys, dramatic rivers and sweeping plains, it's the perfect place for the hiker that seeks a range of tough yet rewarding walks.
From short scenic jaunts to serious multiple day treks, Queenstown has you covered. If two wheels rather than two legs is more your thing, then grab a mountain bike to explore over 130km of trails that cater to all levels of expertise.
Take to the skies and enjoy the magnificent alpine views courtesy of the Queenstown Gondola, helicopter tours, hot air balloons or paragliding, or wind down the mountain in style on a Queenstown luge.
Head out of town and sample the award-winning Pinot Noir of the Gibbstown wine region, or steep yourself in gold rush history in nearby Arrowtown. Set against a backdrop of stunning Beech forest, the neighbouring town of Glenorchy featured heavily as some of the main locations for the Lord of The Rings trilogy, such as Isengard and Lothlorien.
If it's leisure and pleasure you're in the mood for, be sure to wind down at Onsen Hot Pools after a hard day adventuring. Grab your bag and hit the links on one of Queenstown's world class golf courses, enjoy a bite or a beer at one of the town's many funky bars and restaurants or simply curl up in front of the fire with a Lord of The Rings box set.
Despite all this, there's no denying that most people associate Queenstown with its role as a winter playground. Queenstown has 5 commercial ski resorts, with everything from state of the art chairlifts, super pipes, spectacular views and groomed runs suitable for all levels of experience, as well as exciting apres ski options that will make it a holiday to remember.
Whether it's summer, autumn, spring or winter, there's a Queenstown holiday for every season.
So what are you waiting for?